Dutch National Ballet's Don Quixote
Posted 12 August 2010 - 08:09 AM
Perhaps 3minuteswest can tell us more?
I also wonder who will dance the leads on this DVD..
Posted 15 August 2010 - 09:42 PM
Posted 31 August 2010 - 09:33 AM
edit: I now see that the DNB replied to someone in the guestbook on their website, and there they say the two last performances will be filmed, these are with Anna Tsygankova & Matthew Golding in the lead.
Posted 25 September 2010 - 02:15 PM
Ratmansky's production features two theatre performers as Don Q and Sancho Panza, which IMHO brings something special to these roles. Peter de Jong and Karel de Rooij, otherwise known in the Netherlands as Mini and Maxi, approach the roles as actors rather than dancers.
We will edit next week, and the ballet will be broadcast on Dutch TV (NTR) on Christmas Day (Eerste kerstdag). DVD and Blu-Ray release is planned for 2011, I will let everyone know when we have more information and dates.
Posted 04 December 2010 - 08:38 AM
Posted 04 December 2010 - 10:12 AM
Posted 04 December 2010 - 10:24 AM
This is excellent news -- we've all heard so much about Ratmansky's Don Q, but not many of us have had a chance to see it!
Hope you enjoy it Sandik. IMHO it's an excellent production and by using two actors in the roles of Don Q and Sancho Panza, Ratmansky and Dutch National Ballet brought a fresh approach.
Posted 04 December 2010 - 12:55 PM
Posted 14 December 2010 - 01:28 AM
3 minutes West on facebook
We'll also be posting stills and sneak previews. Hope everyone will enjoy the production as much as we enjoyed filming it.
Posted 03 January 2011 - 04:03 PM
It's a pity, though, that the prologue was cut. Usually when I watch a filmed Don Q I don't miss it at all, but I really liked it when I saw this one live. I noticed one other small cut; the beginning of act III (the beginning of the tavern scene in this production). No entrance of Kitri's friends - I thought it quite odd for the real action to start 5 seconds into the act.
Another thing that bugged me, in the film and in the live version, is the corps screaming "wooo!" a couple of times in the first act. You don't even hear it that hard against the orchestra, and it seems quite ridiculous really. If they're making noise then, they should do it all the time. It's a busy market square in Barcelona, after all.
I find it a very pretty production, very nice costumes and sets and it's all very colourful. I was also VERY glad to notice that the annoying sound the fans made (all of the fans were the same plastic kind, in different colours) was edited out.
The principals and soloists did a wonderful job. The leads were great technically, but they couldn't really convey their romantic love (maybe they could do so live, but I didn't really feel it on screen). I also really liked the street dancer and even more the queen of the Dryads, but I do not know their names.
It also crossed my mind that (even though I thought she did great!) they could've given some other dancers the chance to feature on the new DVD, rather than Tsygankova who is already in last year's Giselle.
I think you did a great job, 3minuteswest, thank you!
Posted 03 January 2011 - 09:48 PM
Posted 04 January 2011 - 03:57 PM
It was a great pity that we had to cut the prologue, and we were very sad we had to do so. Having great performers such as Mini and Maxi as Don Q and Sancho Panza, and then cutting out the whole section where their characters are established, was heartbreaking. But unfortunately the ballet had to be severely cut down to fit the TV slot, and the decision was taken to lose acting rather than dancing. The beginning of Act III was indeed cut as you spotted, and the comedians' dance, also the beginning of Act II. Of course, the DVD/Blu-Ray will be the full, uncut version!
I'm surprised you didn't feel Anna and Matt / Kitri and Basilio's romantic love come across.... especially as they are a pair in real life! (And I know that fact has been reported in the press so I'm not divulging any secrets here!)
The street dancer, Mercedes, was Natalia Hoffmann, her partner Espada was Moises Martin Cintas, and Queen of the Dryades was 19-year old Sasha Mukhamedov, daughter of the great Irek. Another disappointment with the TV broadcast - no credits allowed! Apparently credits cause people to change channels (I disagree, I always want to know who did what) - so the only credits allowed were a couple at the beginning. Again, the full credits will be on the DVD.
thanks for sharing your comments!
Posted 04 January 2011 - 04:00 PM
I'd very much like to see this production for a number of reasons: for professional/technical reasons of course, but also because Matt Golding is dancing. I have lots of footage of him in rehearsal and performance when he was a First Soloist at Corella Ballet, and would love to see him now as a principal. Please let us know about the availability of DVDs etc. as I doubt very much I'll ever see a broadcast (or theatrical showing) near me in the USA.
IMHO Matt was wonderful as Basilio. I'll certainly keep you informed about the DVD / Blu-Ray release - you can also "like" the 3 minutes West page on facebook, if you use it, and all the latest is posted there.
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