Anyone see Ratmansky's new ballet for POB?
Posted 20 September 2011 - 03:00 PM
Posted 20 September 2011 - 03:27 PM
Posted 25 September 2011 - 12:22 PM
Has anyone seen it now?
Posted 25 September 2011 - 11:14 PM
Posted 26 September 2011 - 01:13 AM
Thank you silvermash. The reviewer for Le Monde was more positive, though the ballet definitely sounds as if it took a rather playful view of its "magical" material (Ratmansky seems drawn to jokey...)
Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:08 AM
Posted 26 September 2011 - 04:37 AM
Posted 26 September 2011 - 06:50 AM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 12:59 AM
Posted 27 September 2011 - 05:33 AM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 02:47 AM
full of colour and with many attractive features. It remined me of an old fashioned work, it may have appeared over the top to some people, but it was in the theme of the story, which after all is myth and legend. It was pleasant and easy to watch. If the choreography was simple it did not conflict with the over fancy scenery or costumes. In parts it was quite beaurtiful, the Pas de deux with Psyche and Eros, was very touching with moments of tenderness, and if the steps were simple and not in the form of bravdo or tricks, it was wonderfulluy danced, by Stephane Buillon and Aurelie Dupont. But was quite long, with every movement holding ones attention. Aurelie, was at her best, you would never had thought she had a few months ago had her second child. Her portayel of the role was just right, gentle, shy but with a little mischief in her soul. Stephane was a capabile partner, and danced well. However, I was surprised to see him cast with Aurelie, due to his height and physique. He was replacing Herve Moreau who did not make it in the end. This was a pity As he and Aurelie have a good repore like dancing together, so make a special partnership.
All in all I loved the ballet, and was very pleased with what I saw, which made the expense and travel worth while. There are two video to see, the Interview with Alexei Ratmansky and the one with Aurelie Dupont. Enjoy.
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Posted 01 October 2011 - 03:27 AM
Posted 01 October 2011 - 11:25 AM
I have never warmed to 'le style lifarais' and actively dislike his character from books and interviews I have read. However I am always prepared to see a historical piece for what it tells us about the time it was first presented. A Greek tragedy choreographed by Lifar and staged by Cocteau to the portentious music of Auric was always a specialist taste, and I have to say that to me it's a pretentious work - just posing by poseurs. As regards the interpretation Roslyn Sulcas got it right when she said in the Herald Tribune that "neither Agnès Letestu nor her fellow dancers (including Stéphane Bullion) looked as if they remotely believed in what they were doing." The ramshackle stage on the stage for intermittent 'tableaux vivants' might be acceptable in a high school but not in the Palais Garnier. During one of the many langeurs in this stilted piece I wondered idlely if Balanchine's comment that ballet cannot convey the concept of a mother-in-law was inspired by the first production of Phèdre in 1950. Any one know if he saw it in Paris then?
It's always easy to carp, and overall the evening was a most enjoyable experience. I know well enough what my average Wednesday night comprises to appreciate this one.
Posted 01 October 2011 - 01:50 PM
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