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Neumeier's Lady of the Camelias


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#1 Jane Simpson

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Posted 26 March 2012 - 04:18 AM

The RDB's first performance of Neumeier's Lady of the Camelias ('Kameliadamen' in Denmark) opens on Friday. Susanne Grinder and Alban Lendorf have the first night, alternating after that with Gudrun Bojesen and Ulrik Birkkjaer.

Nikolaj Hubbe returns to the stage to dance Armand's father in the Grinder cast, with Mads Blangstrup as Des Grieux; Jean-Lucien Massot and Gregory Dean take these roles in the Bojesen cast.

There's a nice video trailer too - it looks as if the ballet may fit the company very well.

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Posted 01 April 2012 - 02:10 AM

Eva Kistrup's long and interesting review of the two casts is already up in her DanceViewTimes blog

It's sad though to read that for financial reasons this is a one-off run.

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 11:51 AM

There's a nice video trailer too - it looks as if the ballet may fit the company very well.


A funny thing is, that the music used for this trailer, never appears in the ballet. I don't know what is is, but I'm sure it is not Chopin. Does anyone know the piece?

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 12:01 PM

It's sad though to read that for financial reasons this is a one-off run.


I really hope this is not going to be true! I don't quite understand why it is so expensive to keep the ballet in the repertoire, one should think the worst was over when once the premiere was over? Eva Kistrup mentions in her blog that the sets and costumes are borrowed from Paris, but the printed programme says nothing about that. Maybe that is what makes it too expensive to take up again in later seasons?

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Posted 02 April 2012 - 01:19 PM

Having just seen the Grinder/Lendorf/Hubbe cast, and happily joined in the standing ovation at the end, I have to agree that it will be very sad for both the company and the audience if these performances are the only ones there will be!.

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Posted 03 April 2012 - 08:09 AM

Delighted to hear the positive responses to this. The "Paris" costumes -- beautifully captured in the trailer and in the photos that accompany Eva Kistrup's DanceViewTimes article, have great elegance. I hope money will be found to (at least) rent them again next time around.

I have strong memories of Stuttgart bringing this to New York a year or so after it premeired. Haydee danced the lead. The production was not as elegant as RDB's seems to be, and I suspect not as subtle. But it was full of energy, dramatic effects, pathos, and passion. The choreographic element seemed a little weak, or perhaps overwhelmed. Anyway, it was a great night for the audience and an unforgettable experience for me.

Anything recommended by Jane, Eva, and Anne is worth traveling to see, in my book. Anne's wonderful review of the RDB production is posted on another thread:

http://balletalert.i...980#entry300980

Anne, I can't place the music used in RDB's trailer. But I do recall having bee told that Neumeier used some of the same music that Jerome Robbins used in Dances at a Gathering.

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 07:33 AM

Anne, I can't place the music used in RDB's trailer. But I do recall having bee told that Neumeier used some of the same music that Jerome Robbins used in Dances at a Gathering.


I have found out (by asking the Royal theatre itself) that the music used for the trailer is actually by the russian composer Alexander Scriabin and not by Chopin at all (I suppose it is some kind of mistake.) It is taken from Scriabin's Piano Concerto in F sharp minor opus 20, the first movement close after the beginning. Beautiful and very romantic music from 1896 - maybe an idea for a new ballet!

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Posted 23 April 2012 - 06:19 AM

The new season's programme was announced today and Eva Kistrup, who attended, notes in her DVT Blog that it looks as if Kameliadamen may return in the season after that - the company has been approached by foundations keen to help!

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Posted 24 April 2012 - 07:53 AM

These are certainly great news! It seemed such a waste of time and effort just to let the production pass through, never to come back.

There is one more good thing in it: The borrowed costumes from Paris were a bit on the heavy and glittery side. That might work well in a big house like the Palais Garnier, where they have to look gorgeous from a long distance, but on the initmate stage in Copenhagen some of them tended to look a bit cheap, and furthermore they often seemed to be in the dancers' way because of too many layers of clothing. The costume department in RDB has often demonstrated that they can create costume miracles, which are both beautiful to look at and nice to wear, and I therefore hope that the extra money will be used to create costumes of their own in stead of spending them on a new costume rental from Paris.
But anyhow: It is great that the production will return, no matter in what costumes!


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