Jump to content


This site uses cookies. By using this site, you agree to accept cookies, unless you've opted out. (US government web page with instructions to opt out: http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml)

Mikhailovsky Don Q Broadcast


  • Please log in to reply
21 replies to this topic

#16 Birdsall

Birdsall

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,339 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 03:56 AM

um forgive me but why as i really don't know anything about pilates -

heavens what a brisk tempo!

palm trees?????Posted Image



I took Pilates for years and actually have a studio reformer in my house that I only use occasionally b/c I love yoga so much more. It gives the legs and overall body a long lean look. It creates strength without the bulk, but the main difference is the legs and abs. I think they are saying his legs are way too bulky and maybe he's gained a tiny bit of weight. His legs did look huge, more than previously, but to me it looks like all muscle. I would not say he's heavy at all. If a man like that walked into a bar, heads would turn, so I think their main issue is how huge his legs are.

#17 Mme. Hermine

Mme. Hermine

    Emeralds Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 3,776 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 04:35 AM

i'm not sure i'll say this right; they're wonderful, i think the production looks really nice tho i don't like the palm trees - , i actually like the Don and Gamache quite a bit, but it's like there's no rest in it. i get the feeling of an unrelentness march to speed and no rests. i was exhausted after act one. i think their performances suffer from it too. sigh i wish i was better at this.

thanks about the pilates information. i always thought his shape was just kind of natural. i've known a couple of dancers (male and female) who had similar shapes and had a terrible time trying to lengthen them.

#18 Birdsall

Birdsall

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,339 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 06:11 AM

i'm not sure i'll say this right; they're wonderful, i think the production looks really nice tho i don't like the palm trees - , i actually like the Don and Gamache quite a bit, but it's like there's no rest in it. i get the feeling of an unrelentness march to speed and no rests. i was exhausted after act one. i think their performances suffer from it too. sigh i wish i was better at this.

thanks about the pilates information. i always thought his shape was just kind of natural. i've known a couple of dancers (male and female) who had similar shapes and had a terrible time trying to lengthen them.



I do think our shapes are somewhat natural. We can do some things to change it a little (lose weight, work certain body parts more, etc), but I do think we have a tendency toward certain things. My lower body builds muscle very easily and I have to work the upper body much harder to even it out.

I didn't like the palm trees the first few seconds, b/c I felt like it almost looked Egyptian (backdrop), but then I realized it is Don Quixote's idea of paradise, so then it worked for me. But I understand if someone doesn't like the palm trees.

I also thought the Spanish dancing before the puppet show and windmill went on forever. I felt like it was too much character dancing and not enough ballet, but overall I can't complain. If I had been in St. Petersburg I would have gone to see it and would have been thrilled. I just love how technology allowed me to see this a world away!!!!

#19 canbelto

canbelto

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,919 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:22 AM

The thing is though if he didn't have those bulky legs he might not have that amazing elevation. I've noticed many many male dancers who were famous for their powerful explosive jumps (Villella, Nijinsky, Soloviev, Cornejo) all have that basic shape -- short, stocky, with muscular legs.

#20 Birdsall

Birdsall

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,339 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 09:40 AM

The thing is though if he didn't have those bulky legs he might not have that amazing elevation. I've noticed many many male dancers who were famous for their powerful explosive jumps (Villella, Nijinsky, Soloviev, Cornejo) all have that basic shape -- short, stocky, with muscular legs.


I suspect you are right about that.

#21 duffster

duffster

    Senior Member

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPip
  • 130 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 05:59 PM

Luckily I had an unexpected day off and I was able to watch this broadcast live. I enjoyed most of it but I agree there were too many character dances, however they were well done. I also did not care for the palm trees. Osipova was outstanding- this was my first time seeing her in this role, if she was holding back I would not have known. I thought that Vasiliev was a bit overshadowed by her. I expected more fire from him- not in the dancing but in the mime scenes.His shape looked a bit more bulky than before- especially in the black tights which should have a thinning effect. Even so there is no one else like him and I enjoyed his astonishing elevation and turns.The company looked very good- the corps and soloists danced at a very high standard. The character roles especially wlell done. One of the stars of the show was not only the donkey but the horse who stood like a statue- not at all flustered by anything around him - just amazing!

#22 Birdsall

Birdsall

    Platinum Circle

  • Senior Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 1,339 posts

Posted 26 July 2012 - 07:53 PM

One of the stars of the show was not only the donkey but the horse who stood like a statue- not at all flustered by anything around him - just amazing!


Yes, I liked the horse too! One of my main complaints is that most Ring Cycles do not ever put a real horse on stage and that opera is one where the horse is named and addressed more than a couple of times, so it is glaring when the horse is missing especially when Brünnhilde tells Grane they are going into the fire! LOL

I can't believe they put a real horse in Don Quixote yet most companies won't put a horse in the Ring!


0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users


Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases (adblockers may block display):