I like the color scheme but I don't like the fit of the tutus. They're too fluffy and floppy for my tastes.
Palais de Cristal / Daphnis & ChloeParis Opera Ballet
Posted 10 June 2014 - 03:34 AM
Oh, I enjoyed this. So glad I was able to view it w/ no apparent regional restrictions.
(I also did not think the tutus were the most flattering nor supportive; they seemed to distract through floppiness, but there are worse things... )
Posted 10 June 2014 - 12:23 PM
I didn't mind the "fluffy cake" tutus in that they impart a sort of "retro" look; however, the originals were fairly discreet in size:
Toumanova with Roger Ritz, as Black Diamonds
There is also a nice photo of the soloists with Balanchine as the backdrop for this video of Bizet's Symphony in C:
Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:13 PM
I caught the final performance of these works in Paris last month. With "Palais," I thought the corps costumes were stunning. For that reason, I would overall give the costumes high marks. However, to me, the solists' costumes were much less beautiful, particularly in the first three movements, where the solists all wore lighter and brighter colors than those of the corps (who were in gorgeously dark shades). To my eye, the brighter colors were less elegant and beautiful. Also, I thought the soloists' costumes looked cluttered, with odd embellishments on the bodices.
With the Millepied piece, I thought the geometric background visuals worked when seen live. I also liked these costumes; I thought they were sophisticated and worked well with the piece. I hadn't been sure what to expect with this work, not knowing much about Millepied. Overall I enjoyed it -- for me, the high point was the choreography for the men's solos, which I found fresh and interesting. To me, the problem with the work is the plot: Chloe is kidnapped by pirates and rescued. Nothing about that is relevant or interesting. By contrast, there's a hint of actual dramatic tension early in the piece, when Daphnis is unfaithful to Chloe. But that plot twist is completely ignored in the second half of the work, which I found a little boring, except for an invigorating solo by Fabien Revillion, who portrayed one of the pirates.
Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:19 PM
On camera, the corps costumes looked to be black woven with whatever based color the soloists wore.
Posted 17 July 2014 - 01:29 PM
But that plot twist is completely ignored in the second half of the work, which I found a little boring, except for an invigorating solo by Fabien Revillion, who portrayed one of the pirates.
In my opinion the pirate solo is the best part of this piece.
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