Swan Lake in Orange County
Posted 13 February 2002 - 11:25 AM
Kent is soooo thin. Just hours before I'd seen Ashley Tuttle in a rehearsal; she's a healthy girl and the memory of her made Kent look even thinner. Kent's dancing was sublime though I thought she overdid the arm waving a bit. Jose Manuel Carreno was solid, and an attentive partner. Herman Cornejo in the pas de trois was noteworthy.
It's surprising how little Odette/Odile dances in Swan Lake.
[ February 13, 2002: Message edited by: Giannina Mooney ]
Posted 13 February 2002 - 12:36 PM
Posted 13 February 2002 - 06:06 PM
I was struck by your comment about how little Odette/Odile has to dance -- with a great ballerina, I don't think one notices that. Same with Siegfried, who has next to nothing to "dance." There's something about the great ones, some magic, that makes you think of them even when they're not onstage.
Posted 15 February 2002 - 12:09 PM
A few thoughts. The womens' costumes for the pas de trois are so beautiful; the border print on their skirts is a fashion statement. Herman Cornejo repeated his role as Benno and repeated his success. Ricardo Torres was "Prince" Rothbart and his enterpretation was very different from Gomes' Tues. night. In the ball scene Torres was a predator and toying with the women. Gomes, on the other hand, was having a wonderful time, strutting his stuff, vamping the women, being handsome and knowing it. At the conclusion, when Prince Rothbart plops himself down next to the queen and sharply turns to her, Torres is saying, "I'm dangerous!" while Gomes smilingly says, "How 'bout THAT, Queenie?!"
I find this Swan Lake production's Act IV my favorite. The opening corps dance, rather than groups dancing the identical steps, reminds me of swans flying into and landing in a lake. The agitation of the storm leads into the agitation of Odette and Sigfried and makes their pdd all the more beautiful. Their death leap is a bit campy but I won't quibble.
The theater was jammed. Wonderful to see as ballet attendance at Orange County has been slack. I guess Swan Lake hasn't lost it's drawing power.
Posted 15 February 2002 - 06:50 PM
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