Neumeier ballets at Kirov
Posted 30 April 2001 - 06:16 AM
I will translate some postings from Russian forums later. So far, most of dancers (Lopatkina, Vishneva, Fadeev, Zakharova, Sologub) were praised both by spectators and critics.
Posted 30 April 2001 - 06:32 AM
[ 04-30-2001: Message edited by: Kevin Ng ]
Posted 30 April 2001 - 07:02 AM
Spring and Fall (Dvorak)
Now and Then (Ravel)
Sounds of Empty Pages (Shnittke)
Each dancer appeared in more than one piece, but it seems the highest acclaim went to Lopatkina and Vishneva in Spring and Fall.
Posted 30 April 2001 - 07:33 AM
Spring and Fall (Dvorzhak) - Vishneva, Fadeev (29th - Hrebtov, Sologub)
Now and Then (Ravel) - Zakharova, Sologub, Fadeev
Sounds of empty pages (Schnitke) - Lopatkina, Vishneva, Fadeev
Spectators were pleased to see star cast both for premiere and 29th morning show.
Vishneva was ever said "too perfect", since the difference in class hurted a bit
Neumeier's choreography, oriented to well-leveled cast.
Sologub was preferred over Zakharova, the last being "too classical" for these
ballets. Sologub, instead, tried to follow the style. "Born to dance Neumeier", in
Fadeev expressed his artistic skills, by creating two very different roles. In Sounds
of empty pages (the world premiere), he was partnered by sublime Lopatkina (in black)
and Vishneva (in cherry). For Lopatkina, it was the first appearance on stage in new
millenium. Even if it's a bit too late, she could't have started it better.
Posted 30 April 2001 - 01:15 PM
Posted 01 May 2001 - 04:03 AM
Personally, I saw ABT do Spring and Fall and found it boring. Lots of bare chested men running around and looking earnest while the woman keep the home fires burning.
Posted 01 May 2001 - 09:08 AM
Posted 01 May 2001 - 10:04 AM
Originally posted by alexandra:
I keep thinking about the "born to dance Neumeier" line. I suppose it was meant as a compliment.
Considering the context (the Kirov Ballet), I wouldn't think of it this way.
Posted 01 May 2001 - 10:37 AM
Posted 01 May 2001 - 12:49 PM
Posted 02 May 2001 - 03:05 AM
"Born to dance Neumeier" was clearly stated as compliment in Russian text (opposing to "being too classical" which was clearly a criticizm). But I wouldn't conclude from this that Sologub is better than Zakharova. A dancer cannot suit perfectly all ballets.
Another interesting thing that could have been missed by not-Russian speakers: Vishneva's family name means "Cherry-ish" in Russian. I wonder if Neumeier made her dancing in cherry because of that...
BTW, there're no other news about these ballets on Russian forums since Sunday.
Posted 02 May 2001 - 06:14 AM
Posted 02 May 2001 - 07:05 AM
Posted 02 May 2001 - 09:59 AM
We have quite a lot of Neumeier ballets here in Munich (what surprise - with Ivan Liska as AD... ;)), but I haven't seen any of those performed by Kirov now.
Personally, I prefer Neumeier's older ballets (I ADORE his "Nutcracker"!) - I have found it a bit difficult to follow his recently sometimes quite mystique approaches to themes and music...(lots of running and walking, as you said, Alexandra)
I have been wondering if the "born to dance Neumeier" was meant as a compliment, as his style is so different now from pure classical ballet - but in general, I believe it is something that cannot be judged objectivly but is an expression of personal taste...? Just similar as calling someone "too classical"...
Posted 04 May 2001 - 02:41 AM
"Performance of April 28th. I liked "Sounds of empty pages" and "Spring and Fall". Neumeier used very skillfully Vishneva's soft grace and Lopatkina moved like a lionness. But I was deceived by "Now and Then". I felt pity for Zakharova. I don't know what she thinks about this role, but I think she was out of luck. I don't think Ravel ever intended this slow music to be danced. Powerful Kuznetsov was in harmony with "gym" ambiance, but nothing more. To resume, these ballets did leave me with mixed feelings".
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