Kirov Sleeping Beauty, 2/17 - FINAL perf (Wash, DC)
Posted 17 February 2002 - 08:31 PM
[ February 17, 2002: Message edited by: Jeannie ]
Posted 17 February 2002 - 08:49 PM
Tell us everything!
Posted 17 February 2002 - 09:03 PM
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Posted 17 February 2002 - 09:20 PM
Isn't Kurgapkina also the long-time coach of Ayupova?
Posted 17 February 2002 - 09:48 PM
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Posted 17 February 2002 - 10:34 PM
I missed Aurora's "pager." There are photographs of the original Lilac Fairy wearing a helmet.
I'm glad you got to see this one.
Posted 18 February 2002 - 05:45 PM
I hope we'll have more reviews -- Bard's Ballerina was there. Juliet, did you go back? (You should have seen Korsuntsev. The third act costume has a beautiful cumerband. I didn't see it on other men because their torsos were so short, the blouse billowed out and covered it.) Korsuntsev wasn't ideal as the Prince, in my view, but he did stand out in the second act, if not quite dominate it, and I thought he danced his solo very well.
Two of my friends rather liked Nioradze, another wouldn't go back if she were on stage. Both views, and anything in between, are very welcome here (or on any thread).
Posted 18 February 2002 - 10:34 PM
I had a hard time with Nioradze's fixed, over-emotive face in Act 1, but she softened it later. I liked her dancing, as I did 2 and a 1/2 years ago in Giselle at the Met. Could you give an example of "old-fashioned"? I've never seen the Trocks, but I gather that they get their laughs not just from the fact that they dance a lot of women's roles, but from the way they over-emphasize (inappropriately pose, almost) and over-emote.
Posted 18 February 2002 - 11:39 PM
Posted 19 February 2002 - 10:53 AM
Sleeping Beauty overall -- LOVED IT LOVED IT LOVED IT! Sets, costumes, everything (well, except Nioradze, but more below).
Danila Korsuntsev (Desire) -- Very pretty; elegant dancer. Actually looked comfortable in that silly hunting outfit and wig.
Irma Nioradze (Aurora) -- Her dancing didn't really bother me as mannered, but then again I couldn't get past her face. She's not unattractive, but she has a very sophisticated, worldly, Joan-Crawford-like face and from the fifth row I was having a VERY hard time buying her as an ingenue. She looked about 20 years older than her mother the Queen.
Favorite fairy-tale divertissement -- White Cat/Puss in Boots. Listed in the program as Yana Selina and Kiril Simonov. They were absolutely adorable. She looks a little like Reese Witherspoon.
I'll cheat and add on my comments on Thursday's performance of Jewels here:
Emeralds -- I almost slept through this. The dancing was technically clean, but where was the musicality??????
Rubies -- I was getting pretty disgruntled by this point, remembering Miami City Ballet's fabulous rendition of this section last year (twice).
Diamonds -- Woke up. Diamonds was worth sitting through the rest of the evening for. I thought Daria Pavlenko was beautiful.
This weekend, Washington Ballet. Promise to write a bit more about them.
Posted 19 February 2002 - 03:08 PM
I don't even feel like it is worth 'knocking' Irma Nioradze any more. Between the unforgettable comments from June 1999 (Met season) & this, we've given her a thorough going-over! smile.gif Really a shame, as I happen to admire her rock-solid technique. She was the only Aurora among the five (in Kennedy Center run) who, during the Rose Adagio's final promenade in attitude, held the balances so securely that she took the time to do the 5th-position port-de-bras (both arms above head forming an 'oval').
Korsuntsev won the "Top Prince" title by a mile. Jut right for this role, if not as electrifying, technically, as Korsakov or Fadeev. By the way, I truly love Igor Kolb's landings on his tours - always in a perfectly-closed 5th position. This was easy to admire from my 2nd-tier seat on Friday; I did not notice this from my orchestra seat in the Tuesday performance. Kolb has the most refined & well-placed positions of the feet.
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