NBoC outdoor summer performance
Posted 27 August 2001 - 01:08 PM
1) Romeo and Juliet ( Cranko) excerpts- Tarantella, Balcony pas de deux, and Birdesmaids Dance.
Greta Hodkinson and Geon van der Wyst were wonderful in the pdd, and it was very suiting to be danced outside on a summer night with the breeze. I am used to seeing the MacMillan version though, so it took some getting used to.
2) 1st movement of A Delicate Battle
A new piece premiered in the spring with music by Bach. It was a good ballet to show the audience the company's range, but this section makes a lot more sense in context of the full ballet.
3) Paquita solo variations
Jillian Vanstone from the corps did a nice solo with great italian fouettes, and Rebekah Rimsay's variation was also well done. Richard Landry had some problems with his turns however.
4) Pastorale (Kudelka) excerpts
My first glimpse of this ballet. A series of 4 pdd. It reminds me a bit of Ashton's A Month in the Country for some reason. Sonia Rodriguez was partnered by newly promoted soloist Piotr Stanczyk, Greta Hodgkinson with William Marrie, Chan Hon Goh with Patrick Lavoie, and Martine Lamy and Rex Harrington.
5) Theme and Variations
It was Stacey Shiori Minagawa and Jhe Russell's debut as leads in this ballet. They looked a bit nervous, as well it's difficult with a smaller stage and with the wind. But they managed very well. Minagawa has some tightness in her upper body, probably due to the nerves. Jhe gave a confident and energetic performance, and once the few minor technical errors are smoothed over, it will be a good role for him. The corps managed extremely well during the finale with the small stage!
The NBoC orchestra was there but only played for section 2 and 3.
Posted 03 August 2002 - 06:05 PM
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Posted 07 August 2002 - 03:53 PM
In other NBoC news, they are filming Kudelka's Firebird. I'm not sure if it is for a video or what, but I'm guessing that it will air on CBC's new season of "Opening Night" so watch for it!
Posted 07 August 2002 - 06:12 PM
About Kuldelka's Firebird, when it airs on CBC, can you please tell me when? Thanks
By the way, I'll be seeing Firebird this season.
Posted 08 August 2002 - 08:53 PM
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Posted 19 July 2003 - 09:30 PM
does anyone remember how fast the seats fill up? ie how early should one get there?
Posted 20 July 2003 - 07:15 AM
Posted 20 July 2003 - 03:29 PM
I remember in previous years, in addition to the performances, there were movement workshops and we could also watch company class and rehearsal on stage. But the Harbourfront is always busy in the summer with other things. Ballet by the Water used to be a weekend event, but I don't think it drew enough of a crowd.
For those interested, the Canadian Opera Company is also giving free concerts at the same place, Aug. 26-28.
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