Dutch National Ballet: La Sylphide
Posted 28 March 2001 - 08:20 AM
The casts of performance I saw on 27 March included Anna Seidle as a titlerole, Jahn Magnus Johanse as James, Alexander Gouliaev as Madge, Roger Janse as Gurn, Enrichetta Cavallotti as Effy.
The performance itself followed a short documentary film about this ballet, in which words of Bournonville were quoted, telling us about historcal backgrounds, Danish identity and character of James.
Bjorn must have paid much attention to mime, as mime was used quite effectively to tell story and it was really a part of dance. Her changes in dance of sylphs surrounding James were also effective to show James' embarassment and frustration that he could not catch her.
In total Bjorn's La Syphide ended with convincing image that James' story hasn't completed yet, as the short documentary mentioned.
Posted 28 March 2001 - 08:26 AM
Posted 28 March 2001 - 10:59 AM
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Posted 28 March 2001 - 11:13 AM
I don't know what preview interviews or other press material might have said there, but the story of La Sylphide has been very clear for over 150 years. I've never heard that Bjorn tampered with the libretto.
Posted 28 March 2001 - 11:43 AM
Anyway, I am going to see it again soon, and
I have to check the programme tonight!
As far as Sylph concerned, I liked her dance although she was not really airly dancing.
Posted 28 March 2001 - 12:28 PM
Posted 28 March 2001 - 04:18 PM
Is Yumiko Takeshima with the company?
I thought I'd heard that she got promoted to principal dancer...how is she? I'd like to know some of the comments being made about her.
Thanks in advance
Posted 29 March 2001 - 07:20 AM
Yes, Terry. Yumiko Takeshima is with the company. According to the programme I got for La Sylphide, in 1993 she joined the company where she was promoted to second solist in 1998.
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