Ismene Brown on "The Dream"
Posted 04 August 2001 - 01:31 PM
But there was one paragraph in particular that I thought interesting:
Ashton's genius for characterisation and understanding of the human heart was accompanied by a protean appetite for theatricality, for showing ballet's multiple worlds. The lovers' dopey comedy runs at a different speed from the skittery fairies, and the rustics are a pantomime - all separate planets suddenly conjoined by the magnetic pull of love. A company's intuition about this ballet saves no end of explanation.
This is the best capsule description of that ballet I think I've ever read. I think it captures one aspect of the ballet's structure and Ashton's craft very well. Other comments?
Posted 07 August 2001 - 12:15 AM
By the way, the next time you see this ballet, take a look at the moon. Notice how it moves in the course of the ballet to show the passing of time.
Posted 09 August 2001 - 09:18 AM
Originally posted by felursus:
The three sets of beings: fairies, nobles and common folk are all in the same place (more or less) at the same time and yet exist in different spheres.
I've seen The Dream 4 times now, three of which were on the RB Mixed Programme last week. I wish I'd gone for all 5 as it, along with A Month in the Country is one of my favourite ballets.
Unfortunately felursus, I missed the moon in every single performance! I was too enraptured with what was going on! I've said this before, but what I love about this production is how much is going on all over the stage. I never know where to look - at the quarrelling lovers? Puck hanging from a branch and egging on for a fight? Or the the fairies peeking curiously between the trees.
Alina Cojocaru was my first Titania and biased as I am, my favourite. She was sparky, but mostly very sweet and tender.
The last one I saw, Sarah Wildor, I thought wasn't as soft and at first I didn't like her quite as much. But then someone pointed out that Wildor's Titania was more edgy and more interesting. That got me wondering. The dancing I could see has so much detail and depth, but I hadn't thought the story did as well. I don't know enough about the play or the ballet, but I'd love to learn more. Does anyone have any thoughts?
Will The Dream ever be a subject on 'Ballets in detail', or is it not known well enough outside the UK?
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