Which Auroras have you seen?
Posted 06 November 2001 - 12:38 PM
Which ballerina(s) define the role for you?
(Include what makes a great Aurora for you. What do you look for in an Aurora?)
[ November 06, 2001: Message edited by: alexandra ]
Posted 07 November 2001 - 12:23 AM
In the Kirov production, I saw Vishneva. On the whole I think it was the most electric, exciting performance of Aurora that I've seen, but that may not be the most valid criterion. Of course Diana Vishneva is worlds apart from either Kent or McKerrow in what she aims for and in her qualities as a Ballerina. But particularly in the Vision scene, flitting in and out of the massed corps, constantly evading the prince, she was quite unforgetable.
At NYCB I've seen Margaret Tracy, Wendy Whelan and Jennifer Ringer in this role over the years (and even Yvonne Borree once, in a very tense performance). One matinee performance by Tracy stands out as about the best thing I ever saw her do. On the other hand, I don't like Whelan in this role - but I've noticed that opinions of her are generally very polarized -- either you love her or you hate her in any particular role, there is seldom any middle ground.
I've also seen video of Fonteyn (I assume it was a Royal Ballet [British] production). She defines the role, I would say -- but I can't really measure a video against a live performance with any confidence and the image of her Aurora is rather abstract for me -- perfect but cold and unreal (because I didn't really see it).
[ November 07, 2001: Message edited by: Michael1 ]
Posted 07 November 2001 - 02:34 AM
The first year I saw the Royal Ballet, I saw Fonteyn and Beriosova. The NEXT tour, in 1963, - THE production - they had 7 ballerinas performing the role: Fonteyn, Beriosova, Nerina, Sibley, Park, Page and Linden. I adored Beriosova - her Aurora was girlish, totally thrilled to be at a "grownup" party (Act I), a beautifully-danced and remote "vision" (Act II), and a woman in love (Act III). The ONLY Aurora who ever came close was Kolpakova. Since then, I've seen everyone who ever did the role up to 1982 - and then whoever did it in NYC on tour.
I guess I saw all the "old" Kirov ballerinas perform the role: Kolpakova, Kurgapkina, Sizova, Komleva, etc. I know someone here is going to say - "well, in that case you MUST have seen ..., and no doubt I did. I saw Vishneva do the "revival" production. My problem is that however beautifully she danced, it didn't quite fit in with the spirit of a revival - nor with the costumes (excessively high extensions causing the costume to flop over her head).
I've seen Makarova in several productions with different companies - she was charming but very mannered.
Posted 07 November 2001 - 03:37 PM
Lucia Lacarra - SFBallet
I think that's it. Fonteyn was my favorite.
Posted 07 November 2001 - 04:12 PM
I've yet to see SB performed live, but Irina Kopalkova's Aurora was lovely, especially in the violin solo portion of her Act III solo. Her supple arm and hand movements were exquisite.
Cynthia Gregory's Aurora had a huge impact on me because it was my introduction to ballet. Looking back, she may have not been ideally cast as a 16-year-old princess, but what she lacked as an ingenue she more than made up for in regal presence and remarkable virtuosity.
Posted 07 November 2001 - 06:58 PM
regal presence and remarkable virtuosity.
I couldn't have said it any better: that's my recipe for a perfect Aurora.
I've seen, on tape.
Veronica Tennant, who comes very close to my ideal. Too bad they cut her variation in Act 1.
Irina Kolpakove: very delicate, but the tape I saw was shot when she was way past her prime, and her virtuosity was waning.
Nina Ananiashvili: I saw act 3 adagio only, on one of those Russian compilation tapes. I'd love to see her do the whole ballet. Live.
The only time I saw Beauty live, Lucia Lacarra did Aurora. Don't get me started. rolleyes.gif
[ November 07, 2001: Message edited by: BalletNut ]
Posted 07 November 2001 - 11:27 PM
I must have seen Fonteyn on video but not in the full length ballet.
The perfect Aurora for me was Sizova. The production on the video I saw was an unusual one, lots of dancing on pointe by Carbosse (danced by a woman). Sizova's style was perfect and she is utterly believable in all three acts. I would have loved to see her in a live performance.
Posted 08 November 2001 - 08:52 AM
I don't really count performances on video, but I did think Kolpakova had great style in spite of her age - she must have been 50-ish in the video I saw.
[ November 08, 2001: Message edited by: Helena ]
Posted 08 November 2001 - 11:39 AM
Posted 09 November 2001 - 09:43 AM
The finest was Fonteyn, far and away the best both technically and dramatically. At the Royal Ballet both Jennifer Penny and Lesley Collier danced the Rose Adagio with time stopping balances and Ludmilla Semenyaka came closest to portraying a radiant young princess among the Russians.
I’ve always maintained that this ballet is the ultimate technical challenge for the ballerina, either she can dance it or she can’t. It frightens many of them too. In the first act there is only the tiniest solo before she has to launch into the Rose Adagio, not enough time to dispel first night nerves. And the pressure really mounts up. I was told by one dancer, after her first performance in the role, that in the awakening scene she was so exhausted that as she lay on the bed she found to her horror that she was actually falling asleep. A sleeping beauty in more ways than one!
Posted 10 November 2001 - 04:58 PM
Leticia Muller (Birmngham Royal Ballet)
Yoshida danced with great precision but little emotion.
Bussell is almost the perfect Aurora.
Muller - the most delicious.
The Kirov are all of a high standard, but the most outstanding of all was Asylmuratova. I was so overcome with emotion that not only did I weep during the performance but was unable to speak for over a hour after the performance.
Posted 12 November 2001 - 12:24 PM
Posted 15 February 2002 - 01:49 PM
As the "vision" conjured up by the Lilac Fairy, Viviana's Aurora was delicate and more mature. By the time the wedding came around, she was just glorious. And boy did Zoltan Solymosi as the Prince swoop her up in lifts with ease! He's huge compared to her! biggrin.gif
Posted 25 February 2002 - 10:32 PM
Margaret Tracey- very sunny,bright,and warm,okay in her acting and mime,not so secure in her technique(in her Rose Adagio she visibly fell back in her first balances in attitude and a bit insecure in the Grand PDD)
Viviana Durante- overall her portrayal was excellent,one of the very best Auroras I have seen.If I had to choose my ideal Aurora it would be very like her.
Lorna Feijoo- wonderful in her technique,with dazzling pirouttes and secure balances,high extensions and impressive foot and pointe work,daring in her PDD.But that was it, her performance impressed only because of her technique.
Nina Ananiashvili- very good but I do not think this role is suited to her type,she's better in soubrette and Romantic-era roles.Aurora is too regal and classical for her.
Irina Kolpakova- one of my favorite Aurora,she dances this role with perfect adherence to the Kirov tradition.
Paloma Herrera- she did not have the refined technique or the regal presennce and acting skills to really inhabit this role.
[ February 25, 2002: Message edited by: Lovebird ]
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