Onegin in Copenhagen
Posted 18 April 2002 - 03:40 AM
Lindstrøm in particular was a great surprise. For the last couple of seasons she has danced well, but have not made much impact in a mainstream semi-modern repetoire and she had not earlier been very convincing in dramatic roles. But this week she establish herself as a leading dramatic ballerina, creating a Tatjana you respect rather than pity a world afar from the door mate Poor little me we have seen from Heidi Ryom and Lis Jeppesen earlier. It is also a marvel to see the role danced by a ballerina in her technical prime. Ryom and Jeppesen got the part late and made their result on star quality and stong partnering. Lindstrøm and Greve are equally strong in the pas de deux with is breathtaking dramatic and dynamic, and which create an equality we have not seen in the ballet before. Gitte Lindstrøm is
a svelte stong dancer, not onlike Marcia Haydee in build, which might also be a factor in how well she does the part.
Greve has to work his way around the memory of Arne Villumsen in the part. One reviewer even suggested that he should dy his blond hair black, but he handled the inheritace very well. I do not know whether Villumsen has been involved in the coaching, but
Greve has borrowed a few element and makes a stong case as a ice prince finally melting and his dancing is at its prime. He is great and they dance wonderfull together,
Andrew Bowman an newcomer Cecilia Lassen was Lensky and Olga a she was struggling a bit in an otherwise fine performance.
Posted 18 April 2002 - 04:29 AM
I'm glad to hear that Greve is not only dancing SOMETHING but actually seemed inspired by a role. I've only seen Lindstrom in two things (back in January 2000, Odette/Odile and Valencia in Merry Widow) and was not impressed at all with her dramatic ability, so I was interested in your comments and would like to have seen her. I'd seen both Jeppesen and Ryom several times in the early '90s and found their portrayals quite rich -- richer than Haydee's, actually. I didn't think them merely a one dimensional "poor little me."
I'm also glad that Lassen is getting a big role relatively young, and not waiting. She was one that showed promise literally from the age of 6.
It is good to read that the company can still pull off a dramatic ballet. I know the last time Onegin entered the repertory a friend called me, very excited, saying, "They were fighting for it."
Posted 18 April 2002 - 07:25 AM
Regarding Greve, he has so much talent and look and he is so great when he is on, but he has been so little on the stage this year.
Posted 18 April 2002 - 08:25 AM
The dramatic quality was, perhaps, the only thing about her dancing from which you would have remarked her Danish training.
(She also performed in NY the role made on her in Martins' Hallelujan Junction but I didn't see her do it.)
Posted 18 April 2002 - 11:18 PM
say work ahead because this is the area where the RDB Onegin is superior to Royal Ballets current Reid Andersson production, individuality and dramatic intensity. The London version seem a very "standard" franchise product and I was afraid that would be ecactly what we would have had here.
Posted 28 April 2002 - 11:07 PM
Posted 01 May 2002 - 05:57 AM
i found two schools for dancing, move and dance dk, but is there any community or forum or meeting place for ballet lovers?
also, how do you make friends with the danes :-)
generally it seems rather difficult, but i may just be on a NY tempo!!
Posted 01 May 2002 - 06:03 AM
After watching NYCB for years, european dance always appears less strong and confident to me - i can't help it. The dancing is frequently good, but i miss that sharp, self-confident flouting of strength and technique that you get at NYCB: I took a friend to see them in Athens last year, and she was mesmerized. she said she did not know ballet could be like that. it looks totally different, she said.
Posted 01 May 2002 - 06:16 AM
Regarding the style change.YYou can get very good Balanchine in Denmark, Some of the dancers are very good in Balanchine, but the special strengh of the Danish style is in the dramatic ballets, which they do extreamly well.
To meet Danish ballet fans simply show up, primarily at first nights or galas. We are usually hanging around in the major downstairs foyer.
Posted 01 May 2002 - 06:33 AM
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