PNB's Dream in Hollywood
Posted 10 September 2002 - 05:02 PM
Bard and Ballet in Duet at the Bowl
[quote] Not every actor can be equally credible as Romeo and Mistress Quickly, but Michael York performed more than half a dozen roles--well spoken with good accent and good discretion--during the first half of a multidisciplinary program titled "Much Ado About Something: Shakespeare at the Bowl" on Friday and Saturday....
Unfortunately, the experiment misfired. Deleting Balanchine's magnificent Act 2 divertissement and reducing his discursive full-evening work to a plot-driven one act only highlighted its inferiority as a story-ballet to Frederick Ashton's one-act "Dream" from 1964.
Two sets of principals danced at the Bowl, none more impressively than Patricia Barker as a superbly regal, delicate and dynamic Titania on Saturday. Her diligent Friday counterpart, Louise Nadeau, looked more brittle in the role and tended to get lost in the busy landscape.[quote]
Posted 10 September 2002 - 05:37 PM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 12:07 AM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 06:14 AM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 07:29 AM
Posted 12 September 2002 - 07:34 AM
It does seem odd to present a shortened version -- perhaps this was one of those very well-intentioned "Let's bring in the general public" programs.
Maxi3D, what was your sense of the audience's reaction?
Posted 12 September 2002 - 12:25 PM
The Bowl is NOT a good venue for dance, so I think the dancers made do with what they had. There must not be enough space downstairs for dancer prep as my daughter mentioned that they warmed up on stage during intermission. She thought it damaged the "illusion" of dance as magical. I probably would have enjoyed it if I had been there (I love watching our girls have "on stage" warmup before a show - it's almost meditative).
Neither was crazy about the balanchine coreography, but we're not a balanchine studio in the least. I think that Lewis Segal's review in the LA Times mentioned that as well - he preferring Ashton's choreography. (And for Segal, the review was actually quite good - he can be biting at times, to say the least). Yes, it was a bit choppy, but if I understood the program correctly, it was not the whole night, just the second 1/2 of the evening, so they probably had to pick and choose what they included.
As to the dancers: Both thought Patricia Barker wonderful, and the other dancers strong as well. We're fans of Ariana Lallone as well, as she is from LA, and she had great jumps with those long legs of hers.
I think that's all I can tell you - hope it helps.
Posted 12 September 2002 - 09:13 PM
>Maxi3D, what was your sense of the audience's reaction?
During the whole of the second half of the evening's PNB performance I would describe the audience's reaction as ho hum. I am a regular of ballet performances for many years and I have never encounter such a lackluster audience. I have been to full evening performance of ballets where the applauses were in greater supply. I guess that the event was not geared toward the ballet audience since it was a mix bill of concert and dancing. Also, the Hollywood Bowl is a open air theater and applause from the audiences are not as loud as those in the indoor theater and unless you spend great fortune to buy a box seat out front, you will be sitting with the mass's at least a hundred yard back. At the "curtain" call the dancers were awarded with a modest appreciation for their works, but before the applauses ended most of the people were in the aisles hurriedly trying to beat the traffic jams in the parking lots.
P.S. I also love the pre-preformance's warm up by the dancers on stage. It is such a rare sight it worth the ticket price alone just to watch them getting ready.
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