San Francisco Ballet in D.C. - Program 1
Posted 03 December 2002 - 12:48 PM
Posted 03 December 2002 - 01:48 PM
And thank you for posting, kfw. I'm glad I didn't imagine that the house was full, or nearly full, at the performances I attended
I didn't write much about "Sandpaper Ballet." I was interested in your comments -- you got more out of it than I did I've liked some of the other works Morris has done for ballet companies (and usually like what he does for his own company) but, perhaps I'd heard so much about this one -- everyone loves it, surefire hit, etc -- I was disappointed. I thought the jokes were tired, and the vocabulary limited. I don't see a point to burying a dozen or so good soloists in what's essentially a work for a corps de ballet. I got very different reports of audience reaction -- where I was sitting opening night, there were very few laughs. I wondered whether people realized it was supposed to be funny. The person I was with had the same reaction. But others, sitting elsewhere, said that everyone around them was chuckling madly all the way through. I didn't get the visual effects you describe either -- but that may have been because I was sitting very close. It was just GREEN GREEN GREEN -- no, Giannina. Not that kind of Green! What you write sounds much more interesting, and often happens when one is farther from the stage.
I'd forgotten to write something about Tan and Maffre -- it speaks to their ability, but also to Tomasson's taste as a director. Both have phenomenal extensions. The legs fly up as though they're weightless. And, as a teacher friend of mine (who's no fan of the Extreme Extensions of certain Head-Kicking Ballerinas either) said, "And so it's not an issue, just a beautiful extension of their natural line." The extensions are so high, light, quick and natural that they don't seem like a trick, and the leg floats back down before you're quite sure you saw it go that high. Another example of how technical "advances" can look like art, or not, depending on the way they're danced.
Posted 03 December 2002 - 02:26 PM
Those Sandpaper Ballet costumes gave me a headache when I sat up close. Others are crazy about them, so I thought it was me. But then I am not a big Mizrahi fan and kind of wish Morris wouldn't use him so much. Those costumes he did for the revival of "The Women" probably had Adrian turning in his grave like a cement mixer.
Posted 04 December 2002 - 12:21 PM
Posted 04 December 2002 - 12:48 PM
Posted 04 December 2002 - 01:30 PM
Posted 05 December 2002 - 05:23 PM
I think the costumes are hilarious, but I can't begin to say why..... so's the ballet.....
Posted 05 December 2002 - 07:20 PM
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