McKenzie, Threat or Menace?
Posted 02 April 2002 - 07:57 AM
"Swan Lake" was billed as a traditional production, but it's so much more The big news is that Von Rothbart is now two Von Rothbarts! Von Rothbart I a/k/a Swamp Thing, a slimy green critter who nabs Odette when she's out somewhere dancing out her "I'd rather be doing Juliet" fantasies in her nightgown and changes her into a (very obviously stuffed toy) swan. VRII, a sexy young thing in purple, charges on in the ballroom act and never looks back, dancing with the Would Be Brides and seducing the Queen (gosh, where have we seen THAT before?). Siegfried's role has also been, er, enhanced, jumpily speaking
Posted 27 March 2002 - 06:42 AM
ABTers, please check this one out!
Posted 31 March 2002 - 07:27 PM
Posted 02 April 2002 - 10:51 AM
Siegfried had no real character in Act 1. He romps around with the palace slut and is then robbed of his final curtain scene. The act 2 sets don't make sense. There is a palace by the lake, presumably Siegfried's palace, so clearly the lake is not in some mysterious place, because he can just look out of his window. What is Swmap Man doing living in the lake made by Odette's mother's tears, anyway. Good and evil do not live together. That huge moon is completely distracting.
Then I really, really don't like acts 3 and 4. The ballet isn't about sex, Rothbart is evil, not an oversexed Las Vegas floor show. Odile get Siegfried by trickery, not seduction. Good and evil are important ideas, and turning Swan Lake into an MTV-influenced bunch of hotties is not sophistication, it is immature. Well, you did ask!
Posted 27 March 2002 - 06:48 AM
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Posted 02 April 2002 - 12:18 PM
The only thing "bad" that I recall was the two lovers jumping to their deaths off something or other in the back of the stage... I have to admit I do recall Swamp thing but not much of the rest of it. I will just have to look for that ticket stub...;)
By the way, I tried a search but didn't come up with anything from this board.
Posted 02 April 2002 - 01:34 PM
Posted 26 March 2002 - 10:51 AM
Posted 31 March 2002 - 06:59 PM
Because I don't have a long history of watching ballet, I don't know what ABT was like before...and I would like to know what it is that people do not like about McKenzie's approach.
Posted 31 March 2002 - 07:39 PM
I do believe that McKenzie's might be bad -- though Giselle, when htey danced it here last September, was really quite quite good-- except for Paloma Herra. But Stiefel was wonderfull, and hte corps in hte second act were tight......
Posted 29 December 2002 - 10:53 AM
I'd forgotten to move this one in the first go round. Now moved by request.
Posted 29 December 2002 - 04:34 PM
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