Posted 18 March 2003 - 01:27 PM
Posted 20 March 2003 - 01:58 PM
P.S. I saw an earlier post from another ballet mom in Ottawa - what did you and your son think of the show?
Posted 21 March 2003 - 09:34 AM
Posted 26 March 2003 - 06:05 AM
I was curious to get my son's reaction to Act I with the male ensemble, as his comment is usually that men never receive enough stage time. Well, he wasn't overly impressed with Kudelka's choreography, called it boring and repetitive and also noticed very early on that the men were not in synch. There was one dancer in the back corner who was always a touch behind - very annoying and distracting. The men came out flat in the first few minutes (tired?) - I kept waiting for them to "get into the dance". Stephanie Hutchinson was a feisty wench, providing welcome energy into Act I. The final scene didn't bother me, and my son, at 13, didn't realize what was taking place in the corner until I told him. His question was "why?". What was the point of the rape?
I found Ogden removed from her Odette role, she danced a far better Odile - technically she is wonderful, but she is missing emotive expression and contact with the audience. However, their pas de deuxs were excellent, especially as Odile and one of the highlights of the performance.
And I agree with a previous poster about Rothbart's tiedyed hippie creation - I mean, what was that? Not very evil looking, and those weird head pieces - way over the top. They looked so heavy and cumbersome. The Queen's long, long train also got caught on the wooden rampert and pulled her to a sudden stop while mounting the stairs. A lady-in-waiting saved the day and calmly lifted up the train and they regally carried on!
My son thought that the female corps carried the performance, he said he got shivers watching their ensemble performances and was very impressed with their technique. So let's hear it for the often overlooked corps.
The ending I found a bit confusing and depressing. As I write this I still have mixed feelings about this "Swan Lake", the dancing was superb in most places, I found the set beautiful in its bleakness and I thoroughly enjoyed Cote and the corps.
There you have it from Ottawa.
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