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  1. Blame me, I have not seen that recording yet, but assume this is exactly what Mariinsky performed in Munich. Thanks for your help!
  2. In recent Munich performance of Mariinsky's "Giselle" I saw their "pas de deux classique" for the first time. The girl's first variation was danced to music I have never heard before - is this originally Adam, or was this added later? And... is there any recording of that piece? Any information would be most welcome as the music sounded so strange and different from the rest of the score to me!
  3. Thanks!! Really looking forward - and also to the gala which is as we now learned from the press release a "joined venture" between Munich and St Petersburg...: "Das Bayerische Staatsballett zeigt: „Sylvia Pas de deux“: Natalia Kalinitchenko und Tigran Mikayelyan „Pas des Odalisques”: Séverine Ferrolier, Ivy Amista, Roberta Fernandes “Zakouski”: Lisa-Maree Cullum und Alen Bottaini “Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan”: Sherelle Charge “Schwanensee Pas de deux“, 2. Akt: Lucia Lacarra und Cyril Pierre „La Bayadère“, Schattenakt: Ensemble des Bayerischen Staatsballetts geme
  4. YEP - PLEASE keep us updated if anyone happens to learn any news about a DVD...!!!!
  5. End of March, finally Mariinsky will be back in Munich - for three performances of "Giselle" and for one Gala night. The gala is sold out already - but without any hint of what they will perform! Assume the "classics" like Don Q pdd, Corsaire pdd,....??? Any hints / news? PS: Giselle principal casting as per Bayerisches Staatsballett website today (for what it's worth...): 28.3.07: Olesia Novikova - Leonid Sarafanov 29.3.07: Jekaterina Osmolkina - Andrian Fadejew 30.3.07: Uljana Lopatkina - Igor Kolb
  6. Long time no hear, I admit... and still not really sure what to write about this reconstruction as my personal view differs from that of most of my friends... Trying to be objective: It's been an enormous task for a company not nearly the size of Maryinski or Paris Opera Ballet - and it's stretching the company to its limits, given only the fact that you need five male principal dancers (while we only have four of them listed with this title - as long as noone is injured...) But trying to start from scratch: What has mainly been "reconstructed" using the Harvard documents are girls' variati
  7. Hi Doug and all the others, there are two nice reviews on www.tanznetz.de (only in German, that's the pity...)! Went to see one performance on 29 September - t flat out with work at this stage, so just a few notes: Lovely production - based on the Petipa version, but Marcia Haydée adds a lot to Carabosse (portrayed by a male dancer) and thus very nicely tells a story. Sets and costumes by Jürgen Rose help a lot - trees grow, fashion changes, it's easy to follow the story even without having read the programme. Cast on 29 September included: Maria Eichwald (Aurora) - delicate, elegant, ve
  8. Heard that Alen Bottaini will be guesting in Japan in the next weeks... Has anyone any more details when and where and which roles he will be dancing?
  9. Wonderful news to have her (hopefully!) back on stage!
  10. "Apartment" was only played live for the first few performances. This one was with taped music which surely adds to the noisy impression. Remark: The band on the back of the stage is replaced by an animal (not alive, of course) at which the dancers shout! "A sort of" is to music by Henryk Mikolaj Górecki. It's two pdd plus eleven dancers; starts with a guy lying on the floor, awakening, scratching, stretching - realizing that his partner (girlfriend? wife?) sits in the first row of the audience. They prepare for a journey, and the first "part" ends with the girl being put into a suitcase, the
  11. Silly me to forget this...!! It was "A SORT OF" and "APARTMENT", the latter created for Paris Opera Ballet, if I am not wrong??
  12. A short note on last nights Mats Ek programme - still not my favourite, but interesting as some new faces I had not seen dance Mats Ek before. But mostly interesting of course was Maria's debut - if I am correct, then this was the first time she tackled his choreography - according to a press release of the company, it was Mats Ek's wish to have her cast in the last pdd. And she seemed to enjoy it! Threw herself into the style as into everything she does, without any classical manierism - well, there is one particular port de bras in a lift which looked a bit like Swan Lake, but this is a po
  13. A short note on last Friday's performance, particularly for those who know Lucia Laccara and Cyril Pierre (and of course for all fans of Alen Bottaini!): It was a big success with lots of applause - especially for the three dancers in the leads. Lucia Laccara looked very young and fragile (she is extremely thin which adds to this impression) and got into the role completely. Still, sometimes for my personal taste she tends to exaggerate - but I assume that's the freedom of Cranko's choreography which does not dictate every single port de bras like others do, so this is her personal style. S
  14. There is a recording on 2 CDs: Release date: 24. September 2002 Label: Decca (Universal) ASIN: B000068QRV Composer: Jules Massenet Conductor: Richard/Roho Bonynge Format: Audio CD (Number of CDs: 2) Not sure of the quality as have no comparison, but was very happy to see this has been released again (had been searching the music myself for some years!)
  15. Hi Doug, cast for Lulu is (finally) on Stuttgart website - so there seems to be someone updating it! http://www.stuttgart-ballet.de/deutsch/index.html Regarding Balanchine, you're probably right - it's so complex, there are not many choices... my main interest is in Apollo anyway for this ballet (in my opinion) depends quite a lot on the cast, whether it looks a bit old fashioned or timeless... Will see (and will also try to spot dd in the performances!)...
  16. Sorry to see there is NO cast information on Stuttgart website yet, neither for Lulu nor for Balanchine... Anyone has any information for the performances on 8/9 October? (YESS, I did get tickets!!)
  17. Cast including (as per current website): Lucia Laccara (Juliet) Cyril Pierre (Romeo) Alen Bottaini (Mercutio) Has anyone more details yet?
  18. Herman, thanks for your reply! Well, since there (finally) is the German speaking forum www.tanznetz.de, there is a special section published by Horst Koegler in which he writes his thoughts and comments. Since he lives in Stuttgart (or nearby), I think he visits almost every performance. For Stuttgart Ballet, there are indeed often reviews of several performances, especially of different casts which I think is great - very often, only first cast gets a review... Doug, thanks for the "inside information" regarding the very short rehearsal time - hope dd did enjoy the performances neverthe
  19. Hi Doug, sorry, was not able (yet) to go and see the programme. German reviews (among others in www.tanznetz.de) were friendly - stating that this is quite a demanding triple bill without any "blockbusters", but more like a "gourmet menu". I do know the ballets (and so do you, I bet) and could not agree more. Audience reception was described as very friendly, but not as enthusiastically as with the full length story telling ballets. Praise was especially given to Douglas Lee's performance as Apollo. Horst Koegler noted after the premiere that some polishing of the lines was still necessar
  20. Treefrog, many thanks! Will try this - it's not urgent as I've been searching for quite a while already, so it will be worth trying!
  21. Dear Jane, thanks for this information - you're right, that way it might be quite impossible to find out the details... A pity, though, as it would be quite interesting... Sonja
  22. Wherever I check, I can only find that Kurt-Heinz Stolze arranged music from Scarlatti - but no more details. Any hint which music he used would be most welcome!
  23. Hi mohnurka, no, Elena Pankova is no more in Munich - well, at least she is no more member of the Bavaria State Ballet. Her husband Kirill Melnikov is still there and also teaching at Heinz Bosl Stiftung (the local Ballet school). Last December they danced in a production called "The enchanted swan" at Deutsches Theater which they also produced on their own if I am well informed - I did not see it but heard there was not too much classical dancing in it. Apart from that, no idea what she is doing now...
  24. Sylphide, thank you so much for your review! I am glad you enjoyed the performance - I think Lucia Laccara and Roman Lazik have a lovely rapport on stage which adds to the quality of their dancing. Sorry to hear about the corps de ballet - but I was worried about that before they left Germany as they were flat out already then! There are lots and lots of injuries, so I do not know how many of the girls had to step in with very short rehearsal time... They used to be better, especially when they first performed La Bayadere a few years ago - but maybe also too much Mats Ek has taken some of th
  25. Bavarian State Ballet currently performs Raymonda in Montréal and Ottawa. News on their website are very enthusiastic, speaking of standing ovations and great success - but has anyone seen them perform? What do you think???
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