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  1. It's been more than two weeks now, but still I would like to post a few notes on this programme I saw in Stuttgart (matinee and evening performance). The triple bill consists of following ballets: 1) Symphony in C (Balanchine) 2) Pierrot Lunaire (Tetley) 3) The Concert (Robbins) I assume many professional critics have written about it, but most reviews I could find are in German only - and since it is such an American programme (and since I loved it...), here are my comments: It is such a great mixture - the neoclassical "Symphony", then the "toughest bit" in the middle, and for the fina
  2. Estelle, thank you so much for this quick reply! I will check the link... and then hopefully have time for the review...;)
  3. Yesterday I watched Robbins' "The Concert" in Stuttgart - and although they have really good and informative brochures, I missed any information about the music, apart from that it is Chopin. So I was left sitting in the auditorium trying to figure out the various hints and quotes, but not very successfully, I am afraid. If anyone could help me here, I'd be very glad! (This was part of an interesting Triple Bill, starting with Symphony in C and Pierrot Lunaire - will try to post a review when I find some time! - Just one note: Lucky Londoners to get Robert Tewsley at the Royal - I found his
  4. Dear Alexandra, thanks for searching for me!! I won't have much time there anyway, attending a trade show, but... better be prepared/informed.... Sonja
  5. Seeming unable to track a useful link in the web - maybe someone can help me out: I will be in Auckland middle of May and was hoping to check for any theatre/ballet/dance performances in advance. So... if anyone could provide me a link or give me any information, this would be greatly appreciated!! (Will be there around 16-24 May) Thanks in advance!
  6. Thanks so much for the detailed reviews - makes me feel almost as if I had been in the theatre as well!!
  7. Tatsu, thanks for your report! Glad you enjoyed the performances - and your feeling about Lendvai/Malakhov in R&J is exactly the same I had when I saw them in "Lady of the Camellias". (I have, however, seen Yseult Lendvai with other partners, and then I thought their rapport was much better....)
  8. Any reviews, please? I've read they are bringing some of their "classics"... Thanks in advance!!
  9. ..with a new cast in Munich (01.02.02) The "Shrew" in Munich has been associated for years now with the cast Judith Turos / Kirill Melnikov - both great actors and a great pairing, maybe to some of you known from their guesting in New York years ago, when they received praise for their Tatiana and Onegin. Judith Turos has even been compared to Marcia Haydee and been acclaimed by some critics to match the original interpretation - not only because she looks quite a lot like Haydee, but also for the fire and depth of her characterization of Kate. And it's amazing how good she is - think she mu
  10. THANK YOU! PS: Found a link (German speaking) with photograph: http://www2.merkur-online.de/magazin/magaz...dnr=11965968000 [ February 01, 2002: Message edited by: Sonja ]
  11. "The Taming of the Shrew", 30.01.2002 Last night saw the third masterclass given at Bavarian State Ballet - this one was sold out even quicker than the ones before, and again the studio was packed with ballet enthusiasts. (I am always wondering how the dancers find enough air to breathe in such an atmosphere!) Marcia Haydée rehearsed Lisa-Maree Cullum and Alen Bottaini, both Munich first soloists who have not danced in this ballet yet and are going to have their first night tomorrow. I think I have rarely before laughed and learnt as much as in these 90 minutes - it was a fantastic evening,
  12. Mme. Hermine, thanks for this quick reply that sheds already a bit of light onto the video. So... I am optimistic I will also find out the rest - Malakhov looks quite young, but Saidakova is still quite young, I think, so this is another riddle...
  13. A friend of mine has bought a 65 min Hamlet video, starring Nadia Saidakova and Vladimir Malakhov - but since EVERYTHING on the tape is written in cyrillic, we have not been able to find out a) where this was filmed B) when it was filmed c) who are the other dancers on the video? Any additional information would be extremely welcome - thanks in advance! Sonja
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    I would guess it's most probably the Grand Pas Hongrois (that is the wedding scene), or parts of it. In the original (?) version there is also a "danse d'enfants" for the quite little ones, so this part is pretty varied... AND the Grand Pas is often performed separately, as far as I know - similar to the Kingdom of Shades of La Bayadere.
  15. Thanks for your kind words - I am always a bit worried because as soon as I start to think of it, I get carried away and write and write... Next Munich masterclass will be end of January, with Marcia Haydee coaching for "Taming of the Shrew" - and I guess there will be something in it as well... [ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: Sonja ]
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