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esperanto

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  1. Nureyev's final version for POB could almost be subtitled "Abderakhman" it has so much new dancing and 'funky-modern' solos for that character. I happen to love it because it is so Nureyev...totally what RN was all about! Besides, RN was smart enough to maintain most of the existing Kirov-Mariinsky portions -- building & adding to them, in his fashion. It is THE longest production of Raymonda, beside the La Scala...most complete use of the music, I mean. The old Kirov production has Abderakhman from the very beginning. He's constantly on. In this production he looks and acts like in th
  2. Nureyev's final version for POB could almost be subtitled "Abderakhman" it has so much new dancing and 'funky-modern' solos for that character. I happen to love it because it is so Nureyev...totally what RN was all about! Besides, RN was smart enough to maintain most of the existing Kirov-Mariinsky portions -- building & adding to them, in his fashion. It is THE longest production of Raymonda, beside the La Scala...most complete use of the music, I mean. The old Kirov production has Abderakhman from the very beginning. He's constantly on. In this production he looks and acts like in th
  3. to Makarovafan: You're right about Gediminas Taranda in Raymonda. He is the best of all the Abdulrahkmans in any of the productions. and he was also terrific in Golden Age, sent chills down one's back.
  4. Hobson's Choice is a WONDERFUL ballet. I think it's about Bently's best work.
  5. If Rothbart can change into an owl (?) and then human form at the Grand Ball, why not a cat as well?
  6. Hi "OLDDUDE" Myrtha in the Dutch production is a terrifying Queen of the Willis. Just before watching this performance I saw a Youtube clip of Monica Mason reahersing Giselle. She stressed that sthe dancer should always be giving the impression of watching, listening and hearing. This the Dutch dancer did.
  7. .Solar, you wrote: Of all the ballets that Lacotte could have restored, its beyond me why he chose this one. Why not "La Esmerelda"? Why not "Le Corsaire"? The Bolshoi has a restored, or reconstructed Esmerelda. And I there's a Corsaire done by Ratmansky. I too wish other companies would restore old ballets. Lacotte's Pharoah's Daughter is excellent I thought. I don't understand why people have criticized him for it. As for the POB Sylphide even though the new production has a lot of good dancing and "magic" give me the Bournonville version any time.
  8. I saw Onegin with Marcia Haydee and Richard Cragun when they brought it for the first time to NY. The audience went wild. It was wonderful. The first act dancing amazed everyone. when the "peasant" dancers all cam on it reminded me of the Moiseyev. I also saw the Canadian version (on tape or dvd). I would have liked the music to be the same as that of the opera but it was not to be.
  9. My first Carabosse was Alexander Grant so I'm used to the idea of a man's doing the role. Having said that, I admit that once i got used to a female as in POB and Dutch Ballet Co's I could see her as a beautiful over-looked and outraged fairy. (although in the original story she was old and had been away "from circulation" so long that everyone forgot about her.) Monica Mason really sent chills down my spine. Elizabeth McGorian's Carabosse was an excellent portrayal. Yuri Vetrov in the Bolshoi;'s old production reminds me of Bette Davis. But I prefer her- oops, him - to the new one . I
  10. I saw a clip on balletoman.com from Fille in which the donkey/pony taking all to the picnic just sat down on the stage. No one could move him. Alain tried poking him with his umbrellas while still dancing his variation, but to no avail. I read that in one of the Bolshoi's first visit to California someone stepped out of a painted door right on to the stage where Ulanova was dancing. And a faux pas that I saw was at the old Met in the opera La Boheme. Rulodpho fell onto Mimi's deathbed and the bed collapsed!
  11. From what I remember Franz was danced y Fredrik Bjornson (don't remember the spelling) in NY whenn they first danced there in '60's (?)
  12. My favorite Lilac Fairy of all time is Deanne Bergsma. I saw her when she apppeared in the role for the first time in NY on opening night. Forget which year. She simply amazed everyone. What do you think of having Lilac as a non-dancing role? I much prefer her to be one of the fairies. I believe I saw one productin (was it the new Bolshoi version?) where she appeared as a dancing role and then later on she came in in a full dress, non-dancing. what do "you all" think ? Esperanto
  13. I don't remember writing this. but I agree with what's written. the two best Coppelias I've seen were 1)the Royal Danes when they first came to NY and the ABT version many years later with Erik Bruhn and Carla fracci.
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