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Amy Reusch

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  1. Does the musician's union give you any breaks when your interim artistic director is a conductor?

    I'm not sure, Jeff, about reflecting one's home cities tastes being a bad thing... after all, didn't NYCB reflect NYC in some way that American Ballet Theater didn't? Didn't Diaghilev's original presentations reflect the Russian scene to the west? Picking up on one's local environment might lead to interesting developments. Isolation can be a bad thing or a good thing depending on what kind of talent is involved.

    [This message has been edited by Amy Reusch (edited March 29, 2001).]

  2. Thanks Juliet...

    The other thing I'm wondering is whether this is mostly a pick-up company. I think that is the tradition of festival ballets, isn't it? Wasn't the first festival ballet something Alicia Markova put together for some festival in England that was in such demand for return performances that it finally become a company in it's own right? Or is this a true company that performs at home in Moscow as well.

  3. Originally posted by Andrei:

    Amy, before writing a review, I recommend to you to meet with Sergei Radchenko. He speaks perfect English, he is a very communicated person and can answer to most of your questions.

    That sounds like a wonderful idea... I wonder if it is possible. I apologize for my ignorance, I've never written a review for publication before. I wonder if he has time to talk to me on a one-night-stand situation like this performance will be. I guess I should ask the press contact person at the venue. So far, I've only sent out an exploratory e-mail to see if I can get the casting and some info on the National Ballet/Moscow Festival Ballet issue.

    I saw this company couple years ago with "Giselle". I wasn't impressed by performance first of all because of the principles ( they were miscast, IMO) and second, company looked very tired.  

    It must be exhausting doing a tour of one night stands like this (although I guess it's all part of the game for most companies).. I can't imagine not feeling played out by the end of the run. I wonder where in the run this performance will be. It would be nice if there were a volunteer organization out there with it's goal to make the visiting dancers' lives easier... make sure they have food, etc... a place to relax, with magazines or whatever... a kind of gopher organization... but probably it would feel like just one more audience.

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    I have some disagreement with the choreographer (this is the version of Vetrov)about musical cuts. Some numbers don't connect in  a proper style with Petipa's choreography, but anyway it was very solid performance.

    Again, pardon my ignorance... but could you tell me about Vetrov? I was wondering how close to the Petipa original the performance would be. Unfortunately I'm not terribly familiar with the complete ballet, only the much performed grand pas de deux. I've seen that excerpt on film with Maya Plisetskaya doing those famous leaps, but other than that this will be my first full Don Q. What should I look for?


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  4. I'll be reviewing this company doing "Don Quixote" in a few weeks for Eastern CT University's campus paper "The Lantern". I saw their production of Swan Lake here a couple of years ago. The casting was impossible to figure out from the program for that performance as well. The jester was the only memorable dancing of the evening. At one point, Moscow Festival Ballet changed it's name to Russian National Ballet. Now it seems to be touring again as Moscow Festival Ballet. Anyone know why? I tried to find a website for them, but without success. I'm curious to know where their costumes and sets come from. I can't imagine they have the financial resources to commission new ones.

    I wonder about these productions... while I'm happy to see ballet being presented at college campuses, I wonder if we wouldn't be better off seeing some of the better American regional companies. I suppose they can't match the box office allure of an international company, particularly one with Russian references; but the quality of the dancing might not inspire a return visit.

    What can one hope from a ballet company touring small venues? If I remember, the Joffrey Ballet started off their first tour in a station wagon.

    Would our better regional companies consider touring to taped music? Are they allowed to? Is it cheaper to bring in a Russian company or is it just easier to fill the house if it's Russian?

    Why is it easier to see American modern dance than Americna ballet (if you don't live in the company's home town)?

    Pondering how to write a review without casting info,


    [This message has been edited by Amy Reusch (edited March 28, 2001).]

  5. Nothing so fun as above, but perhaps a note for those N*t weary dancers... my parents took me when I was a three year old to see Princeton Ballet's version. I fell in love, right then and there, apparently for life... something about the men flying through the air... as far as I can figure, the Sugarplum held no enchantment for me, and pink tutus and toe shoes seemed a disgusting and misleading stereotype to me for years... maybe it was the tomboy in me, but ballet was about men flying, not tutu princesses... anyway, for those of you who dread December, just remember the little timebombs you may be setting off and dance your hearts out for the new-to-dance audience that old warhorse brings to the theatre... rumor has it, I was so enthusiastic that I kept jumping up and calling for more at the end of each divertissement... I don't remember much from age 3, but if I close my eyes I can still see the snow falling that night as we drove home... pretty good for a several-decade old memory... will probably flash before my eyes on my deathbed...

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