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PNB in London in July

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PNB are coming to London in July. They are bring Silver Lining, and a mixed bill. The Sadlers Wells web site says of the latter:

"In a change to the original programme, the Mixed Bill showcases diverse choreographers including one of the 20th Century’s greatest, George Balanchine’s Divertimento #15.

Other works include Jardi Tancat, choreographed by Nacho Duato and composed by Maria del Mar Bonet, Le Corsaire Pas de Trois choreographed after Marius Petipa and composed by Riccardo Drigo, and Peter Martin's Fearful Symmetries, composed by John Adams. Further details to be released shortly "

PNB haven't been over here for a couple of years - can anyone update me with views on the rep (any reason for the change in plan ?) , any changes in personnel, dancers to look out for, and so on ? I haven't booked for this yet, and I haven't heard much about Silver Lining. Any feedback welcome.

I think this is the same Fearful Symmetries as NYCB brought to Edinburgh last year.

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It will be interesting how the company fares in London with that repertory -- Lynette, what is the change?

"Silver Lining" is Kent Stowell's to music of Jerome Kern -- I THINK it's dances set to a collection of songs rather than a narrative ballet, but I haven't seen it, so I may well be wrong.

I'm sure "Fearful" is the same you saw at Edinburgh. The Nacho Duato is, for me, pleasant to watch, but unmemorable. Several people who began watching modern dance several decades before I did pointed out that there are many sections of it that are, er, very similar to sections in dances by Graham and Limon.

We haven't seen the company in a few seasons -- it didn't come to the Balanchine Celebration here two years ago, which was a pity. . They're still one of our best Balanchine companies, by all reports. I don't know how that repertory will go down there, but I'm sure there will be some good dancing!

The company's url is www.pnb.org Click on Company to see a list of dancers, with photos, as well as a list of current repertory.

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Lynette - If you look in the links section here on Thursday, June 6, there are a few articles on recent transitions at PNB (Lisa Apple and Julie Tobiasson are retiring, and a few other dancers)

One of my favorites in the company has been Louise Nadeau. I've only gotten to see Olivier Wevers, who posts here on occasion, in rehearsal :cool:

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I actually got to see a portion of the performances that they are taking to London on Monday night. The company performed for a regional arts organization about 80 miles out of Seattle and performed Divertimento #15, only 8 minutes of Jardi Tancat (see below), and Fearful Symetries. The Jardi performance for eight dancers was cut short due to an injury early in the performance. This piece starts out very slowly (for example, no music in the 1st section, followed by rhythum sounds in the 2nd, an unaccompanied singer in the 3rd, and singer with guitar in the final sections).

The Divertimento (one of my favorite ballets) performance was wonderful. The conductor wasn't going to slow down for anyone so this was one of the quickest performances I'd seen. Even at the fast pace the corps was together and sharp and the principals and soloists shined. Melanie Skinner just keeps getting better and better. In addition, the casting for the different minuet sections showed a sensitivity to the strengths of the individual dancers.

Peter Martins is not one of my favorite choreographers but the performance Monday was (up until the anti-climatic ending) exciting. It was high-energy bravura stuff. The crowd ate it up.

You're right, this is not likely going to be a typical rep. for Sadler's Wells but we'll see how broadminded the audiences are.


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Stephen, thanks for the info. I'm surprised you think this isn't standard Sadlers Wells fare - I would think it is. (Sadlers is the usual venue for visting American companies, both ballet and modern - San Franscisco and Houston Ballets have been there, as well as Paul Taylor, White Oak, Alvin Ailey).

Sadly, the mixed programme (which was orginally billed to include Agon and a work by Lynne Taylor Corbett - a name new to me) hasn't sold very well at all so far, which is a surprise because PNB were very popular and well received on their last visit. A pity. But I hope to see them.

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And Ari has the British press reaction on Links today. I've copied over her post:

Silver Lining, the Kent Stowell ballet to songs by Jerome Kern that opened Pacific Northwest Ballet's London season on Tuesday, did not go over well with the local critics—to put it mildly.

For a review in the Evening Standard, see July 3 Links.

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