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Marge_Simpson
05-28-2011, 05:08 AM
OMG, OMG......I will have to do a detailed review tomorrow, because I just got home and it was so beautiful....I was overwhelmed. It was SUBLIME.
I was in a box with a woman around my age and her daughter....during the act II pdd, I heard the older woman let out a sob, and her daughter whispered "Mom, don't, you'll get me started"....within seconds all 3 of us were in tears.

emason, I have never seen Jose and Diana dance together, but I can see how it would be a total bust. I have seen 2 Swan Lakes with Jose with especially memorable moments, however. I don't recall who he was dancing with in the first, but when he threw himself off the cliff to commit suicide, there must have been an extra-springy mattress waiting to break his fall......and he popped back up. :lol: Totally ruined the moment when the audience started giggling.
The second was a matinee with Gillian Murphy. They had just started the act II pdd when a toddler in one of the GT boxes started screaming at the top of his lungs. The ushers paused before rushing the box, I imagine they were hoping his mother would hustle him out of there pronto. She didn't, though, and it was several minutes before silence was restored. I was sure the orchestra would stop and start the music again, but Jose and Gillian did not miss a thing and just kept going right through the ruckus.

emason
05-28-2011, 01:31 PM
Marge Simpson, I saw a Giselle with Vishneva and Malakhov about 4 seasons or so ago. It was amazing. Vishneva is not like any other Giselle I have ever seen; she was completely earthbound, a real stolid peasant in Act I and then she turned into the most ethereal light as air creature in Act II. Stylistically she and Malakhov were a great fit also. It was a sublime night of dancing.

I'm glad you had a great performance last night. It makes up for that snore of an evening we sat through on Tuesday.

Holley Calmes
05-28-2011, 01:44 PM
Sigh! If only.....

But love the mattress story. I was an apprentice for an outdoor theatre at Chastain Park in Atlanta (now a hugely successful music concert venue where nobody listens to the music because they're trying to outdo each other with their food presentation...) We produced a full length Swan Lake OUTDOORS and had Lupe Serrano as Odette Odile and a gentleman from the Royal Ballet as Seigfried. He was one of the bunch miffed at Nureyev and casting about for other experiences. Very regal guy. eta: It was David Blair.

In this production, Lupe had to hit an arabesque at the top of the "cliff" and fall sideways over. She was to be caught by a number of stage hands...and she was. However, the yelps and shouts of said stagehands when they so anxiously retrieved her was quite loud, and the front rows definitely had their dramatic moment turned comic.

It was my first full length Swan Lake. It was cool to have it outdoors....very atmospheric.

IceAlisa
05-28-2011, 10:15 PM
A detailed review, please! :)

IceAlisa
05-28-2011, 10:51 PM
Gravity? What gravity? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLNW3aioL1w)

Holley Calmes
05-28-2011, 10:59 PM
Can I be her for a day? two days?

beepbeep
05-28-2011, 11:15 PM
Gravity? What gravity? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLNW3aioL1w)

:eek: WOW!
Thanks for this one ;)

IceAlisa
05-28-2011, 11:40 PM
I do believe that's the Gamzatti variation from La Bayadère, not Le Corsaire. Minor detail. But yeah, she is a little hovercraft.

Holley Calmes
05-29-2011, 12:05 AM
I think that variations and music get transplanted from ballet to ballet. Whatever the ballerina prefers, sometimes. Gamzatti's variation - if you mean the one in the engagement party scene, is in tutu, and yes, that was it. But I've seen variations from Bayadere in Don Quixote and etc. It's still gorgeous!

IceAlisa
05-29-2011, 12:15 AM
Yeah, this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rJ1cZ6WXImw

Speaking of tutus, that one is huge!! :eek: I am not too crazy about the dancing either.

Cheylana
05-29-2011, 01:28 AM
I saw the matinee today. It was supposed to be Irina Dvorovenko and her husband Maxim Beloserkovsky, but Maxim apparently was injured and replaced by guest artist Johan Kobborg :wuzrobbed Still, it was amazing. I enjoyed Irina's interpretation of Giselle, I felt she brought a real innocence (not sure that's the word I'm going for) to the role. I really liked the set designs and costumes, and there was far more dancing than I remembered last time I saw this ballet. The second act set design was particularly haunting and I just couldn't take my eyes off Giselle and the Count in their PDD at the end, even though I obviously would have preferred Irina and her hubby (sniff).

I have a beef with the plot, though: Why is Hilarion treated as the villain when Count Albrecht was the one who was two-timing? :lol:

emason
05-29-2011, 01:33 AM
I have a beef with the plot, though: Why is Hilarion treated as the villain when Count Albrecht was the one who was two-timing? :lol:

Variation on the classic 'kill the messenger' theme. Don't like the bad news - take it out on the messenger.

Seriously, though, more details about the performance, please.

Cheylana
05-29-2011, 01:50 AM
Variation on the classic 'kill the messenger' theme. Don't like the bad news - take it out on the messenger.
Well, I guess nobody likes a tattletale :P


Seriously, though, more details about the performance, please.
I am hopelessly no-teknik, so I'm hoping Marge can fill in the holes! :) But a few other thoughts:

- I loved when the hunting party came on the stage in the first act. The costumes were very grand and royal. And it even included two live dogs. I guess they are supposed to be hunting dogs, but they just looked like beautiful showdogs. They didn't bark or anything. Good doggies :D

- Myrta, the head of the Wilis, was performed by Michelle Wiles. She was good, though she seemed a little stiff in spots and I thought her leaps didn't seem as high as Irina's. But again, I'm no-teknik, so that may all be quite deliberate.

- The wilis were quite good. The costumes and some of the choreo reminded me of the swans in Acts Two and Four of Swan Lake.

- Still, Irina was the definite star. It was hard to take your eyes off of her when she was on stage.

- The five- and six-year old girls sitting to my right were the best-behaved people in my section. They put the adults (especially the old people) to shame. Just sayin'!

IceAlisa
05-29-2011, 02:05 AM
Were the dogs the Russian borzoi? (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qYUmrCOFbmg/TQNK_8c_ofI/AAAAAAAABAg/VY4goVRTAQ4/s320/borzoi2.jpg)

Cheylana
05-29-2011, 02:12 AM
Were the dogs the Russian borzoi? (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_qYUmrCOFbmg/TQNK_8c_ofI/AAAAAAAABAg/VY4goVRTAQ4/s320/borzoi2.jpg)
Could very well be. They definitely were tall and long-haired, and beautiful, like the dog in that pic!