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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyNit View Post
    Was unimpressed with the lead ballerina. She was precise and robotic, without an ounce of soul.
    I couldn't put my finger on it at the time, but I think you are right. Aside from looking too old for the part, I got this too. She was an amazing dancer, but the part of Clara involves some acting as well.

    On another note, watching this ballet with girls cast as boys in the party scene reminded me of a child memory. I was in a local production of The Nutcracker as a kid and auditioned for the solo parts in the party scene (the doll and the soldier). I ended up being cast as one of the boys, since there weren't enough boys to play boys. That was a bummer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyNit View Post
    I stumbled across the Bolshoi's second act. Good lord, Mr. 'cracker/Handsome Prince was a chunk and a half. I imagine the NY Times critic would be revolted by his size if forced to watch.

    Was unimpressed with the lead ballerina. She was precise and robotic, without an ounce of soul. I don't like to watch a lesson in ballet mechanics.

    The clack leading the ovations after each variation was interesting. Do they do that at many performances, or was this particularly prolonged because the show was being filmed?
    Hubby was watching with me and he was like at the clack...I told him it must be "Bravo" in Russian
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyNit View Post
    I stumbled across the Bolshoi's second act. Good lord, Mr. 'cracker/Handsome Prince was a chunk and a half. I imagine the NY Times critic would be revolted by his size if forced to watch.

    Was unimpressed with the lead ballerina. She was precise and robotic, without an ounce of soul. I don't like to watch a lesson in ballet mechanics.

    The clack leading the ovations after each variation was interesting. Do they do that at many performances, or was this particularly prolonged because the show was being filmed?
    Was it Arkhipova and Mukhamedov? I have seen that version before. She tied with my friend Amanda for a gold medal at the Moscow Ballet Competition and he won the Grand Prix that year - 1981. He spent some time at ABT, but he was what I call a stomp stomp trick dancer back then. He did jumps I had never seen before, but he stomped around a lot in between. I found her a bit robotic even then with huge jumps. She was second best Russian junior then - Ananiashvili was in her class and won the prize of the Ministry of Culture - sort of a junior grand prix. The audiences did the clacking and show stopping ovations when I was there.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Royal Ballet won this year. Bolshoi 2nd, followed by Berlin, Casse, and Bejart last.

    Looks like the Hard Nut won 3 years running, in 07, 08, and 09, so I'm guessing it's been retired, at least temporarily, from the competition.

    And yes it's the Arkhipova and Mukhamedov version for Bolshoi.

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    I loved the Bolshoi version, and I love Mukhamedov. I've always loved him. I hated when he defected to London. I always thought they put a tiger in a jewel box. But I am a Spartacus junkie.

    Is this Grigorovitch choreo? I think so. Even in the first act, it looked like the "boys" corps were doing character steps-which is fine. I did enjoy the richness of this version's visuals-the costumes, the makeup, the characterizations. I particularly loved the 2nd act dance that is typically Arabian or "exotic" being Indian. Loved it, gorgeous. It was most definitely the most athletically challenging version I saw all day. But-perhaps my more experienced fsu ballet friends can set me straight there.

    But my husband did have a good comment about the Bolsoi version..he said that the stage is so large, it makes the dancers so remote, no matter how "big" they dance.

    I hated the Berlin version. It was so SLOW. The Waltz of the Flowers sounded like a funeral dirge.

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    The Bolshoi Arabian is probably my favorite of any Arabian around. I love the imagery and the amount of control. The promenade with her standing on his leg is

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    Quote Originally Posted by LordCirque View Post
    Royal Ballet won this year. Bolshoi 2nd, followed by Berlin, Casse, and Bejart last.

    Looks like the Hard Nut won 3 years running, in 07, 08, and 09, so I'm guessing it's been retired, at least temporarily, from the competition.

    And yes it's the Arkhipova and Mukhamedov version for Bolshoi.
    I think The Hard Nut is fabulous and I'm definitely not in tecnik when it comes to ballet, but I just love that version.

    What I saw of the Royal Ballet version was nice, but I thought Bolshoi was better. Casse Noisette is fabulous in a way, but clowns with that permanent grin freak me out me.
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    The Hard Nut is fabulous! And a lot of fun to watch.

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