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  1. Yesterday's matinee was the last performance on the Mariinsky tour of California, La Bayadere at UC Berkeley's Zellerbach Hall with Novikova, Kim and Batoeva. It was magnificent! Rarely do we see such dancing in the Bay Area, and the audience was over the moon. The scenery and dancers competed for space on the small Zellerbach stage but they made it work to create an escapist fantasy set in a mythical past. The elephant, the tiger, the parrots! Oh my! They even managed to get 32 shades on the stage. Kudos to the corps! The same cast (except for the principals) had performed th
  2. La Bayadère Berliner Staatsballett. Ratmanksy - amazing production! Seminova as Nikiya, Virelles as Solor, Correa as Gamzatti. I love the way Ratmansky does Grand Ballet Kitsch with total seriousness and commitment. It was on the one hand watching the 19th. Century come alive, but with Bakst’s spirit hovering throughout, and a witty, knowing but academically informed 21st century approach. His use of mime is perfect - no other does it as well. It was truly a language in itself. The dancing first rate throughout (....although first night wobbles visible amongst the Shades, when they w
  3. Two snakes for the price of one Having seen two performances of La Bayadere in Berlin in September, although enjoying them, I was left wondering whether this Ratmansky reconstruction was as revelatory as his versions of Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake which I have also seen. The extensive mime passages particularly in the first scene, while interesting, added very little more to the narrative that we already know. As in the previous reconstructions there is more demi pointe work for the female corps de ballet. And the Final scene of the destruction of the Temple was li
  4. La Bayadere opens tonight. Please use this thread for discussion of performances. Thanks!
  5. Well, yes, it's La Bayadere, but not as you know it. Not, that is, if you have in mind Makarova's production for American Ballet, which has been presented by many companies internationally since then. The Australian Ballet is one such company, and their production of La Bayadere was the first in a series of steps that resulted in my present obsession with ballet. At the time however, I sat throughout the evening in horror. 'Haven't these people read Edward Said' was all I could think of. 'Don’t they know about Orientalism?' Greg Horsman (previosly ballet master, Northern Ballet, then ENB, now
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