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On 01/05/2020 at 18:29, Angela said:

 

If it helps: The Beethoven ballet is not Neumeier's best work.

 

I'm not trying to be facetious here, but what in your opinion is Neumeier's best work? I'm just trying to understand.

Illusions like Swan Lake is one of my all time favourites but I struggle with the rest of his output.

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My Neumeier favorite is Nijinsky, closely followey by Lady of the Camellias and A Streetcar Named Desire. If interpreted by great dancers, these are the ballet evenings you live for, that leave you shattered, impressed, in awe. I also like his Midsummer Night's Dream very much, although the costumes look a bit dated, and his Othello. These are the works where he combines his masterful art of storytelling, which is sadly never appreciated enough in the English and American ballet world, with his best choreography, with the perfect choice of music, sets and costumes. Wonderful roles for dramatic dancers. Lately,  I fear, he lacks a bit in both, the Beethoven Project is confusing, incoherent, uninspired. Neumeier can be a true genius of choreography and I'm certain some of his ballets will live forever.

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3 hours ago, Angela said:

My Neumeier favorite is Nijinsky, closely followey by Lady of the Camellias and A Streetcar Named Desire. If interpreted by great dancers, these are the ballet evenings you live for, that leave you shattered, impressed, in awe. I also like his Midsummer Night's Dream very much, although the costumes look a bit dated, and his Othello. These are the works where he combines his masterful art of storytelling, which is sadly never appreciated enough in the English and American ballet world, with his best choreography, with the perfect choice of music, sets and costumes. Wonderful roles for dramatic dancers. Lately,  I fear, he lacks a bit in both, the Beethoven Project is confusing, incoherent, uninspired. Neumeier can be a true genius of choreography and I'm certain some of his ballets will live forever.

 

Count me as another huge fan of Lady of the Camellias and Nijinsky. Streetcar not so much. I did enjoy The Seagull. I love Neumeier's Illusions Like Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. He was supposed to be doing a new version of the latter for this June; I hope he won't mess with it too much.

I also like 3rd Symphony of Gustav Mahler, Bach Suite 3, and Shakespeare Dances.

I haven't seen Othello.

I find Neumeier is either brilliant (and when he is brilliant he is really brilliant) or.... not.

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15 hours ago, stucha said:

 

I'm not trying to be facetious here, but what in your opinion is Neumeier's best work? I'm just trying to understand.

Illusions like Swan Lake is one of my all time favourites but I struggle with the rest of his output.

 

I love his Nutcracker...and I’m usually not a big fan of any Nut! I also admire his Nijinsky and the recent Liliom for Alina Cojocaru.

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Funny thing about Lady of the Camellias.  Two friends had been raving about it for the best part of 20 years having seen Hamburg Ballet perform it during a festival in Copenhagen (around 1987/88).  I noticed that POB were performing it in Paris in 2006 so one of those friends and I decided to go and duly got tickets for 2 performances.

 

The first evening (I think Aurelie Dupont and Benjamin Pech) I thought it was OK but couldn't understand why my friends had been raving about it for so long.  In fact the friend I had gone with said she couldn't understand why she had been raving about it for so long!  The second performance was Agnes Letestu and unannounced guest Jiri Bubenicek.  What can I say.  To this day I cannot say why a man standing at the side of the stage reading a book reduced me to sobbing out loud!  At the end of the performance there was a tremendous standing ovation.  I think the backstage staff gave up and went home because suddenly the house lights went up but the vast majority of the audience stayed ovating for probably another 10 minutes!  I have never sobbed so much at a performance before or since and my friend and I were beyond the power of speech for about an hour after the performance.  I conclude from this that the casting for this piece is essential.

 

I saw his Romeo and Juliet in Copenhagen (RDB) and didn't like that at all.

 

Is Neumeier a bit marmite? 

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1 hour ago, Jan McNulty said:

To this day I cannot say why a man standing at the side of the stage reading a book reduced me to sobbing out loud!

 

I remember seeing Lady of the Camellias shortly after the premiere at Stuttgart. I was 13 or 14 years old and I cried so hard, especially because Armand was crying real tears over Marguerite's diary, that I refused to go to the ballet ever again... Luckily I changed my mind, but the end is heartbreaking. Just the moment when the piano starts to play Marguerite's theme, but now behind the scenes, not in the orchestra pit any more, but like a distant memory: what a simple, but brilliant idea. You should see Alina Cojocaru in this scene, she's incredibly moving - different than Marcia Haydée, very different, but oh so beautiful. Yes, these are ballets for dancers like Haydée, Bubenicek, Cojocaru - or Edward Watson, who never danced Neumeier, did he?  

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Here's another weepfest for Lady of the Camellias. I first saw it in Stuttgart with Robert Tewsley and Sue Jin Kang. From the moment he gives her the money at the party to the end of the ballet (must be about 15  minutes) I sobbed uncontrollably, tears pouring down my cheeks. I have never had an experience like that at the ballet before. I was worn out from crying by the curtain calls; I could barely clap or shout bravo.

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1 hour ago, Angela said:

Yes, these are ballets for dancers like Haydée, Bubenicek, Cojocaru - or Edward Watson, who never danced Neumeier, did he?  

 

Not that I'm aware of - from what you say, it sounds like a shame :(

 

I saw Lady of the Camellias in the cinema some years ago (Paris Opera Ballet?) and was unmoved, although that may have had something to do with it being run through with no break, or even indication of where the acts began and finished.  I definitely needed an interval somewhere.

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has any major work by Numeier been seen in the UK? I've enjoyed what I've seen of his work. Maybe his work is more appreciated by other countries, as would seem to be the case with Van Manen and Kylian. 

And I do agree that Ed Watson would have been an ideal interpreter of Neumeier's works  - I thought this when I watched the DVD of Nijinsky 

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When I saw Nina Kaptsova at the Bolshoi dance Marguerite in Lady of the Camelias, I couldn’t stop sobbing for an hour after. She is one of the great dance actresses of all time. She danced the third act PDD at a gala in Moscow, which Marcia Haydee attended. A friend of mine who sat near her heard her say to a friend, “I feel like I’m watching myself.”

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I may be a bit late to respond to this topic, but only was aware of this thread now. His Swan Lake has to be the top of my list for the simple reason that it's so seldom performed. To my knowledge it was only on in Hamburg and Munich. I've seen it in Munich several times and every time have enjoyed it esp with Lucia Lacarra as Odette. And was always overwhelmed by the end. My attempts to see it in Hamburg were thwarted by a municipal strike and then by Corona.

Then followed by Lady of the C. and then Midsummer Night. I am not impressed by the later works which I've seen - Othello, Streetcar, Nijinsky and Beethoven

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3 minutes ago, simonbfisher said:

Does anyone know whether 'A Cinderella Story' and 'A Streetcar...' are available on DVD or some other medium?

 

As far as I know, they have not been recorded. Maybe when Alina Cojocaru will dance Blanche Dubois some day.... Maybe Edward Watson could still do Stanley Kowalski? It's a difficult, hard ballet, but they would be a dream cast.

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