simonbfisher Posted February 23, 2013 Share Posted February 23, 2013 Well, Janet has encouraged me to join in - so here's my first! I've just got home from seeing the Dress Rehearsal and then the "real thing" yesterday evening. Quite a day. Pennefather the Dress Apollo, and Acosta in the evening : so different. Even the initial whirling arm is different - the dependence on the muses, the weight of presence. Amazing contrast within a tightly drawn ballet. The new Ratmansky I felt was underwhelming - in fact I was a bit disappointed. The music was rice-puddingy rather than scintillating (whose orchestration is it??), the scenes followed on all to fast and furious, I couldn't build a narrative for myself at all. There is more in the latter part of the ballet than the earlier scenes, I thought, but with an amazing cast I just wash't amazed. And what did the Zanowsky/Pennefather spat remind us of? I can't place it - could it be Haydee/Cragun in the Shrew? It certainly stirred up something in the depths of my memory. The Wheeldon, though, was astonishing! Twice in one day was NOT enough. That prickling behind the eyes (mine!) in the final moments; Hay really in his element; Nunes quite fantastic - where does she get the stamina to project all that emotion and control it like that? AND she was the best of muses barely an hour earlier; Kish and Bonelli like Yin and Yang; the strength of the eight dancers in Scene 1. The set was brilliant, the music too, (even though I was dreading more Britten). The whole thing will be with us for many seasons, I hope. I'm gushing, so I'll stop, but I'll be really interested to see what others thought of the evening! 3 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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