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The Hamburg Ballet premiered John Neumeier's take on the Onegin story this week, and have just released this video of rehearsals. Can't say I'm a fan of Lera Auerbach's music (for this or the other ballets Neumeier's commissioned from her (Preludes CV, Little Mermaid), which is a shame because I love his choreography.

 

Tatjana Larina
Hélène Bouchet

Eugen Onegin
Edvin Revazov

 

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Worked for me on my laptop using Firefox.  I sometimes get funny results on my phone.

 

It looks seriously interesting!

 

Katherine, does this mean Hamburg won't do Cranko's Onegin?

 

I doubt they're abandoning Onegin; in fact they are performing it this week.  The audience in Hamburg, it seems to me, is not the type who would say "Well, we've already got one ballet based on this story... been there, done that." A German reviewer, klassik.com, described the new Tatiana as "worth a trip to Hamburg".

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The national papers were much more reluctant, Neumeier’s ballet got mostly mixed or even bad reviews. Most critics kept compairing Tatjana to Cranko’s Onegin, seldom in favour of Neumeier’s version. Neumeier was a corps de ballet dancer in the creation of Cranko’s Onegin at Stuttgart in 1965 (he played on of the old guys in act 2 for example), so he saw the making of the whole ballet. Hamburg Ballet keeps the Cranko Onegin, so you can compare the two versions during the Ballett-Tage in July.

 

 

here’s a review in English language:

http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/2014/07/power-melts-away.html

 

For those of you who read German, some of the reviews:

 

http://www.welt.de/print/die_welt/kultur/article129637617/Die-Geschichte-des-gemeinen-Eugen-jetzt-auch-aus-Sicht-der-Landpomeranze.html

http://www.fr-online.de/kultur/tanz-puschkins-vampir,1472786,27686476.html

http://www.abendblatt.de/kultur-live/article129645571/Hamburger-Ballett-Tage-Tatjanas-Traum-Leben-als-Lebenstraum.html

 

http://www.tanznetz.de/blog/26497/eine-starke-frau

http://www.die-deutsche-buehne.de/Kritiken/Tanz/John+Neumeier+Tatjana/Traeumerei

http://www.jungewelt.de/2014/07-01/012.php

http://www.tanz.at/kritiken/kritiken-2014/1060-hamburg-ballett-neumeiers-tatjana.html

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The national papers were much more reluctant, Neumeier’s ballet got mostly mixed or even bad reviews. Most critics kept compairing Tatjana to Cranko’s Onegin, seldom in favour of Neumeier’s version. Neumeier was a corps de ballet dancer in the creation of Cranko’s Onegin at Stuttgart in 1965 (he played on of the old guys in act 2 for example), so he saw the making of the whole ballet. Hamburg Ballet keeps the Cranko Onegin, so you can compare the two versions during the Ballett-Tage in July.

 

 

here’s a review in English language:

http://danceviewtimes.typepad.com/ilona_landgraf/2014/07/power-melts-away.html

 

For those of you who read German, some of the reviews:

 

http://www.welt.de/print/die_welt/kultur/article129637617/Die-Geschichte-des-gemeinen-Eugen-jetzt-auch-aus-Sicht-der-Landpomeranze.html

http://www.fr-online.de/kultur/tanz-puschkins-vampir,1472786,27686476.html

http://www.abendblatt.de/kultur-live/article129645571/Hamburger-Ballett-Tage-Tatjanas-Traum-Leben-als-Lebenstraum.html

 

http://www.tanznetz.de/blog/26497/eine-starke-frau

http://www.die-deutsche-buehne.de/Kritiken/Tanz/John+Neumeier+Tatjana/Traeumerei

http://www.jungewelt.de/2014/07-01/012.php

http://www.tanz.at/kritiken/kritiken-2014/1060-hamburg-ballett-neumeiers-tatjana.html

 

Thank you: your list is something I was hoping for.

I've not read any review so far and I'm watching Tatjana later this week: I'll come back here to compare my personal impression with the critics one.

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I read only the English reviw and unfortunately I have to agree about almost everything.

I was very bored.

Even if able to create suggestions and ethnic atmosphere the music is almost impossible to be used for a ballet being unable to mark significant points, but Neumeier had little immagination and everything seems disconnected from the score, bad pdds and repeated side by side dancing (one really want to shoot one of the two dancers or maybe both of them), everything seems overlong as not choreografically worked out enough: maybe it will improve cut after cut, but you have to be brave to be back. The carachters don't really emerge, Onegin is quite dull, Lensky dominated by frenetic silliness, Tatjana doesn't grow and is married with a super sweet super smiling gawky peasant wearing an uniform, at least Olga is Olga.

Being familiar with the poem and other derived works, I was disappointed especially by the 2nd act, where Pushkin was totally diminished or maybe absent. :-(

At least the sets were very good (but the costumes terrible).

Only Alina Cojocaru, sitting yesterday in the first row at the side of Neumeier, could force me back, but I really hope that she will be busy elsewhere when the work will be repeated the next season.

Cojocaru will be Juliet tonight in Neumeier Romeo and Juliet: a great actress and great music and a wonderful masterpiece by Hamburg Ballet director, the best to forget and forgive Tatjana.

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Here's the official trailer.  I'm afraid it hasn't made me want to dash to Hamburg!

 

The video is even the worse than the ballet: clearly an hard task to present it as appealing.

 

Anyway there are many other good reasons to dash to hamburg! ;-)

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Can't say I'm a fan of Lera Auerbach's music (for this or the other ballets Neumeier's commissioned from her (Preludes CV, Little Mermaid), which is a shame because I love his choreography.

 

 

 

I have to say that I have found much of the music recently commissioned by the R.B. to be considerably worse. As a matter of interest, which current composers do posters feel could engage with narrative ballet? Do we need a Klaus Badelt or Hans Zimmer, who can tell a story rather than someone intellectually considered a composer of note?

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I can't say that Neumeier's "Tatiana" appeals to me, and I find it very frustrating that this comparatively recent work will soon be available on DVD when so many of the choreographer's other ballets (particularly his wonderful version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream") haven't been filmed.

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