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Russian State Ballet & Opera House @ The Wyvern
« on: November 05, 2013, 11:22:48 AM »
We wandered down to watch the Russian State Ballet & Opera House perform the Nutcracker last night.

I like the music of Tchaikovsky and the Nutcracker is one of my favourite ballets. The Nutcracker is based on a story by Hoffman and, depending on the performance of the dancers, how well it has been interpreted and directed, has been known to bring a tear or two to my eyes.

Some of the Nutcracker dances, (particularly that of the ballerina in the Grand Pas de Deux), are physically astounding, beautiful and poignant when danced well, but others can be confusing, chaotic and just a little bit boring if not danced well or the direction/interpretation lacks something.  I'm sorry to say that last nights performance, enjoyable though it certainly was, wasn't the best I've seen and, (I'm a little embarrassed by this), it was the first ever time that I fell asleep during a performance, twice.  I don't think I snored though, so that was good.

The Nutcracker does have a history of good & poor performances and interpretations.  Last nights performance was very closely based on the original choreography by Pepita (at least I think the original was Petita) and so I think the artistic director should have been in fairly 'safe' territory.  Unfortunately I found myself noticing, and then focusing on, poor timing, synchronisation and positioning on stage rather than on the overall dance.  Some of it was funny - I did laugh out loud when one of the toy soldiers almost ran-through one of the leading dancers when the more senior dance appeared in front of the soldier at the wrong time and in the wrong place. At that exact point the toy soldiers were on time, in position and perfectly synchronised, until the accidental stabber was forced to jump backwards into her colleagues :)

The ballerina who played Marie is, (in stature), absolutely tiny when compared to other Ballerinas, but dances with precision, control and beauty.  The same goes for the two ballerinas playing Marie's Brother Fritz but I assume they are selected for the roles for children because of this.  It's not a criticism, just an observation.  All three are very, very good dancers.

Overall I don't think the performance was good enough. I expected, and expect, much more from a company which is touring internationally. By way of comparison, Tig and I saw the Nutcracker performed by the Moscow State Ballet and, from start to finish that performance was electric, spell-binding, erotic, funny, charming and so adsorbing it felt like it was over in minutes.  That performance burned itself so deeply into my memory I doubt I will forget it.  My memory of last nights won't last, which is partly why I'm writing about it now - Tig and I were last night talking about another ballet we'd seen which also wasn't particularly good, but neither of us can remember who did it or what it was !

Anyhow, last nights performance does suggest a certain historical irony.  The Nutcrackers first performance in 1892 was also considered to be something of a flop.

Overall I'd rate it as 7/10   I would have rated it slightly lower but Tig reckons I'm always too hard on the talent, should make more allowance for some of the younger and less experienced dancers and acknowledge that our ticket prices were about 50% less expensive than usual.  Duly acknowledged dear.....as long as she similarly acknowledges that we'd also expect to pay much less to see the Worzels than we would the London Philharmonic.

If I hadn't been working I would have liked to have seen tonight's performance of Swan Lake and Wednesdays Romeo and Juliet.  I've never seen Romeo and Juliet (in ballet form).



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Re: Russian State Ballet & Opera House @ The Wyvern
« Reply #1 on: November 05, 2013, 01:13:05 PM »
In which case Geoff,    http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet-round/

Well worth a trip to London - in the round at the Albert Hall this is fantastic. The Prokofiev score is beautiful.

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Re: Russian State Ballet & Opera House @ The Wyvern
« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2013, 03:58:25 PM »
In which case Geoff,    http://www.ballet.org.uk/whats-on/romeo-juliet-round/

Well worth a trip to London - in the round at the Albert Hall this is fantastic. The Prokofiev score is beautiful.


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« Reply #3 on: November 05, 2013, 07:13:54 PM »
Bleedin champagne socialists

I fancy a bar of Fruit and Nut now.
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« Reply #4 on: November 05, 2013, 11:32:52 PM »
Bleedin champagne socialists

I fancy a bar of Fruit and Nut now.

Hahaha! I was telling Tig why That bit of music reminds me of Frank Muir. When I realised that she had no idea who Frank was I had to explain Call My Bluff and the fruit and nutcase song.....

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Re: Russian State Ballet & Opera House @ The Wyvern
« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2013, 11:54:32 PM »
Bleedin champagne socialists

I fancy a bar of Fruit and Nut now.

Hahaha! I was telling Tig why That bit of music reminds me of Frank Muir. When I realised that she had no idea who Frank was I had to explain Call My Bluff and the fruit and nutcase song.....

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Shouldn't have married a younger bird then, any I did sort of remember seeing the advert on uk gold :-*

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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2013, 07:58:01 AM »
Everyone's A Fruit & Nut-Case Small | Large


Here you go Tig.

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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2013, 01:38:21 PM »
Shouldn't have married a younger bird then, any I did sort of remember seeing the advert on uk gold :-*

Younger BIRD, Tig, I haven't heard that expression for years and it emanated from the sixties, or so I remember!!
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« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2013, 08:28:04 PM »
The eternal radiance is 4 days older than me.

This is the first time I've ever mentioned it in 20 years of repression wedded bliss.

Honest.
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