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 Post subject: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 12:46 am 
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John Percival of the Independent celebrates the new Don Q and it appears that, notwithstanding the reservations surrounding the Royal Ballet's new Artistic Director, Ross Stretton, everything was all right on the night. However, having dished out praise, Percival remembers that we should still be suspicious - "Now how well can Stretton's management keep it up..."<P><B>A Don Quixote to be proud of - and a fine debut for company's new director<BR>By John Percival<BR>24 October 2001</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Do we see a change already in the Royal Ballet's first performance under its new director? You bet we do.<P>Whatever the long-term result may be, Ross Stretton has made an excellent start in the job. First, by choosing to open with the liveliest and most cheerful of the old classical ballets, Don Quixote. And then by ditching the miserable, half-baked version inflicted on us a few years back by his predecessor, in favour of Rudolf Nureyev's highly enjoyable production; much more rewarding all round.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=101182" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><P>


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 1:09 am 
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Judith Mackrell wanted more eroticism and tenderness: <P><B>Don Quixote <P>Royal Opera House, London<BR>Rating: *** <P>Judith Mackrell<BR>Wednesday October 24, 2001<BR>The Guardian </B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Last night Ross Stretton launched his first season as the Royal's artistic director with a production that was less a display of modernising ambition than a reassurance of his classical loyalties. Don Quixote is a sprawling 19th-century comedy whose mix of nonsensical farce and Spanish flavoured classicism would seem perfectly pitched for the Royal's most conservative audiences. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,579937,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>read on...</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 4:44 am 
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Leanne Bemjamin is injured according to the ROH website and will be replaced by Marianela Nunez on 26/10/01. Leanne's still listed though for the rest of her performances with Acosta.<P>Must be a good break for Nunez - I remember her saying in a masterclass that Kitri was a role she really wanted to dance. I wasn't entirely convinced by her Coppelia back in July but I've read that she's wowed audiences with Acosta before so hopefully the cast change isn't too much of a disappointment.


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Wed Oct 24, 2001 11:31 pm 
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A review in The Financial Times<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Not the brightest of starts to the ballet season. The first artistic decision of Ross Stretton, as director of the Royal Ballet, has been to bring Nureyev's staging of Don Quixote as part of his baggage from Australia. It is a decent enough version, though nowhere near as appealing as the Kirov's production. What can make it bearable and, indeed, hugest fun, is a combination of exuberant characterisation and dance bravura - which is what the Australian Ballet used to give it when this recension was new, 30 years ago. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://globalarchive.ft.com/globalarchive/article.html?id=011025000223&query=ballet" TARGET=_blank><BR><B> MORE </B> </A><P>And from The Telegraph<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>HUZZAS for regeneration will have to wait awhile. Instead of being the inaugural firework display resounding into the future, Ross Stretton's first production as director, Don Quixote, is a provincial-looking squib <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=005760794236107&rtmo=rQDhmQaX&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/10/25/btib25.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>And in The Times<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>This is a fresh dawn for the Royal Ballet. A new director — the first non-Briton to lead the ballet at Covent Garden — is taking the company into the new century, and on Tuesday he opened his first season. Not with something new, as it turns out, but with something rather old. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,62-2001370973,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>None of these reviewers are exactly overawed.<P><p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited October 25, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2001 12:19 am 
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<B>Nureyev's Don shows his age</B><BR>by Luke Jennings in The Evening Standard who enjoys the dancing, but not the staging.<P><BR>In the latter years of his life, it was a matter of sorrow to Rudolf Nureyev that the Royal Ballet - the company with which he celebrated his greatest triumphs - never took his 1966 production of Don Quixote into its repertoire. <P>In opening the new season with the ballet, therefore, director Ross Stretton is acting as a bridge-builder with the past. As a gesture this is admirable, but the fact is that the piece is very much of its time: too long, too incoherent, and too cartoonishly Spanish. <P>The humour, in particular, is of pantomime broadness. Sancho Panza (Tom Saps-ford) is a witless oaf whose pleasure lies in looking up girls' skirts, Kitri's father Lorenzo (David Drew) is a gurning yokel, and the nobleman Gamache (Luke Heydon) is a limp-wristed old queen. <P><A HREF="http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/dynamic/hottx/theatre/dance_review.html?in_review_id=466488&in_review_text_id=421588" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2001 4:13 pm 
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That the first performance of Don Q was a bit tentative was surely due to first night nerves, with everyone trying a bit hard, and conductor who was a disaster. Far too genteel - very suitable for Frinton, to quote CC. Both Rojo and Kobborg were slightly below par (I heard he had not been well). The dancing honours for me went to Yanowsky, who was a spectacular Dryad queen and got the biggest applause of the night, and Nunez who really has style. Galeazzi and Tapper showed great attack as Kitris friends. Martin Harvey did well as the Gypsy boy, but it was unfair on the promising Rupert Pennefather (great eyes)to expect him to be the first cast Espada - he looked out of his depth. Where was Mr Urlezaga?


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
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Thanks for this Michael - I'm sure everyone will have it down to a fine art by the time i see it on Nov 14th.


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
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I think you have great cast in all secondary roles. It's always first soloist or aka. In France, when they give DQ, they cast in all these role sujets, sometimes Premiere danseuse as Dryad Queen or Street Dancer but never more in Kitri's friend.<P>I remember one exceptionnal cast with Loudières and Legris in Kitri and Basilio, Kitri's friends were Arbo and Gaida, Espada, Kader Belarbi, Street Dancer, Marie-Claude Pietragalla - Dryad Queen : Elisabeth Platel, Cupid : Elisabeth Maurin - Gypsy boy : Wilfried Romoli and theorically the Bridemaids will be Karin Averty, but she was injuried and was replace by a sujet who left POB. It was 21 june 1989 in Grand Palais, in "Danse en révolution" manifestation. <P>But since this time, never they gave a cast like that. Happy english balletomanes Image !

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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
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Cathy - I wish I had been there. Tonights performance was much less frazzled, but the conductor was still awful. Cojocaru and Putrov confirmed my thoughts that Russian training is essential to the true spirit of DonQ. They were delightful. Cojocaru showed great command and star quality, her Vision scene variation was wonderfully placed, and reminded me of Ananiashvili. Putrov has great stage presence, and once he tidies up his landings, will be a great dancer. The one handed lifts were spectacular. Martin Harvey was a better Espada, but still not butch enough. Yanowsky was simply glorious as the Street dancer. Tapper, as the Dryad Queen, was not.


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Fri Oct 26, 2001 11:23 pm 
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Many thanks for your two commentaries, Michael. Keep 'em coming, please.<P>Can you share with us the name of the conducter?<p>[This message has been edited by Stuart Sweeney (edited October 27, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Sat Oct 27, 2001 5:46 pm 
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Thanks Stuart. His name is Charles Barker, and I have heard him perform well for the Australians. Actually I think the soupy Lanchbery orchestrations don't help. The constant key changes and unnecessary key changes may keep the orchestra happier, but they disrupt the rhythm of the piece. Listening to my Bolshoi recording, the sharpness and fire of the Espada music which drives the scene in Act I is totally smudged by Lanchbery. I am sure this inhibits the dancers. One advantage of the Baryshnikov version was that we didn't have these arrangements.


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
PostPosted: Sun Oct 28, 2001 1:01 am 
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Review in The Sunday Times<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><BR>I had expected rather more of a buzz in the house for the first night of the Royal Ballet's new season at Covent Garden last Tuesday, under the new directorship of Ross Stretton. The company performed a production that it was dancing for the first time - Rudolf Nureyev's Don Quixote, with two of its most admired principals, Tamara Rojo and Johan Kobborg, as the lovers Kitri and Basilio. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/news/pages/sti/2001/10/28/sticuldnc02002.html?" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><P>Ans also in The Observer (please scroll down for this one.)<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Over at the Opera House, all eyes were on Ross Stretton, the Royal Ballet's new director, who presented his first ballet of his first season at Covent Garden. His choice was Nureyev's version of Don Quixote, created for Vienna's State Opera Ballet in 1966, and much performed by Australian Ballet, Stretton's old company. The choice reveals much about both men. Stretton is keen to make his mark and Nureyev's production, new to the Royal Ballet, is a way of breaking with the past (the Royal's previous version was a staging by former director, Anthony Dowell). <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.observer.co.uk/review/story/0,6903,581884,00.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A><p>[This message has been edited by Joanne (edited October 28, 2001).]


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
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Article in the Telegraph on Tamara Rojo<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Tamara Rojo transfixed her audience when she danced Giselle for the Royal Ballet last year, and her latest role, as Kitri in 'Don Quixote', is sure to be just as dazzling. She talks to Louise Levene<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/et?ac=005760794236107&rtmo=Vrff3JqK&atmo=rrrrrrrq&pg=/et/01/10/29/btrojo29.html" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
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<B>Seat Availability for Don Q</B><P>There are seats available for all the remaining performances, but some are getting tight.<P>The ones where there is more availability are Nov. 5th, 6th, 13th. If this position continues there is <B>some</B> chance of concessionary stand-bys being available, but you will need to check on the day and a decision will only be taken 2 hours before the performance. When you ring, ask the sales staff for a 'steer' as clearly they cannot be definite until the decision is made.<P>


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 Post subject: Re: Don Quixote - Royal Ballet
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Nadine Meisner in The Independent<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Poor old Don Quixote. Not only is he afflicted by chaotic, fractious delusions that mark him out as a 17th-century sufferer of senile dementia, but despite being the titular protagonist, he stumbles about on the edges of the action. The real heroes of the Petipa-Gorsky ballet are Kitri and Basilio, from one of the countless subplots in Cervantes' picaresque novel. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=102494" TARGET=_blank> <B> MORE </B> </A>


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