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POB gala in Sydney
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Author:  stucha [ Wed Jun 13, 2007 5:32 pm ]
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Wonderful atmosphere at the Sydney Opera House - the foyer filled with dark apricot coloured roses. In the auditorium, the glorious and rarely seen Curtain of the Sun designed by Australian artist John Coburn, woven at Aubusson and specially hung for this occasion. Between the items was lowered a facsimile of the Palais Garnier front curtain - part of the decor of Opera Australia's production of Bizet's Pearl Fishers and on loan for the night.
Just some of the Franco-Australian connections along with Nureyev's association with both national companies - his Don Q and Raymonda were set on both the AB and POB.

Looking forward to Swan Lake and Jewels.
Just a few snippets about the performance. It was so exciting to see these dancers on the SOH stage. Sorry for the brevity and lack of critical expertise.

Paquita - Hurel/ Paquette . Excellent corps work and Paquette had some unsteady landings
Swan Lake - Cozette/ Martinez/Bullion - Cozette a little undepowered for the black swan and didn't make the 32 fouettes - who could blame her? in a foreign land and on an unknown stage!
Dame aux camelias - Letestu/Moreau - Letestu wonderful. filled the steps completely and luxuriated in the movement. wonderful partnering too and a gereat sense of older woman and younger man
Vertiginous thrill - Romberg/Daniel/Zusperreguy/Gaudion/Paul - fantastic attack and speed - thrilling indeed!
Sonatine - Dupont/Legris - probably the best item of the evening- superb partnering, emotional connection and fluidity.
Three cornered hat - excellent showpiece for Martinez and ideally suited to his temperament.
L'Arlesienne - Ciaravola/Belingard - a great success for Belingard who got the greatest reaction of the evening.

Unfortunately, it all went by so quickly. A wonderful evening!

Author:  ksneds [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 2:30 am ]
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Thanks so much for the report! Sounds like a great evening.

The Opera House is definitely a challenging place for dance, given the near complete lack of space in the wings. From what I understand, since there was no way the rest of the repertory would have worked at the Opera House, the gala was conceived as a way of having at least one symbolic performance at the Opera House.

I've not actually attended a performance at the Opera House, but toured through it and around it. It's hard to describe to someone who hasn't seen it in person, how completely unique and amazing a structure it is - both inside and outside. It must be quite an experience to perform on one of the stages!


Author:  Cassandra [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 3:16 am ]
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The following article may explain why Cozette was 'underpowered' ... 47,00.html

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Thu Jun 14, 2007 4:03 pm ]
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Manuel Legris and Aurelie Dupont are interviewed by Valerie Lawson in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Sydney Morning Herald

Author:  Francis Timlin [ Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:21 am ]
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Jill Sykes provides an overview (not, emphatically, a review) of the POB Gala in the Sydney Morning Herald:

Sydney Morning Herald

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