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 Post subject: 06-07: Napoli
PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2006 5:10 pm 
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Napoli

Choreography: August Bournonville, Choreography 2. act: Dinna Bjørn
Music: Niels W. Gade, Edvard Helsted, H.S. Paulli and H.C. Lumbye
Sets: Søren Frandsen and Ove Christian Pedersen
Costumes: Søren Frandsen and Kirsten Lund Nielsen
Conductor: Henrik Vagn Christensen

The Royal Orchestra

Performancces
20, 21 December 2006
16, 23 January 2007
2, 6 February 2007
27 March 2007 |27|
13, 21 April 2007

Main casts include: Diana Cuni, Tim Matiakis, Thomas Lund and Gudrun Bojesen.


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South Italian Love Festival in the middle of Copenhagen Christmas Fever

During the 3rd Bournonville Festival in 2005, it was proved that Bournonville's festive masterwork still has its timeless, charming quality and danced itself into the hearts of the public, the international press and the danish television audience. Now it is again possible to see the Royal Danish Ballet's crown jewel on Old Stage - and with three debuts in the lead roles.

Napoli's fundamental tribute to happiness and love has shown itself to be outwardly resilant. The ballet is the most oft performed ballet at the Royal Theatre. It has been performed more than 800 times in 13 different productions.

Therefore it is a bit of an event for a Royal Ballet dancer to be allowed to try their craft by dancing the main role in this work. Only one male dancer has debuted as Gennaro in the last eight years, and only one female dancer has debuted as Teresina in the most recent six years. So when the curtain goes up on December 20, the public will expect excitement/tension in how Tim Matiakis' Gennaro and Diana Cuni's Teresina are done and which interpretations these two dancers will present of some of Danish ballet's most interpreted roles. And Morten Eggert, who has many times previously been brilliant in dramatic roles, debuts as the mystical and tempestuous sea spirit Golfo.

Balletmaster Frank Andersen, who has himself been a instructor for the current production of the ballet, is proud to have a ballet such as "Napoli" in the repertoire:

"Napoli is itself the esssence of Bournonville and the Royal Danish Ballet. It is the company's leading work and is the first point on the wishlist when foreigners invite the Royal Danish Ballet to perform. Now we defy the winter depression and invite all to come to the warm south, and [see] the bubbling, sparkling fireworks of colour, dance and hapiness.."

In particular, the third act is famous for its many different festive dances, which follow eachother in long row of festive tableaus. But the seaside dances of the third act are also an outstanding portrait of Danish ballet tradition, for on the stage are all the generations of Danish dancers, from the youngest ballet student to the oldest character dancer.

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Syditaliensk kærlighedsfest midt i den københavnske julefeber
Under Den 3. Bournonville Festival i 2005 beviste Bournonvilles festlige mesterværk endnu engang sine tidløse og charmerende kvaliteter og dansede sig lige ind i hjertet på publikum, den internationale kulturpresse og de danske fjernsynsseere. Nu er der igen mulighed for at opleve Den Kongelige Ballets kronjuvel på Gamle Scene – og med tre debutanter i hovedpartierne.
Napolis fundamentale hyldest til livsglæde og kærlighed har vist sig yderst sejlivet. Værket er den oftest opførte ballet på Det Kongelige Teater. Tæt på 800 gange har forestillingen været opført i sine i alt 13 forskellige nyindstuderinger og nyopsætninger.
Derfor er det lidt af begivenhed for en Kongelig balletdanser at få lov til at prøve kræfter med de helt store partier i dette værk. Kun én mandlig danser har debuteret som Gennaro inden for de sidste otte år, og kun én kvindelig danser har debuteret som Terrasina inden for de seneste seks år. Så når tæppet går op den 20. december vil publikum vente i spænding på, hvordan Tim Matiakis’ Genarro og Diana Cunis Teresina gør sig ud, og hvilken tolkning de to dansere har lagt ned over nogle af dansk ballethistories mest tolkede figurer. Og som den både mystiske og stormfulde havånd Golfo debuterer Morten Eggert, der flere gange tidligere har brilleret i skæve og dramatiske roller.

Balletmester Frank Andersen, der selv har været med til at instruere den seneste opførsel af værket, er stolt over at have en ballet som Napoli i repertoiret:
”Napoli er selve essensen af Bournonville og Den Kongelige Ballet. Det er kompagniets hovedværk og det første punkt på ønskelisten, når udlandet inviterer til dansk balletoplevelse. Nu trodser vi vinterdepressionerne og inviterer alle med til sydens varme og et boblende og sprudlende fyrværkeri af farve, dans og livsglæde.”

Særligt 3. akt er berømmet for sine mange forskellige festdanse, der afløser hinanden i en lang række af festlige tableauer. Men udover dansen er 3. akt også et frem-ragende billede på den danske ballettradition, for her er alle generationer af dansere samlet på scenen – fra de yngste balletbørn til de ældste karakterdansere.


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