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 Post subject: Kirov's 'Jewels'
PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2001 12:24 pm 
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The Kirov Ballet<P>Judith Mackrell on 'Jewels' in The Guardian <P><BR> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Balanchine's Jewels may be classified as a full-length abstract ballet but, like all his "plotless" dances, it's full of stories about people and style. Emeralds, the first section, is cast with the sylphs and sirens of French romanticism; Broadway-inspired Rubies is a parade ground of sexual and athletic display; and Diamonds is a distillation of grand classical ballet - with vision scene and last-act celebrations packed into one.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><BR><A HREF="http://www.guardian.co.uk/reviews/story/0,3604,508520,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Kirov's 'Jewels'
PostPosted: Tue Jun 19, 2001 2:39 am 
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Jewels

Brilliant gems from the Kirov

by John Percival in The Independent

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Over-kill. How else to acc-ount for hundreds of empty seats in all parts of the house at one of Saturday's performances by the Kirov Ballet? We all know that this is one of the three best ballet companies in the world, but repetitive programming and high prices (no reduction for a matinée) did the damage.

The more's the pity, because this programme, Balanchine's three-part Jewels, is excellent and, on the whole, well danced. The absolute star, at two performances I attended, was Igor Zelensky, leading the cast of the last section, "Diamonds", an evocation of old St Petersburg style, set to four movements of Tchaikovsky's Third Symphony.
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Still a gem of an idea

The Kirov's production of George Balanchines Jewels remains a glittering success

BY DEBRA CRAINE in The Times

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One of the greatest treats for Kirov-watchers in the past few years has been seeing the company take Balanchine to its heart. And why not? George Balanchine may have been the father of American ballet but he came from the Kirov, and Russian style and tradition were in his bones and in his ballets. When the Russians dance Balanchine they bring the continuity of history with them. But what’s even more wonderful is how the Kirov dancers are transformed by the vigour and modernity of Balanchine’s American ballets.

Jewels is the perfect case in point. It was made by Balanchine in 1967 for his New York City Ballet, a plotless work in three acts, each named after a precious stone (a theme reflected in the jewel-encrusted designs). In fact, each of the three amounts to a completely different ballet, with different composers for each.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2001 2:20 pm 
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Russians sparkle in 'Jewels'

Another shot of Petipa please, begs Clement Crisp in The Finanacial Times, who simply can't get enough of the Kirov's dancing. Also revewed is 'The Sleepng Beauty'.

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One of the best things to happen in ballet during the past decade has been the eagerness of the two great Russian troupes - Kirov and Bolshoi - to take on the best (and sometimes the worst) of western choreography. Both companies have triumphed in Balanchine and, as you will see with the Kirov's Manon at Covent Garden this week, in MacMillan, while the Bolshoi promises Ashton's Fille later this year.
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Manon outshone by Balanchine's gems


Ismene Brown in The Daily Telegraph reviews Manon and Jewels by the Kirov Ballet at Covent Garden

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THE ability to keep the key works of major choreographers alive on stage goes beyond recreating the look of them. Their interpreters must capture the flame of creativity that powered them. Searching for new challenges, the Kirov Ballet has chosen to perform works that are the 20th-century offspring of its heritage - George Balanchine's Jewels, a glamorous abstract three-act ballet, and Kenneth MacMillan's historical drama Manon. One works, one doesn't.

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 Post subject: Re: Kirov's 'Jewels'
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2001 1:40 am 
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<B>Diamonds are a girl's best friend</B><P>Louise Levene in The Sunday Telegraph delights in the Kirov's 'Jewels' and bemoans the fact that the audiences are not as full as one would expect. She also reiews English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Where is everybody? The Kirov Ballet sold out two separate London seasons last year, the opening reviews were ecstatic, yet there have been seats in all parts for many productions over the past two weeks - even for Jewels, George Balanchine's glorious three-act celebration of the art of ballet.<P>Last Sunday's audience began applauding the instant the curtain went up on a stage strung with gemstones like a dewy cobweb. Emeralds (danced to Faure) evokes the regretful lyricism of the Romantic period but without a hint of pastiche. Rubies is a Broadway ballet (danced to Stravinsky) and Diana Vishneva rejoiced in the ballerina role, her sensational legs slicing through the air like searchlights....<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.lineone.net/telegraph/2001/06/24/arts/diamonds_3%33.html" TARGET=_blank><B>more...</B></A><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Kirov's 'Jewels'
PostPosted: Fri Jun 29, 2001 3:56 am 
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<B>Nice jewels, pity about the Manon</B><P>By Jenny Gilbert in The Independent<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>No ballet lover will need reminding that the Russians are back in town. And, as ever, they're pushing up the benchmark of excellence by several notches. What's new is that this isn't exclusively in the Russian classics department. The Kirov is developing a taste for American and British choreography. Out go the creaky Soviet productions. In come programmes of Balanchine and MacMillan – familiar to British ballet fans via the Royal Ballet and visiting New Yorkers, yet imbued with a sensibility that has "St Petersburg" stamped through the middle. This has its pros and cons.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P> <A HREF="http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=80262" TARGET=_blank>http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/theatre/dance/reviews/story.jsp?story=80262</A> <P>The evening I saw 'Jewels' Vishneva was replaced in 'Jewels' by Irina Golub from the corps de ballet. As you can imagine there was much disappointment when we learned this news. However Golub was delightful with legs and technique that would have delighted Balanchine and a light, witty approach that provided a fine contrast with Vishneva's exhilerating fireworks. <BR>


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