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 Post subject: Zorba the Greek - the ballet
PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2002 8:56 pm 
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Charles Purcell writes in the Sydney Morning Herald:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>It's a tribute to Quinn that he embodied the zestful Mediterranean hero so well on screen (he was nominated for an Oscar for the role). Yet portraying the joie de vivre of the legendary Zorba is a challenge Lorca Massine has also accepted. He's the star, author and choreographer of Zorba the Ballet, a massive production featuring 205 members of the Greek National Opera and a cast of 65 dancers.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/05/23/1022038458150.html" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A><BR>


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PostPosted: Tue May 28, 2002 8:57 pm 
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Jill Sykes reviews <I>Zorba the Ballet</I> at the Capitol for the Sydney Morning Herald:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Zorba the Ballet is an astonishing mix of the awful and the wonderful - fortunately ending on a high point that obliterates recall of some the dross that has gone on beforehand.<P>Not only does Zorba's dance create its irresistible magic, but on Sydney's opening night a succession of encores provided more balletic pyrotechnics from one of the principal dancers than the male lead of Swan Lake gets to dance all night.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> <P><A HREF="http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2002/05/26/1022243290013.html" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Zorba the Greek - the ballet
PostPosted: Wed May 29, 2002 4:10 am 
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I’ve never seen this ballet live, but have the video of Vladimir Vasiliev in the title role dancing at the Roman amphitheatre in Verona together with a cast of mainly Italian dancers. With his blond hair and Russian features, Vasiliev makes an unlikely Zorba at first glance, but he is actually quite outstanding in the depth of feeling he puts across. He must have been close to 50 when the video was made, but he was still fantastic dancing with a speed that many younger dancers could only envy.<P>The Theodorakis music is basically the same as the film but extended and added to for the purposes of dance and the composer also conducts the orchestra. I can understand critical comments being a bit mixed on this one, I suppose it depends on how much you enjoy Greek music and familiarity with the book/film. Being a great lover of Greece, Zorba always conjures up memories of old men getting up and dancing in the Greek tavernas, totally oblivious of their surroundings and lost in the movement of the dance. I always found watching them a deeply moving experience.<BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Zorba the Greek - the ballet
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Being a great lover of Greece, Zorba always conjures up memories of old men getting up and dancing in the Greek tavernas, totally oblivious of their surroundings and lost in the movement of the dance. I always found watching them a deeply moving experience.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><BR>I agree, Cassandra, brings one back to what dancing is all about doesn't it?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2002 6:03 pm 
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Hi;<BR>Just to let you know, I have some great Cidveo clips from Zorba the Greek which will be posted on the Elite Dance Network's Serbian National Theatre Ballet web page listing in the near future. Keep an eye on <A HREF="http://www.elitedance.com" TARGET=_blank>http://www.elitedance.com</A> in about two weeks for the update. The clips I have are pretty good and show alot of dancing in the "Zorba" ballet.<BR>Ciao for now.

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 Post subject: Re: Zorba the Greek - the ballet
PostPosted: Wed Oct 09, 2002 10:03 pm 
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Hi again;
We have finally added the video clip from Zorba the Greek onto the Serbian National Theatre Ballet's section of the Elite Dance Dance Network. The choreography is by Krunislav Simic and the video is 27 seconds long. just goto http://www.elitedance.com and scroll down to the company listings for Europe, then select the Serbian National Theatre link. Enjoy :D

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