I think I can give the Forsythe a miss but the triple bill looks really interesting. Booking for this is already open and the prices look very reasonable. Does anyone have any thoughts as to the likely casting of the Ratmansky/Balanchine triple bill?
Programme 2 starts with "Pierrot Lunaire?" Oh dear. This new work wasn't received well in Orange County or New York this past February. The music alone is extremely difficult to digest. The concept was deemed to be OTT, and Ratmansky's choreography incoherent and unfocused, (a rare 'bad' on his part). Also, if one doesn't speak German, (there are no subtitles), or study the program notes as if for a final exam, it will be hard to follow the ballet. This work was made especially for Vishneva, who will (no doubt) be cast in each performance. However, the Balanchine covers a multitude of sins. I wonder if Mr. Fateev will have the stones to cast you know who (
) in "Apollo" or "Prodigal Son?" We'll see.
I would've thought that after the "Golden Age" two years ago, the Maryinsky Ballet would try to come back to London with stronger programs, MO. Please pardon my cynicism, but I can't resist: Why would the producers of this engagement put on 1/3 of "Beauty in Motion?" Wouldn't it have been better to separate the Maryinsky Ballet from Vishneva's solo program?