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 Post subject: 08-09: B is for Balanchine
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B is for Balanchine

Symphony in Three Movements, La Sonnambula, Symphony in C

March 14 - April 1, 2009
Opera, Main Stage

Symphony in Three Movements
Choreography: George Balanchine
Staging: Suzy Pilarre assisted by Kevin Irving
Music: Igor Stravinsky
Costumes: Annette Nørgaard
Light design: Mark Stanley

La Sonnambula
Choreography: George Balanchine
Staging: Richard Tanner assisted by Sorella Englund
Music: V. Rietti after Bellini
Sets: Kim Witzel
Costumes: Annette Nørgaard
Light design: Mark Stanley

Symphony in C
Choreography: George Balanchine
Staging: Merrill Ashley and Stacey Cadell assisted by Heidi Ryom and Anne Holm Peyk Jensen
Musik: George Bizet
Costumes: Annette Nørgaard
Light design: Mark Stanley

Conductor: Graham Bond
Sjællands Symphony Orchestra


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First review is in....

Henrik Lyding from Jylland's Posten liked "Symphony in C", and appreciated the dancing in "La Sonnambula", if not the ballet itself. He has less than positive things to say about the corps in "Symphony in Three Movements" with regards to the lack of synchronization. I have to wonder whether he's ever seen NYCB perform the piece, because the Balanchinian style tends to focus on speed over synchrony. From his review it's hard to tell whether the RDB was sacrificing synchrony for speed, or just need more rehearsal.


His review can be found here

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[b]B for Balanchine[b]
(Det Kgl. Teater, Operaen)

Af HENRIK LYDING
4 out of 6 stars


En ren Balanchine-aften er ekstremt krævende for korpset. Og afslørende. For Balanchine er lutter rene linjer, og ve det kompagni, der ikke har linealerne fremme. Lørdag aften havde 16 danserinder i hvidt desværre glemt deres ombord på båden over til Operaen. Så ’Symfoni i tre Satser’ fra 1972 var ikke noget kønt syn. Her var arme, der ville hver sin vej, ben, der ikke vidste, hvor de skulle se hen, slør i linjerne, som søgræs.

Uskønt var det. Noget hjalp, da solisterne kom på. Yao Wei og Thomas Lund liver op på det meste, Christopher Rickert bliver bedre og bedre. Delikat dansekunst var det. Men nogen spændende eller festlig ballet er denne trinsætning af Stravinskys symfoni fra 1942-45 unægtelig ikke.


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Casting has been posted, but it may well change as there are still un-cast dates and some obvious errors (Hilary Guswiler cannot be doing both the Erik Bruhn Competition and a performance on the same night!)

Overall though, so great casting, including a chance to see Thomas Lund, Alban Lendorf in both 'Symphony in C' 3rd movement as as the Harlequin in 'La Sonnambula', Chris Rickert in 'Symphony in Three Movements' and a host of principals and soloists sprinkled throughout. It will be nearly the last chance to see Silja Schandorff as a principal.:

Rollebesætning for Symfoni i 3 Satser:

14. marts 2009
Yao Wei
Thomas Lund
Diana C. Andersen
Christopher Rickert
Susanne Grinder
Ulrik Birkkjær

15. marts 2009
Yao Wei
Thomas Lund
Femke Mølbach Slot
Alexander Stæger
Amy Watson
Constantine Baecher

18. marts 2009
Cecilie Lassen
Sebastian Kloborg
Femke Mølbach Slot
Alexander Stæger
Amy Watson
Constantine Baecher

20. marts 2009
Yao Wei
Thomas Lund
Diana C. Andersen
Christopher Rickert
Susanne Grinder
Ulrik Birkkjær

21. marts 2009
Yao Wei
Thomas Lund
Diana C. Andersen
Christopher Rickert
Susanne Grinder
Ulrik Birkkjær


Rollebesætning for Søvngængersken:

14. marts 2009
Poet: Marcin Kupinski
Søvngængerske: Silja Schandorff
Kokette: Gitte Lindstrøm
Baronen: Morten Eggert
Harlekin: Alban Lendorff

15. marts 2009
Poet: Marcin Kupinski
Søvngængerske: Christina Michanek
Kokette: Maria Bernholdt
Baronen: Mogens Boesen
Harlekin: Charles Andersen

18. marts 2009
Poet: Marcin Kupinski
Søvngængerske: Silja Schandorff
Kokette: Gitte Lindstrøm
Baronen: Morten Eggert
Harlekin: Charles Andersen

20. marts 2009
Poet: Kristoffer Sakurai
Søvngængerske: Christina Michanek
Kokette: Maria Bernholdt
Baronen: Morten Eggert
Harlekin: Charles Andersen

21. marts 2009
Poet: Marcin Kupinski
Søvngængerske: Silja Schandorff
Kokette: Gitte Lindstrøm
Baronen: Morten Eggert
Harlekin: Alban Lendorff

24. marts 2009
Poet: Kristoffer Sakurai
Søvngængerske: Christina Michanek
Kokette: Maria Bernholdt
Baronen: Morten Eggert
Harlekin: Alban Lendorff


Rollebesætning for Symfoni i C:

14. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Gregory Dean

2. sats
Solodame: Silja Schnadorff
Soloherre: Nehemiah Kish
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Tim Matiakis
2 solistdamer: Susanne Grinder/Christina Michanek
2 solistherrer: Fernando Mora/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Ulrik Birkkjær
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

15. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Gitte Lindstrøm
Soloherre: Fernando Mora
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Gregory Dean

2. sats
Solodame: Silja Schnadorff
Soloherre: Nehemiah Kish
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Tim Matiakis
2 solistdamer: Susanne Grinder/Christina Michanek
2 solistherrer: Jonathan Chmelensky/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Sebastian Kloborg
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

18. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Gregory Dean
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Diana Cuni
Soloherre: Tim Matiakis
2 solistdamer: Susanne Grinder/Christina Michanek
2 solistherrer: Fernando Mora/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Ulrik Birkkjær
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

20. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Gregory Dean
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Diana Cuni
Soloherre: Alban Lendorf
2 solistdamer: Jaime Crandall/Alba Nadal
2 solistherrer: Jonathan Chmelensky/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Sebastian Kloborg
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

21. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Gregory Dean
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Diana Cuni
Soloherre: Alban Lendorf
2 solistdamer: Susanne Grinder/Christina Michanek
2 solistherrer: Fernando Mora/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Ulrik Birkkjær
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

24. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Gitte Lindstrøm
Soloherre: Fernando Mora
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Gregory Dean
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Diana Cuni
Soloherre: Alban Lendorf
2 solistdamer: Jaime Crandall/Alba Nadal
2 solistherrer: Jonathan Chmelensky/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Sebastian Kloborg
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

26. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy Watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
Solodame: Silja Schandorff
Soloherre: Nehemiah Kisch
2 solistdamer: Femke Mølbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Tim Matiakis
2 solistdamer: Susanne Grinder/Christina Michanek
2 solistherrer: Fernando Mora/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Ulrik Birkkjær
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

27. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
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30. marts 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Amy watson
Soloherre: Jean-Jucien Massot
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra

2. sats
Solodame: Silja Schandorff
Soloherre: Nehemiah Kisch
2 solistdamer: Femke Møbach Slot/ Cecilie Lassen
2 solistherrer: Thomas F Jeppesen/Byron Mildwater

3. sats
Solodame: Gudrun Bojesen
Soloherre: Tim Matiakis
2 solistdamer: Susanne Grinder/Christina Michanek
2 solistherrer: Fernando Mora/Julien Ringdahl

4. sats
Solodame: Kizzy Howard
Soloherre: Ulrik Birkkjær
2 solistdamer: Hilary Gusweiler/Giorgia Minella
2 solistherrer: Jon Axel Fransson/Marcin Kupinski

1. april 2009
1. sats
Solodame: Gitte Lindstrøm
Soloherre: Fernando Mora
2 solistdamer: Maria Bernholdt/Mathilde Søe
2 solistherrer: James Clark/Bryant Steenstra


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 5:33 pm 
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More reviews coming in:

from the Berlingske Tidende, where Vibeke Vern gives the programme 5 out of 6 stars. She praises many of the dancers, including Yao Wei and Thomas Lund in 'Symphony in Three Movements', Marcin Kupinski and Alban Lendorf in 'La Sonnambula' and the cast of 'Symphony in C'. :

Fejende flotte Balanchine-balletter

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Ballet: Med tre veldansede mesterværker i »B for Balanchine« på Operaen har Nikolaj Hübbe sat et flot og markant fingeraftryk på Den Kgl. Ballet.

Af Vibeke Wern
Sidst opdateret Mandag den 16. marts 2009, 08:06

Det er et imponerende, tempofyldt og smukt program Nikolaj Hübbe præsenterer i »B for Balanchine« med Den Kgl. Ballet på Operaen. Hele tre mesterværker af Mr. B kan man opleve på programmet, der er Hübbes første store, personlige udspil som balletmester.

For første gang herhjemme kan man nu se Balanchines dybt originale og toptunede »Symfoni i tre satser«, som han skabte til New York City Ballets Stravinskij-festival i 1972. En energisk, skarp og kompleks koreografi fyldt med kaskader af forunderlige ballettrin med jazzet twist til Stravinskijs skæve og synkoperede rytmer. Og Den Kgl. Ballet formår virkelig med kun få skønhedsfejl i geledderne at forløse den teknisk udfordrende koreografi, som på Operaens Store Scene får netop al den plads, den kræver.


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In Politiken, Mona Dithmer also gives the programme 5 o ut of 6 stars and thinks that Silja Schandorff was the queen of the evening:

Speedfreaks overtager Operaen
De kgl. dansere er på speed i fængende Balanchine-satsning. Midt i det hele går en engel gennem stuen: Silja Schandorff.

by Monna Dithmer

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Det er ligesom en Porsche, der skal op og ramme, hvor nålen ikke kan komme længere«.

Balletmester Nikolaj Hübbe sætter alle hestekræfter ind på Operaen for at markere, at når det gælder Den Kgl. Ballet, står B ikke bare for Bournonville.

Det hedder også ’B for Balanchine’. Ambitionerne er oppe i et mere virtuost gear. Danserne er på speed, med en energi så det står ud over scenekanten. Go for it!


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Alistair Macaulay reviews the triple bill:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/30/arts/ ... 0dani.html

In general, a good review, though I often feel that Macaulay doesn't bother to do his research before writing his articles. Most glaringly here, he talks about "dead wood", but it's prudent to remember that these dancers are essentially civil servants, which means that they cannot be let go because of their age and are entitled to a pension at 40. So they tend to dance longer, even in the corps, than at British or American companies. Some of the older corps members may not be what they once were energy and technique wise, but they usually more than make up for that in experience and ability to take on character roles.

Also, the character in "La Sonnambula" is a Harlequin (nearly identically spelled in either English or Danish), not just an acrobat. I think this distinction is important because a Harlequin represents a bit more than just a bit of bravua dancing - historically the character of Harlequin was possibly thought to have emerged from a character who was the emissary of the devil, and there's usually something sad in his cheeriness. So Balanchine's choosing a Harlequin for "La Sonnambula" was probably quite intentional.

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