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 Post subject: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2002 1:05 pm 
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Are we seeing too many "Swan Lake" productions, both classical and modern? Does this trend mean anything?

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Birds not of a feather
Two 'Swan Lakes' mark change in dance scene

Octavio Roca, SF Chronicle

It wasn't planned this way, but Bay Area dance lovers this season have been treated to back-to-back, wildly different versions of "Swan Lake," both new to the region.
<a href=http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2002/12/01/PK35242.DTL target=_blank>More</a>


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
PostPosted: Mon Dec 02, 2002 1:23 pm 
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The more the merrier, IMO.
Wow, wish I could see Baryshnikov's version and also the ABT referred to. Anyone got tapes?


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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"Swan Lake" is one of those ballets I've seen dozens of times but will always want to see again. It's always different, and it's a strong enough work of art, choreographically and musically, to bear repeating. On the other hand "La Bayadere", in my opinion, seen once is seen enough (except for Act III).


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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Oops!

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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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crandc--A 1976 ABT performance of "Swan Lake," staged by the Royal Ballet's David Blair, is available on Bel Canto video number 12678. It stars Natalia Makarova and Ivan Nagy. If the powers that be are benevolent, Kevin McKenzie's current ABT production of the ballet, with its expanded role and beautifully sinister Act III solo for Von Rothbart, will eventually be available on tape and DVD. This is the staging referred to in Roca's SF Chronicle article.

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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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Oh, dear, Liscarkat, here we must unfortunately agree to disagree. I so very much disliked Kevin McKenzie's Swan Lake that I wouldn't care if it was never done again, much less available to the public on DVD or VHS. However, I have seen many Bayaderes, among the most beautiful of those being those of the Paris Opera, the Kirov, the Universal Ballet's new production by Oleg Vinogradov, and the production for the Boston Ballet, and always enjoy seeing another one well done.


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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o.k. librarian--I guess I just haven't seen the right "Bayadere" for me yet. I'll keep an open mind. As for the Bolshoi's, I'd rather have seen Act III three times in a row than Acts I and II. I'd buy a DVD (or go to a live performance) of McKenzie's "Swan Lake" right now, if I could. I've never seen a "Swan Lake" that I really disliked.


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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Well, I've seen several productions on tape and one live, and I still think the only part of La Bayadere worth watching is the Kingdom of the Shades part.


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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djb--I tend to agree, but there are so few old full-length ballets for us to see, compared to, say, operas. Just compare the size of the opera video section at Tower Records to their inventory of ballet videos. I hate to write a 19th-century ballet off without giving it a few more chances. I've probably spent about $1,000.00 each seeing Swan Lake and Giselle in my lifetime, and will spend a lot more. But only $70.00 so far to see La Bayadere. There's got to be more there, if it's done right. However, all those girls dancing with stuffed parrots pinned to their shoulders...hmmm. Nah, you're right.


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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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If choreographers must modernize and tweak the classics, why can't they do it with something like La Bayadere? I'd love to see what Matthew Bourne or Mats Ek would do with it!

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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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I'd like to see the Monty Python version. During Act I, I halfway expected Graham Chapman's British Army officer to suddenly walk onstage and say "Alright! This is just too silly! You're all under arrest!"

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 Post subject: Re: The Mystique of 'Swan Lake'
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But, the topic is Swan Lake! I think part of the mystique is the beautiful contrast between Acts I and III and Acts II and IV. And of course, Tcaikovsky's perfect score. While Acts I and II of Bayadere contrast sharply with Act III and make it appear even more beautiful in its minimalism, the comparison only weakens I and II and makes one long for more shades, less jungle. The music, too, is forgettable, except for the corps entry from Act III. In my opinion.

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