Posted 29 June 2005 - 06:36 PM
What Graeme Murphy does is he goes around and bastardises ballets. With nothing else to compare it to, it is like changing Shakespear's words. Of what I am aware, he has done it to the Nutcracker and now Swan Lake. His version of the Nutcracker was awful and it may have succeeded as a ballet in its own right, but people wanting to see the real Nutcracker were very disappointed. He also made a ballet called "Shades of Gray" about Dorian Gray. Well he even bastardised that by putting in a scene with a S&M guy in the middle of the stage with men in leather sliding around the stage on toilets. It would have been much better for the UK to have seen our diverse technique in "White" - a triple bill we recently did consisting of the final act of La Bayadere, Relic (a new, contemporary piece by Adrian Burnett) and Suite en Blanc by Serge Lifar. These are all completely different ballets but great ballets.
I am very disappointed in the Australian Ballet's choice to tour with Swan Lake. I advise you not to see it as you will think less of the Australian Ballet after seeing it.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 08:57 PM
We saw the Eastoe/Heathcote/Dunn cast. Eastoe alone would, IMO, make it worth the money to see. I found her acting and technical skills quite inspiring.
We weren't there long enough to see the debut of "Shades of Gray," but even there I would have to say I was intrigued by the descriptions of its intent. It was meant to explore the impact of AIDS on the performing arts world. I'm not sure you could sanitize such a theme without offending a few people. I personally applaud and try to support choreographers who attempt to use dance to say something about the world as we know it today.
Posted 29 June 2005 - 10:45 PM
I'm a fuddy-duddy old traditionalist, and this doesn't sound like my cup of tea, but it is refreshing to hear that a person can easily follow a story ballet without memorizing program notes ahead of time.
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Posted 03 July 2005 - 10:02 AM
It helps me to understand and appreciate people's feelings about an artist or performance when they take the time to describe what they've actually seen. That's my own "attention span of a five year old boy" for ballet criticism.
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