Posted 11 December 2007 - 02:18 PM
Magic and sparkle werenít there. Sceneries are desperately sad. The corps de ballet is terribly rough. A lot of dancers look demotivated and itís more than conspicuous .
Nolwenn Daniel and Christophe Duquenne are two very good individual dancers and both are strong technicians but as a pair it just didnít work although they tried their best. Miss Danielís Clara is very artificial and lacks innocence, freshness and youth. To my mind, she isnít a good fit for Claraís part and itís not her fault. I guess she would better in Paquita. Christophe Duquenne was an honest prince but he had better days.
That being said, one can underline the excellent performance of Eve Grinsztain and Josua Hoffalt in the Arabian dance, the joy and professionalism of POBís school pupils who were on stage (aged 9-14 years old), and the brilliant conductor Kevin Rhodes whoís doing a very, very nice work with our damned musicians each time heís coming in. More over, he was the most acclaimed person with the kids and the Arabian dancers.
I think Iím now going to cry while watching my old Nutcrackerís tape with Elisabeth Maurin and Laurent Hilaire
Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:11 PM
Would it be possible to give us your impressions of the way that Drosselmeyer was portrayed and danced, and how this character figures in the Paris version? We currently have another thread on Different Drosslemeyers, and we could copy your post to that thread as well.
Posted 11 December 2007 - 03:38 PM
I can't say tonight's Drosselmeyer was very memorable, so I will rather refer to my old tape, Laurent Hilaire being Drosselmayer.
Here, Drosselmeyer's part is a part involving a lot of pantomine.
He's quite mysterious but not sinister and definitively not at all spooky. He isn't a charlatan or a buffon either. I thin he's rather a caring uncle, but always distant and can have some fun but not on the buffon's mode. His mysterious temper is always there but he also seems very concerned about Clara when the Nutcracker is broken.
I believe this mysterious trait and this restrained attitude are linked with the fact that in Nureev's translation of the story Drosselmeyer and the prince are one. The prince is the opposite of Drosselmeyer in the sense he doesn't have a restrained attitude and isn't mysterious. He's a beautiful and loving prince !
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