segunda-feira, 13 de abril de 2015

Wiener Staatsballet: Giselle Rouge (Première April 12th, 2015, Volksoper)


Not an easy task to tell Olga Spessivtseva’s „story“. Not even to suggest it.

Choreographed in 1997 this intelligent work is not concerned with simple “story telling” - especially because of the many divergences in her biographies - it goes much further...


Boris Eifmann used an extreme creativity to surpass a classic plot and suggest emotions, life aspects and events in a much more dramatic and effective way.
Ignoring the conventional line development of a “theatre plot” (that in fact has not much to do with the “dance idiom”) he hints lightly at facts and evokes general feelings that cannot be placed on an exact time or room or country, but which were part and nearly a kind of “condicio sinequanon” of Spessivtseva’s mental instability.

Not to be really compared with his “Anna Karenina”, which conceals a much more conventional “script line”, his “Giselle rouge” fascinates more because of its very openly aggressiveness, madness, nervousness and also because of the fact that its language is freed from the burdens and obligations that classic “story-telling” brings along with it.

I am sure that this is the reason why its language is so much more fascinating and appeals so much more to Ballet-goers. This is ballet.

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Eifman, as I read quite recently, was described as a “philosopher choreographer”. And I could not have agreed more with this description.
He is so deeply absorved by and concerned with the secrets of the creative process and how very difficult these may be.
He reveals little – but very directly – to his audiences, making them a part of the ballet.
He “discusses” with Ballet-goers about complicated, dramatic aspects of life.
And all this without fear and never going too far. He defined his own genre as “psychological ballet”. And once more I could not have agreed more.

It was a pleasure and an honour for me to observe him from so nearly during the party after the Première.

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Even though I was judging this work as too “highbrow” to the customary, average Volksoper-audiences it did not surprise me a bit to witness such strong applause at the end of the evening.

I was just sort of speechless with the unjustified applause at the end of a “Charleston” (“Yes, Sir, that’s my baby” to be more precise), a popular piece that reminded me of the very strange Bolshoi “odes” to America at the beginning of the 80’s, which I had the chance to witness here in 1982.

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That was the only time in which the audience betrayed itself – not just by applauding a very popular “hit” but also for giving itself away revealing such lack of “connoisseurship” to the rest of the score – marvelously put together by the way, especially the use of different Alfred Schnittke’s pieces at the “mad scene” in which Olga really lost her mind (was it in Australia? Some speak of the States) not knowing anymore what she was dancing, improvising, forgetting where she was or which Ballet she was in…

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Roman Lazik did a good job as "the partner" - supposedly Serge Lifar. It cannot be said that Olga really had this "flirt" with Serge. But the general idea of her having an unhappy love affair could also be another "help" for her descent into hell, into madness. Another "hint". And a very good one indeed. In very good shape Mr. Lazik is a very correct and competent dancer that seems to have a following in Vienna.

Jacopo Tissi, as “the partner’s friend” (Serge Lifar's "lover"), showed a beautiful stage presence. Very clean features, long legs, a beautiful line and a precise certainty in his technique - and by the way, giving his solo debut on stage. A matter, a date of rare importance in a dancer's life. If he was nervous, the audience could neither feel or see it.
A very gifted young dancer that will definitely have a bright future.
I am quite sure that we will stil much from him!

Kirill Kourlaev filled the stage with strength. Looking very “pump” (a fact that was strongly accentuated by his low cut costume) he developed his character, the “Bolshevik” into a very threatening, menacing kind of man. Dangerous. Great work. In full command of the much needed stamina that this role requires he turned his relationship with Olga into a play of cards that very aggressively comes to an end. A very scary aspect of life: The dependance of one person while being dominated by another.
What is the reason? Love, sex, possessiveness, politics, craziness, instability or simply “power”? Whatever the answer may be Mr. Kourlaev showed us this nearly vicious kaleidoscope of feelings – and the amazing thing is: a dancer that is also a comic, a prince, a romatic partner, an angel, a Matador… I love versatility and Mr. Kourlaev is always surprising us.

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Eno Peçi as the Balletmaster brought down the house and made us nearly cry with his unfortunate destiny. So sad all that vulnerability. Mr. Peçi, another very strong dancer, in full command of his trade, of his intellect and of his art, has reached that beautiful moment in the life of a dancer which combines the total confidence of a strong technique in a young body and that certain thing called maturity with its many aspects that make all the difference between giving just a good performance or giving a performance that touches us, our hearts because of its artistry. Chapeau!

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Olga Esina was the biggest revelation of the evening. Never before had I seen Miss Esina in such an emotional, fragile, daring performance. Yes, daring, you read it right: Spessivtseva’s character is no bowl of cherries to perform. Her contradictions may make her even unsympathetic, generally. Miss Esina, another dancer known to all of us also because of her exquisite technique, beautiful and intelligent musical phrasing and poise as well as clean lines that are mixed with the best of classic proportions, surprised us all as the “Olga that went mad”. Even if sometimes the choreography is far from “becoming”, forcing her into even inelegant movements, poses. And she did it. Courageously. The kind of interpretation of the first magnitude, the kind you do not see frequently.

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Long lasting applause for the soloists as well as for string Corps-de-Ballet which united a special selection and combination of the exquisite talents of Eszter Ledan, Nina Tonoli, Flavia Soraes, Laura Nistor, Natascha Mair, Igor Milos, Alexandru Tcacenco, Ryan Booth, Jakob Feyferlik and Jaimy van Overeem just to name a few.

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Cutting it short: a most enjoyable evening that was carefully rehearsed – and when I speak of “carefully” I mean “with great care”. For details, for effects, for emotions. Everything single element carefully thought of, "round".
Bravo, Monsieur Legris for once more presenting the Viennese Audiences with a ballet that could be called “un objet d’art” of the finest bone china.

Merci.
Vienna, April 13th 2015
Ricardo Leitner


Probenvideo – Giselle Rouge from DelbeauFilm on Vimeo.



Boris Eifman’s `Giselle Rouge´- Trailer from DelbeauFilm on Vimeo.


(Videos' Copyright: Balàzs Delbo/Delbeaufilms)

48 comentários:

Jacopo Tissi disse...


Thank you very much!

Catharina Aurora Habermann disse...

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Jakob Feyferlik disse...



Dankeschön !

Flavia Shishov disse...

gostou disso no Facebook.

Nina Tonoli disse...



Thank you!

Eno Peci disse...

Obrigado

Cristina Martinelli disse...

Super!

Natascha Mair disse...

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Mike disse...

Ricardo,you wrote that the dancer is "competent"(bitch!)but i have to say it: you are so well dammend competent in your work(there's the huge difference about being a competent dancer and then a competent writer - both meanings just don't say the same).i love your work,dear and i am always so glad to witness other interpretations here.your gigt is that you make people think.does anyone make YOU thing?love,always Mike

Céline Janou Weder disse...

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Igor Milos disse...

Obrigado and hvala!!!:-)

As Tertulías disse...

"Cathy", es war super schön Dich gestern wieder zu sehen und den Abend so als Zuschauer zu teilen!

Catharina Aurora Habermann disse...

Danke, liebe Ricardo! Fand ich auch!!

Alexandru Tcacenco disse...

Thank you Ricardo!

Cristina Martinelli disse...

Que critica!
Que video!
Que maravilha!!!!!!

Casanova Sorolla disse...

yo no vi aun la piezaaaa! apenas la vea chequeo lo que escribiste querido!!!!

Jaimy van Overeem disse...

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Regina Ferraz disse...

Ricardo querido.Divino!!!! Dramático!!!
Tanta felicidade para um coreógrafo obter esse
desempenho bem fora do mundo real aonde vivemos.
O ballet ou a dedicação a essa arte dá ao espectador uma visão etílica!!! Para o bailarino uma dôce passagem vinda do Olimpo e um encontro brutal
quando não podemos mais participar desse envolvimento poderoso que desnuda a alma de todos.
Beijos querido.Emocionante...Regina.

Cristina Martinelli disse...

Querido,estou eu aqui aos prantos,absolutamente comovida,tocada,abismada com este ballet.
Afora tudo que vc tão perfeitamente escreveu,descreveu e nos mostrou,este video me transportou ao mais ludico e etereo,ao mais belo abismo da beleza e tragedia em seu aspecto, forma e cor teatral.
Não posso,neste momento,escrever em idioma nenhum,tamanha minha emoção.
Tão bela codficação, impossível.
Tão bela coreografia,leitura e tão bela Companhia.
Tão grandes bailarinos,tão senhor dos palcos Boris Eifman...
Depois que ví Portrait of Giselle nada me acrescentou mais do que tudo isso que voce me trouxe à tona hoje.
Com todo meu amor e reverencia a Dança.

As Tertulías disse...

Cristina, obrigado por nos enriquecer com seu comentário, sua sensibilidade... Minha reverencia a voce, querida! Beijo
Ricardo

Iris Braga disse...

Tocante! Lindo espetáculo e belíssima crítica! Congrats for all!
Beijos

Iris Braga Ferreira disse...

Thank you!

As Tertulías disse...

Just to let you know: on line (der neue Merker) since yesterday...

http://www.der-neue-merker.eu/wien-staatsballett-in-der-volksoper-giselle-rouge-bericht-in-englischer-sprache-premiere

Benedetta Murachelli disse...

Posso scrivere: lo sapevo già? E so anche che dovrò studiarmi un po' di inglese per essere sicura che si scrive tutto e bene. Big hug (per cominciare).

Michael Anthony Phillips disse...

Bravo Manuel Legris, bravo Jacopo and all my friends (too many to name individually) in Wiener Staatsballett! Grazie, Ricardo Leitner!

Cristina Gasio disse...

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Eszter Ledan disse...

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As Tertulías disse...

Just included DelbeauFilm Balázs Delbó newest Video of "Giselle Rouge" in my review: a piece of art!!!!!!

Iris Braga Ferreira disse...

Very beautiful video! Always great work!

Delbeaufilm - Balázs Delbo disse...

Hi Ricardo!
I wanted to reply to the article yesterday, but it was crazy with this Giselle Rouge trailer...
Great article, I like that you mention the different story-telling from Eifman.
It's a unique piece.

Thanks for including my trailer!

again..

As Tertulías disse...

You know how I love your work!!!!!

Alexis Forabosco disse...

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Mike disse...

Rick,this new added video is something.really awesome.great work of camera for ballet.I am more than speechless (like you wrote about the audience's applause after the silly charleston).tks Mike

Cristina Martinelli disse...

Meu querido,este video é ainda mais belo que o outro e mostra com bastante clareza que não me enganei com este ballet mesmo.
É uma maravilha!
Além disso tem o toque e refinamento de Legris.
Vi alguns videos deste ballet com Cias russas e gosto mais deste.
Uma menção à parte para esse mágico da camera Delbó!
Que talento,que visão!
Um video "limpo",lindo e de bom gosto.
Continue me enviando....estamos amando.

As Tertulías disse...

Feliz fico, minha querida, que voce esteja curtindo tanto... imagine só todo o material que Balázs deve ter armazenado... mas vamos ficar feliz por este video. Ele "conta" tanto nao é? Só seni falta da cena da malinha - quando ela abandona a Rússia e o Bolchevista... Beijos
Ricardo

Claudia Toller disse...

Espetacular, muito boa! Bem escrita!

Maria Cecilia B Silva disse...

Maria Cecilia B Silva said: Vi a crítica, o vídeo e até comentei. Não saiu ? Se não, comento lá novamente. Bjs

As Tertulías disse...

Oh, please!

cecilia disse...

Amigo querido, graças a vc esses tesouros da cultura universal chegam ao meu tosco e selvagem paraíso tropical levando-me mais próximo ao divino e sublime.
seus comentários,além de informar, orientam e ampliam nosso olhar p melhor usufruir essas maravilhas. Vejo e releio repetidamente.bjs

cecilia disse...

Amigo querido, graças a vc esses tesouros da cultura universal chegam ao meu tosco e selvagem paraíso tropical levando-me mais próximo ao divino e sublime.
seus comentários,além de informar, orientam e ampliam nosso olhar p melhor usufruir essas maravilhas. Vejo e releio repetidamente.bjs

As Tertulías disse...

Badasi minha querida, agora fiquei ruborizado... mas é como voce diz: nosso "tosco e selvagem paraíso tropical"... vindo de lá, ainda hoje prezo e me sinto muito sortudo em ter tantas coisas, tanta informacao, tanta oportunidade ao meu redor... tao perto... e gosto de dividir com voces estas maravilhas (além de - tenho que ser sincero - adorar escrever estas "reviews" que me trazem muitos contatos com pessoas até de outros lados do mundo... isso faz bem!). Beijos minha querida!!!!! Saudades!!!

Anônimo disse...

Warum verstehen Sie so viel vom Ballet? Haben Sie getanzt oder eine Ausbildung in dieser Richtung gehabt?

As Tertulías disse...

Warum nicht "Anonimo"??? Man kann über viele Dinge "verstehen"... aber in meinem "Fall", ja, Sie haben Recht. Ich war Ballet-Tänzer. Es ist schon eine Weile her aber irgendwas nimmt man immer mit :-) Wer sind Sie?

Olga Esina disse...

Lieber Ricardo! Vielen Dank für die Review und für nette Worte über uns!
:-)) Wie freuen uns immer wenn Du unsere Vorstellungen besuchst! Liebe Grüsse! Olga und Kirill.

As Tertulías disse...

Danke Olga, Danke Kirill! Meine Freude!
Liebe Grüße
Ricardo

João Roque disse...

M A R A V I L H O S O !!!!!!