quinta-feira, 3 de novembro de 2016

Wiener Staatsballet November 1st, 2016: „Balanchine / Liang / Proietto“ – Premiére

Wiener Staatsballet November 1st, 2016: „Balanchine / Liang / Proietto“ – Premiére

The evening started in a very positive way:

just before the performance started, there was a short conference in which Edwaard Liang and Daniel Proietto spoke not only about their works but also about their point of views on dance.
Mr. Liang finished this short introduction with very beautiful and touching words about dancers and choreographers and dance:
“We want to change things” as he mentioned how the beauty of art can change things within a human being…

These coud not have been more appropriate words to start an evening like this.

Excitement was in the air – I met some dear friends and we were in total rapport, feeling something in common: happiness and joy in being able to witness again something new.
Yes, excitement. Pure excitement.

The programme opened with Balanchine’s “Simphony in C”.
As I normally say: “Mr. B. is Mr. B.”. A commentary which may not make sense first but I am always reffering to his quick, tricky and unique style.
Coming from times in which dancers from the ABT not even dared to think about dancing what their colleagues at the NYC Ballet were doing,"just across the road",
I am still very impressed that so many companies around the world have included Balanchine’s works in their repertoire.
And quite well, I must say. Vienna is no exception.

It is not easy, as we used to say, not to look like a wire-hanger while staying still on stage – especially in the second and last movements.
Gala Jovanovic mastered this very tricky situation beautifully. Chapeau!

Natascha Mair. Copyright: Ashley Taylor

There were some “tempo problems”: specially during the lifts – the main soloists were slight out of synchronization with the “second couples” – but the music is so quick anyhow!
Natascha Mair and Jakob Feyrerlik are a beautiful pair on stage: she very much “on Mr. B's style”, he, growing so fast as an artist. A joy to watch this from performance to performance.

Liudmila Konovalova / Vladimir Shishov. Copyright: Ashley Taylor

Liudmila Konovalova and Vladimir Shishov, with the piece I consider the hardest in “Symphony”: very demanding but quite ungrateful. The sort of pas de deux which will not cause an standing ovation – except for connoisseurs. Both gave a wonderful portratit of what real artists are made of!

Nina Tonoli, charming and Denys Cherevychko – jumping better than ever.
Nina Tonoli / Denys Chrevychko. Copyright: Ashley Taylor

Last but not least: Alice Firenze – technically VERY exact and cofident. Beautiful. A fine dancer.
Robert Gabdulin showing as usual a beautiful presence on stage.
Notable members of the corps de ballet – good to watch closely dancers like Franziska Wallner-Hollinek, Suzan Oppermann and to welcome back lovely Céline Janou Weder.
This season is being quite difficult: injuries, pregnancies. “Chapeau” to the four very young girls – still at school – that jumped in!

Murmuration is a beautiful piece. Perhaps not for Ballet-only spectators. But a joy to watch…

Because of that the second intermission was extremely interesting: I followed many interesting discussions.

Exactly what Mr. Liang had said before the performance, started happening within the spectators: choreographers, dancers want to change things.

Many were taking a deep breath, trying either to understand or not to judge to hard or even willing to change their points of view.
This “discussing” art in a sensible way, this exchange of opinions and ideas has a very good name in Portuguese and Spanish: “Tertúlias”.
Perhaps you know this name from somewhere :-)
These are gatherings of different persons with different opinions that discuss and philosophize about art aspects, respecting each other - even when they do no share the same opinion.
I like that.

Even though at the very beginning I was not quite sure what to make out of it, this work conquered me and set me into a sort of dream.

The dancers were surely chosen with much care and accuracy: Ioanna Avraam, Mr. Feyferlik, Miss Ledán, Miss Firenze, Leonardo Basílio (that, all of a sudden is giving a new reading of his own persona – very confident on stage!).

Nina Poláková / Roman Lazik. Copyright: Ashley Taylor

The main pas de deux (Nina Poláková and Roman Lazik) is – to my point of view a bit too long and repetitious. I would like to point that Mr. Lazik surprised me in a very positive way yesterday.
A very good partner on whom his partners may really relly upon.
Miss Poláková – always “fire and emotions” on stage.
Especial distinction for Igor Milos and Zsolt Török in the “boys’ group”. Strong performances.

Blanc – the piece that everyone was waiting for…

I was thrilled by its conceptual complexity.
Apart from Daniel Proietto’s “relaunch” of a certain dance feeling (and way) that he considers somehow lost,
there is much more to this piece.

He said: Fokin’s “Les Sylphides” was an homage to “La Sylphide”. Therefore Blanc is an homage to the homage”.

Delicacy and, to quote Jane Austen, “sense and sensibility”.
Poetry… (I personally think that the use of the original English text would have been better – Mr. Rupp was sometime hard to understand…
and let’s be honest: how many vistors from abroad do we have at the Opera that do not understand a single word of german ?).
But the idea itself – to have “poetry” on stage, not only in the form of dancing, is beautiful.

Some people say that the "poet" was not necessary - appart from the fact that we must respect his concept, we must admit that not every Opera House has such dancers as Miss Papava and Mr.Peçi.

The scenery and lights were prodigiously good.

Most of all I was impressed, at the very end – when the poet meets his muse, now in reality, now as the woman she is.

As the “meadow’s set” appeared, or better said, as it was opend in fornt of us, I thought of some Hollywood magic from the 30’s…
It reminded me, somehow, the colours of “The wizard of Oz” - the flower fields in front of the Emerald City.

As if the piece was telling us that reality is even more magical and colourful than a dream... Beautiful!

Natascha Mair / Davide Dato. Copyright Ashley Taylor.

In fact, if you think about the “negatives” (which in fact on the very day of the premiére had to be changed from a quartet into a trio)
that coud make sense. Lots of sense.

The “negatives” – what a great metaphor, were danced exquisitely by Natascha Mair, Davide Dato and Masayu Kimoto.

My only, not very favorable, comment is to the use of the “negative film” in the background:
As long as landscapes, woods in fact, were being shown it was all right.
But the use of a man’s face (was this the poet?) was a little bit too much for me.
It gave me the feeling that the mise-en-scène was trying to explain itself.
Like saying: “See? The dancers are black and have white hair because they are “negatives”… “. Not really necessary.
Good sense and understanding are a "Conditio Sinequanon" for Ballet-goers
(Although I must admit that - from my seat - I could follow some reactions in the boxes and faces that made me quite sure that some people in the audience were not quite understanding what they were watching).

Ketevan Papava / Eno Peçi. Copyright Ashley Taylor

Ketevan Papava end Eno Peçi leaded the piece gracefully – both dancers are also extremely gifted in their acting skills – always portraying with a kaleidoscope of emotions the parts, roles they are involved with. Expressive, emotional, professional. Artists and stars of the first magnitude.

My congratulations – not only to Mr. Proietto for this intelliegnt piece but to the whole company for such an evening. Great job!

And once more to Mr. Legris for trying new things. New grounds, new challenges - and giving chances to a new generation of choreographers.

Merci, Manuel.

Copyright: Balázs Delbó / Wiener Staatsoper / Wiener Staatsballet

31 comentários:

Petra Oppermann disse...

Thank you Richardo. You are always spot-on with your review

Jakob Feyferlik disse...


Alice Firenze disse...

Thank you!

Liudmila Konovalova disse...

Dear Ricardo For me this pas de deux is the most beautiful choreography and in NY it is the most popular and people are waiting for that...But again it is my opinion...

Suzan Opermann disse...

Thank you Ricardo! As always, such a beautifully written review!!
And honestly, thank you so much for the mention.i really appreciate it

Nina Tonoli disse...

Great you received the show so well!

Natascha Mair disse...

Thank you! Very beautiful written! I'm glad the evening made a good impression!

Fatmir Peci disse...

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Laura de Sousa disse...

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As Tertulías disse...

Dear Liudmila, and you are more than entittled to your opinion. But a big part of the viennese audiences ust understand "Bravura" and does not give the right "value" to such parts. I love it - I really do... And you and Vladimir were exquisite in it!

Rosangela Calheiros disse...

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Igor Milos disse...

Thank you so much!

Iris Braga disse...

Deve ter sido muito lindo mesmo, foi um grande trabalho envolvendo grandes talentos. Obrigada por compartilhar tão importante momento no Staatsballett vienense. Até muito breve. Beijos

Rogerio C de Bittencourt disse...

Sao 11 PM em São Francisco e me deleito com teu post. A bientôt

Davide Dato disse...


Catharina Aurora disse...

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Anna Sillos disse...

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David Evans disse...

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Daniel Proietto disse...

:-) happy and a little proud :-)

Catharina Aurora disse...

Danke, lieber Ricardo, für die gelungene Interpretation des Premieren Abends! Bravooo!!

Franziska Wallner-Hollinek disse...

Daaaaankeee! Das liest sich gut und tut gut. Liebe Grüße.

Ioanna Avraam disse...

Thank you dear Ricardo!

Alaia Rogers disse...

Once again spot on review ! What a great evening

Mike disse...

Great!love Mike

Anônimo disse...

Thanks a lot!!!
It's a nice review! Deep and well written!
I have another opinion about the last piece, but maybe we could talk about it when we meet!
Have a nice sunday!!

Cristina Martinelli disse...

lindo video e Balazs maravilhoso. Vladi ,um principe nato !

Mike disse...

The more I read it,the more I watch this video,the more I understans you,dear Rick. P.S.I'll be in Vienna the first two december weeks.Looking forward to meeting you again.Last time it was in Stuttgart two years ago.love Mike

Anônimo disse...

Schrecklicher Abend.

cecilia disse...

Não consegui identificar as músicas no vídeo. Vc sabe ?
Amei tudo. Thank's for sharing.

Anônimo disse...

Ich kann Ihre Meinung nicht teilen. Gerade Blanc empfand ich als mehr als langweilig.

As Tertulías disse...

I respect every single comment. I just do not like anoymous comments. This is a place to change opinions, even if we do not agree. Please use your name next time.