Daily News Online

Wednesday, 24 June 2009

News Bar »

News: Noticed to show cause ...        Political: Uva polls: UPFA confident of victory ...       Business: Malaysia Airlines, SriLankan expand codeshare partnership ...        Sports: China hopes to make 2010 Asian Games the best ever ...




The World of Arts:

Dazzling choreographic achievements

Dear Norman are you there? A dancer from the Royal Ballet ponders

Tonight was a choreographers’ day when they Royal Ballet presented its new work at the Linbury Studio Theatre to a packed audience. I had the opportunity to park myself in a balcony seat for a better view of the Royal Ballet live for the first time in my life, a dream I had been having for a long time.

For the season of ballets, New Works program was presented by the Royal Ballet and its choreographers, seven of them. Seven young ideas pooled together for a spectacular performance. I found among them future Ashton, Petipa, Fokine, Nureyev, MacMillan etc. because they were brilliant, brimming with new ideas, innovation and excellence.

The New Works opened with a tribute-dance for the late Norman Morris, a tireless champion of new work over many years and taught and inspired many young dancers to persue their ambition and go on to become successful choreographers.

‘Dear Norman’ choreographed by Christopher Hampson to the score of Carlos Mirana, ‘Dear Norman’ was full of artistic altruism that is rare in a choreographer-to-choreographer relationship that Hampson had with Norman Morris.

Danced by Johan Kobborg and Sergei Polunin, it spoke of contemplation of a theme or an idea that strongly reminded the solitude of embarking on those first steps of a choreographer to another. It was poignant and a great tribute to a Master.

‘Recordato’ composer, Michael England who for many years had been conducting in West End Theatres teamed up with his good friend, choreographer Ludivic Ondiviela to mount ‘Recordato’ for the Royal Ballet’s New Works. Ludovic and England had previously collaborated Draft Works in 2008.

They drew upon the influences of composers such as Mozart, Bach and the more moder Wax Taylor. This duo made an extension of the original piece composed in 2008 in three movements for piano, cello and percussion for tonight’s Linbury Studio Theatre.

The wonderful costumes designed by Mark Lewitt, Lorna Robinson and Natalia Stewart were admirable in keeping with the modern theme of the dance. Of the seven dancers, Mara Galeazzi and Cindy Jourdine were exceptional in their movements that were somewhat difficult to execute. They were ably supported by Kristan McNally.

‘Les Lutins’ from the offset, it was Alina Cojocaru all the way with her professional contemporary technique, danced effortlessly. Alina simply sank into her role to the music of Henryk Wieniawski and Antonio Brazzini.

Choreographed and costumed by Johan Kobborg, Alina’s full characteristic movement saw her as the firm favourite for the night mixing and merging the highly virtuosic violin pieces. Alina danced in most of the important ballets with the Royal Ballet. She was trained with the Kiev for seven years before joining RB.

Her classical repertory includes Cinderella, Swan Lake, Don Quizote, Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet etc. She also danced in George Balanchine’s Symphony in C showing of becoming the principal dancer of the RB.

‘Yes We Did. Dancer Kristen McNally turned choreographer introduced a very, very modern concept into dance echoing President Obama’s words into dazzling movements. Dancers representing the international community inspired by an event which saw the collective power of today’s American citizens change the course of history.

Royal Ballet’s ‘Les Lutins’

It was part music, part voice and the choice spoke for itself. To the music of Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’ and ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’, President Barak Obama’s voice rose with his inaugural speech to the nation.

If the music and dancing in ‘Yes We Did’ fascinated the audience, Obama’s background voice hypnotised all. For a moment I was shaken up. For Keisten McNally it may have been an unforgettable moment when her dance ensemble turned her vision into artistic mastery.

It was perhaps Royal Ballet’s best programme for the evening. National costumes too were conceived by Kristen and it was evident that she was able to mount ‘Yes We Did’ because of the less pressured, friendly environment in which to experiment was offered by the Royal Ballet.

Kristen was inspired by Obama words and she braved it among her dancers to sink into the inspiration that Obama offered the world. It was the concept idea that rose above the dancing or the music.


Choreographers from the Royal Ballet: Christopher Hamsdon, Johan Kobborg, Kristen McNally, Ludivic Ondivela, Viacheslav Samodurov, Liam Scarlett, Jonathan Watkins.


<< Artscope Main Page


St. Michaels Laxury Apartments
LANKAPUVATH - National News Agency of Sri Lanka
Donate Now | defence.lk


Produced by Lake House Copyright © 2009 The Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd.

Comments and suggestions to : Web Editor