quinta-feira, 18 de dezembro de 2014

Ballet-Hommage (Forsythe, Horecna, Lander): 2014, Dec. 17th

It is always so refreshing and interesting to visit a show during the season, not only on its premiere, in order to make some comparisons about its “process of ripening”, like I love to put it - since I believe that a show is never “ripe” in its Premiere!


Even if yesterday’s programme, “Ballet-Hommage”, consisted of The secon detail (Forsythe), Contra Clockwise Witness (Natalia Horecna) and Études (Harald Lander) I will not refer to the brilliant choreographies, music, costumes as I have done already so in another critic that is dated Dec. 15th 2013, more or less a year ago…


“The second detail” included the wonderful stage presence of Nikisha Fogo, a dancer that has joined the company not long ago, in 2013 and has been surprising us more and more in this short time. Miss Fogo’s stage charisma reminds me ironically of one element – fire – which translated to Portuguese would simply mean “Fogo”. I do not believe in coincidences… Clean Technique, lovely lines, amazing arms and personality. I am looking forward to seeing more of Miss Fogo’s achievements in the future.

Maria Yakovleva, Alice Firenze, Natasha Mair (role début) and Prisca Zeisel were confident and quite sure of what they were doing – But even though “here and there” some more musicality to accompany the music of Thom Willems could have been required, the female Ensemble did very good work.

Alexis Forabosco, Vladimir Shishov and Masayu Kimoto (also a role début) were at ease in a choreography that seems to suit them very well. Davide Dato “stopped the show” with his usual precision – such a relief to be able to enjoy this dancer’s performance after his last year’s injury.

Greig Matthews seemed quite uninterested in what he was doing, in a kind of behavior that I could refer to as “blasé”, as if he was sometimes just marking. I wonder why all that fire and stamina disappeared. He had enough of it, just two years’ ago when everyone believed that he was going to turn very soon into a bright star. Sometimes talent can be a curse.


“Contra Clockwise Witness” had its choreographic highlights framed by the talents of Andrey Kaydanovskyi – a dancer that always move me in this role - and especially Céline Janou Weder which brought down the house with her performance!


It was the first time that I have seen her in the role of “Hertha Strugg”, strong, confident, beautiful… even though an “accident” happened “backstage” that could have prevented her of getting on with the show, she continued marvelously… but I will not write about that – it is the duty of the Opera’s direction to find the responsible person to this irresponsible, unjustifiable conduct !

Nikisha Fogo (in a role début as the “bride”) gave us the impression of an actress with endless experience and one nearly forgot her young age… I repeat what I wrote above: I am looking forward to seeing more of Miss Fogo’s achievements in the future.


Another personality that left a strong impression on me yesterday was Géraud Wielick – this young dancer developed immensely during this last season: He grew up not only physically but also as a strong stage personality. A man and not a boy anymore. He, so to say, "ripened"! As one of the “angels” he acted with great self-sureness beside Maria Alati, Ioanna Avraam, Alice Firenze, Eszter Ledán, Ketevan Papava, Alexis Forabosco and Eno Peçi – experienced, very professional dancers that can “shake” an audience whenever they choose to.

Just Roman Lazik, a very predictable dancer, seemed quite at unease, as a fish out of water.


“Études” – the highlight of the evening – had as its “Ballerina” Anna Tsygankova, a guest from “Het Nationale Ballet” (Amsterdam). Even if audiences gave her a very good, warm reception, I was not so impressed by her work. She seemed to be extremely concentrated on the technical issues of the role and gave us quite a cold impression – I worried sometimes about her balance… as if, when held by a partner, she would place her weight too much on the back… First I thought that this was the blame of one of the boys. But no, this happened with every single other that partnered her.

Leonardo Basílio (role début) was unfortunately very nervous – but one must understand that “Études” is a very big step. It is, as a ballet, what one would call “a notch above”. A huge step, many light-years away from the corps-de-ballet. The audience gave him a very friendly reception: I do believe personally that Mr. Basílio will surely have a brilliant future. His "persona" on stage is warm and his manner a pleasant one.


The three sylphs were a joy to look at. Not only three beauties but three enchanting, technically capable dancers that know their way very well around on stage: Eszter Ledán, Maria Tolstunova and Flavia Soares.

Vladimir Shishov (also in a role début) gave us with his overwhelming presence. A “premier Danseur”, the “one” at the State Opera, Mr. Shishov was at ease. Very concentrated but extremely relaxed, musically pin-pointed. A powerful performance.


Dumitru Taran, a dancer that I very much admire, was the biggest surprise of the evening for me. Technically brilliant (and referring to Ditta Rudle’s critic from December 11th: with “perfect foot-work”), self-confident, elegant… A dancher with “beaucoup de chic”. Mr. Taran’s example of how a dancer, if not lazy, can develop steadily, should be an example to many others… It is definitely not easy to keep a “low-profile” and such humility when one possesses such a talent!

Simply summarizing: another very entertaining evening filled with lots of talent!

Watch the video:

https://vimeo.com/82140278

All pictures: Wiener Staatsoper.
Video: Delbeaufilm - with my kind Thanks.

domingo, 14 de dezembro de 2014

A beautiful City... Godspell, 1973


Uma produção de uma „High School“ que depois se transformou numa produção „off-Broadway“... Godspell transformou-se num filme...


Um filme sem muita verba que foi práticamente filmado ao ar livre (que inventividade!) numa New York deserta... Arrasado pela campanha publicitária que envolvia “Jesus Christ Superstar” no mesmo ano (1973) “Godspell” teve seu pequeno sucesso… mas incrívelmente no Rio de Janeiro, na sua estréia no cinema “Pax” na Praça Nossa Senhora da Paz, alcançou uma façanha… transformou-se em „cult“ para toda uma geração carioca!

Eu estive lá…
e tantos amigos…
e estas músicas ainda hoje nos conectam…

Quanta alegria nestas caminhadas por N.Y. Sim, quanta alegria...

(acima o já falecido David Haskell, um ídolo meu)

Anos depois usei «Beautiful City» para acompanhar um trabalho de Urbanismo na Faculdade de Arquitetura…
Coisas, Belezas das quais não nos desprendemos por toda uma vida…



segunda-feira, 8 de dezembro de 2014

Barbara: Göttingen


Pensando na maravilhosa Barbara (1930-1997) e em "Göttingen" que compos em 1965...


Que tempos mais sensíveis... cheios de uma fragilidade e vulnerabilidade inesquecíveis...

sábado, 29 de novembro de 2014

Jacques Brel: Valse à mille Temps


La Valse à Mille Temps é o quarto disco do maravilhoso, inteligente, bonito belga Jacque Brel.

Também conhecido como "Jacques Brel 4 and American Début", este disco foi feito em 1959 pela Philips.


O mesmo álbum foi relançado em Setembro de 2003 sob o título "La Valse à Mille Temps".

Rever estes videos me fez pensar no quanto o brilhante Brel poderia ainda ter-nos dado,
não fosse o Destino te-lo tratado de forma injusta dando-lhe uma vida tão curta...

Saudades deste grande artista que influenciou com seus textos tantas carreiras: de Joan Baez a Ray Charles, de Chico Buarque a David Bowie, de John Denver a Marlene Dietrich, de Juliette Greco a Leonard Cohen, de Liza Minnelli a Edith Piaf, de Nina Simone a Dionne Warwick e isto só par citar alguns poucos!

Incomparável Brel...




terça-feira, 25 de novembro de 2014

"Get Dancin' ": Disco-Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes


A palavra "Pirei" abria o segundo ato de "É" (Millor Fernandes) com Fernanda Montenegro no "Maison de France" e levava a casa abaixo...

Hoje parece que quem "pirou" fui eu...
Já sabendo que para muitos amigos das "Tertúlias" esta postagem poderá ser até considerada frívola...


Mas “entre nous”, EU SEI que este estilo de música não é exatamente o que fez das «Tertúlias » um espaço acompanhado por tantos…
mas não me permitindo ser preconceituoso decidi colocar este vídeo aqui.
Disco, esta loucura do visual da época, androginismo, glamour de lurex e sandálias de plástico "cor de Coca-Cola"… tudo marcou profundamente um tempo.
Sim, os jovens dos anos 70 devem lembrar.
Tempo depois imitado na novela "Dancin' Days", na qual até eu tive meu momento de "Disco-Tex"...


Para ser muito sincero: Como nos divertimos dançando esta música na época!
Alguém ainda se lembra de "Get dancin' "?

P.S. Adoro este video montado com tantas cenas dos anos 60...
P.S.2 Me divertindo hoje... e agora felicíssimo de haver encontrado esta (erótica) foto de Olga Tschechowa em "Moulin Rouge" (1929), um dos primeiros filmes falado britanicos e óbvia "inspiration" para a capa do disco. Comparem!