Back with another round of reviews from viewers like you.
If it is 10 a.m. in Austin . . .
…the marvelous Bolshoi Ballet performs live at 7 p.m. in Moscow. As you watch in Hi-Def on the 2-story Long Center screen, you realize you have the best seat in the Bolshoi for this performance. View up-close the exquisite dancing, beautifully painted sets and lovely costumes, as well as he action in the wings where dancer do final warm-ups. Multiple camera views show the orchestra playing overtures and audience members during intermission in the lobby. (See what Russians wear to the ballet?!) A knowledgeable, multilingual commentator shares information on the production as well as facts and video about ongoing extensive renovation – including the craft of gilding – of the historic Moscow Theatre. This performance took place on the new stage. “Coppelia” is an adorable, comedic ballet, a classic that includes playful pantomime. I thoroughly enjoyed every moment. Aficionados should not miss the next ballet in cinema, “Swan Lake,” direct from the Bolshoi, June 24 at The Long.
Ronda Dale Kirk
The Bolshoi, Up-Close & Personal
Each of the 100+ patrons at the live-cinema of composer Leo Delibes’ “Coppelia” at mid-morning Sunday had a choice seat in the Long Center. Moreover, we had a prime view of the Bolshoi’s beautiful new stage, the company in the wings, the scene changes, the soaring balconies, the beautifully decorated ceiling and glistening chandeliers. As breath-taking as the scenery/sets and costumes were, the camera views delivered even more amazing close-ups of the spectacular movements of the dancers and their wonderful expressions –even the background “actors.” Throw away the opera glasses and binoculars! Before curtain and at intermissions, on-camera hostess Katerina Novikova educated viewers in Russian, English and French and even interviewed Sergei Vikharev, who provided new choreography for this first ballet to incorporate folk dances (1870). This unified Paris-St. Petersburg style, displayed French elegance and sense of measure and Russian grand style with spectacular corps de ballet compositions.
Natalia Osipova as Swanilda and Vyacheslav Lopatin as her on-again, off-again fiancée were awe-inspiring in this classic comedy with their leaps and lifts and twirls. The camera reinforced the athleticism and beauty of ballet and captured the pantomiming critical to the story of the lovers, the automaton (Coppelia) and her maker, Coppelius, the toymaker in the Spanish village.
Emerging Pictures, the Bolshoi and CielEcran are offering impressive cinematic (live & taped) experiences in Opera, Ballet and Shakespeare. For info on upcoming programs, Google each of those by attaching …incinema.com.
In retrospect, I, a longtime tennis player, would not have risen at 4 a.m. to see the French Open on my on HD TV set, but I’d certainly and seriously consider a live performance at an odd hour of a French ballet by a world renowned performing company. And the taped version shown again at 2 p.m. Sunday was even a more reasonable time. Live or taped, both, no doubt ,still captured the palpable excitement of theatregoers, stagehands, performers and musicians as the cinematic minutes counted down to each curtain rise and the splendid curtain call – Russian style!