Balet Bratislava: Czech In

March 18th, 2012 § 2

A prolific season for Balet Bratislava: tonight saw the third full evening of new choreography from Mario Radacovsky's young company.

The opening piece Slovanské Dvojspevy (Slavonic Duets: Czech choreographer Libor Vaculik) tells a playful tale of Slovak courtship. The long white skirts and the white shirts of the men gave the stage the lightness of spring and early summer. The music is much heavier though Antonin Dvorak's Slovak Dances opus 46 and 72 and one of the Moravian dances too). Sadly the sound system in Novaj Tsena is simply not adequate for classical music: played too loud Dvorak descends into cacophony.

While on the subject of the theatre the stage seems too small as well for this piece. With ten dancers forming two groups at the same time, you did not have the feeling of observing Slovak courtship rituals in fields or the countryside but rather a kind of back urban alleys version. Basically, too much furniture in a room. Whether Slavonic Duets would be any better on a larger stage is an open question: I believe a catastrophic Ivan the Terrible I once saw in the SND was also the creation of Libor Vaculik.

The performances were evenly adequate with one exception: Klaudia Bitterová stood out for her radiance, her poise and the lyricality of her movements. There was no Katarina Kosiková to share the stage with and Bitterová took full advantage of her opportunity to shine. Andrej Szabo as the lead among the men presented himself an ideal partner to Bitterová.

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Balet Bratislava: Romeo and Juliet photos

November 28th, 2011 § 0

I went to the second premiere of Romeo and Juliet on the 12 November also. If anything I like the ballet much better the second time.

Perhaps I was just inured to the slightly disappointing loudspeakers of Nova Scena and the strange jumps in the lights didn't bother me so much.

It probably also has to do with a greater chemistry between Romeo (Arthur Abrams) and Juliet (Natalya Némethová). It's not to say that Némethová outdanced the always stunning Katarina Kosikova. But she did dance Juliet with as much passion.

See for yourself:

dance of the Patriarchs
dance of the Patriarchs
Tybalt Juliet mother
Paris Juliet mother
mercutio dance
mercutio dance
mercutio surrounded by capulets
mercutio surrounded by capulets
Mercutio vs Tybalt
Mercutio vs Tybalt
mercutio dies by romeo
mercutio dies by romeo
dead mercutio
dead mercutio
paris attacks romeo
paris attacks romeo
duo romeo juliet
duo romeo juliet
lift romeo juliet
lift romeo juliet
Juliet Lady Capulet
Juliet Lady Capulet
juliet ordered to marry paris
juliet ordered to marry paris
romeo juliet second duet 2
romeo juliet second duet 2
romeo juliet second duet
romeo juliet second duet
arthur abrams natalya
arthur abrams natalya
Romeo finds Juliet in comaRomeo finds Juliet in coma
Lady Capulet grieves Juliet
Lady Capulet grieves Juliet
Mario Radacovsky curtain call
Mario Radacovsky curtain call