Guest Mark D Posted April 25, 2003 Report Share Posted April 25, 2003 I hope I am not stirring up a hornet's nest by drawing attention to every mother's favorite dance critic, but he is at it again. I showed this to a colleague at work who was a child dancer and she had a good laugh. So, armed with that endorsement I report that on Wednesday Mr. Crisp re-reviewed Makrarova's "The Sleeping Beauty" in "The Financial Times" and, grudgingly, acknowledges some improvement in lighting and stage craft. He even praised some of the dancing. He then concluded: "As a bonus, Edward Watson made Carabosse a figure to frighten the tots: here was evil - everyone's thumbs should be pricking - and a splendidly vicious line in malice. Spiffing. Maybe he could even scare the Ballet School munchkins into dancing. For the rest, the Cupid is still there (another titbit for Carabosse), but I record that Balanchine made his first stage appearance in Beauty as a child Cupid at the Mariinsky - though the sensible management kept him in a cage." It is clear to me that he does this to get a rise out of people. As much as I love to see children dancing-- Its one of the reasons I prefer Balanchine's Nutcracker to any of the others-- I have to admit I find his curmudgeonly humor funny. Quote Link to comment
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