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The Dream (The Tokyo Ballet, Cojocaru and McRae) A very short and quick review

Today was the debut of Steven as Oberon, and he was just marvelous!
What was so memorable was the fluid movements of his upper body, which had so much grace to make us belive he is the true king of the fairies. His legs were so beautiful, en dehored perfectly, and he could manage the very complicated steps of Ashton. His technique was crisp, and was in harmony with the music. He had a very flexible back. The partnership with Alina was good, and he managed those lifts well. At the last pas de deux he maybe missed some steps (he seemed a bit nervous), but that was very minor and had no harm to the stage. Also his acting, especially the mimes were good.

Of course, Alina was wonderful! She was very beautiful and graceful, elegant and witty. Her movement was so spacious, and at the same time very accurate.

Bottom by Ryuta Takahashi and Puck by Kazunori Furukawa was also danced very well, and was in harmony with the two guests.

It was a fresh, happy and beautifully danced stage. Sir Anthony Dowell was at the curtain call. And the audience liked Steven and Alina so much, many of the audience was standing to appluase. Steven at first seemed nervous but When Sir Dowell appeared on stage he looked relieved and made a big smile.

I must assure that Steven's debut was a great success. I will see him and Alina at the last performance on Friday. I think he will dance even better that day.
Hope I can see him at the Royal Ballet Japan tour next summer.

Titania Alina Cojocaru
Oberon Steven McRae
Puck Kazunori Furukawa
Bottom Ryuta Takahashi
Harmia Mayumi Nishimura
Lysander Ryo Hirano
Helena Yukie Iwaki
Dimitrius Naoki Takagishi
The Fairies Junko Takamura, Tomoko Inui, Chika Saeki, Chikako Hasegawa


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La Nouvelle Heloise

How lovely! It must have been a wonderful evening. At my end I am hoping they will cast Steven for one or two performances of The Dream here in London (in 2008) - sounds like he can really bring something special for every role he takes on.
Best, LNH
by La Nouvelle Heloise (2007-10-25 18:49) 

Naomi

Hello, La Nouvelle Heloise,

Yes, it was a wonderful evening. The costume and artwork were rented from the Royal Ballet, making a magical and delightful atmosphere. Steven made a wonderful, beautiful Oberon and Sir Dowell seemed so pleased at him. So I hope he will make it at Covent Garden too! Alina and he made a charming couple. She seemed to enjoy dancing with him.
Indeed, he portrayed a special, young, fresh Oberon!

I am going to see his performance tonight, the last one in Japan this year (but certainly not the last in Japan!).
by Naomi (2007-10-26 17:59) 

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