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    Nutcracker ballet with mystery orchestra

    Christmas is coming early this year.

    Saturday 20th September and Sunday 21st the Russian Bashkir State Ballet Theatre will be performing Tchaikovski's Nutcracker at Thailand Cultural Centre.

    I am wary of these performances since the TCS has an irritating habit of staging ballet performances to recorded music, but they do claim there will be a full symphony orchestra...they just aren't telling anybody which one.

    Ticket prices ThB 3,000, 2,200, 1,700, 1,300 and 600.

    At those prices I am even more suspicious. It will either be a Thai orchestra (there are some good ones) or a recording. Well, either that or they are going to lose money hand over fist bringing in a Western orchestra. Do bear in mind that the Israel Philharmonic were more than three times this price and there was no ballet company to be paid.

    Thai Ticket major as usual.
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    As usual TCS have priced the seats immediately behind the ones reserved for VIPs (which sometimes aren't taken up) at a ridiculous price. Two of the best seats in the theatre for ThB 1,300 each.

    I expect no less tha the LSO for this vast sum.

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    Just bumping this thread for anyone who may be interested.

    We have the Russian Symphony Orchestra performing the music. My apologies, this orchestra is superb.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    We have the Russian Symphony Orchestra performing the music.
    Yes, I saw that in the post and thought about this thread.

    I think it would be better if it had the Ruskie orchestra and Thai totty doing the dancing, though.

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    You could well be right Marmite.

    The orchestra were superb.

    The Ballet company were less than perfect although some of the choreographic interpretation was refreshingly novel.

    First. The orchestra use a wooden rattle to portray the nutcracker doll while he is dancing. It helps if the doll's movements are synchronised with the music. Sadly they weren't.

    What was then becoming a mediocre performance eventually displayed potential with a magnificent Waltz of the Snow Flakes where, possibly by design, the ballet company and the music were in superb harmony and we were left spell-bound. Only one problem though, in that there was no clear indication of how Clara and the prince were to be conveyed to Confiturembourg. I've seen a sleigh and a swan in the past, but here the scene just sort of ended.

    So Act Two begins and mysteriously they have arrived in Confiturembourg. I will support a teleportation theory. The best I can come up with is that, given this is all a dream, the room itself has become Confiturembourg so they haven't actually gone anywhere. I had been puzzled by the continual appearance of Drosselmeyer throughout the dream until I realised he had taken on the role of sandman. I like the idea although it would have helped if he could have kept hold of his wand instead of having to bend down, albeit artistically, to pick it up on occasion.

    So on to Confiturembourg where we are treated to the Divertissement.

    The Spanish and Chinese dances were fairly ordinary. Nothing new here, but the Arab dance was, well, Egyptian, and the performers made a fair-oah mess of it. Madam had presumably been at the Turkish delight since her companion couldn't hold her. We were treated to the sight of his hand rising swiftly up her groin as she descended to the floor. This followed some awkward attempts at pirouettes which all required the gentleman to yank the poor girl so that she faced the audience instead of the backcloth. It became embarrassing.

    Thankfully a Russian ballet company can pull off a superb Russian dance and the applause was as much out of relief as appreciation.

    Just when I was looking for my umbrella, thinking of closing my eyes and simply enjoying the music, the evening was rescued by a remarkable Pas de Deux. These two should be performing Romeo and Juliet. The orchestra teased every grain of emotion from the score as the prince and Clara gave us the best five minutes of the evening.

    We were then treated to the spectacle of them both being lifted up to take on the appearance of wedding cake decorations, surrounded by candles held aloft by other Company members, shortly before a brief wedding ceremony.

    An enjoyable evening and for the money I feared far worse. I have seen a heck of a lot better, though.

    Alcohol has reappeared at the Thailand cultural Centre, however. Beer Singha at ThB 230 for a small bottle and some wine that is somewhat less of a bargain. Queue for a coupon then queue for your drink...just to ensure some people can't get a drink and make it to their seats in time after the interval.
    Last edited by Thormaturge; 22-09-2008 at 04:02 PM. Reason: Added drinks info for Marmite.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thormaturge
    Added drinks info for Marmite.
    Cheers!

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