Sunday, March 16, 2008

A night with the magician

To the RNCM last night to see a Ravel double bill:

L'heure Espagnole and L'enfant et les sortileges. I'd not really appreciated L'heure Espagnole before, maybe you need to see it - apart from its overtones of Brian Rix (somewhat to my surprise he's still going and is Baron of Hornsea - which has a pottery whose dishes we've been dining off for the last 25+ years). The continual presence of the clocks was caught to perfection in the RNCM performance. L'enfant et les sortileges is wonderful - various movies for example here on You Tube - childhood though the eyes of a master. Two more performances - hurry! - we bought the last 3 seats last night so spent the evening scattered over the theatre.
Can one know the length of a dream?
I've seen it before but I was still enthralled, the teapot and cup got a lot of the applause (apart of course from the boy) but I was very taken by fire's performance

3 comments:

Geoff Coupe said...

Years ago,I saw the Nederland Dans Theater's version of L'Enfant with choreography by Jiri Kylian. It was the most magical thing I had ever seen. It's now available on DVD. Worth seeing...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your 'review'! Glad you enjoyed it...

Fleur (Le Feu)

rajm said...

Geoff - yes the Dans theatre looks good -they are some of the (unofficial!) YouTube clips. Must look up a real copy. Musically - for me the transition between the room and the garden is always a lump in the throat moment. We're very lucky to have had two productions of this in Manchester in the last 5(?) years.
Fleur - many thanks for dropping by - and for your performance!