|The Royal Ballet on tour
performed Manon in Boston at the Wang Center:
Thursday, June 15, 2006, at 7:30pm
Jeffrey Gantz reviewed the first three performances for the Boston Phoenix.
I attended the performance on Saturday afternoon. I am not familiar enough with ballet to be able to say much about it myself. I thought that the performance was pleasant and that all the dancers were very good, especially Yanowsky and Greve. I did think that Yanowsky's wigs, make-up and costumes were unflattering to her. She never really looked like a glamorous kept woman in the ancien rťgime.She looked more like a librarian or like Cinderella before dressing for the ball. I wasn't always thrilled with the choreography. I thought that the last act in particular could use lots of revision. The scene with the gaoler could be cut out completely, IMO. Yanowsky looked best when she smiled during the curtain calls at the end. Apparently she was supposed to be straight-faced during most of the performance, as a mere pawn of the men. I guess that's MacMillan's take on the story. Manon was a more interesting character in the novel and in the two operas.