Comments Off on Delightful Dancing at Abduction Working Rehearsal
Recently, Opera Atelier donors were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the second day of rehearsals for the dancers in Abduction from the Seraglio. Having only had one day to rehearse before guests came to watch the creative process in action, we had a superb vantage point to observe the intricate detail and effort that goes into Jeannette’s choreography.
As I was seated next to the piano bench, occasionally page-turning for pianist Jim Bourne, I marveled at the patience that each of our dancers displayed as they rehearsed a particularly challenging scene in Act 1. We are quite … Read more
Mozart’s Abduction from the Seraglio (or Belmonte and Konstanze) premiered in Vienna on July 16, 1782. It was written for the Burgtheater, established by Emperor Joseph II as an avenue for German works of music theatre. Abduction from the Seraglio had an immediate success and became Mozart’s most popular opera during his lifetime. Ballet was part of any evening at the theatre in the 18th century and Mozart included wonderful dances in his operas. The idea of a Turkish theme had been in existence since the previous century (witness Lully’s Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, 1670) and indeed … Read more
At Opera Atelier, our goal is to top the previous season with every production we present. We know our patrons expect no less from us, which is why our productions strive for a level of beauty and daring that captivates and inspires our audiences to greater levels of engagement.
It is this same approach we take to presenting our annual Versailles Gala. Our first gala started out as a small cocktail reception on the 68th floor of the Bank of Montreal and has now grown into one of the splashiest cultural events held in Toronto.
“Here is where the movements of the dancers, all the while preserving the discipline of classical technique as they weave and unweave, strike us with their self control and absence of any hurriedness or tension; there is not the slightest constraint among the contiguous or juxtaposed pairs who are dancing together or opposite one another. Everything is strictly in place, measured, firm and in harmonic accord with the rhythm and tempo that flow from the orchestra.”
Akim Volynsky 1861-1926
Russian art historian and journalist on the corps de ballet
This description applies to Baroque dance forms as much – … Read more