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The visit of The Jerusalem Ballet at Suzanne Dellal was a bit embarrassing and
to say the least, based on misleading presentation.
The group, composed
of dance pupils and several alumni of the ballet school, founded by Nina
Timofeeva – a former Bolshoi ballerina – is a far cry from any definition of a
professional ballet company. Basically, it’s a product of an ambitious dance
school with a couple of promising students.
Except for the opening solo,
an adaptation of The Dying Swan, choreographed by Fokin ( 1907), which was
danced by the lovely Nadia Timofeeva – a senior teacher at the school and now
the director of the studio and the aspirant ballet group – the rest of the
evening left little impression.
As an end of the year studio performance,
attended by captivated family and friends it could’ve been quiet
Yet, as a ballet company which sells fully priced tickets to
the innocent public who is entitled to expect a reasonable level of professional
performers in return, that was a big let down.
The group had performed
six short excerpts from various classical ballets. The standard demanded
ballet fans today is very high, particularly since there is easy access
exposure to the best ballet companies in the world, at least through the
Consequently anything that is a far cry from perfection is
The second part of the evening was dedicated to original
production choreographed by professor of choreography at the University
Bucharest, Ioan Tugearu, set to original score by Benjamin Yusupov.
the so dated, neo-classical ballet had little to offer in any terms. I
guess that it told the story of innocent, moody maiden who meets with an
character, real villain, who woes her and mishandled her until her
screams brought some help, a group of lovely, joyous gypsy girls. The
now safe and chaste, puts her trust in God.
It was not a pleasant sight
in the full sense of the word.