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  2. Outside

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    What can you say, the man has a beautiful face, Greek god body, and HARD WORK!
  3. Lynn Trimble of the Phoenix New Times writes: "The result is the dance equivalent of a complex abstract painting, executed with passion, and open to countless interpretations. Like many fine works of art, it beckons viewers to reflect on their own experiences and ideas, while hinting at the many layers of the artist’s own perspective." Full review here: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/arts/ballet-arizona-debuts-ib-andersens-eroica-at-desert-botanical-garden-10425446 You can still catch Eroica through June 2 2018.
  4. Inge

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I'm not a stickler for high extensions (in fact i think a lot of dancers overdue it), but Myrtha's deep penchées look weird when they're only at 90 degrees. I've actually never seen them as low as Teuscher did them last night. It was odd. This year's crop of Myrthas (played by dancers who have been fabulous in other roles), was really underwhelming. I didn't see Katharine Williams' debut and reports about her were few and far between. For those who've seen her, could she carry the torch when Gillian & Stella bow out of the role?
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  6. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    It strikes me that there have been numerous comments on a variety of dancers' low extensions throughout this thread.
  7. pherank

    Summer 2018 Performances

    A number of the SFB dancers are in Spain together dancing at Volver 2018: https://www.instagram.com/volver.2018/
  8. Now that Alastair Macaulay has published his first big piece on this year's ABT Met performances — a "critic's notebook" on Giselle — I thought it might be interesting to open a discussion on his coverage this season. Reading the article, I was struck by the degree to which he sounded at times like a director "giving notes"; the dancers, if they were so inclined, could read this to learn exactly what tweaks Macaulay thinks they should make to their performances — or even to their physical appearances. This is nothing particularly new from him, I realize. But this particular article seemed structured largely as a series of suggestions for the dancers, with paragraphs on Osipova, Hallberg, Lane, Simkin, Cornejo & Copeland, and Whiteside & Boylston. Macaulay, I suspect, does not share the memorably stated opinion of another prominent dance critic (though I forget which! — anyone recall?) that dancers should not shape their performances to critics' desires. (I don't think I have a particular opinion either way.) I was also curious about this sentence in the paragraph partly on Misty Copeland: Any thoughts on what he might mean by unspoiled? What would the opposite of that be? (Obviously, spoiled — but in which particular sense?)
  9. California

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    For all the Bolle fans I'm reading, I suggest that you follow him on Instagram. You see a lot of his physical fitness routine there - arduous! He does a lot of fashion modelling, too: http://www.fashionencyclopedia.com/wiki/roberto-bolle
  10. Outside

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I flew into NYC just to see Bolle's performance last night, what a performance it was! I can't believe how great he looks physically, he commands such a stage presence just by standing there. Compared to his 2005's Giselle with Zakharova (DVD), I see very little deterioration technically, maybe a slight amount of balloon in the jumps, but his landings are so soft and silent, I don't know how he does it. I tried to count how many entrechats but I applauded too much and lost count 😋. It was a magical night for me anyway. The way he is going, he can dance another 3 years at very high level I hope. I have never given too much focus on the acting part, after all it is a dance performance and the emotions were supposed to be conveyed via the music and dance, but I was impressed by both their acting last night (facial and body). Hee Seo was lovely also, although I wished slight higher extensions. Don't know if anyone noticed, the big bouquet of lilies in the 2nd act were real, I think his fan club sends the flowers every time Roberto performances Giselle, anywhere in the world. I went to the stage door with a crowd of fans, he came out after 20 minutes so or, smiling, very modest and approachable, signed many autographs and took many selfies, including mine 😋😍
  11. Thank you , KO'D - I've been meaning to go back and read his book, Working, but maybe now I should just listen to the archive. ;)
  12. Drew

    Petipa Gala

    This was addressed to me, so I’ll respond: I didn’t design the gala you are referring to, so I can’t speak for the organizers. I can say that Nureyev did dance Balanchine’s Apollo, and if you go to the Nureyev Foundation website they describe it as an important ballet to his career that he danced, in their words, “continuously” from 1967 through to his final Nureyev and Friends tour in 1991 — I am on a tablet and can’t do the link, but a search will turn it up easily enough. It wouldn’t surprise me if that is one reason Apollo would be included in a Nureyev gala.
  13. KarenAG

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Agreed, Cargill, and well said, Eduardo, and an interesting description.
  14. A normal wedding with more expensive cars, clothes, and of course the indispensable snipers (paid for by the taxpayers). The commentators did get on the nerves. The U.S. network news organizations basically tossed aside any pretense at journalistic intent, as they usually do with U.K. royal weddings, and their people gurgled happily about how wonderful it all was and how the public adored the couple, etc., etc.
  15. Vs1

    Petipa Gala

    Why is Apollo in a nuryevev gala with his Sb and dq
  16. CharlieH

    2018 Met Season

    Adorable! The real way to honor Mr. Petipa. Right sort of costumes, charm, spirit.
  17. CharlieH

    2018 Met Season

    She has a Vishnevaesque sort of beauty. Hoping to see Paulina back on the stage soon.
  18. I am unable to get to NYC for this program and not a big McGregor fan, but actually still feel much as you do, and wish I could see this. I like the Ratmansky Firebird a lot —though it has to be said that on this board, I seem to be an outlier. It does need confident, musical dancers giving 200 percent. But in any case, as you say, hearing Stravinsky live is never a loss. And publicity-wise, I would have thought these two scores in particular on the same origram would have a certain appeal —
  19. Also, if you can find the youtube replay without commentary, it is a completely different experience! It feels like a normal wedding with more expensive cars and clothes. So nice not to have obnoxious commentators ginning everything up.
  20. Drew

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I will very much miss your blog, but hope to keep reading your thoughts about performances here.
  21. I agree with the previous comments on tge great music, great sermon, great bandeau tiara, and slightly ill-fitting dress. The soprano’s solo during tge bride’s walk was delicate fireworks. Regarding the dress, I did not mind the lack of ornamentation, but a lot of American girls got married in similar sheath dresses with boat necks in the late 1990’s (the anti-merenge audrey look) before the sleeveless, glamorous beading look took off (argh). St George’s is a smaller chapel and a giant cathedral dress would not have worked. There was a long car ride to the chapel and I wonder if that contributed to the wrinkled fit?
  22. Vs1

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Cuban I counted 34-38 and the woman next to me said 42 but she is incorrect. Faux pas they added music this time which someone confirmed After the trip seen onstage in act two, someone saw from the side her fall on her face when she was backstage. The thud was enormous and worrisome. He continued without interruption. In act 1 she didn't jump the second time in the vertical lift so he didn't lift her at all. She also did not bump hard into bathilde and act startled but rather ran to her mother after a tap of the nobles and seemed almost unaware of them rather than frazzled as usual. he varied the interpretation in act one too being less worried about nobles and being caught , and more involved with her mad scene and remembrance, moving upstage with her. That conveyed more regret or compassion. hee said goodbye to him on media and many said he is not returning. I feared that but it was not the impression I got. nothing special marked his anniversary but he took a longer solo bow and why are you abandoning us canbelto? by the way, where can I get a pair of borzoi?
  23. I also love Markle's second dress, way more than the first one. I love the concept of a very simple dress focused primarily on a fine fabric, but as others have said above, it seemed poorly fitted around the neck and arms and was not flattering.
  24. They were marvelous. And, they were all marvelously dressed. Anyone know where they were from? I did love Markle’s second dress and her mother’s.
  25. Although the dress was indeed from the house of Givenchy, the designer Clare Waight Keller is actually British. Read about her here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-44188750/royal-wedding-2018-meghan-s-dress-designer-clare-waight-keller-from-givenchy
  26. Helene

    2018 Spring Season

    I agree with Croce, but although I know it's coming, the second costume change always gets me, a conceit I love anyway. Christopher Wheeldon came to make a work on PNB, and he was only able to come for two of a planned three-week period. He said that it was better that he'd had only two weeks, because he would have spent the third week revising, and not for the better. "Goldberg Variations" always seemed to me to be overthunk. My favorite part of the ballet was listening to Jerry Zimmerman play it. I never heard Gordon Boelzner, about whom Joseph Mazo quipped in "Dance as a Contact Sport" that -- as a result of Robbins having worked and rehearsed it so many times with so many versions -- Boelzner played it more often than anyone since Goldberg.
  27. Thrilled to hear Sheku Kanneh-Mason's playing, too:
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