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  4. mnacenani

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    MY Bolshoy dancers will knock aside any of your Mariinka dancers in shoulder contact on the ball !! Wanna bet ?? I'll field Alexandrova - just beware !!
  5. Quiggin

    Discussion of UNBOUND Reviews

    My Elizabeth Cowling (who's not a Clarkist) quote disappeared above and it's important for the political point she makes – and maybe to Ochoa's case. I myself see Cubism in Picasso's work fairly strongly through The Dance (a nightmarish painting based on Picasso's experience with the Ballets Russes) and Mandolin and Guitar* of 1924 which is derived from the sets from Mercure, among his most adventurous theater work. I understand your point about Picasso's mythopoetic interests and how he was creating many of the characters and motifs of Guernica out well before he painted Guernica (such as Bullfight, 1934), but Picasso never gave up one thing for another and often worked in two styles at the same time. For instance, the conventional curtain for Parade and the Cubist costumes; the almost kitsch, Ingre-like drawings of Stravinsky and Satie and the famous Three Musicians, now handsomely sitting in the Museum of Modern Art. The very late Mosqueteros, a show of which John Richardson curated at the Gagosian gallery in 2009, seem to throw everything, all Picasso's tools and techniques, together at once. *Clark says Guitar and Mandolin (1924) is Nietzschean (not that Picasso thought of Nietzsche) "in the sense its objects are no longer solid and serviceable, least of all for our inner world... They rear up in front of us wafer thin [like Guernica?] .. They have became outsides. Outsides are all they are. ... The stars on the table are anti-night. They are pure scintillation." https://www.guggenheim.org/artwork/3441
  6. Quinten

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Dreaminess may be one of the attributes of a Mariinsky ballerina, but it is not sufficient in and of itself. Krysanova for all her virtues lacks the Vaganova epaulement that characterizes traditional Mariinsky dancers. Many admire other Mariinsky dancers who also lack Vaganova epaulement (and there are more of them all the time), so it's not surprising there is some confusion about what a true Mariinsky dancer looks like.
  7. Buddy

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    No I'll stand by this one. I've seen her do lovely, lovely dreamlike dancing.
  8. Quinten

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Regarding Kyrsanova, you must've meant her "Bolshoi" best.
  9. mnacenani

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    You are right - thanks for the correction. Am happy that I just made this one spelling mistake, with the shadow of Helene and her big axe looming over me !!
  10. mnacenani

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Yes indeed ..... Hahlova was really as sweet as halvah ..... С фисташками !
  11. mnacenani

    Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    50 years younger ..... what's wrong with 30 years younger ?? Satan ... where are you ?? I accept your offer !!
  12. alexL

    2018 Spring Season

    I was also at tonight's performance. I loved the risk Peck and De Luz took for those fish dives. The second one she almost got out of his arms and I loved it. I have seen Tiler many times in Tchai Pas but in terms of technicality tonight's was the best. Joaquin brought the house down with the huge jumps and excellent partnering. I also enjoyed Kowroski in Apollo and Hyltin(and pretty much everyone) in Symphony in Three. Lastly, I hope Finlay continues to work on his stamina. Regarding Lowery, I've seen her perform better than tonight. She was technically strong dancer at one point in her career then started to appear less and less on stage(possibly because of the injuries). It's a pity because I did enjoy her dancing when she was "on". I wish her the best for the rest of the spring season.
  13. They should always try to replicate the original as closely as possible out of respect for the artist; in my opinion.
  14. Buddy

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    😊 Saw a brief video clip of Ekaterina Krysanova's final act. Hands -- Lovely ! Her Pd'One -- Lovely ! She's at her Mariinsky best and I love her that way. Now back to drama. Glad that you enjoyed it all so much.
  15. laurel

    2018 Spring Season

    Oh, that's what that was! I was there last night, was busy concentrating on Sara Mearns and Jared Angle, and suddenly something flew into the wings ... I had no idea what I'd just seen tossed offstage! Mystery solved. I've just returned from tonight's performance, too. I loved experiencing all the classic Balanchine ballets, one after the other, each one more beautiful and compelling than the one before, with amazing dancing from virtually everyone on stage. Naturally, Peck & De Luz were the showstoppers of the evening in the Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux. I can't remember how many curtain calls they took, four or five maybe. Both are such astonishing, virtuosic dancers, and I don't think the audience expected anything less than the speed and precision with which they danced. What I found interesting was the large number of people who left after their performance. Maybe it was a combination of the late hour plus the damp, foggy weather, or else the Symphony in Three Movements which followed was not compelling enough after the Peck-De Luz fireworks. As an aside, I've never seen Savannah Lowery perform before (she was in Symphony in Three tonight and also in Agon last night), but I can now understand why she's not a favorite. She seems ... ungainly. Even when on pointe, she appears flat-footed. Glad I was able to see her perform, though, and wishing her well in her future endeavors. Unfortunate for her that she had to dance tonight alongside the likes of Sterling Hyltin and the wonderful, elegant Taylor Stanley. They made Symphony in Three a wonderful, uplifting way to end this great evening.
  16. Buddy

    Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Muhteşem — Magnifique ! If I was 50 years younger.... 😊
  17. pherank

    UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    OK, that was funny. I almost got water up my nose. But to be fair to various classical ballets - they haven't lasted simply because they contain "lavish dances that don't make you think". And I'm not sure Arlene Croce really believes that.
  18. pherank

    Discussion of UNBOUND Reviews

    I welcome your response. 😉 I'll admit I'm not a T.J. Clark fan (and I have no Art Historian/Critic favorites), so we may butt heads (but I'll keep that to a minimum). For me, the power of Guernica does not lie in any vestiges of Cubism, but in its mythopoetic content, and its overt sociopolitical content. Clark sees Nietzsche in Picasso's work, and others have mentioned Einstein's theories as a basis for Cubism, and all this theorizing has its interest, but it's very difficult to prove the assertions unless an artist specifically cites an influence on their artwork ("I was reading the Special Theory of Relativity the other day and I got some ideas for how I could approach my latest portrait painting of my wife.") Clark's interest in depictions of interior space in Picasso's work are informative, but I feel Clark tries too hard to make Cubism an 'explanation' for everything that follows, and essentially doesn't allow Picasso to move beyond the concepts of Cubism, and I don't think that's what was happening for Picasso in the late 1930s and beyond. Cubism is considered to be the most influential art movement of the 20th century, but that doesn't really justify stamping a work as "Cubist" if it doesn't pertain to the same concerns and rules. That's just not useful. Picasso's Guernica definitely reminds us of bits and pieces of earlier Picasso works (no surprise there), say Les Demoiselles d'Avignon from 1907. But Guernica was not a return to Analytical Cubism, and there are no Picasso statements that I know of that hint he was trying to do so with Guernica or any other later work. Picasso was very interested in myth-making by the time of Guernica - we see endless Greco-Roman references in his work of the later period. That was never a major concern of Cubism. (it's interesting that Braque also used a lot of Greco-Roman myth references in his later work.) [Constructivism is another widely misused term - people are often referring to Suprematist paintings as examples of Russian Constructivism.] Anyway, I'm trying to understand why Ochoa thinks that her Guernica ballet employs Cubism, or references Cubism - I really don't know, and hope she talks more about this in the Symposium.
  19. nanushka

    2018 Spring Season

    It's quite striking (but makes perfect sense) how many dance couples (and ex-couples) there are, in comparison with most other professions. So intimate and so insular and so all-absorbing. There are more than a handful of couples in my workplace, for some similar reasons, but not at all to the same degree.
  20. canbelto

    2018 Spring Season

    Well in the dance world it happens a lot. Joaquin de Luz regularly partners Tiler Peck and they used to be in a relationship.
  21. yodasan

    UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    Nobody competent enough to make lavish mindless dances - what a sad state of affairs.
  22. Laurent

    UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    How many are interested? A more basic question is: "How many are competent enough? - My answer is: none. Concerning the issue of "relevance", especially in the context of "relevance" allowed to have only one, particular meaning, I can't shed a feeling that some authors producing similarly "relevant" works, do this out of calculated or instinctive opportunism.
  23. eduardo

    2018 Spring Season

    Some time ago I read (probably on instagram?) something written by her about doing something she thought she would never be able to do: dancing with her former husband. I guess vipa is right about some changes. Can you dance (and, of course, rehearse) with someone you don't talk to?
  24. nanushka

    2018 Spring Season

    During the 2016-17 season they danced together (due to an injury) and Megan posted on IG about how difficult an experience it was. I didn't realize they'd danced together since then, but it sounds like perhaps their relations have warmed a bit. If so, that's good to hear.
  25. sandik

    Who rules today?

    Some very thoughtful comments here. I used to work as a stage manager, and one aphorism I remember from that part of my life was that "an all-purpose hall is a no-purpose hall." Or to think of it a different way -- this is looking for the dance version of the decathlete. Not the best at a singular thing, but the best at a wide variety of things.
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  27. Quinten

    The Bolshoi under Vaziev

    Oy vey, this spelling! Halvah? Isn't that a type of candy? I can't even.....
  28. vipa

    2018 Spring Season

    That article was from 8 months ago, so maybe that has changed. Anyway, they must have found a way their way to a working relationship, because they perform together. I saw them last season in Divert 15. The corps member he's seen with in social media, was also in that performance. Talk about everyone having to separate personal life from work!
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