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About atm711

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    once a student; now an avid ballet-goer.
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  1. Seeing "Onegin" again last night brought back my memory of meeting John Cranko when the Royal Ballet (then "Sadler's Wells) came to NYC in 1949 for the first time. As students, we learned that a reception was being held for the Company at the NY Public Library on 42nd Street & 5th Ave and we managed to 'crash it and spent the evening sitting on a slab of marble talking to Cranko (who was a Corps member at the time) about Ballet on his part of the pond and ours. He was so bright and articulate. We didn't manage to see any of the 'stars' but believed we got the better part! At last night's performance I thought Simkin and Lane (Lensky/Olga) would walk away with the laurels--so compelling was their PDD---but Ferri and Bolle, after a slow start, held their own. To see a passionate "Onegin" I recommend the film with Ralph Fiennes!!!
  2. Too much whipped cream for me---the clip I saw on PBS made me "mildly nauseous"........
  3. Ive been lamenting for too many years that NO ONE has revived Antony Tudor's R&J and its gorgeous Renaissance sets. (Jo Meilziner??) The usual excuse I have seen is that it is too expensive to revive it with the original sets. It is quite different from the other many versions. It is only one hour long and uses the music of Delius. This one is an original and imitates no one. I had hoped NYCB would have revived it in homage to Tudor, but we got Martins dreary version instead.
  4. I saw this with a different cast from above--Paolo Rodrigues and Victoria Jaiani. This Juliet was on pointe. There are two great PDDs in this ballet and the performance fell short...However, if any one is at fault it is the choreographer---and it is not the comparison with MacMillan that kept creeping up--it was also Tudor and Bejart. Mercutio was lifted strait out of MacMillan. Rodrigues and Jaiani are two beautiful dancers. If they did not reach the passionate heights of more celebrated casts, it was due to the choreographer. The saving grace was using the Prokofiev score. one final comment on the costuming-----three periods were represented -- 1930s; 1950s, and 1990s......and the costumes looked alike in all three periods.......?????
  5. Beautifully expressed jsmu about Mearns!! I could never quite get a handle on why he obsessed over Mearns. She is a fine dancer and technician, but not what I look for in a dancer.
  6. Yes, I too would like to know the year he said it! I saw Kent in the role and it was her performance that revealed the beauty of the work. (previously I saw Tannaquil LeClercq, but always felt she was unsuited to the role)---and then finally, the ultimate--- Farrell!! I have always loved and responded to Kent's 'other world'.
  7. Robbins beautifully captured the style of Baryshnikov and Makarova's dancing, and I personally can't bear to see anyone else perform it (particularly Kirkland!)
  8. Yes, I have always felt he had a special affinity to Chopin and I think it goes back to his early training days.. In his day, (and mine, too) class pianists played mostly Chopin and the body gets used to moving to it.
  9. Wonderful news!! You have it all Eugenia
  10. Please -- bring back the old daily forum page I am lost lost lost!!
  11. I am lost! How do I get to something resembling the old forum page???
  12. ....and that is supposed to mix with Balanchine?----good grief!
  13. Well, we shared the same hairdresser in NY for while---I would often b e seated next to her under the dryer---but nary a word was spoken--at the time "intruding on their privacy" was the norm. Too bad---I would have loved to talk to her about "The Heiress".
  14. I was at the rehearsal for SB---Abrera in Act l; Trenary inAct 2; and Murphy in Act 3...As for me, she walked (danced?) away with the honors...she is really the one to watch. Abrera's Rose Adagio was good, (has a way to go for real excitement!) but she lost me in the variation that followed. Too much mugging......
  15. I saw her "final" performance with Bolle in '07 and was a bit reluctant to push my luck with another performance, all these years later. So glad she has had good reviews! The one moment I have always loved about her Juliet has nothing to do with her is when she is sitting on the edge of the bed contemplating what she will do to resolve her predicament.....her stillness, not a muscle moving is quite mind boggling.