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#31 glebb


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Posted 27 July 2003 - 05:59 AM

On a birthday gala performance for Thomas Armour in Miami many years ago, we saw Hiller Huhn's Grisi pas de bourree - fouette right into the proscenium. Vincente Nebrada's Cerrito was so young and vivacious I thought she might explode. Ben Stevenson as Taglion entered for the variation with a pistol. No second bow there!

:grinning: :D :P :sweating: :D

#32 Paul Parish

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 12:51 AM

O god, Glebb, I miss you.


I can't get over how much I l;ove this ballet, and how grateful i am to Dolin for staging his version, which is of course a pastiche and a re-imagining, but I haven't seen anything by Lacotte that can equal it. If we had Perrot's of course, we'd have something to measure it against -- but but but BUT, i say, I watch this ballet over and over again, and I can not tell which version of it satisfies me most. Probably hte earliest Alonso version, since her footwork was perfect, even in cabrioles htat barely left hte ground, that  just "tore away form the floor' -- and everything was chillingly perfect, which is devastatingly diva-like, to my lights -- 


but of course the Trocks are great, better even than they know, and I also love these

https://www.youtube....h?v=FWGxQsZCbaQ [Ananiashvili, Gad, Terekhova Kistler], in which i alternatively hate and love Kistler. 


The question IS [as the adorable Sylvy suggested] who do you like the least? I used to think Kistler was too butch, but tonight, I LOVE her. I must be out of my mind, but in all the group dances, she seems to me the one who most loves the steps, those GOLDEN steps. Good god, why doesn't anyone give Dolin credit? These steps are WONDERFUL! It's excellent choreography! It's things dancers want to do and they know how to do and it's not about rivalry, it's about being like Ariel in the Tempest,. "I flamed amazement!!!!"


And then there's the Kirov version RG mentions, https://www.youtube....h?v=0YKoW4sPqZA with Mezentseva as Taglioni grave and majestic, which is glorious -- with Kolpakova no less and the divine Komleva, and [to my mind] Evteyeva bringing up the rear. WOnderful performance.


Evdokimova lingers in my mind as he best Taglioni ever -- but I can't fidnd hte link. Evdokimova had THE most immaculate placement I've ever seen in a dancer who could move fast; her Sylphide is far and away my favorite, partly for timing and geometry both....


Glebb, I wish you were here to continue this conversation. God bless you. 

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Posted 24 December 2013 - 03:05 AM

I second your thoughts, Paul.  I absolutely ADORE this ballet, and I think it is a shame that the younger generations are not getting to know it. Very "diva-like", Taglioni's character NEEDS a well known ballerina within a given territory/company.  The mannered/affected style of the piece also needs the right treatment.  Otherwise one can tell the inability of a young starlet to show a convincing grand dame demeanor.  Alonso, of course, epithomized this.


Yes...bless your soul , Glebb.

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