Is there such a thing as a Suzanne Farrell style?and does her company have it?
Posted 12 October 2003 - 04:12 AM
I know there's a thread all about her company on another forum...but I wanted to throw this out to the general audience...and see if one would consider hers to be "a style" or not.
Farrell Fan are you out there?
Posted 12 October 2003 - 05:29 AM
Posted 12 October 2003 - 05:39 AM
What I'm getting at is that someone will see NYCB perform and the generalization is that the dancers have a different way of executing a particular step.. that would be different from, for example, the way a Bolshoi ballet dancer might... Perhaps I'm just confusing my question ever more by this?
Posted 12 October 2003 - 06:12 AM
Posted 12 October 2003 - 06:24 AM
Posted 12 October 2003 - 06:54 AM
Yes, that 's Magnicaballi in the Tsigane costume, pictured with Momchil Mladenov, another veteran of the Farrell Ballet.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 07:19 AM
To suggest that Peter Boal has a greater influence on the dancing that Suzanne Farrell, even though he's only there briefly to guest, is also insulting. Peter Boal is certainly a great dancer ---- but so was Suzanne Farrell, and she DOES run the company. I consider any dancer who gets to dance with her to be rather lucky.
I am therefore not surprised that people who have seen Ms. Farrell's company say it dances with a consistent style. I would not expect anything less from someone of her caliber. It is the ONLY way a small company such as hers could attract and maintain national attention for as long as it has.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 08:09 AM
Boal is such a fully formed dancer that any influence Farrell (or anyone else) might have on him is likely to be less noticeable than it would be on a younger and less experienced dancer. But since he continues to work with her, it must be a rewarding relationship for him.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 08:54 AM
And yes, directors have gotten clear stylistic choices and consistency out of pickup groups. But for me, that wasn't what I saw last night. I saw a decent performance with varying levels of ability and style. Was it good or bad is a different question, but if the question was, did it have a specific style? No, not from what I saw.
OK, I have to close up my suitcase and get on a plane, so I'm being cowardly and bowing out of this discussion!
Posted 12 October 2003 - 08:55 AM
Posted 12 October 2003 - 10:37 AM
Roma speaks for me. Farrell's values of musicality and spontenaiety were abundantly evident. I had a fabulous time. Fabulous.
I will also note that Boal's Apollo was magnificent. I'd never seen him give it the wealth of integrated details and power that he showed last night.
Special kudos, too, to Ms. Parsley for her freshness and joy in Divert.
Edited by carbro, 13 October 2003 - 10:04 PM.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 11:04 AM
Yesterday, I didn't expect to see him and he was there. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least.
(Farrell Fan, thanks for the feedback.)
Posted 12 October 2003 - 12:51 PM
That said, I enjoyed Tzigane and thought Natalie's performance much improved over the one I saw at the New Victory. Apollo was good, Boal giving a terrific performance with adequate performances by the Muses. Parsley just looked embarassed as Leto.
It was a pleasure to see Ritter dancing so beautifully. He had the elegance Du lacked. Du seemed to think he was in some bus and truck performance of Coppelia, dancing a rather crude rendition of Franz.
Variations should be retired. It was well suited to Farrell's gifts, which included an ability to be on and off balance at the same time as well as an ability to link vastly differing steps into a coherent phrase. Variations is built around these talents and Parsley doesn't have them. Nor is she a very interesting dancers. She gave it her all in the fifth variation of Divert but was hopelessly outclassed - blurring or leaving out steps.
One of the great things about Farrell as a dancer, and I saw her many times from her return to NYCB in the 70s to her retirement, was her acute theatrical sense. But I didn't see that last night either in her direction of the program or in her coaching of the dancers. It was a nice evening with a decent regional company but certainly didn't offer any revelations either in the setting of the ballets or the performances of the dancers.
Posted 12 October 2003 - 02:58 PM
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