Posted 07 March 2001 - 04:25 PM
CygneDanois, you are SO lucky to have seen Ferri in class! Now I'm very curious, because I've gotten the impression from comments on this board in the past, that she is mainly considered to be a "McMillan" type adagio dancer. Perhaps she is a lot stronger techincally than I thought. Has anyone ever seen her dance anything along the lines of Sleeping Beauty or Theme & Variations? If so, what did you think of her performance. I like Ferri very much in what little I've seen her in and would be happy to know that her range of roles is larger than I thought it was!
Posted 07 March 2001 - 05:39 PM
Posted 07 March 2001 - 06:16 PM
Ferri may well look beautiful in class -- I envy Cygnedanois's opportunity to see her there! On stage very little classical ballet technique communicates. Even years ago, when she was stronger than she appears now, and even in Giselle, she seemed barely able to fill out the choreography, let alone take command of it. As I mentioned on the earlier thread, however, I don't think she's just an actress or even just a Macmillan specialist but actually a quite interesting dancer. At ABT she gave a very compelling performance in an abstract and even austere Tharp Quartet. It was not, however, a role that taxed her classical ballet technique. But, unless she has miraculously transformed herself in the past year, she is not able to take on the big Petipa/Ivanov roles and certainly not something like Theme and Variations. And, like Jeannie, I'm pretty sure she has stayed away from that type of repertory in recent years, at least with ABT...I also thought she was remarkable in Fall River Legend.
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Posted 07 March 2001 - 08:35 PM
I also saw her Nikiya at Wolf Trap -- it was her first appearance with ABT, I think. Opinion was quite divided on her. I knew a few people who, like Jeannie, thought she was extremely weak and were disappointed. Several others, myself included, were charmged by her. I remember her being so beautifully polished -- head, arms, fingers, but also steps properly finished, no attempts to be flashy, very musical.
She was reportedly a very hard worker, giving herself over to Tchernicheva, and even leaving the company when Tchernicheva did so she could continue working with her. Ferri is not a killer technician, by any means, but she's not sloppy and lazy (not that anyone implied that, but it's often a supposition of the "dramatic" dancers).
I've often thought it ironic that Italy, so famous for its steel-toed ballerinas who dominated 19th century Russian ballet, and which seemed to churn out supertechnicians 100 years ago, should produce stars in the 20th century like Ferri and Carla Fracci (also dismissed by some; Croce called her a "performer rather than a dancer" and loved by others).
And, as Drew said, there have been other threads on Ferri and she's popped up a number of times on favorite dancer lists.
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Posted 07 March 2001 - 09:51 PM
I admit that when her pirouettes are off, they are frightening, as hyperextended legs and feet do not make for a sturdy base on which to turn. When she is "on," though, her turns are breathtaking--she just floats around. In addition, I have to say that when she isn't turning, she seems to have fairly consistent good balance.
From what I've seen, she's strong in adagio, able to hold positions well without wobbling, etc. It's when she has to move quickly--she would not, IMO, be good at Balanchine--that she has problems. She also seems to have a hard time jumping, which adds to the effect of technical weakness.
I would agree with Alexandra that Ferri is a dramatic dancer. And she really does work hard. She's very scrupulous, technically. She has to contend, however, with an extremely flexible body that, while it allows her to take her time getting to a position and holding it, has problems pulling itself all together for allegro work. For example, she's fantastic in the Act II adagio of Giselle, but has trouble with the petite batterie in the coda.
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