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Battle of the Hagars in this ABT Season


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Poll: Who's your favorite Hagar? (15 member(s) have cast votes)

Who's your favorite Hagar?

  1. Julie Kent (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  2. Gillian Murphy (2 votes [13.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.33%

  3. Amanda McKerrow (13 votes [86.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 86.67%

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#1 Alexandra

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Posted 06 November 2003 - 10:39 PM

There's a wide range of opinions this season on a lot of things (and congratulations and pats on backs to everyone, because I don't think we've ever had such civil disagreements!).

I'd like to know who liked which Hagar -- I've heard totally conflicting opinions on each. (Meaning, I know at least one person who loved and one person who loathed each one.)

So this is a poll -- but please please please discuss, give your reasons, etc.

#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 03:31 AM

So, does the loser become Hagar the Horrible? :D

#3 Alexandra

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 09:29 AM

No, no. The loser gets to dance all performances save two, one each for the winners. :wacko:

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 09:38 AM

Can I write in Sally Wilson?

#5 Alexandra

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 09:39 AM

Sure :wacko: These are the three Hagars on view in New York at the moment, and, as I wrote above, there's been some controversy over them. That's why the poll was limited -- it wasn't intended as a Hagars of All Time. Sometimes people won't write comments about someone they like, if the previous poster had just said, "The worst Hagar I've ever seen!" but they'll vote in an anonymous poll, and that's why I put this up.

#6 Mary J

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 09:48 AM

I second the nomination of Sally Wilson, the nonpareil of her generation as somone able to transform psychological tension into physical form.

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 09:54 AM

I've started a thread to discuss other Hagars (who did not dance with ABT this season) here .

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 11:54 AM

Missed Julie's, so couldn't vote for her (although nothing I've heard/read of those performances leads me to believe I might have). Difficult decision between Gillian and Amanda -- they were so different, each exceeding my expectations. On one level, Gillian brought to life new aspects of Hagar -- youth, neurosis. On the other, I was anticipating a very subdued interpretation from Amanda, and the tightness she left in my chest during and after the ballet is testament to a visceral, honest and vivid portrayal. Plus, Gillian (we expect) will have many years to grow with this role.

Voted for Amanda.

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 08:23 PM

Ok, although I admire Gillian Murphy's Hagar and look forward to seeing her interpretation grow in the coming years, after a second look at McKerrow tonight I can only say YES,YES,YES!!!! :clapping: :clapping: :clapping: But I was fair and only voted for her once. When I saw her first attempt at the role on Wednesday I already felt that hers was he most complete performance. It is amazing how much she has deepened and grown in the role in just one more time out. I think that one of the posters here said that this may be her last performance before retirement. I certainly hope that is not true. Tonight was one of those rare nights, she was transcendant.

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 08:51 PM

Oh,NYSusan? Another instance of "You missed the better performance," eh? :clapping:

:shrug: :clapping:

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Posted 07 November 2003 - 09:23 PM

Carbro, I',m so sorry, but IMO - Yes!!!

My opinion could have been colored somewhat by a change in seating area. Wed night I was very close up, with every detail popping out at me (except that I didn't notice McKerrow's ankle bleeding till the very end!). Tonight I was back in rear mezz with a better perspective of the whole. But I don't really think it was me, I think tonight's performance was special. My husband was with me tonight - he'd never seen Pillar before and he loved it. Didn't find it dated at all. And I don't think it's unreasonable to expect it to take more than one performance to really find your way in a role as complex as Hagar. As I said, I hope it isn't McKerrow's last time...


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