Posted 12 March 2001 - 12:20 AM
He and Ashley Tuttle, both principals of ABT, came last winter in December to dance in my school (Ballet Hawaii) production of the Nutcracker. This event is a yearly thing and is preceded by our Sugarplum Gala, which I just delight in attending, because it also serves as an opportune time to speak with actual principals and soloists of ABT, NYCB, and Eliot Feld's Ballet Tech.
Getting back to my awe, I had the chance to attend a class taught by Michael Vernon, a frequent visitor to our studio and former director of the Eglevsky Ballet. In the class though, and somewhat off to the left but always centerstage was - Angel. He pirouetted like he was on an upright axis, six, seven, eight revolutions.. it was amazing just to see him in rehearsal clothes and fresh off the airplane! What was particularly amazing was that while I felt that this was an 'on' day, Mr. Corella started his own pirouettes before and finished after me. The same for jumps (i.e., grand allegro - that sent a few people staggering backwards).
Needless to say, his three performances as the Cavelier were awe-inspiring and breathtaking. A little Marzipan lamb tugged on my Spanish Chocolate tutu and whispered, "Did he jump off a ladder?" Certainly, from the gasps we could hear on stage, it appeared as if he did jump off the top rung of a ladder, only to make his landing quieter than the pouncing cat or the floating feather.
Posted 12 March 2001 - 10:26 PM
Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that I agree with your comments about Corella! I just wish that he would come and guest with Ballet West! I know he has a sister that is a corp member at ABT - can anyone comment about her dancing? I wonder if she can jump and turn as well as brother?
Post again and let us know about the state of ballet on Oahu!
Posted 12 March 2001 - 10:59 PM
By the way, I wrote up my interview with Angel in the January issue of Ballet.co.uk magazine.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 01:18 AM
"When I get onto stage, I think, I'm dancing on my grave."
Posted 13 March 2001 - 07:59 PM
I know he has a sister that is a corp member at ABT - can anyone comment about her dancing? I wonder if she can jump and turn as well as brother?
I haven't had an opportunity to notice Carmen's jumps, but she is a turner. I was observing a company class in Costa Mesa, and at the end they had the women doing a "fouette till you drop" exercise. One by one all the company members dropped out, leaving only Carmen turning (with a big, genuine smile on her face). When she finally stopped (cleanly) she got a big hand from the other dancers.
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Posted 26 November 2001 - 05:12 PM
But he was wonderful in Don Q - he and Alina Cojocaru really brought what many regarded as a rather dire ballet to life. I can't wait until he returns in Feb for Bayadere.
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