Posted 05 November 1998 - 08:13 PM
Or there's the electrifying and very competitive Giselle that Peter Schaufuss and Makarova danced together in 1977 with ABT, when NYCB was on strike. It may not have been the most refined performance ever, but the second act turned into one of the most stunning virtuoso competitions I've ever seen. It wasn't until years later I realized that Schaufuss had borrowed his solo from Vasiliev. But I'll always be impressed by anyone who can do a big double tour with one leg in passe, land in arabesque, then continue seamlessly into a slow pirouette in said arabesque. Then do it all over again.
Or just about anything Suzanne Farrell danced, especially the many times she made me feel I was walking on air myself watching her in Chaconne, or spying on an intensely private moment in Der Rosenkavalier section of Vienna Waltzes.
However, if I have to pick just one performance, I'd have to say, without reservation, it was the La Sylphide that Gelsey Kirkland and George de la Pena danced at the Met in June of 1978 (I think it was June). It was a Saturday, and Carla Fracci's lovely if somewhat mannered performance with Fernando Bujones was still fresh in my mind. How could anyone possibly be a better sylph than Fracci, I asked myself. I soon found out.
You never knew what you'd get when the curtain rose on Kirkland, but when she wasn't being bonkers, or abusing herself in some manner, she could be beyond superlatives, and certainly hard to describe without hyperbole.
At this performance she took her technique and artistry so far beyond the normal, charted waters one expects, even from brilliant dancers like those cited above, I can only call it artless. I remember, in particular, her grande jetes across the front of the stage at the end of the big reel in the first act. She seemed barely to touch the floor at all, an ethereal vision propelled by some invisible wind.
This was a time when you'd often hear the audiences at ABT gasp in seeming unison at the astonishing technical feats of Baryshnikov or Bujones. I don't recall any female ballerina ever eliciting such a reaction -- except for Kirkland, that Saturday evening twenty years ago.
I'll also never forget the chill that ran down my spine. Kirkland was as close to a supernatural being, for those moments, as I've ever seen, or, for that matter, wish to see.
Posted 11 November 1998 - 01:26 PM
Posted 11 November 1998 - 06:42 PM
I didn't know she had done so many in London. With whom did she dance and how was she received?
Posted 13 November 1998 - 03:57 PM
Incidentally an e-mail gremlin crept in - when I said 'in 4th' I should have added 'position' - she only did 2 Auroras!
Posted 14 November 1998 - 06:08 AM
Posted 20 November 1998 - 02:28 AM
I would also like to point out that I think those performances of Sleeping Beauty with the Royal Ballet and Stephen Jefferies are the ones, Gelsey Kirkland talk about in her second book: "The Shape of Love", and there are photos too.
If anyone knows about videotapes featuring Gelsey Kirkland, could you please let me know
about them and are they still available? I only have the tape with Baryshnikov at Wolf Trap in 1976 (Coppélia and Don Quichotte).
[This message has been edited by Margot (edited 11-20-98).]
Posted 21 November 1998 - 12:40 AM
Posted 21 November 1998 - 07:18 PM
Oh and one question. How do you get that little smiley face that some people put on their posts?
[This message has been edited by Hollyberry (edited 11-21-98).]
Posted 22 November 1998 - 05:50 PM
Instructions for using the smilies (which come with the program) are in the Frequently Asked Questions; go to the righthand top of the board, right under Post New Topic, or Post Reply, and click the faq button and smilie away.
Posted 22 November 1998 - 07:22 PM
Talk to you later
Posted 30 November 1998 - 06:40 PM
Posted 01 December 1998 - 03:21 PM
What is your real name? Mine is Holly. I was in level C. What level were you in? Yes but I think the Kit Magno was an incredible teacher as well...Didn't you? Do you go to SBT during the year?
Can't wait to hear from you.
Posted 01 December 1998 - 04:13 PM
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