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Where is Monique Meunier?


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#1 The Uncrossed Fifth

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 01:04 PM

The best female dancer in ABT seems to have gone amissing from ABT's MET season casting. Watching Meunier dance is so inspiring and awe-bringing. Escpecially with so many technically hard ballets this season, with their Balanchine rep... Why would they cast the 30 years-past-her-prime Ananiashvili to "knuckle" across the stage in ABT's dreadful version of Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto 2 above Monique. She left NYCB to dance more, but it seems that she isn't doing a principal part once. Any insight?

#2 Mme. Hermine

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 01:07 PM

i don't know about meunier, though i agree she's a very nice dancer, but i have to put in a note for nina a., as it might be hard to be 30 years past your prime when you're just 40! :D

#3 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 01:25 PM

This is your friendly neighborhood Board Host.

Uncrossed Fifth, none of the opinons you have are out of bounds, but I'm going to ask you to consider your tone. It always looks like you're spoiling for a fight, and we'd rather have a discussion here. Cool it, please.

#4 The Uncrossed Fifth

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 05:18 PM

Witchel, thanks for your advice, i will try to not be offensive. I'm very passionate about ballet and the dance world. I'm not looking for a fight, just offering opinions from a group of people who know ALOT about ballet technique, performance, and NYCB. Plus, i really like meunier. :D

#5 Lovebird

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 08:11 PM

Uncrossed Fifth, I don't want to start a discussion but I find your comments on both Ananiashvili and Zelensky insulting. What is worse is that they are untrue and unfounded. Ananiashvilli is 40, she is not past her prime, is dancing like a dream, and has a technique that many other ballerinas, much younger than her, can only hope to have. Perhaps you have not heard of such dancers as Fonteyn, Haydee, Alonso, Ulanova, Plisetskaya who danced well into their fifties, and still showed such masterful and artistic portrayals, that they have never been equaled? Have you not thought that perhaps there is a need, no a dearth, of such elder ballerinas and danseurs in the dance world to set examples and to guide younger ones?

#6 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 10:23 PM

Back to the subject of Monique Meunier!

Has anyone seen her perform in DC? Is she scheduled for anything?

#7 Alexandra

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Posted 03 February 2004 - 10:38 PM

Leigh, I asked an ABT representative tonight, and was told that we could expect to see more of Meunier and Veronika Part in the spring season. Apparently there have been off and on injuries, unspecified.

Looking ahead to this weekend's Bayaderes, Meunier is listed as a Shade Saturday afternoon, and a D'Jampe Dancer Saturday night.

As for Part -- I know this is a Meunier thread, but many of our Meunier are also Part fans -- was one of the soloists in the Raymonda Grand Pas Classique. She will also dance a Shade Saturday afternoon, and Sunday afternoon.

#8 Thalictum

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Posted 04 February 2004 - 09:49 PM

Part, Meunier, and Leiceca danced like a dream as the three Shades during one Met Bayadere last year.


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