Posted 04 October 1999 - 09:13 PM
Having since reviewed my notes and discovered that on several occasions I've been impressed by Weese's work, I should have just said I have found her adagio work yucky.
I also wasn't complaining about her looks; she's certainly pretty enough. My major objection is the cold, mechanical way I've seen her perform adagios. She seemed to be going through the motions, with no attention paid to either her partner or the audience. At the last performance of "Theme and Variations" that I saw her in, I got the distinct impression she would rather be elsewhere. I squirmed through the entire adagio, and the performance left a bad taste in my mouth that still hasn't gone away.
Thus, my use of the word "yucky." (Although I've seen many disappointing performances, the only other ballerina who has ever inspired me to say "yuck" is Sylvie Guillem, for the same reason. Sylvie's technique is astounding, but I have always found a repellent coldness at the heart of her dancing.)
Posted 05 October 1999 - 12:21 AM
rrfan, your comment about models is a good one, I think. Dancers can learn from teachers and those who stage the ballets as well as from actively dancing stars (one reads how Danilova and Doubrovska were an influence on their students).
Posted 05 October 1999 - 11:55 AM
Her lack of expressivity and her flamenco hands to portray a swan were an annoyance.
I can't discuss the rest of her work because I've only seen her on PBS but GOSH!!!!!
Posted 05 October 1999 - 04:58 PM
I've seen Katharine Hepburn flub her lines on stage and I doubt anyone will argue the talent of that woman!
Posted 05 October 1999 - 06:38 PM
[This message has been edited by Nanatchka (edited October 05, 1999).]
Posted 05 October 1999 - 07:43 PM
That was a Sunday matinee, and Miranda Weese wasn't scheduled to dance that day; the program listed the cast for T&V as Wendy Whelan and Robert Tewsley. Due to illness or injury Kyra Nichols, scheduled to dance in "Diamonds," was replaced by Wendy, and Miranda replaced Wendy in T&V.
I have no idea how much notice she had.
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