"Diamonds" Program in Naples,Florida
Posted 10 March 2004 - 03:04 PM
The program opened with a splendid performance of "Symphony in Three Movements" led by Jennifer Kronenberg and Renato Penteado; the solo couples were Mary Carmen Catoya and Jeremy Cox, and Andrea Spiridonakos and Yann Trividic. This "747 of a ballet", as Croce called it, is one of my top favorites, and I enjoyed this performance straight through.
After intermission, Deanna Seay, with Carlos Guerra, showed us "Allegro Brilliante" with everything spun out and beautifully finished, just as Tchaikovsky deserves. And after a pause, Catoya and Mikhail Ilyin showed "Sylvia Pas de Deux", one of the spectacular showoff pieces people sometimes forget Balanchine knew well how to do. Catoya made the impossible look easy and beautiful, skimming the stage, holding balances with time-stopping security, and making the unlikely seem natural enough. I had a sense of great reserves of technique behind her dancing, but something else more important, the intelligence not just to show herself off, but instead to show off her dance. This way she gives us yet more. And Ilyin did his share of gravity-defying feats in smooth, stage-covering flow.
Posted 10 March 2004 - 05:16 PM
I have not read anything on Wu Haiyan, the new Chinese principal dancer in the company.Has she been cast on anything yet?Any info would be appreciated. Thanks.
Posted 13 March 2004 - 02:12 PM
(The rest of Wednesday's cast was the same as Tuesday's.)
Posted 13 March 2004 - 04:35 PM
Posted 13 March 2004 - 07:47 PM
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