Black Tuesday, ABT vs. Taylor
Posted 09 March 2002 - 02:15 PM
I know someone once said "comparisons are odious," but that was in the 14th Century, before the invention of ballet.
Posted 09 March 2002 - 05:30 PM
Now, for those of you who actually saw it..... smile.gif
Posted 09 March 2002 - 10:19 PM
Posted 09 March 2002 - 10:21 PM
Viola did the "big, bad wolf" number and was terrific. But for me the best performances were by the pimp (I think it was Duckstein) who was much more obscene and evil than the ABT dancer who played the role more humorously and Corbin in "Brother, can you spare a dime?" Not only is Corbin the Taylor dancer par excellence (no one else in the company comes close to his style and precision, IMO) but he brought an anger and poignancy to the role that was missing at ABT. I was also impressed with Manzzini (sp?) in "Blvd of Broken Dreams." She was a women who had been around and whose spirit was almost broken, at ABT the dancer was less angry.
From what I have read Taylor made the parts on his dancers than Susan McGuire taught the piece to ABT. At ABT, there are several casts, even last fall at City Center Stiefel was no longer dancing "Brother, can you spare a dime?". But in the Taylor company, there is a single cast so the dancers have more opportunities to develop their roles.
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