Nutcracker - NYCB - 12/15
Posted 16 December 2001 - 09:04 PM
Got to go - more later.
Posted 17 December 2001 - 12:16 PM
On the other hand, Taylor and Orza had a hard time Sunday afternoon with the grand pas de deux. I'm not sure what their problem was but their performances were way off the level they were at the prior weekend.
In general it's my impression that Act II is getting a bit more ragged since the opening weeks, as the company endlessly performs it.
However, attendance is superb right now. What with post-9/11 anxieties, it was tentative at the beginning of the run, but suddnely every performance seems jammed. This is usually the time the crowds start to thin, as people like to go to the Nutcracker during the holiday season, but not right during the holidays themselves as they approach. This year it's just the opposite -- the end of the run is selling out and NYCB is having a super Nutcracker season attendance-wise.
[ December 17, 2001: Message edited by: Michael1 ]
Posted 17 December 2001 - 05:16 PM
Millepied was a terrific Candy Cane, musically incisive with that great jump. Every jump was held in the air for a moment like a flash photo - an exciting performance. Ash danced Coffee with a focus that one rarely sees in that role. She really drew the audience in with her intensity and the lovely shape of her dancing. Sometimes this solo seems long to me but not on Sat.
Van Kipnis danced Dew Drop with complete and luxurious confidence, every balance held til the last possible moment but never beyond the bounds of the music or of good taste. She clearly flet the music and her turns and runs were particularly lovely. I wonder what she and Millepied would be like as the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier?
This was the first time I had seen Alexander Ritter as Drosselmeyer and I was very impressed. He seemed to inhabit the role, always aware and reacting to what was happening around him unlike some of the dancers who are party guests and seem to just stop paying attention when they don't have a specific action to perform. When Ritter entered he immediately reminded me of some one but I couldn't really put my finger on it. I finally realized that he reminded me of Balanchine in the makeup for Don Quixote.
As other posters have said, the Snow scene looked terrific. Your realize the depth a talent at NYCB when in addition to those I've already discussed you see a performance like Saturday's, which has Elizabeth Walker in Snow, Carla Korbes as a party guest, Rachel Rutherford and Stephen Hanna in Spanish, Jennifer Tinsely as a demi in the Waltz of the Flowers and a corp which includes dancers like Abi Stafford and Elena Stein to name just two.
I'm lucky to live in NY.
Posted 17 December 2001 - 09:04 PM
Have you noticed how every Drosselmeyer performs/mimes something different? Alex Ritter performs his sympathetic magic (exapanding everything) over the Nutcracker doll after he has first elaborately placed it on the ground at Stage Left. Stuart Capps, on the other hand, spends a lot of time with the screwdriver and then casts his spell over the doll holding it in his right hand, while he mimes over it with his left. Kramerevsky either omits the entire schtik or casts his spell over the crib. I love that role. Alex Ritter uses his facial expressions very well while miming, it seems to me that that is so important in mime -- that the eyes and face must convey a lot in that way. He's the best of the Drosselmeyers.
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