Posted 09 April 2008 - 03:49 PM
Now that this thread is fairly aged, I see that I still find certain dancers magnificent in certain roles or at certain periods of their careers, and less so in/or at others. I paid no attention to Angel Corella in that 2005 Swan Lake (which doesn't mean I don't think he was good, I just wasn't interested especially in much of anything that was going on), but recently watched the 2000 'Romeo and Juliet' with Alessandra Ferri.
Well, there is also a difference in emphasis in 'handsome' and 'gorgeous', and as Romeo Angel Corella is gorgeous. He is easily the most arresting Romeo I've ever seen--because it's a combination of not only the phenomenal dancing, but he's got the right body type for Romeo to have convinced me more than Nureyev, who is too theatrical in a certain sense of the word. I thought Ferri exquisite as Juliet, but except when they were dancing together, I watched him more than I did her. Her dancing seemed to me to be equal to his, but she didn't seem to embody Juliet quite as much as he did Romeo.
Along the same lines, some have praised Acosta's looks, and they may be wonderful as well as his dancing, which must be. I have only seen him, though, in the Royal Ballet DVD of 'Coppelia' and do not like him as Franz at all. I thought he was all wrong for that, but then since I first saw this role with Peter Schaufuss, I can't imagine anyone more perfect. Nevertheless, the 70's Afro-Cuban dancer Lazzaro Carreno (whose name I had forgotten and must thank Cristian for) would have, I think, made a Franz I would have loved, because more boyish and playful. So it's not a matter of race and skin colour, i'm sure I'd like Acosta in many other things. I thought he would have been better as Dr. Coppelius. I also like Mathieu Ganio as Franz, I think I must see Franz as something more slender and boyish, not hyper-masculine.
There's also a superb-looking animal in the Kylian video of 'les Noces', he's the bigger of the two featured dancers and is the only one dressed in all-white--but I don't know whether this is Joke Zijlstra or Gerald Tibbs.