A name to watch out for
Posted 01 July 2004 - 07:33 AM
From the look of her last night, she's a very classy dancer in the making - please watch out for her and let us know how she gets on!
Posted 01 July 2004 - 07:41 PM
What a wonderful name, sounds Cambodian. DO you know?
I gather that there will be a significant number of new dancers coming into SFB -- but there are lots of visa problems, and it's not clear when they'll all be resolved....
Posted 04 July 2004 - 12:03 PM
Posted 05 July 2004 - 03:45 AM
Posted 05 July 2004 - 08:33 PM
I believe it's important to try to understand other cultures, or at least become familiar with that which you didn't grow up with.
While I cannot relate to the concept, I can understand how difficult it must be to be a dancer in Thailand. Imagine if American kids had to face that kind of obstacle...
Posted 06 July 2004 - 04:19 PM
Thank you Mel indeed for raising the point about how we should be aware and respectful of cultural differences.
But as a Thai Iíve always been somewhat puzzled by this whole head and feet thing! Of course, I cannot speak for every Thais (maybe I am just in the minority!) but Iíve never found the pointing of feet/shoes, especially in a ballet context, at all offensive. In fact, Iíve always found it interesting that it is this head/feet issue that gets brought up most often in conversations I have with foreigners, particularly when I can find many more rude things a person can do!
Anyway, from my own point of view (I could be wrong of course) I think the main obstacle faced by young dancers in Thailand is not so much this prejudice as the fact that most middle class parents (I would still consider ballet to be a middle class activity) have traditionally favoured solid academic subjects over trainings that lead to careers in the arts and sports. This is perhaps understandable since it is rather difficult to envision your child having a good career prospect when there isnít, for example, an internationally renowned ballet company in your country.
I was actually back in Thailand about three years ago when a magazine ran an article on Nutnaree (she'd just won the gold medal at the Adeline Genee Competition at the age of 15!) and I think Nutnareeís mother did mention that she had to think carefully about her daughterís commitment to ballet as many people had warned that there was virtually no ballet in Thailand and if one was to make it abroad one had to be really outstanding (which Nutnaree has proved to be!)
But I think things are changing now. The tennis player Paradorn Srichapan, for example, is setting example of how dedication and hard work can lead one to have a relatively successful career as a professional athlete and the last time I was in Thailand many more children have now taken up tennis and other sports seriously. Also things like rhythmic gymnastics are becoming very popular among girls. And of course now we have budding young ballerinas so I hope that there will be more to follow the footsteps of Nutnaree (and Sarawanee at ABT).
Anyhow, I am very pleased for Nutnaree! I also saw her Lindbury performance and there was something very special about her that made me unable to take my eyes off her when she was onstage! I think there is also another Thai girl in the 2nd year and I was impressed with her, too. In fact I enjoyed the whole evening and am now feeling somewhat guilty to only have mentioned the two Thai girls since there were many wonderful performances that night! But as Jane said, please keep us posted about her progress!
Posted 06 July 2004 - 04:44 PM
Posted 07 July 2004 - 04:30 AM
Was that Pattra Sarikaputra? The night I was there she did the second of the two Blue Girls in Patineurs.
I think there is also another Thai girl in the 2nd year and I was impressed with her, too.
Posted 08 October 2004 - 09:38 PM
Also, I heard Nutnaree did a beautiful job on the London tour!! Best of luck to this new dancer!
Posted 08 October 2004 - 11:14 PM
Well, I can't speak for all of the dancers, so I'm not about to say with any certainty that nobody is angry about not getting promoted, but it isn't like Tomasson hired Pipithsuksunt INSTEAD of promoting dancers; in addition to hiring her directly out of school, he also promoted Rachel Viselli and Elizabeth Miner to soloist, and Lord knows that with 3 female soloists--S. LeBlanc, Young, Winfield-- retiring or otherwise leaving the company, there were plenty of open slots to be filled.
I just find it a bit odd for such a large, reknowned company (or for Helgi Tomasson) to just hire a student into a soloist position. I am sure there were some angry company members that are waiting their turn to be promoted.
It is true, though, that there haven't been many soloists or principals hired directly out of school. However, if I remember correctly, I think Yuan Yuan Tan might have been, since her bio doesn't list her as having danced previously with any other companies before joining SFB as a soloist.
In any case, I do look forward to seeing Nutnaree Pipithsuksunt this season.
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