Stars of CPYB Gala 2005
Posted 03 July 2005 - 04:44 AM
Sean Lavery spoke to introduce the performance, telling how as a young boy, the only boy in his class he learned Swan Lake alongside the girls, because Marcia said it would be good for him, and when he was old, he could stage Swan Lake. Before each person danced, a video clip of that person dancing in earlier years as a CPYB student was shown. (for example: a tiny Abi Stafford perfectly executing the Corsaire variation with the all the arabesques into pirouettes) Also included were video clips and hellos from those stars who could not make it to the show (Grant Delong, Adrienne Shulte, Tina LeBlanc, Heather Jurgenson, Vanessa Zahorian, Kristin Long)
On to the actual dancing. It was amazing! I particularly liked the White Swan Pas de Deux, performed by Lia Cirio and James Whiteside, Carrie Imler in the variation from Stars and Stripes, a fun African-themed piece performed by Sherri LeBlanc, and Nh'amor by Laszlo Berdo performed by Zachary Hench and Julie Diana. Noelani Pantastico was glowing in the pas de deux from A Midsummer Night's Dream (partnered by Jeffrey Stanton). However, my favorite moment of the evening was Ashley Bouder's grand pas de chats. From seemingly out of nowhere, she was all of a sudden high in the air, and the straight leg was next to her head. It was amazing There was a collective gasp from the audience.
I couldn't find much wrong with the performance, but I will say that CPYB's excellent technique and training pay off. The dancers from CPYB were mostly stronger and freer because of their technique. Without mentioning names (because I'm not a real critic yet :shhh: ) there were some (but not all) guests I wasn't impressed with.
At the end of the performance, Alan Hineline choreographed a sort of finale for all the CPYB alumnus and 6 young CPYB students. Marcia was brought up the stage, given a very long standing ovation, 3 huge flower bouquets, and lavendar and gold balloons cascaded down onto the stage. She was very humble and seemed overwhelmed. Thank you, Marcia!
Posted 03 July 2005 - 08:40 AM
Posted 03 July 2005 - 09:20 AM
I, too, wish I had been at this performance. Marcia Dale Weary and CPYB have produced so many great dancers, and I've always been astonished not only at the strength of their base technique, but how individual each dancer's stage presence is. In my opinion, CPYB and Alicia Alonso's school are the two great breeding grounds for dancers.
Posted 05 July 2005 - 05:10 PM
I have to agree with blizzardqueen, their training has not inhibited them but set them free to go up and come down when they choose -- VERY different dancers, dance personalities. All of them musical, too.... perhaps that's Tomasson's choosing. but maybe Marcia Dale Weary can even teach MUSICALITY.
Posted 05 July 2005 - 06:55 PM
Posted 06 July 2005 - 03:08 AM
It was fun to watch the video clips of the dancers before each of them performed.
DD said it was alot of fun and she was glad to be part of making Marcia's celebration so special.
Posted 06 July 2005 - 04:42 AM
Posted 06 July 2005 - 06:50 AM
And a quote: "Calculated vulgarity can be a useful tool" - George Balanchine.
Posted 06 July 2005 - 07:52 AM
its the mom, on Jul 6 2005, 04:08 AM, said:
Posted 06 July 2005 - 08:33 AM
We REALLY miss her here in SF. What a WONDERFUL dancer
I take it she did the allegro solo -- you guys should know that that solo, with all its jumps and all that torque in the back comes at the END of hte ballet, when she's already danced her shoes off.... but by then Evelyn (Cisneros, for whom the ballet was made) was riding high, she had such amazing stamina. Tina danced it here last year -- I never saw Sherri do it, WISH I HAD, but she has the willingness to go to her edge, and to USE her back -- which could make that solo really joyous.
I really wish I'd been there....
and justdoit, let me echo Leigh's remark about what Balanchine liked -- "Perfect is boring" all his dancers say he wanted ENERGY. When Darci Kistler was a kid at the barre one day she kicked so hard in the grand battements she knocked herself off her standing leg and fell down - and Balanchine (as the story goes) said "Now THAT's what I want to see!" His wittiest saying, wickedly funny, about the Royal Ballet's "correct" style, was how "in England if you're awake it's vulgar already."
Posted 06 July 2005 - 09:24 AM
Posted 06 July 2005 - 10:40 AM
Posted 06 July 2005 - 09:56 PM
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