Edited by carolina, 14 October 2005 - 03:38 PM.
Men of San Francisco BalletWhat a group of hunks this season
Posted 14 October 2005 - 12:31 PM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 02:56 PM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 03:14 PM
I was obtusely referring to NYCB. You caught me on that one. But I find that to be the case in most Balanchine companies (e.g. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Ballet Chicago, Miami City Ballet, Pennsylvania Ballet, etc.). The Balanchine rep offers plum roles for men and women, but some directors take Balanchine's oft-repeated motto "Ballet is woman" too far. The reason I brought up the men of SFB is that Helgi seems to have a type. Many of the male principals look similar to each other physically. Long and lanky, the complete opposite of Helgi, who was short and stocky when he danced. Nicholas Blanc, Yuri Possokhov, Damian Smith, Gonzalo Garcia, Pierre Francois Vilanoba and many more in the soloist and corps ranks have the same look. It leaves me to wonder whether Helgi has a preference for taller men on stage.
Hi Carolina Not that I don't agree on the eye candy (they're great dancers too, and Possokhov is a promising choreographer), but could you tell me who is obsessively focusing on female dancers nowadays, with the possible exception of NYCB?
Edited by carolina, 14 October 2005 - 03:36 PM.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 03:24 PM
Among the Principal Men, none were trained at PNB, although Jonathan Poretta was in Peter Boal's first class, and influenced his choice of PNB. Poretta is the only Principal Man who was not hired after an outside career and who started in the PNB corps. In the past few years, though, the men's contingent has grown so much deeper and many men have been finished at the school. Soloist Casey Herd started in the PNB corps and he dances principal roles almost exclusively, and Pacitti, Gaines, Postlewaite, and Spell all studied at the PNB school before joining the Company. I would expect that with Boal as a leader, the men's contingent will grow stronger, and that he'd choose choreographers that would bring out the strength of the men.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 04:58 PM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 05:55 PM
A well known arts administrator in the US suggests that companys start featuring the men on posters, etc. due to the fact that the majority of ticket buyers for ballet are women. I like that idea. I work for a company where primarily we feature both on all printed material. We've got some hot men right now, and I am going to experiement and send out there pictures first to editors, etc.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 09:31 PM
Many companies like to sell themselves and their repertoire by displaying their dancers, male and female, in advertisements designed to make them look sexually attractive. And if it gets people in the door, it's effective advertising. There certainly is no need to hide the fact that many dancers are easy on the eye. I can't tell you how many times I've heard references to Baryshnikov's "nice a**", for example. It would be a shame, though, to showcase and promote dancers solely based on physical attractiveness without as least as much attention paid to technique, musicality, dramatic presence, personality, etc. Tomasson and the SF Ballet are lucky to have so many attractive male dancers who are more than simply "hott."
Oh, and just because I feel like it, I would like to point out that SFB's ballerinas are not necessarily anything to sneeze at either.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 11:18 PM
I agree with you, BalletNut, about SFB's women -- they are as stunning as the men.
Posted 15 October 2005 - 02:07 AM
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