Posted 11 November 2005 - 07:54 PM
Posted 11 November 2005 - 08:53 PM
I am very very very sad, I took class from him many times, and he taught me the Grand Pas from "La Bayadere".
My heart goes out to his family.
Posted 12 November 2005 - 05:38 AM
Not long after my first day a young guy came to take class. I was excited to no longer be the only boy in class. The other boy was Fernando and because he was new he did not know that after barre all of the students did splits in the center of the floor. He also did not know that all students brought a hand towel to class. The open air theatre was very dirty, especially the flloor so we washed our hands after splits. On the day I met Fernando, I offered my towel to him when we washed our hands. After class I came out into the waiting area and I heard him telling my father how many hours he practiced ballet and piano each day. I'll never forget the look of delight on my father's face hearing this information. My father was so impressed.
Not long after that I saw Fernando at SAB when I was there for the summer and many years later at Kennedy Center where I was the horn boy in Act III of SWAN LAKE for ABT (Lucia Chase was the Queen), Fernando, already a star remembered me in the elevator. I was so proud to be remembered and spoken to by him in front of all the other people.
Besides being the most beautiful male classical dancer of his time, he was a bit more athletic than Dowell my other hero, Fernando was a good person. For that he was my hero and will always be.
R.I.P. dear Fernando.
Posted 16 November 2005 - 04:06 PM
Posted 20 November 2005 - 02:20 PM
Posted 21 November 2005 - 08:17 AM
Those of us who saw Bujones perform live will never forget that incredible technique and presence! Thank goodness, he was filmed many times and he will continue to dance in our memories and screens for a long, long time (Varna 1974 competition, ABT at the Met, ABT in San Francisco, Chilean 'Sleeping Beauty,' Puerto Rican 'Coppelia,' documentary 'First Position,' Video Dictionary of Classical Ballet, etc, etc.). His Blue Skater in Ashton's 'Les Patineurs' was my special favorite; I'll always think of him spinning even faster than a real ice-skater, when I see that ballet.
May he rest in peace.
Posted 06 January 2006 - 07:29 PM
It includes a few interesting descriptions of his programming choices and variations, as well as some lovely photos.
Most touching is a smiling and playful photo of Bujones on demi-point in streetwear, shot in front of the Met at Lincoln Center last June.
There are also tributes/memories from several of his partners at ABT: Kirlland, Gregory, Tcherkasskky, von Hammel, and Makarova.
Posted 05 March 2006 - 02:49 PM
Here's his final paragraph:
QUOTE: "Bujones was a fantastic, unforgettable dancer, and he was also arguably the first of the major Latino dancers to play a key role in American ballet. Indeed, when all is said and done, Bujones deserves the reputation of one of the few truly significant classical dancers of the past half-century -- on a level with Babilee, Bruhn, Villella, Nureyev, Baryshnikov, and Bocca. But although he achieved their degree of artistry, a certain lack of focus on the part of the entrepreneurial, public, and critical spotlights during a major part of his career has meant that he is still not as widely perceived as he deserves to be as an iconic figure of classical ballet."
Posted 07 March 2006 - 06:21 AM
Have there been other dancers at this age with the same level of technical skill and sheer aplomb?
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