Reviews: Closing Week, Winter SeasonFeb. 21-26, 2006
Posted 27 February 2006 - 07:09 AM
Comments from someone who attends sporadically, and if lived closer would attend much more.
Posted 27 February 2006 - 10:49 AM
Hall was mesmerizing in The Cage on Saturday afternoon - he is so striking yet so understated, never upstaging the flow of the drama. I was sitting 1st row center in the 2nd ring and did not notice a taboo on his chest, and let me assure you I spent plenty of time staring at his chest! Somogyi was very good as the Novice, but nobody can compete with Wendy in that role. I've also been happy to see Rebecca Krohn getting some featured roles this season - she was great as the Queen, with wonderful presence. Perhaps another "tall girl" in the making? Around the middle of The Cage it occurred to me that I was also going to see The Lesson that evening - an unfortunate coincidence in programming that I will make sure never to repeat!
My season ended with Saturday afternoon's Bizet, a brilliant image to keep with me till next season. I loved every minute of it. Sylve's adagio is very different from Whalen's. As other posters have mentioned there is a real sculptural quality to her movements, and a magisterial air. It was a great close to a great season.
Posted 27 February 2006 - 11:51 AM
or multi-pointed star. I noticed it from the 4th Ring Friday night,
but couldn't make it out until Sat from the 1st row orchestra.
I was lucky enough to see both Hall and Marcovici in both Cage and
After the Rain. I'll never forget Soto in After the Rain, but they both are
excellent successors as was Wendy's responsiveness with her new
Posted 27 February 2006 - 05:48 PM
Posted 27 February 2006 - 07:10 PM
Perhaps someone can refresh my memory on what seems to me to be the pertinent Kirstein quote here, Balanchine's response to a mother who wished preferment for her child -- 'dance is a moral question.' To my old-fashioned way of thinking, any lazy soul can get a tattoo and "express" himself. I don't pay to see bumperstickers. I do pay to see dance expression, the fruit of dedication and perserverance.
I noticed Craig Hall's tattoo a long time ago. Doesn't bother me at all, and besides it is usually covered. Sebastien's tear-drop is nice, though usually concealed by make-up.
Posted 28 February 2006 - 03:15 AM
Posted 28 February 2006 - 06:00 PM
Of more artistic interest is the set of photos they give of the dvd's dancers dancing, which not only includes fine photographs of Mr. Hall, but also includes photos of since-departed favorites Ansanelli, Ash, Korbes and McBrearty:
Click on photographs to enlarge.
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