Sleeping BeautyCasting and Reviews
Posted 07 April 2006 - 07:02 AM
A. Dancers who grow roles by 1. refining and polishing (I'd site McKerrow and Kirkland as examples), 2. reinventing (Bouder), and 3. onion-peeling (revealing new layers of depth --as you say, Farrell). Perhaps these last two are facets of some more encompassing way of describing what they do.
B. Two ways of handling mixed rep programs, that also may relate to how dancers perform (concentration of focus vs. dialectic of variety) : 1. replicated programming (variety via casting changes, typical of PNB, ABT and many more) vs. 2. heterogeneous programming, in which the ballets are presented in varying combinations (NYCB paradigm).
Posted 07 April 2006 - 07:36 AM
Most of the major companies in Europe are on a rep schedule, alternating with opera performances. When they perform triple bill programs, they tend to be fixed programs more than not. While rep still has its challenges for rehearsal and focus, the opera does give many of the dancers little performance breathers, although they might have rehearsals scheduled for that time.
Posted 07 April 2006 - 01:24 PM
Years ago I used to live in San Francisco (where I saw my first ballet on a whim while in college -- I was changed forever ). ABT, Joffery, and other companies used to come regularly, and I saw them all, sometimes every nite of the week. Then perhaps I could distinguish the "styles" of a company, or the quality of a company. But now I pretty much only see PNB, so I have little to compare to. Perhaps PNB is a ho-hum company to true experts, I have no idea......all I know is that I love them, and believe I've seen the company get better and better over the years. I suspect I am just spoiled by PNB and don't know any better.
Posted 07 April 2006 - 07:23 PM
Posted 08 April 2006 - 11:25 AM
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Posted 11 April 2006 - 12:42 PM
"It was a difficult choice to make," she says. "But I thought, you know, I've done it, I enjoyed it when I did it. I didn't really feel that I had to prove anything to anyone. And I thought, do I really want to take up the space, and not allow someone else the opportunity?"
(can see whole article through links for Tuesday 4/11)
Posted 11 April 2006 - 09:53 PM
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Posted 13 April 2006 - 10:30 PM
We miss her.
It's too late for me to do a full write-up tonight, but just a few highlights, not meant to be all-inclusive: Kaori Nakamura was a brilliant Aurora, Körbes was superb as the Fairy of Beauty and as Silver in the Gold and Silver pas de trois in the Wedding Act, and Maria Chapman had a great evening in three very different roles: Fairy of Purity in the Prologue, the Countess in Act II, and the White Cat in Act III.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 09:31 AM
Didn't she just -- she's been slowly and carefully developing for quite some time, and we are getting to see some very lovely work from her lately.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 10:06 AM
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Posted 14 April 2006 - 01:30 PM
Posted 14 April 2006 - 02:37 PM
Exactly my point.
Posted 14 April 2006 - 02:40 PM
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