SAB Workshop Performances June '06
Posted 05 June 2006 - 10:10 AM
I am always impressed by the SAB Workshop, and particularly enjoyed Square Dance, a work I have never seen. The complexity is astounding, Erica and Anthony did a fabulous job in the PM.
Posted 05 June 2006 - 11:02 AM
Which girl was which, i.e., which Fecto and which Baden? One was noticeably taller than the other. Though it's hard to describe people in print.
I do think that Square Dance was a little bit of an odd choice for a Workshop Piece --Because it's so very devilishly hard and tricky of a ballet. The most you can ask of a student performer, even the most gifted one, is that they get through it credibly -- To deliver more than that require strength and maturity that are simply impossible for any dancer young enough to be at SAB.
The last time they did that -- used a piece which required mature Ballerina presence -- was when they did Ballo Della Regina with the Jessica Flynn, Ana Sophia Scheller, Megan Fairchild casting. The students did that very well too -- but it was a ballet that in principal required more strength and maturity than seventeen to eighteen year olds can ever bring.
Posted 05 June 2006 - 12:52 PM
I agree with BSS that Huxley and Pereira were simply wonderful in Square Dance. The evening leads were equally accomplished, different in style. But Erica's lightness, quickness, and sheer joy in dancing were special, and Anthony exuded from his entire body, not needing facial expression to transmit emotion, passion and exquisite beauty. The coaching on all three pieces was, as usual, exceptional.
Kathryn Morgan was magnificent last year. better this one , and if she doesn't get a contract offer from Peter I will be stunned.
She is this year's Tiler Peck.
I love her.
And I do not love Scenes de Ballet.
To me "Square Dance" is with "Afternoon of a Faun" a perfect ballet.
I could watch "Square Dance" for days.
Posted 05 June 2006 - 01:26 PM
The taller girl, with dark hair was Gabriel Baden.
Posted 06 June 2006 - 11:00 AM
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Posted 07 June 2006 - 07:17 AM
He also says, "Monday night was a gala, and so it was perhaps not surprising that the casting was stronger." I AM surprised at such a statement, and think that in the future, all three workshop performances, not just two, should be reviewed.
Posted 07 June 2006 - 07:34 AM
Rockwell has proven many times he knows little about ballet. I'm often shocked at his arrogant but ignorant comments. But it is nice to see the Workshop being reviewed in the Times, though I agree with Farrell Fan that it seems only fair to review all three performances. SAB Workshop happens only once a year.
Posted 07 June 2006 - 07:57 AM
It surely does seem that he put his foot in his mouth a few times, even for a critic.
Posted 07 June 2006 - 09:09 AM
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