Nureyev's Sleeping BeautyNov. 9-19
Posted 23 October 2006 - 05:54 AM
I would love to see Xiao Nan Yu's Aurora, although I would rather see one of the princes other than Nehemiah Kish. I think I will try to see Chan Hon Goh and Zdenek Konvalina. I've missed her during her maternity leave, and I am eager to see Konvalina. I will also see Heather Ogden and Guillaume Cote if I have time. Anyone else here going?
Greta Hodgkinson (Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm)
Sonia Rodriguez (Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 18 at 2 pm)
Xiao Nan Yu (Nov. 11 at 2 pm/ Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm)
Heather Ogden* (Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 19 at 1 pm)
Chan Hon Goh (Nov. 12 at 2 pm/ Nov. 16 at 2 pm)
Stacey Shiori Minagawa* (Nov. 19 at 7 pm)
Guillaume Côté (Nov. 9 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 11 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 15 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 18 at 7:30 pm)
Aleksandar Antonijevic (Nov. 10 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 16 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 18 at 2 pm)
Nehemiah Kish (Nov. 11 at 2 pm/ Nov. 14 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 17 at 7:30 pm/ Nov. 19 at 1 pm)
Zdenek Konvalina* (Nov. 12 at 2 pm/ Nov. 16 at 2 pm/ Nov. 19 at 7 pm)
Posted 27 October 2006 - 08:25 AM
Posted 27 October 2006 - 10:24 AM
Posted 10 November 2006 - 05:47 AM
Karen Kain looked lovely in a black and gold ball gown and Veronica Tennant was gorgeous - trim and slim in a refit of her Juliet costume - the one she wore in her last performance. I saw Augustyn and Martine Lamy but did not see where the other special guests were - looked everywhere for Celia Franca but no luck.
OK - dancing. Greta Hodgkinson was everything you could ask for as Aurora. Perhaps the big final balances in the Rose Adage were not carried off with as much elan as she would have liked but she got through them just fine and then she was off like a rocket. Her technique to so solid, so secure - she can dance above it...or at least make it look like she does. There was such joy in her performance. And of course because she has danced Aurora so many times she knows how to pace herself to get through. Guillaume Cote continues to impress although at this point he doesn’t quite bring the same polish that Antonijevic, at his best, has in the big classical roles - but he’s catching up fast that’s for sure. Stacey Shiori Minagawa and Keiichi Hirano almost stole the show with the their Blue Birds. Keiichi’s elevation is astounding and reminds me of the glory days of Kevin Pugh and before him Frank Augustyn who were both brilliant in the role. I’m so glad Stacey will get a performance as Aurora and I don’t intend to miss it. I think she will be delightful.
The audience was very receptive and enthusiastic - to the point of actually breaking out in applause if someone did a particularly spectacular move. I think there were quite a few “non-Ballet” people in the audience because I’ve never experienced applause during a solo before.
One note of warning though. Watch your step as you exit your row as there is a sharp diagonal dip in the floor that’s rather tricky. I almost went down on my tush the first time I exited my seat!
Posted 11 November 2006 - 10:32 AM
I will be there tomorrow (Sunday) to see Goh/Konvalina.
Posted 11 November 2006 - 11:58 AM
Oh, and even though she had nosebleed seats, she said she really liked the new theater and you could see everything clearly, even from way up high. BIG thumbs up over the Hummingbird.
Posted 12 November 2006 - 06:36 AM
I had a “rush” seat and it was very good. I was a little concerned about being so far over to the left but the angle of the stage gives an excellent view and the arm chairs are very comfortable. I highly recommend them.
Posted 12 November 2006 - 05:58 PM
* whoever said that there would be no more long lines for the lady's room at the Four Seasons (as opposed to Hummingbird) needs to have another look. I am lucky; I have an aisle seat close to the door so I can make a quick exit. MANY more ladies were not so lucky. Lines MUCH longer than at Hummingbird.
* a few little things need attention, such as the elevator (one malfunctioned during the afternoon), and faucets in the ladies' room (left hand faucet never seemed to work).
* I thought Chan Hon Goh did a wonderful job as Aurora, and I"m sure she is glad to be back on stage! The Rose Adagio was wonderful, no bobbles at all and if we didn't know better we'd think it was all a walk in the park. The pair of Goh/Konvolina seemed to work well...their fish dives were particularly spectacular (HOW did they do that?)
* We were lucky enough to also see Ms Zehr in a major role today. She has power and charisma to burn, but I have to say that I'd like to feed her!
* Mr. Konvolina was also a nice addition to NBOC. Technically he has all the skills one would want in a principal dancer. There's a little something missing though, not sure if it's the lighting at the new venue (men tended to look a little pale generally), or if there is something more specific to Mr. Konvolina. He could perhaps use some suggestions re hair products, as his hair didn't stand up to the dancing that it really needed to live through.
* Bluebird was lovely today, and althought I have no comparison with the other casts Seo did a wonderful job.
* Pussycats were wonderful, but I admit to bias here. I've watched James Leja since he was a student, so have seen him grow from hesitant to comfortable student, then tentative to confident corps de ballet member. it has truly been a pleasure, and I hope that I'll be watching him for many years to come.
* other relatively new corps members danced feature roles today, and all parents have a reason to be incredibly proud.
I'm looking forward to hearing from others who attended the performance today, and other days.
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