Posted 06 January 2002 - 08:45 PM
Given her physical gifts, there are many roles in the NYCB repertoire that Somogyi can fill. Any thoughts on what might help her fulfill her talent. Certain parts, better coaching or a particular partner?
Posted 07 January 2002 - 12:30 AM
I would agree that her opening night performance was somewhat of a disappointment. I attended with a friend who no longer lives in New York, but was once a faithful NYCB-goer. When I saw Somogyi on the program, I told her she was in for a real treat. I felt I had to eat my words a bit.
But then I saw Somgyi's Dewdrop at the Nutcracker. Wow. It was quite a revelation to me. She really did slice through the air, and kept me on the edge of my seat. I've seen lots of Dewdrops, but have never seen that role danced in quite that way. I bet some balletgoers wouldn't like such an aggressive Dewdrop, but it suited me fine. And it made an indelible impression on me. I wouldn't be surprised to see her make other roles her own in the same way.
Posted 08 January 2002 - 12:18 PM
Posted 08 January 2002 - 03:22 PM
And she looked fine to me in Polyphonia. Yes, she hasn't been tremendously in evidence so far this season, but I'm sure that will change.
Posted 08 January 2002 - 04:18 PM
Yes, indeed! For an example of this special quality, look at the picture accompanying yesterday's (1/7/01) New York Times review of "Quartet for Strings." Somogyi is the ballerina in the middle. To me she seems to uncoil a skein of lovely energy even in a moment in repose, where other dancers might simply look static. I think it's this quality that makes Somogyi's dancing seem so "three-dimensional" to me.
Posted 11 January 2002 - 10:54 AM
This all makes me wonder the allotment of roles at NYCB. And as someone fairly new to the world of ballet is there something I'm missing?
Whither Somogyi indeed. And for that matter whither Rutherford ... why isn't she a soloist yet?
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