sz -- I wasn't sure if your question was directed to my post or to everyone commenting on Gottlieb. So I'll reply for myself. I enjoy posting on Ballettalkand reading what others have to say--but no, I don't think, I have some deep argument with Robert Gottlieb worth his time (or mine) for a private or public debate. (I do think that some so-called differences of opinion are matters of judgment not just personal taste. In fact, that's why Gottlieb is often a critic worth discussing--because he knows something about ballet and presumably isn't just offering opinions)
Why don't you send Gottlieb an email and ask him to further explain his opinions. His address is at the end of his review.
Robert Gottlieb on New York City Ballet in the New(March 2007)
Posted 01 March 2007 - 08:25 PM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:24 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 10:44 AM
and the Balanchine Trust has requests for him to do so. He recently coached
Prodigal Son for the Cincinnati Ballet and there's a nice video on their website
of Villella and Paul Boos rehearsing with the company. The performances are
this week end.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 11:16 AM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 01:15 PM
.... Now if we could only bring Eddie Villela on board to coach now that he is back in NYc. Wishful thinking.
Wishful thinking indeed. For this spectator, an essential difference between NYCB and MCB has been Martins's exclusion of those who can coach Balanchine's repertory to look like Balanchine himself were supervising it and Villella's inclusion of many of them - not only himself but also Allegra Kent, Violette Verdy, Jean-Piere Bonnefoux and Suzanne Farrell, to name some off the top of my head. And Roma Sosenko continues as Ballet Mistress at MCB, I believe.
... [Villella] recently coached Prodigal Son for the Cincinnati Ballet and there's a nice video on their website
of Villella and Paul Boos rehearsing with the company. The performances are this week end.
Some of the best news of the season for this Balanchine addict! (But the link didn't work: "The requested page could not be found.")
I have not like either DeLuz or Ulbricht in Prodigal. It's not about their technical ability- which is first rate. The problem is that neither DeLuz nor Ulbricht have mastered the dramatic nuances. I wish Damien Woetzel or Villella would coach them.
A few years ago, MCB presented Prodigal Son, and Jeremy Cox's performances there put me in mind of Villella's and Baryshnikov's - not quite the same level, but the three form a natural group in my limited experience. There were alternates to Cox, but they did not move me anything like those three. I didn't see Woetzel - watching NYCB has done nothing for me since the mid-'80s, so I rarely do - and Mischa has moved on so far he might reasonably decline to coach if asked. And Cox is still performing, somewhere, I hope, although that may not preclude coaching.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:40 PM
I don't know how to post a video. Sorry.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 03:46 PM
It was so nice to here Paul Boos speak. I remember him well from NYCB: he was a tall, lean dancer with spring and a soft, pliant quality.
Posted 20 March 2013 - 05:01 PM
Posted 20 March 2013 - 08:30 PM
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