PA Ballet's Sleeping Beauty
Posted 24 May 2007 - 03:14 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 05:41 AM
Is Riolama Lorenzo injured? She is only cast as Carabosse...
Posted 25 May 2007 - 06:24 AM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:28 PM
Posted 25 May 2007 - 01:51 PM
I look forward to seeing your daughter in her Fairy solo.
Posted 08 June 2007 - 06:30 AM
[The usual excuses here] I'm doing a season report for Ballet Review so have to be brief here. After seeing ABT's version, PA Ballet's is like a lovely comforting meal after having fled the monkey-brains banquet.
Costumes and sets are lovely (but really, the King and Queen are wearing the same outfit 16 years later?)
Choreography is mostly traditional in some parts (Vision scene, Grand Pas, Rose Adage) and classical pastiche in others (Christening) but the substitutions aren't egregious; they're slight variations in the same style. It's a healthy production for the company - within its reach but challenging and will keep up the level of their dancing.
I got Arantxa Ochoa/Zach Hench as the leads. Ochoa's a bit brittle, but can do it. Hench also can do it, but is a surfer boy prince; he doesn't seem to know how to walk on stage. He scuffs like he's wearing bunny slippers.
Gabriella Yudenich is a delicious Lilac. Not yet a steely technique, but lush movement and warmth. Very promising.
Heidi Cruz looks the nicest I've ever seen her in the Jewels pas de trois. It's shuffled - The boys (gold & silver) dance to "Diamond", and Cruz (Diamond) dances to Silver. It doesn't harm the meaning of the ballet, so no big deal.
Frankly, if I had to opt between seeing ABT and this one, ABT's dancers are on a higher level of course, but I was much happier in Philadelphia.
So who else went?
Posted 13 June 2007 - 03:27 PM
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Posted 16 June 2007 - 10:48 PM
She is very much missed here -- she first came to notice as the White Cat, at which she was simply stupendous. She was not a virtuoso, but what a personality! Her first Aurora was rather tentative, but still... quite lovely.
Aurora may never be her greatest role -- she is/was a romantic dancer rather then a classical one, a natural Juliet, and a memorably moving Giselle. but she was moving towards it....
Posted 18 June 2007 - 08:23 AM
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