2008 YAGP Performance at NYCC
Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:43 PM
Osipova and Vasiliev
Assoluta Bouder excepted, Natasha Osipova is my favorite dancer in the world, so when the Stars of Today portion of the evening skipped by sans her Corsaire, I was unhappy, although there turned out to be much else to enjoy. As always this evening, the next dancer's name was stated first, during the applause for the last act... but through the noise "... of Paris" could be heard. Whew! So on came Natalia and Ivan. Just nine days before her delayed debut in the Bolshoi's Korsaro, what a splendid warm-up for her. It is good to see she is developing so fast, in leaps and bounds, well those are still there, but also in her maturity and style. She was glorious, but this was Mr. Vasiliev's New York debut. The next Baryshnikov? Of course not, just as Baryshnikov wouldn't have been Baryshnikov if he were a mere next somebody. In addition to Misha-ness, Ivan seems on the way to layering on a level of his namesake Vladimir! He is Bolshoi! But moreso, he is Ivan Vasiliev, unlike anyone else ever, and there is no one even remotely close. By the time we got to his second variation, his entrance was greeted by a thunderous wall of screams. He is the new Beatles! He couldn't hear the music, so backed off stage. Confusing the crew, and the lights were turned off. Then lights back on, and he reentered. The screams. Perhaps there was a cue, for this time the variation began. I suppose there will have to be a new vocabulary for what he does. Finally, Natasha's fouettes: doubles and triples. Then his tours-a-la-seconde? Well, no. Is "quads-a-la-seconde" an official ballet term?
As Natalia rockets through Giselle, Sylphide, and next Corsaire, we can safely anticipate the next generation's Assoluta of all the Russias. As for Mr. Vasiliev, we can only wonder at the wonders to follow. I wish him good health, with that all miracles follow.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 06:53 PM
Any word on the competition results?
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:01 PM
Thank you for the report!
Any word on the competition results?
I was able to recognise Mr. Hernandez, 13, from Rock. Gold, Juniors(as many anticipated). A virtuosic stylist, 17, from The Royal won the Men's Gold. The woman's Gold went to a very impressive 15 year old(Mexico?), I think, and a young man from Germany I believe won something above that, but his talents were hidden by the worst thing I have ever seen (and again and again at Galas), that Brel cigarette-smoking monstrosity. But names, at least to my weak old ears were impossible to pick up. I am sure someone will soon post the list. The Rock School had a huge piece, by Christopher Fleming that filled the stage with dozens of magnificent dancers. What a triumph for that school.
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:06 PM
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:30 PM
(Not surprised about Hernandez-I saw him at the Philly regional and was amazed. He's so talented and as cute as a button!)
Posted 21 April 2008 - 07:58 PM
of technical brilliance and bold fun to NYC. The audience bounced out of their seats to give them a standing ovation, and the screams of appreciation were the loudest I've ever heard from an audience. Thank you City Center!!
Posted 22 April 2008 - 03:56 AM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 09:51 AM
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:02 AM
Thanks for the reports everybody. Very happy for Osipova and Vasiliev - saw their Don Q in Kennedy Center last year and absolutely loved it. Did Semionova and Bollet perform? It was supposed to be Semionova's American debut.
Yes, Polina Semionova and Roberto Bolle danced Petit's Carmen, but unfortunately placed directly after Osipova/Vasiliev. It was very sexy, of course, with direct references to traditional sex (he became a bed for her) and what one might (to remain apolitical on the Primary day) call White House sex. And the finale where she lies down upon him and he slides her down... Of course any artistic impact was numbed by following the Beatles. Also, would have liked to see her dance classically.
Earlier Wendy Whelan (especially fluid) and Philip Neal danced the only substantial choreography of the evening, Balanchine's Chaconne (bloating the program notes with The Trust's arrogant pomposity), beautiful, but relatively unappreciated. The program ended with the Corsaire PdT. A very elegant, meltingly precise Mizuka Ueno partnered by the very elegant and soaring David Hallberg and a somewhat renewed and exciting Jose M. Carreno.
Also Canadian Greta Hodgkinson and Bolle made the most that could be made from a PdD from Kylian's Petite Mort. Sarawanee Tanatanit and Blaine Hoven broke free from their career-confining ABT circumstances to dance beautifully in the premiere of Marcelo Gomes's Tacaca. We got to see two new members of Wheeldon's Morphoses in the premiere of Hougland's Alloy, sort of Wheeldon-on-the-floor-like: but Drew Jacoby and Rubinold Plank look unique, interesting, and I hope we will see more of them this Fall. There was a very entertaining piece by MOMIX, danced by Nicole Loizidies and former YAGPer Steven Marshall, on skis.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:10 AM
...(bloating the program notes with The Trust's arrogant pomposity), beautiful, but relatively unappreciated.
Is that necessary, Dr. B? Aside from the fact that the language is there as a type of legal notice, it never bothers me and I don't particularly consider it bloated or pompous, it is there because it has to be.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:15 AM
She did and
Did Semionova and Bollet perform? It was supposed to be Semionova's American debut.
sorry, it's just MY personal impression/opinion, She didn't move or emote me. I watched her and was MISSING KANDAUROVA (big RED).... Besides, "the Beatles" Osipova & Vasiliev, i was not impressed and greatly disappointed (after almost daily attending the Kirov tour)... but it's just my humble opinion.
Also, again, just my personal opinion, I found the program VERY INAPPROPRIATE for the gala where there were so MANY CHILDREN. Could someone sensor what was to be performed on the stage? There are other places in NYC to watch "love making" then the children's competition.....
Posted 22 April 2008 - 10:49 AM
I think I'll remain spoiled for a very long time after seeing those wonderful, exciting performances from the Kirov.
Balanchine's choreography (Chaconne), of course, stood out exceptionally for it's sophistication and visually musical brilliance. Yes, I think there could have been more of that and less of the rolling around on the floor between men and women.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 12:39 PM
I extended my Kirov-NYC weekend to attend my first-ever YAGP Gala, preceded by the awards ceremony at 5pm. So I *should* know the names of the winners...but it was impossible to hear the full names because of the uncivilized screaming from the various dance-academy delegations...and, yes, they also screamed throughout the gala, often at the most inappropriate places e.g., during the finale of Petit's Carmen pdd. Picture a bunch of teenie-boopers screaming "Woooohooooo" as the two dancers (Semionova/Bolle) were simulating the sex act, prompting the lights to be turned off before the pas was completed.
Here's all that I know for sure:
GRAND PRIX (for very best dancer, male or female): Norbert Something-or-other from the John Crako School, Germany. Wonderful, expressive dancer who wowed the gala audience with Les Bourgeois (made famous by Daniel Simkin)
1st PRIZE, SR MALE: Vadim Mungatirov of Russia...but representing the Royal Ballet Academy, where he is studying. I know Vadim as the winner of the latest Vaganova Prix in St Petersburg, a couple of years ago. Gorgeous technique and long line in his Don Q pdd solo.
1st PRIZE, SR FEMALE: Rocio Aleman of Monterrey, Mexico - gorgeous classicist, with perfect figure and face to be a star, dancing Sleeping Beauty Act I solo. I happened to be sitting next to her dad when her name was called...the only reason that I know her name because it could barely be heard.
!st PRIZE, JR MEN: Esteban Hernandez (thanks for providing the surname above, folks)....lovely Acteon solo
...and that's about it that I could hear...nothing posted on the YAGP web, yet. Nothing in the NYC newspapers yet.
The "Stars of Today" portion of the gala featured a number of big names (Semionova, Ueno, Carreno, Bolle, Hallberg, Whelan, Neal)...but the undisputed stars of the night, among the pros, were Osipova/Vasiliev of the Bolshoi in the Flames of Paris pdd. They were accorded an instant standing ovation by this VERY loud and appreciative crowd + four curtain calls, until the emcee had to shut-up the audience, or the show would not have gone on.
Posted 22 April 2008 - 01:20 PM
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