Miami City Ballet in Los Angeles
Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:04 PM
Posted 23 October 2008 - 05:08 PM
On the other hand, you also get to see the Villella take on Symphony in Three Movements and Tarantella.
Posted 24 October 2008 - 11:10 PM
All in all, I think that MCB did very good things for itself tonight.
Will write more after tomorrow's performance.
Posted 25 October 2008 - 07:32 AM
Wow! New corps member (and defector from Cuba) Carlos Quenedit already gets a place in the spotlight like this! He's not even on the website yet! Please, iwatchthecorps, tell us more. Wu is wonderful, but can seem placid and even uninteesting, despite her amazing technical abilities. She sometimes seems to need to draw energy from others to get out of her own amazing inwardness. Daymel Sanchez provided this in the performance I saw last year.
Wu and Quenedit were mesmerizing in Liturgy.
What did you think about the way Wu and Quenedit related to (and played off) each other? Details, PLEASE!
Glad to see the house was nearly full and that Villella spoke. Also glad you enjoyed Nightspot, though your friends did not. Controversy and disagreement help keep a ballet alive in the absence of obvious greatness. And I am concerned about how MCB will amortize that $1,000,000 investment.
Posted 25 October 2008 - 08:16 AM
In the pre performance talk, Edward was asked about how he picks dancers for Liturgy. He made reference to the possibility that the choreographer has first choice (although, I did not think that Wheeldon was involved in setting this piece). Then he indicated that the woman must be lithe and the man must be a great partner. This is the first time that I saw Liturgy. Perhaps the qualities that you mention added rather than detracted from Wu's performance. In earlier discussions, Wheeldon chose not to give Edward any talking points for Liturgy. Edward said that Wheeldon wanted Liturgy to have a mystical quality. That it did.
Regarding Nightspot, Edward was clear that the Nightspot had achieved its intended goal of creating a buzz in the Miami area. He said (with a smile?) that he did not expect it to be favored by NY critics. Elizabeth Kaye watched the rehearsal. She liked it and felt that any ballet goer could understand the story (although I am still seeking an explanation in my own mind).
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