Veronika Part on the David Letterman Show July 9
Posted 08 July 2009 - 06:21 PM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:10 AM
The segment does "open up." But -- unlike a lot of tv "reports" -- it doesn't distort or dumb down. It shows connections between the wrolds of ballet and pop culture without suggesting that ballet should transform itself into just another pop culture format.
opening up a lot of people's eyes to what they haven't normally been exposed to in this culture.
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:17 AM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:15 AM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:23 AM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 11:39 AM
It was not last fall, but this past spring, in March. The dancers were Katie Williams and Eric Tamm.
Oops... I'm at The Today Show so often (including twice this week) that time frames sometimes blend together. But the important things is really that The Today Show had dancers on, n'est-ce pas? It's great for ballet (and dance in general).
Posted 09 July 2009 - 02:20 PM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 03:50 PM
I was hoping Part would just floor Letterman into submission. I've seen him with non-American guests. He usually spends most of the interview talking about their accent. But considering Part learned English from watching Seinfeld reruns, I'm thinking she was able to toss some zingers back at Dave.
Posted 09 July 2009 - 06:13 PM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:38 PM
David Letterman did most of the talking, feeding her questions (indeed, almost answering them for her, sensing her difficulty) that should have elicited interesting responses, but Veronika was not up to the challenge, her verbal skills in English still being so poor. She spent most of her time in the guest's seat laughing, albeit beautifully, at Letterman's jokes and leaving us hoping to hear fuller answers to the questions. Russia came off in a very bad light, and she never mentioned that she was actually a soloist at the Maryinsky before coming to the States.
The best part of the interview? Watching her put on her pointe shoes!
I'm afraid that to the general public it helped confirm the notion that ballerinas are airheads. I hate being so negative about it but I adore Veronika beyond all understanding, so it's as if one of my own daughters had been there, I so felt for her. She was quite nervous in the beginning.
She looked absolutely divine in a full-skirted dress with a beautifully cut and decorated neckline, and at least 4" heels, with her long hair draped over one shoulder. (I seem to always be calling her the Divine Veronika!)
Letterman didn't remember that Nureyev had once been a guest, because he said that Veronika was the first ballet dancer he'd ever had on the show.
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:47 PM
Posted 09 July 2009 - 08:47 PM
It seems as if Letterman didn't remember that Nureyev had once been a guest, because he said that Veronika was the first ballet dancer he'd ever had on the show.
He also interviewed Makarova--but both interviews took place when he was still on NBC and so on a different show. At least I assume that's the reason for saying "first ballet dancer...we have had..."
[Edited because I had earlier written CBS when I meant NBC)
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