Let's discuss MCB and the coming 2009-10 season
Posted 21 July 2009 - 02:07 PM
Cristian, the 2002 Giselle I only saw once. It was clear that the dancers weren't familiar with the style except in a kind of endearing step-by-numbers sort of way. Lopez and Gamero seemed almost like "guest" artists in their own company. (I believe they were trained in Colombia?)
In 2004, things were definitely better. I saw Kronenberg and Wu, preferring Kronenberg.
In 2007 I saw Wu, Seay, and Kronenberg. All were better than 2004. I don't think you can expect a company which dances the 19th century classics so infrequently to have the style, comfort, and perfume of companies for whom such works are a central part of the repertoire. For me, however, it's fun to watch. There's always something brilliant or touching to go home remembering.
Regarding Jeanette Delgado. I have a strong visual memory of her in the peasant pd3. I seem to remember Cox in that, too. Do I get the sense that you are thinking of her as a Giselle in the grand Cuban tradition? Wouldn't that be wonderful. Macaulay calls her one of the best Balanchine dancers in America -- and now ... there may be possibilities of s superb Giselle too. Here's hoping. (She will need an Albrecht, though, and that's a role no one at MCB can come close to, unless Rolando Sarabia starts dancing more.
Posted 21 July 2009 - 02:46 PM
Your point about Villella's boys is very valid. I can only think of Sarabita and Guerra as suited for the Prince roles. Cox nor Wong , although being technically superior, are even candidates in my own casting. If anything, I prefer to see a believable prince in character, even if technically weak rather than a great jumper that can't convince me in the role.
That's why I URGE Eddie to start thinking of Baker. He promises in EVERY aspect.
Posted 21 July 2009 - 04:46 PM
If Baker can keep that energy -- that attentiveness -- that sense that he is ready to leap or pounce as soon as his music begins -- EVEN when in repose, he'll have taken a tremendous step. (It's something Jeanette Delgado does intuitively, I think.)
Baker can also partner very well for such a young performer, when he wants to.
What about Daniel Sarabia, Rolando's younger brother? Last season he impressed me a lot. He's grown since 2007-2008.
Posted 21 July 2009 - 05:30 PM
Sarabita's brother doesn't do it for me...don't know why. Give me some time to think about him to try to elaborate a more decent explanation...
Posted 21 July 2009 - 06:12 PM
Program One has a couple of works which call for excellent men. Symphony in Three Movements has roles for 3 principals. Villella was in the original production. Allegro Brillante needs one good, but not necessarily great, man to partner the ballerina. Flower Festival at Genzano will be, I assume, just the pas de deux. But it's Bournonville; I can't think of any men in the upper ranks who has that kind of style. Company B is an ensemble piece, mostly, but I think you need dancers who ae experienced and mature enough to avoid making it an Andrew Sisters World War II nostalgia piece.
What about Carlos Quenedit, now a soloist (as is Baker)?
Yann Trividic "rejoined MCB as a guest artist in 2009," according to the website. The publicity photo shoes him in Villella's own Neighborhood Ballroom (on Program III). He left a couple of years afaer we arrived down here, so I dom't have much of an impression of his range.
Maybe there will be lots of new opportunities for members of the corps.
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