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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 21 September 2009 - 09:19 PM

MISS "V" ...YOOHOO!!! Posted Image

V and Carlos Acosta. "Le Corsaire" PDD

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejuebEbAOMo

V and Romel Frometa. Black Swan PDD (1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M1K0HhdhCKQ

Odette's transformation.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaJckX13R2c&feature=related

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Posted 22 September 2009 - 10:32 AM

Some other clips of Miss V:

In Cinderella-(Strauss)


In Diane & Acteon


In The Magic Flute.


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Posted 06 January 2010 - 01:42 PM

A different view on Vi. Her romantic side in Giselle.

Giselle's entree, Act I.


Spessitzeva's Solo.


Giselle's Initiation, Act II. Myrtha is Primera Bailarina Sadaise Arencibia


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Posted 15 January 2010 - 01:59 PM

Here's her website. I think it launched fairly recently:

http://www.viengsayvaldesdance.com/

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Posted 15 January 2010 - 09:58 PM

:)
Odile's variation: ( :wink: , Cinnamonswirl!)


Giselle Act II PDD with Giuseppe Piccone.


Another Black Swan PDD, this time with Yoel Carreno.


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Posted 28 February 2010 - 11:16 PM

A very young student Valdes, displaying her now infamous fouette/pirouette combination. :jawdrop:


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Posted 01 March 2010 - 04:21 AM

And daring to perform them on a painted line! (From which she strays a tiny bit only once, before readjusting.) Very impressive.

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Posted 20 August 2010 - 07:55 AM

...just switching from the "Best balancing act" discussion to this more apropriate thread.

Thank you, cubanmiamiboy, for posting Viengsay Valdes's Rose Adagio. Her balances were amazing...the best I have ever seen...wow! Even though the choreography is a bit different in some places, it didn't go so far as to spoil the dance and the scene, for me, anyway...She was very sweet and charming in her demeanor, which is just so vital for this famous adagio. She was Aurora...not just a technical whiz. I love her!


I think so too, Gina. I've seen many Rose Adagios in my lifetime, and there have been many, many times where the ballerina didn't fill my expectations, either because:

1-She couldn't nail those balances-(which are definitely the technical highlight of the choreography.
2-She couldn't keep her arms up in couronne in between them.
3-Or she didn't convince me as being a tender teenager, due to real age issues-(something that for some reason Giselle can get away with)
4-For all of the above reasons PLUS getting lost in the character's interpretation.-(a la Somova)

Viengsay, even with her showing off element, does justice to all that...and still can make up for a very exciting performance.

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Posted 27 August 2010 - 11:27 PM

As Swanilda



and to compare... :thumbsup:



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Posted 28 August 2010 - 02:47 PM

I love the Magic Flute clip. She's not just a great balancer -- though her aplomb beats anything. There's a lovely delicacy in her dancing that makes her feats of control generous and gracious, and she's always dancing through the moments of stillness.

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Posted 28 August 2010 - 08:02 PM

I love the Magic Flute clip. She's not just a great balancer -- though her aplomb beats anything. There's a lovely delicacy in her dancing that makes her feats of control generous and gracious, and she's always dancing through the moments of stillness.


I agree. I would like to note that Miss Valdes' climbing has been a really hard one. I remember that while I was still living in Cuba she was just a First Soloist all while Miss Lorna Feijoo was everyone's sweetheart and favorite...the real reigning queen of the CNB. I also remember the early critiques from the most hardcore balletomanes about Valdes' said to be lack of artistic skills and refinement. It wasn't really until Feijoo and Alihaydee Carreno defected that she was able to be promoted to Primera Bailarina, and then she had the chance to show off her technical power. To be fair, I must say that I think she has come a long way on her artistic development, and as I said earlier, she's probably not the best actress of this world, but neither the very worst. I think she knows her limitations, and then she tries hard to make it up to her loyal fans with her fierce display of technical fireworks. As Paul noted, I think she was a hit in "The Magic Flute", DEFINITELY as Kitri and even not that bad in Giselle. Her problem seems to be at portraying regal or delicate characters-(Swan Queens, Fairies , Princesses and the like...). Still, I give her credit for always giving an exciting, HONEST performance to her audience, and at the very end, that's what really matters.
Just a thought...

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 03:55 PM

Thanks, Christian.

i agree about her honesty. She's almost like a Balanchie dancer that way -- at lesat in the things I like -- Corsaire is simply fabulous, and Odette's transformation -- the dramatic sense is powerful, but it's not about herself, it's about hte choreography or the music, the natural BIG questions that the dance itself raises.
And of course in Corsaire she has a real consort in Acosta.

About Black Swan, I find the choreography rather threadbare, and her partner, though he is beautiful, is too refined for her.

What I find most extraordinary is the vehemence of the comments posted on youtube -- my Spanish is good enough to taste the contempt that posters have for those who disagree with them about VV. I've never seen such flames before....

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 07:22 PM

I agree about her honesty. She's almost like a Balanchie dancer that way...



Interesting thought. I think she could be wonderful in some Balanchine ballets, like T&V...



What I find most extraordinary is the vehemence of the comments posted on youtube -- my Spanish is good enough to taste the contempt that posters have for those who disagree with them about VV. I've never seen such flames before....


Confession. Sometimes I pop in too...You know...that national pride. :FIREdevil:

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Posted 05 October 2010 - 10:55 AM

As Lissette in La Fille Mal Gardee


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Posted 05 October 2010 - 12:16 PM

What's there not to love about VV? She's extraordinary in allegro, adagio, musicality, technique, stage presence, etc, etc, etc. Isn't it preferable to be the object of disdain for having an abundance of great qualities (like VV) than for lacking the basics (like you-know-who in St Petersburg)?


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