Posted 05 October 2010 - 06:58 PM
The next clip of her is an unfortunate one, and it has created quite a buzz among the posters. Valdes was scheduled to dance the Diana&Acteon PDD with Carlos Acosta, who was visiting at the moment in Havana. That very same day she ended up in the Emergency Room of a Havana hospital with an acute asthma attack-(which she has suffered since she was a child). They all tried to prevent her to perform that night, but she announced that her fans had been waiting for a long time to see her and Acosta together, and neither them nor Acosta deserved her absence. Her appearance caused a big controversy, but the audience knew how to appreciate her stubbornness. At 7:21 minutes of this clip, you can tell clearly that Valdes is about to faint, but nevertheless she finished her PDD. Brava Viengsay!
Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:14 AM
A word about the Havana audience: Half of the joy of watching Cuban video clips is listening to audience reactions. What a wild-and-crazy ballet-loving bunch! I'm only sorry that the Cuban dancers cannot take along a few of the fans to the Kennedy Center next summer.
Posted 06 October 2010 - 07:42 AM
I know!...I so miss that...
Posted 10 December 2010 - 08:29 AM
Edited to add: A little note. Just noticed the beautiful bourrees of the last flower to leave the stage on the right-(in pink).
Posted 03 January 2013 - 09:33 AM
I found myself just smiling throughout.
Normally I am not a person who enjoys "tricks" (unless they have a reason for being...), but this was just really fun to watch.
Posted 03 January 2013 - 01:16 PM
Here's a different side of Valdes, as Taglioni in GPDQ, a revered ballet in Havana.
Posted 16 February 2013 - 10:14 AM
...and a texbook Kitri variation with some impressive pirouettes in attitude...
Posted 16 February 2013 - 01:27 PM
I love balancing when I do the yoga poses that involve balancing. But for some reason we do them so seldom in yoga. I think instructors and people avoid them. Not sure why. I would think it is important for everyone to practice balance b/c the worst thing we can do as we age is fall down and break a hip.
Posted 17 February 2013 - 02:59 PM
Yes, balancing is a good thing to practice, and it DOES get better when we do! (though there is no way I am going to have her balances!)
Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:07 AM
particularly when she has none of the toxic pretensions which almost invariably accompany far less accomplished dancers
*cough* Somova, etc, etc, etc. *cough*
Valdes would probably be excellent in several Balanchine roles--including Allegro Brilliante and Glinka Pas de Trois, which she'll sadly never get to dance...
Posted 21 February 2013 - 08:25 PM
Never say "never"... , but hey...she's danced Taglioni, Lissette, Odile, Cinderella and some other major roles that some Primas of MCB also will probably never get to dance either, so...
Posted 23 February 2013 - 02:31 PM
Valdes, on the other hand, doesn't have the option of just popping in to one of the few companies which do real Balanchine, not to mention obscure Balanchine....
She is actually technically punctilious in many ways, which is why I suggested Balanchine, who is suited to very few dancers, particularly ballerinas of companies who do mainly full-lengths.
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