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MCB Program I: Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm BeachAllegro Brillante, Tch. PDD, Symphony in 3 Movements, Comp. B


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#1 cubanmiamiboy

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 01:27 PM

[Moderator Note: This is the thread for posting your thoughts, comments and performance reviews for Program I, whether you see it in Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, or West Palm Beach. There will be lots to talk about.]

YAAAY!!!...MCB's new season will kick off tomorrow at the Arsht Center-( :clapping: )-and I will be there, of course :wink: . For the occasion, the company's channel on the omnipresent tube has launched a series of short clips of the works to be presented, along with a brief commentary by Villella. (Oh, BTW...I just realized this is the very first time I don't have to repeat the "this is the first time I will be seeing this Balanchine" phrase...(progression, progression... :P )
Anyway...tomorrow's attire has been picked already, and the rest ...we'll see after the performance.
For now, here are the clips.
Enjoy!! :(


"Allegro Brillante"
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related
"Tchaikovsky Pas de deux"
http://www.youtube.c...;feature=relate
"Symphony in three Movements"
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related

...and...

"Company B"
http://www.youtube.c...feature=related
(I'm intrigued about this work...any clues you guys can give me on how to face it...? :dunno: )

#2 Jack Reed

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 02:14 PM

Villella's introductions in those links are excellent, but in addition to those links, I'd recommend this one, because it gives a glimpse of the last movement of Symphony in Three Movements which is not visible in the introduction clip, even though Villella talks about it (the intro video continues to show the second movement):

http://www.youtube.c...u/8/rBkcL7tiXyM

That said though, I should point out that the four glimpses in this clip are out of sequence: We get first the great opening of the first movement, then some of the quiet second movement, then back to the first movement for a bit more from late in it, showing the circle of pirouettes emilienne mentions, and finally the very end of the ballet.

Here's a link to emilienne's sensitive reflections on seeing Symphony in Three Movements for the first time early this month when the company toured to Chicago:

http://ballettalk.in...showtopic=30396

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 04:16 PM

Thanks, Cristian, for those links. The videos all seem to be from performances in prior years. For example, Katia Carranza and Jeremy Cox in Symphony in 3 Movements is from 2007.

Does anyone recognize the dancers in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux? That's not Mikhail Ilyin, is it?

I was interested in the emphasis that Villella gave to the war imagery in Symphony in Three Movements and and anti-war aspects of Company B. I'll be looking more closely for those than I might ordinarily.

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 06:58 PM

bart...can you tell me more about "Company B"...? :( (I mean, I can always do some online homework, but if there happens to be some personal experiences to be told, that's even better...)

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Posted 22 October 2009 - 11:33 PM

Hey CHristian --

I love "Company B" -- it explained to me how my parents came to meet and fall in love and get married --but I don't think there's any need to be prepared for it. It's self-explanatory, you can't misunderstand it. Not everybody likes it, but that's just taste. Miami ought to do it very well.

I can't wait to hear your feelings about it.

PS I'm very impressed by Villella's introductions -- they're pithy, to-the-point, and the words are very well chosen. He says a LOT in a 60 second spot.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 08:42 AM

The pre-performance talks will be very interesting for this show. I will be interested in your reviews, I will not be able to attend until West Palm.

MCB has posted some interesting dancer interviews on their blog about this performance as well as some behind the scenes video of rehearsal week. Also, they have started a twitter and will accept questions about the performances.
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#7 Jack Reed

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 10:37 AM

Hey Cristian --

Briefly, as the program opens tonight, I'd say that as Robbins's ballets are about "these people, here, now" and Balanchine's are about gods, immortal, even with some of their mortal-seeming concerns and entanglements sometimes, Taylor's dances often evoke a period, in this case, World War II America.

Paying some attention to the lyrics will help you into the scene built on each song: "Oh, Johnny, oh, Johnny, how you can love!/Oh, Johnny, oh Johnny, heavens above!" gets all the explication it needs from the stage. (It's first in the MCB clip, link below.) How's your German, Cristian? "Bei Mir Bist du Schane" I translate as "You're beautiful to me". (Third in the MCB clip.) What's going on here? A Yank in Germany talking up a local girl? See. But it wasn't all fun and flirting, or military glamor: Also see that once in a while a dancer slips slowly to the floor by himself while the ensemble continues around him. A lot of boys went off to the War, and were never seen again.

Taylor's vocabulary tends to incorporate a lot of "found" or everyday movement into the theatrical-dance flow, and his dancers show it more effectively than ballet dancers, with their erectness and lightness and crispness, do, IMO; I don't find any clips of his dancers in Company B on the Web, but here's one of another dance, evoking a different period, to give you some idea:



Compare this with MCB's clip of Company B and maybe you'll see what I mean:



(What I don't mean is that ballet dancers should leave Taylor alone. For one thing, how often does his company get to south Florida? And performance is not just for the audience: The dancers eat challenge, and this different way challenges them. But I would mean that if you ever get a chance to see Taylor's dancers, who know what he wants, then go for it.)

Anyway, I hope this helps some and doesn't come too late in the game.

(Oh. I strongly agree with Paul, EV's intros are very good, concise, pointed. I go to multiple performances and get there early, so I hear multiple introductions too, 'cause they're never exactly the same, like the dancing...)

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 12:25 PM

Thank you all for the insights-(and for the videos, Jack). Let's see how it goes.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 01:10 PM

There seems to be a last minute program change. According to the MCB website, TPDD is out, Sylvia PDD is in... :angry2:

http://www.miamicityballet.org/

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 01:23 PM

Thanks to all. (Especially thanks to Jack who kindly p.m'd me to alert me that I'd posted "Symphony in C" when I meant "Symphony in Three Movements." I've done this before: Maybe because "C" rhymes with "Three"? Anyway, I corrected it above. Thanks, Jack.

PS I'm very impressed by Villella's introductions -- they're pithy, to-the-point, and the words are very well chosen. He says a LOT in a 60 second spot.

It was pretty impressive, I agree. Llke Jack, I hear multiple versions of EV's pre-performance talks. Sometimes he seemst o be marking, for example when giving the plot of Giselle or repeating oft-told stories about Mr. B. At other times, when he's especially engaged with the work they're doing at that moment, he's superb. You can tell that EV feels that MCB is now at the top of its game after a couple of decades of company-building under challenging conditions, and that he's really enjoying all the national attention this is getting.

(What I don't mean is that ballet dancers should leave Taylor alone. For one thing, how often does his company get to south Florida?

Taylor has been in several of our towns, including West Palm, in the apst few years. But I don't think they tour with ballets as large as Company B -- at least not down here.

And performance is not just for the audience: The dancers eat challenge, and this different way challenges them.

Excellent point.

Enjoy the performance tonight, Cristian. And -- please -- EVERYONE who gets to see one of the Program I performances, please report here, however briefly. Fort Lauderdale and West Palm (my location) are coming up, so there will be lots of opportunities to see the performances.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 02:11 PM

Thanks, Cristian, for those links. The videos all seem to be from performances in prior years. For example, Katia Carranza and Jeremy Cox in Symphony in 3 Movements is from 2007.

Does anyone recognize the dancers in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux? That's not Mikhail Ilyin, is it?

I was interested in the emphasis that Villella gave to the war imagery in Symphony in Three Movements and and anti-war aspects of Company B. I'll be looking more closely for those than I might ordinarily.

Yes, who is the ballerina in the TPDD clip?She''s lovely . I would like to see her complete performance.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 02:25 PM

Bingham, checking my notes, MCB doesn't seem to have performed Tchaikovsky PDD in a regular program since we arrived here in 2001. I might have forgotten however. Ilyin and Catoya performed the adagio section at a gala in 2006.

So ... the dancers may be from before that time???? The man, on closer look, is definitely not Ilyin, and the woman doesn't look like anyone I've seen dance for MCB.

Anyone remember performances --and casts -- prior to 2001?

Edited to add: Some Googling makes me think that the man in the Tchai pdd clip might be Bernard Courtot de Bouteiller. Still no luck on the woman.

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Posted 23 October 2009 - 07:51 PM

Ok, ok, ok, people...HANDS DOWN EVERYONE!!!
I just got home fresh from tonight's performance rush-(so some clubbing needs to be done to cool off...) Villella's dancers are SHARPER THAN EVER!!!
I will be adding more stuff later on, but something needs to be said NOW, and it's that Jeannette Delgado and Rolando Sarabia were ABSOLUUUUUTELY ASTOOOOOOOOONISHING!!!!..in Allegro Brillante. OMG!!!...This is the kind of dancing I've been longing for a long time...Sarabita is back, and he just announced Delgado as HIS ballerina...a magnificent partnership is just born.... :angry2:

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 03:15 AM

Cristian, when you get your breath -- tell us more!

[ ... ] Jeannette Delgado and Rolando Sarabia were ABSOLUUUUUTELY ASTOOOOOOOOONISHING!!!!..in Allegro Brillante. OMG!!!...This is the kind of dancing I've been longing for a long time...Sarabita is back, and he just announced Delgado as HIS ballerina...a magnificent partnership is just born

Good news about Sarabia -- and also that Delgado may have found something she hasn't had the chance to develop so far -- a collaborative and potentially long-term partnership. The kind that adds richness to performance and career.

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Posted 24 October 2009 - 01:13 PM

I'm at work right now,and will be off to the Arsht Center when I'm out of here. I'm interested to see tonight's cast and compare.
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