YAGP NYC Gala 2010March 26, 2010
Posted 07 November 2009 - 04:40 PM
Posted 08 November 2009 - 04:59 PM
Posted 08 November 2009 - 06:02 PM
The pros who appear in both galas do not dance the same number in both.
Posted 26 March 2010 - 09:06 PM
A real test of patience!
I'm not sure who the Master of Ceremonies was this year - I walked in during his opening monologue. I could not pay attention because someone was in my seat when the lights went down and the usher abandoned me and told me to settle this on my own (?!) My only complaint about the Master of Ceremonies was that he should have waited for the applause to die down before announcing the next dancer. This only happened in the First Act. (In Act II, I could hear him fine.)
The first act was, as always, very charming - except for the screamers in the balcony. The young man dancing with the broom was very good ad I enjoyed the young woman who danced to Pisces - I am wondering if that was the same young woman from last year.. I am sure that a list will be posted somewhere with the names of all the dancers from Act I. I will focus my review on Act II.
*The first couple was Mathilde Froustey and Mathias Heyman from the Paris Opera Ballet. They were the only couple to come out twice. Their first number was the Act II Pas de deux from Giselle and then they came out later in the act for Donizetti. I saw her dance at the Stars of the 21st Century Gala in 2006 (she also did Giselle in that gala with Emmanuel Thibault), but this was the first time that I saw him. I thought that they were wonderful. I have to say that I preferred them in the second number. If the announcememnt was not made that Donizetti was choreographed by Manuel Legris, I would have assumed that this came right from the 19th century repertoire. She is a lovely ballerina - I remember being impressed with her four years ago and he was samshing in his solo numbers.
There were three dances tonight that were very similar in nature to each other:
*The first was ABT principal Michele Wiles with Wang Yi from the Tulsa Ballet in, "In the Moment".
*The second was Isabella Boylston and Blaine Hoven from ABT in Sognato
*The third was Yevgenia Obraztsova and Yuri Smekalov from the Mariinsky in Parting
These three dances were very similar in their mood and lighting. The theme of each of the dances seemed to be lovers flirting and then spurning each other. Wiles and Yi used a live singer, Aurora Barnes. They used a chair as did Obraztsova and Smekalov. Boylston and Hoven used the music of Schubert. This is the first time that I have seen Wiles dance in something contemporary. And I did not realize that Boylston was so flexible! Of the three dances, I preferred the last one, if only to see Obraztsova dance - she got a huge round of applause. Smekalov also did the choreography for this number.
*Joaquin De Luz from NYCB danced twice. First he did "Five Variations on a Theme" by Bach and then he came out with Tiler Peck to dance Stars and Strpes. De Luz was great in his solo number and Stars and Stripes is always a crowd pleaser. He stumbled a little bit on his last set of turns in the second dance, but give the guy a break - that was a lot of dancing!
*Ballroom dancers Anna Melnikova and Slavik Kryklyvyy danced to Jive. They were very entertaining and they really got the kids in the balcony screaming. At the end, I thought that they were going to do an encore, but they were just staying in character as they took their bows.
*Joseph Gorak of ABT danced to Nocture, with music by Chopin. This was a very good solo number for Gorak. Usually, I don't care for the male solo numbers in these galas, but Gorak, De Luz and Pronk all delivered exciting dances.
*Rubinald Pronk's from Morphoses danced to "L'effleure". He was supposed to dance this with Shirley Esseboom from the Nederlands Dans Theater, but we were told that she "got stuck in traffic". Pronk is super-flexible and moved to every beat of Vivaldi's music. I'm not sure why he danced with the red ball in his mouth (??).
*Polina Semionova and Marcelo Gomes danced to the Manon Pas de deux bedroom scene. What a treat to be able to see Semionova dance live. She got a huge round of applause when her name was announced that the audience did not even hear that she was dancing with Marcelo the Great. This was the only dance of the night that made me cry. Every move that was made was a total act of love. Semionova reminded me a little of Vishneva.
*The last number was Sarah Lamb and Sergei Polunin from the Royal Ballet in the Diana and Acteon Pas de deux. I saw Sarah Lamb dance Princess Florine in Sleeping Beuaty a few years ago when the Royal came to Washington DC. She is a lovely ballerina. This is the first time that I saw Polunin dance. Except for a little glitch at the end - Lamb was getting ready to turn and he seeemd to stop her too early - this dance was fantastic. And Polunin pulled off the prerequisite for this Pas de deux - the move which I call the "karate kick wheelbarrow".
All in all - a great gala and I will be back tomorrow night for the Vasiliev gala. I hope the screamers are not there!
Posted 27 March 2010 - 10:54 AM
Also, have you been to the YAGP site - YAGP.org? Here is the page with all the scholarship winners:
YAGP scholarship winners
Posted 27 March 2010 - 11:22 AM
The link to BT for dancers isn't working for me and I haven't been able to find the YAGP thread. What forum is it in?
Posted 27 March 2010 - 11:32 AM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 04:57 AM
To give you an idea of how clueless the YAGP audience was, they started clapping to the beat of the music of Giselle during the mournful Act II variation that was performed.
Posted 29 March 2010 - 07:30 AM
Posted 29 March 2010 - 07:45 AM
It is a common practice at City Center, but the YAGP gala is the worst in terms of that problem. At least the house management wasn't as bad as last year. You may recall that last year the lights were suddenly turned out completely without warning at the beginning of the performance. People who were still walking to their seats were screaming in fear of falling in the complete darkness. Fortunately, within about 3 minutes, the lights came back on.
Posted 31 March 2010 - 11:05 PM
Posted 25 December 2010 - 08:34 PM
Posted 26 February 2011 - 08:24 AM
"Featuring the stars of:
Jose Manuel Carreno (American Ballet Theatre)
Thomas Forster (American Ballet Theatre)
Ivan Vasiliev (Bolshoi Ballet)
Rubinald Pronk (Dutch National Ballet)
Yekaterina Kondaurova (Mariinsky Ballet)
Tiler Peck (New York City Ballet)
Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet)
Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet)
Yuan Yuan Tan (San Francisco Ballet)
Anthony Spaulding (San Francisco Ballet)
Roderick George (Theater Basel)
And WORLD PREMIERES by ABTs Marcelo Gomes and NYCBs Benjamin Millepied" (I wonder whether this refers to Gomes as choreographer?)
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