Some of you may have been there, but for those that weren't here is a synposis:
** The story ballets are almost a vacation for the principals -- if they aren't cast. There are only so many principals roles in these ballets.
** For those that are cast -- and particulary the lead women -- a full length ballet is both exhilarating and exhausting (so much dancing).
** Sara Mearns loves dancing with Jared Angle. She said he's a fantastic partner. He knows exactly how to present his ballerina etc.
Although they are debuting tonight (Friday) as parteners in Swan Lake, they did this roll in Italy last year.
** The male leads are there to help/present/show off their ballerinas (you know the famous Balanchine quote).
Occasionally the ballerinas don't rely on their partners (100%) and that's when we might see off-chemistry.
** The male dancers might ask the costumers to "add a little fabric here. Make a tunic longer" etc.
** The care of the costumes is a job in itself. So much work!
** Sara doesn't like "bones" in her costume. Mr. Happel -- who said that both Sara and Jared are favorites -- always accomodates her.
** Both Sara and Jared discussed how they always do the steps as "written" but they make them their own. For example, Jared
doesn't do certain things that Ben M will do in Swan Lake (those double tours) but will do other things. Sara also described how she might differ from other principals.
** Jared is very funny. He has a great sense of humor. Sara is just a charmer (and so gorgeous/beautiful up close that it's almost shocking).
** Sara often talked about her very rapid rise in the company. She seemed a little in awe of it herself (she's very modest).
** They both said it was a dream job. They were also beyond complimentary of each and every dancer.
They were lovely, delightful, enthusiastic, polite and charming young people.
These chats are terrific programs.
Sara Mearns, Jared Angle, Marc Happel ("Chat")
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