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#1 Helene

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Posted 03 March 2010 - 10:09 PM

Here is the press release:

April 15-25, 2010
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109

April 15-17 at 7:30 pm
April 17 at 2:00 pm
April 22-24 at 7:30 pm
April 25 at 1:00 pm

SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet pays tribute to the greatest choreographer of the 20th century and its own artistic heritage with ALL BALANCHINE, an homage to the man who revolutionized an art form in ways that have changed it forever. The three works on this season’s ALL BALANCHINE program—Serenade, Square Dance, and The Four Temperaments—exemplify the incredible range of the great choreographer’s work. ALL BALANCHINE runs April 15-25 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets to ALL BALANCHINE start at $25 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

The line-up for ALL BALANCHINE will include:

Serenade
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Serenade in C for string orchestra, Op. 48, 1880)
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell


Square Dance
Music: Antonio Vivaldi (L’estro Armonica, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580 and No. 12, RV 265) and Arcangelo Corelli (Sarabanda, Badinerie e Giga, i.e., Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, Op. 5, No. 9 [Giga] and No. 11 [Gavotta])
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal


The Four Temperaments
Music: Paul Hindemith (Theme with Four Variations [According to the Four Temperaments] for string orchestra and piano, 1940)
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell


TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets (ranging from $25 to $160) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

* By phone, 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
* In person at 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
* Online 24/7 at www.pnb.org
* Tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance (subject to availability) at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street. Discounted rush tickets for senior citizens and students (with valid ID) may be purchased 90 minutes prior to showtime.


$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER

One ticket for $15 and two for $25 for patrons 25 years and younger at Thursday and Friday evening performances! To purchase tickets, contact the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424 or visit 301 Mercer Street. This offer is good for April 15, 16, 22 and 23 7:30 pm performances only. Offer is subject to availability and not valid on previously purchased tickets. Each attendee must present valid I.D. upon ticket retrieval.

TEEN TIX

PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program for young people 13 to 19 years old. Teen Tix members can purchase tickets to PNB performances and other music, dance, theater and arts events for only $5. To join Teen Tix or view a list of participating organizations, visit their webpage at seattlecenter.com/teentix.


FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, April 9, 6:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle

Join us for an hour-long dance preview led by Artistic Director Peter Boal and featuring PNB dancers performing excerpts from ALL BALANCHINE. PNB Friday Previews offer an upbeat and up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office. (This event sells out in advance.)


CONVERSATIONS WITH PNB — FREE
Sunday, April 11, 2:00 pm
Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle*

PNB's Sunday afternoon series features an hour-long discussion about ALL BALANCHINE with principal dancers Carrie Imler and Jonathan Porretta in the casual atmosphere of the Elliott Bay Book Company reading room. All Conversations with PNB are FREE of charge. *NOTE: Check back for confirmation on location closer to this event, as Elliott Bay Book Company completes its move to Capitol Hill.


BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, April 13, 12:00 noon
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle

Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about ALL BALANCHINE, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.


PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Lecture 6:00-6:50 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00-9:30 pm, McCaw Hall

Join PNB Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell for an engaging conversation on George Balanchine during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $25 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at 301 Mercer Street.

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Posted 29 March 2010 - 07:38 PM

The press release came out today. I'll paste below, but do notice that the Conversations program on April 11 (Carrie Imler and Jonathan Porretta guests) is at the Sorrento Hotel, since Elliot Bay Books won't be finished with its move by then. And Francia Russell is speaking at the pre-dress rehearsal lecture.


Pacific Northwest Ballet presents

April 15-25, 2010
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall
321 Mercer Street, Seattle Center
Seattle, WA 98109

April 15-17 at 7:30 pm
April 17 at 2:00 pm
April 22-24 at 7:30 pm
April 25 at 1:00 pm

SEATTLE, WA – Pacific Northwest Ballet pays tribute to the greatest choreographer of the 20th century and its own artistic heritage with ALL BALANCHINE, an homage to the man who revolutionized an art form in ways that have changed it forever. The three works on this season’s ALL BALANCHINE program—Serenade, Square Dance, and The Four Temperaments—exemplify the incredible range of George Balanchine’s work. ALL BALANCHINE runs April 15-25 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets to ALL BALANCHINE start at $25 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at PNB.org, or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer Street.

In conjunction with ALL BALANCHINE, PNB Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will be giving a special presentation of Balanchine’s Petipa. The presentation’s lecture-demonstration format will feature performances by PNB company members and discussion of dances by both Marius Petipa (1818-1910) and George Balanchine (1904-1983), and the influence of Petipa and his colleagues at the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg on Balanchine’s choreography. The program’s Balanchine excerpts have been staged by Peter Boal, Elyse Borne, Frederic Franklin, and Francia Russell. The 19th-century dances have been reconstructed by Mr. Fullington using notations made in St. Petersburg in the Stepanov notation method at the turn of the 20th century. Balanchine’s Petipa will be presented one time only on Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00 pm. After its Seattle presentation, Balanchine’s Petipa will be presented in New York City on May 14 and 15 as part of the Guggenheim Museum’s popular Works and Process Series. See “Special Events & Offers,” below, for ticket information.

The line-up for ALL BALANCHINE will include:

Serenade
Music: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Serenade in C for string orchestra, Op. 48, 1880)
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Costume Design: Karinska
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: June 10, 1934, School of American Ballet
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: September 29, 1978
Running time: 35 minutes

Originally choreographed in 1934 for his students at the newly-founded School of American Ballet, Serenade is a milestone in the history of dance as the first original ballet Balanchine created in America. Originating as a lesson in stage technique, Balanchine worked unexpected rehearsal events into the choreography. When one student fell, he incorporated it. Another day, a student arrived late, and this too became part of the ballet. The ballet is performed by 26 dancers in blue costumes in front of a blue background. An ideal manifestation of Tchaikovsky’s soaring score, its transcendent purity endures and renews itself as a primary testament to the choreographer’s genius.

Square Dance
Music: Antonio Vivaldi (L’estro Armonica, Op. 3, No. 10, RV 580 and No. 12, RV 265) and Arcangelo Corelli (Sarabanda, Badinerie e Giga, i.e., Sonatas for Violin and Continuo, Op. 5, No. 9 [Giga] and No. 11 [Gavotta])
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Peter Boal
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: November 21, 1957, New York City Ballet (Revised May 20, 1976)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: March 5, 1981 (Restaged September 20, 2007)
Running time: 25 minutes

Square Dance is a buoyant and intricate work that combines classical ballet with the patterns of 17th-century court dance, and American folk dance. In the original 1957 production, the musicians were on stage and a square dance caller was brought in to call out the steps. Balanchine revived Square Dance in 1976, dispensing with the caller, putting the orchestra in the pit, and adding a celebrated solo for the principal male dancer.

The Four Temperaments
Music: Paul Hindemith (Theme with Four Variations [According to the Four Temperaments] for string orchestra and piano, 1940)
Choreography: George Balanchine © The George Balanchine Trust
Staging: Francia Russell
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli
Premiere: November 20, 1946, Ballet Society (New York)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: February 23, 1978
Running time: 33 minutes

The Four Temperaments, a quintessential “black and white” Balanchine ballet, is an early experiment in spare abstraction based on the medieval belief that human beings are made up of four different humors that determine a person’s temperament. In a series of plotless variations executed by dancers in practice clothes on a bare stage, Balanchine fused classical steps with a lean and angular style, and proclaimed a new era in ballet with some of the most uniquely evocative images ever created. The Four Temperaments was recognized immediately as a work without precedent in choreographic history. It is Balanchine's first—and phenomenally powerful—announcement of the spare, dislocated classicism that he would employ throughout his career in works such as Agon, Episodes, and Stravinsky Violin Concerto and that would have such a profound influence on the emerging American style.


TICKET INFORMATION:

Tickets (ranging from $25 to $160) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

By phone, 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
In person at 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
Online 24/7 at www.pnb.org
Tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance (subject to availability) at McCaw Hall, located at 321 Mercer Street.
Discounted rush tickets for senior citizens and students (with valid ID) may be purchased 90 minutes prior to showtime.



CONVERSATIONS WITH PNB — FREE
Sunday, April 11, 2:00 pm
SPECIAL LOCATION: Sorrento Hotel, 900 Madison Street, Seattle*
PNB's Sunday afternoon series features an hour-long discussion about ALL BALANCHINE with principal dancers Carrie Imler and Jonathan Porretta in the elegant atmosphere of the Sorrento Hotel’s Penthouse Suite. All Conversations with PNB are FREE of charge. *Special thanks to the Sorrento Hotel for hosting this event while Elliott Bay Book Company completes its move to Capitol Hill.

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, April 13, 12:00 noon
Central Seattle Public Library, 1000 Fourth Avenue, Seattle
Join PNB for a free lunch-hour preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about ALL BALANCHINE, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Lecture 6:00-6:50 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00-9:30 pm, McCaw Hall
Join PNB Founding Artistic Director Francia Russell for an engaging conversation on George Balanchine during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. Tickets are $12 for the lecture, or $25 for the lecture and dress rehearsal. Tickets may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at 301 Mercer Street.


LECTURE-DEMONSTRATION: Balanchine’s Petipa
Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 pm
The Phelps Center, 301 Mercer Street, Seattle
Balanchine's Petipa explores the influence of the choreography of Marius Petipa and his colleagues at the Imperial Ballet in St. Petersburg on the choreography of George Balanchine. Excerpts performed by PNB company members include works from 19th-century ballets and Balanchine ballets. See this presentation in Seattle before it goes to New York as part of Works & Process at the Guggenheim Museum. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased by calling the PNB Box Office at 206.441.2424, online at www.pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 08:41 PM

Casting is up for the first week of "All Balanchine", which as of today is:

Thursday, 15 April:

Serenade
Mara Vinson, Kylee Kitchens, Kaori Nakamura, Lucien Postlewaite, Batkhurel Bold

Square Dance
Carrie Imler/Lucien Postlewaite

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Laura Gilbreath*/William Lin-Yee*
Second Theme: Lindsi Dec/Kiyon Gaines*
Third Theme: Sarah Ricard Orza*/Jerome Tisserand*
Melancholic: Jonathan Porretta
Sanguinic: Kaori Nakamura/Jeffrey Stanton
Phlegmatic: Olivier Wevers
Choleric: Ariana Lallone

Friday, 16 April:

Serenade
Mara Vinson, Kylee Kitchens, Chalnessa Eames* , Lucien Postlewaite, Jerome Tisserand*

Square Dance
Kaori Nakamura/Jonathan Porretta

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Sarah Ricard Orza*/Josh Spell
Second Theme: Chalnessa Eames*/Barry Kerollis*
Third Theme: Kylee Kitchens*/Jordan Pacitti*
Melancholic: Lucien Postlewaite
Sanguinic: Carrie Imler/Batkhurel Bold
Phlegmatic: Karel Cruz
Choleric: Laura Gilbreath

Saturday, 17 April matinee

Serenade
Laura Gilbreath*, Ariana Lallone* , Lesley Rausch* , Karel Cruz* William Lin-Yee*

Square Dance
Rachel Foster*/Benjamin Griffiths

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Amanda Clark*/Eric Hipolito Jr.*
Second Theme: Chalnessa Eames /Barry Kerollis
Third Theme: Kylee Kitchens /Jordan Pacitti
Melancholic: Jonathan Porretta
Sanguinic: Lesley Rausch*/Seth Orza*
Phlegmatic: Olivier Wevers
Choleric: Lindsi Dec*

Saturday, 17 April evening

Serenade
Carla Körbes*, Lindsi Dec*, Carrie Imler, Olivier Wevers, Batkhurel Bold

Square Dance
Kaori Nakamura/Jonathan Porretta

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Sarah Ricard Orza/Josh Spell
Second Theme: Lindsi Dec/Kiyon Gaines
Third Theme: Kylee Kitchens/Jordan Pacitti
Melancholic: Benjamin Griffiths
Sanguinic: Carrie Imler/Batkhurel Bold
Phlegmatic: Jeffrey Stanton
Choleric: Ariana Lallone

*First time in role.

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Posted 07 April 2010 - 10:45 PM

Square Dance
Carrie Imler/Lucien Postlewaite


Yum Yum...............!!!!

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Posted 08 April 2010 - 06:59 AM

A lot of "yums" this time, lots of debuts (*), and we don't even know what the second weekend will bring.

The women get a better deal, because in the early American Balanchine there weren't a lot of men in the corps, but the roles for the male corps in "Square Dance" are great.

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Posted 09 April 2010 - 02:29 PM

Oh, Helene, thank you so much for doing all the heavy lifting with the website.

Now I just have to break it to my family that I won't be around much next weekend.

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Posted 13 April 2010 - 08:35 AM

Here's the casting for the second week, as of today:

Thursday, 22 April

Serenade
Laura Gilbreath, Ariana Lallone, Lesley Rausch, Karel Cruz, William Lin-Yee

Square Dance
Carrie Imler/Lucien Postlewaite  

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Sarah Ricard Orza/Josh Spell
Second Theme: Lindsi Dec/Kiyon Gaines
Third Theme: Rachel Foster/James Moore
Melancholic: Benjamin Griffiths
Sanguinic: Lesley Rausch/Seth Orza
Phlegmatic: Jeffrey Stanton
Choleric: Brittany Reid

Friday, 23 April

Serenade
Carla Körbes, Lindsi Dec, Carrie Imler, Olivier Wevers, Batkhurel Bold

Square Dance
Mara Vinson/Seth Orza

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Laura Gilbreath/William Lin-Yee
Second Theme: Lesley Rausch/Andrew Bartee
Third Theme: Rachel Foster/James Moore
Melancholic: Lucien Postlewaite
Sanguinic: Kaori Nakamura/Jeffrey Stanton
Phlegmatic: Olivier Wevers
Choleric: Lindsi Dec

Saturday, 24 April

Serenade
Mara Vinson, Kylee Kitchens, Carrie Imler, Lucien Postlewaite, Jerome Tisserand

Square Dance
Rachel Foster/Benjamin Griffiths

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Laura Gilbreath/William Lin-Yee
Second Theme: Lindsi Dec/Kiyon Gaines
Third Theme: Sarah Ricard Orza/Jerome Tisserand
Melancholic: Jonathan Porretta
Sanguinic: Lesley Rausch/Seth Orza
Phlegmatic: Karel Cruz
Choleric: Ariana Lallone

Sunday, 25 April (1pm)

Serenade
Carla Körbes, Lindsi Dec, Kaori Nakamura, Olivier Wevers, Batkhurel Bold

Square Dance
Mara Vinson/Seth Orza

The Four Temperaments
First Theme: Amanda Clark/Eric Hipolito Jr.
Second Theme: Lesley Rausch/Andrew Bartee
Third Theme: Rachel Foster/James Moore
Melancholic: Lucien Postlewaite
Sanguinic: Carrie Imler/Batkhurel Bold
Phlegmatic: Jeffrey Stanton
Choleric: Laura Gilbreath



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Posted 13 April 2010 - 11:06 AM

Part of the "Learn More" web page at PNB's website includes a 2 minute view of a rehearsal of Square Dance. The leads are Carrie Imler and Lucien Postlewaite (that being a treat in itself!). There is a great moment at 0:45 seconds where Lucien and Carrie mess up their hands and laugh. Then Peter Boal comes into the frame to correct things. CLASSIC!



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Posted 13 April 2010 - 12:39 PM

I remember when Boal danced that role with Margaret Tracey.

Watch Postlewaite's arms and hands at the very end of the video.

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Posted 15 April 2010 - 07:02 PM

There are three more videos:

Balanchine's "Four Temperaments" -- Ariana
A fascinating short interview with Ariana Lallone (and her beautiful eyes). The dancer in the pale blue leotard towards the beginning is Lindsi Dec, and the two dancers who are rehearsing behind Lallone with Francia Russell coaching are Laura Gilbreath in black and Brittany Reid is in the grey and red leotard with pink tights.

George Balanchine's Serenade
A video collage of a rehearsal in the main studio in the Phelps building. There are too many dancers to identify, but a few are Lesley Rausch in the black leotard with a v-neckline and thin halter strap and white tulle rehearsal skirt, dancing the Russian Girl; Brittany Reid in turquoise, the last dancer in the group of four at the beginning of "Scherzo a la Russe", and Kaori Nakamura, who's dancing Russian Girl.

All Balanchine Trailer
Another collage from the last time the ballets were performed. I can't tell who the Theme woman is in the first clip, but her extended foot is gorgeous; her partner looks like it might be Nicholas Ade. Carrie Imler is in "Square Dance", with Rachel Foster, Brittany Reid, Stacy Lowenberg to her left and Kara Zimmerman, Kylee Kitchens (?), and Rebecca Johnston to her right. Louise Nadeau and Christophe Maraval dance "Sanguinic". Jonathan Porretta dances the "Square Dance" male solo in two clips. The next "Square Dance" group looks like Barry Kerollis, Benjamin Griffiths, Rebecca Johnston, and Stacy Lowenberg. I'm not sure who the last "4T's" couple is; the man may be Lucien Postlewaite and the ballerina looks like Louise Nadeau* (?). *It's the Second Theme, and from historical cast lists, it's Stacy Lowenberg. I didn't recognize her because of how deep red her hair looked under those lights.

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 11:22 AM

And what a night opening night was last night! Carrie Imler and Lucien Postlewaite in Square Dance were beyond beyond. PNB is a Balanchine company, and it showed last night. As Lucien said at the post-performance Q&A: "It feels like coming home" (this comment is in the context of how very different the programming has been this year, e.g., Dove, Sleeping Beauty, et al).

The 4 T's was top notch in my book. To those of you who lament lack of commitment or sparkle in some Mr B stuff you've seen lately -- come to Seattle, Mr B is alive well here.......with a spring in his step!

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Posted 16 April 2010 - 04:53 PM

Carrie Imler and Lucien Postlewaite in Square Dance

I'm every shade of green with envy.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:17 PM

I was blessed to get an extra ticket from a coworker to Thursday's performance. I attended the pre-performance lecture with the education director. Some interesting factoids:

-Serenade was originally pronounced the American way by Balanchine, due to American inferiority complexes, it has come to be pronounced the French way, with the accent.
-the dancers were adults, this was essentially a workshop for dancers to refine their technique.
-The original production was on a make shift stage on a farm in NY, the first night was rained out and the host had to come up with a second day of food for the dancers.
-the iconic costumes came later, the first production was wearing practice dance wear.

on to floor - I sat on the orchestra floor right, about 5-6 rows back, next to some russian speakers who chatted throughout Serenade until I shushed them. They also had a cell phone go off, particularly obxious ring at that. Everyone else around me was grumbling at the intermissions about the cancellation of the Thursday opening series and worried about where they would be placed for the 2010-2011 season.

Music: I am not an expert and could not detect any difference in quality of performance between the 3 guest conductors on Thursday night. I also went Saturday night and spoke to 3 musicians afterwards. They said the selection has been narrowed to 4 candidates. The orchestra does not get to vote, but an advisory board has a few orchestra members on it. They said they want to be pushed by their next leader...if that means anything..

Serenade: Wonderful production, PNB was "on" that night. Kaori Nakamura excelled in her role. It's been a few days and I cannot recall all the particulars, but I was impressed by the totality of the performance.

Square Dance: All hail Carrie Imler, this role fits her perfectly. I think she dances "big" and that is what separates her from the more petite, delicate interpretations of this solo. Lucien was a fine partner, and the corps was very
strong.

4 Temps: I cannot watch 4T's without thinking of the movie "White Christmas" where they mock modern choreography "they're doing". Choreography". It is technically insanely difficult, not a single step is underused, Jonathan Poretta was particularly strong as Melancholic. Ariana just takes over the whole stage when she comes out as Choleric. Incidently, according to the lecture, PNB uses the mid 50's choreo that Francia Russell learned, which is different than the NYCB current version. She wrote to Balanchine in the late 70's when she first staged it, asking if she could stage what she remembered, rather than his later changes. Balanchine wrote back and said "do what you feel is best".

I also went Saturday night, Carla Koerbes was the lead in Serenade, not as strong as Kauri, she did the moves, but lacked the "x" factor on stage. In contrast, Kauri took on the lead in Square Dance and made it her own. The cast was mostly the same for 4T's, except Carrie Imler took on Kauri's Sanguinic role, and was fine.

I felt the Thursday performance was quintessential PNB performing Balanchine "in the zone". Looking forward to Coppelia!

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 01:30 PM

Was there a role change on Saturday night? On Opening Night, Kaori Nakamura danced Russian Girl ("Scherzo a la Russe"), while Kylee Kitchens danced Dark Angel, and Mara Vinson the Waltz Girl, who's often called the lead; she has impact, if not the most dancing, in every movement. According to the cast list, on Saturday night, Carla Korbes danced Mara Vinson's role and Chalnessa Eames Kaori Nakamura's, with Lindsi Dec in Kylee Kitchens' role.

Many thanks for your impressions!

More later about Saturday afternoon after I finish unpacking.

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Posted 18 April 2010 - 02:20 PM

I'm not in the mood for a long post, but I have to say something. My something is: What an amazingly great ballet is "The Four Temperments" -- perhaps the greatest of all time, or at least the greatest of Mr. B's. It floors me every time. Then I think 1946.....are you kidding me! It could have been choreographed yesterday. It's not my favorite ballet, that goes to Agon, but I can't tell you why I put them in that order (Stravinsky, perhaps? the distilled quality of Agon much like a poem, perhaps?).

And this company does all 3 of this programs ballets so very well indeed (Serenade, Square Dance, 4 Ts). Maybe it's because we live up here at the ends of the earth -- the news just hasn't reached us yet that the era of Balachine is dead :) . He is still THE master for me.....I bow at his feet (at least when PNB does his work).


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