ABT in LA July 2010
Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:45 AM
July 15: Gillian Murphy and Jose Manuel Carreño
July 16: Paloma Herrera and David Hallberg
July 17 matinee: Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky
July 17 evening: Xiomara Reyes and Herman Cornejo
July 18: Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes
Posted 19 March 2010 - 03:25 PM
Posted 19 March 2010 - 04:44 PM
I do understand that there are really too few performances to go around and even principals have limited opportunities. It would be great if each could have many more chances in a role to really develop.
Posted 04 July 2010 - 01:16 PM
Posted 04 July 2010 - 02:45 PM
Gomes replaces Carreño on the 15th, and Stearns will partner Part on the 18th. *sigh*
What luck. I've been dying to see Gomes and Part together.
Posted 06 July 2010 - 05:49 PM
July 15 Gillian Murphy/Marcelo Gomes/Michele Wiles/Nancy Raffa
July 16 Paloma Herrera/David Hallberg/Maria Riccetto/Nancy Raffa
July 17M Irina Dvorovenko/Maxim Beloserkovsky/Stella Abrera/Maria Bystrova
July 17E Xiomara Reyes/Herman Cornejo/Maria Riccetto/Nancy Raffa
July 18 Veronika Part/Cory Stearns/Michele Wiles/Maria Bystrova
An email from ABT today also stated Simkin is on for Bluebird opening night.
The Sat mat is looking awfully tempting to see Stella!
Posted 06 July 2010 - 06:24 PM
Posted 17 July 2010 - 10:44 AM
LA Times has a review of opening night.
Yikes. Not surprised. Though this production has been seen in SoCal at least twice before, we get that it's not ideal, it's been talked about in reviews ad nauseum - talk about it for a paragraph and move on. This whole "the dancers are clearly dancing not at their best because they hate the production" thing is really weird angle to take a review.
Regarding the pictures in the article: Can't they pick pictures where people are not coming down out of a jump (Gillian) or half the line of fairies is coming off pointe? If these were the best of the bunch, I guess I understand, but if you photograph dance you have to know how much these suck.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 12:49 PM
Posted 17 July 2010 - 01:14 PM
Terrible pictures. Surely, there are professional dance photographers in La-la land.
The pictures are really mediocre, aren't they? But then I thought the review was pretty uninteresting, so maybe the photos and text are of a piece.
Posted 17 July 2010 - 02:47 PM
Posted 17 July 2010 - 03:32 PM
The comfortable pro made small work of his ménage of leaps...
No copy editors?
Posted 17 July 2010 - 07:53 PM
Posted 19 July 2010 - 12:36 PM
I continue to wonder about Michele Wiles. Technically she's obviously great and when I saw her in Etudes two years ago she burned up the stage, but she is so uninteresting--she barely looked at the audience- and was upstaged personality wise by most of the other fairies/female soloists (Copeland, Kajiya, Underwood, Boone, and especially Maria Ricetto as Princess Florine-she just keeps getting better and better). Hee Seo was completely wasted in this performance as a Lilac Fairy Attendant- when does that Soloist contract kick in?
Stearns was fine, he danced well with the other men in the hunt scene. Completely botched the fish dives, though - he used both arms to turn and dip Veronika, and even with doing that couldn't release his back arm to showcase the position during the swell of music. Just looked awful. I don't know if he had to do this with other dancers or if Veronika is just too tall for him, but it would have been better to just do the pirouette and dip combo that Russian companies do.
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