New York City Ballet Moves
Posted 11 January 2011 - 01:12 PM
Posted 11 January 2011 - 02:21 PM
A union has the responsibility, indeed the duty, to get the best deal possible for its members, so anything AGMA can do to gain a tactical advantage in contract negotiations is fair play, I suppose, but to object to a scaled down touring company simply because it doesn't include the whole company is simply taking sugar plums out of the dancers' mouths, isn't it?
Posted 11 January 2011 - 05:19 PM
Posted 12 January 2011 - 10:59 AM
July 31: Dances at a Gathering (Robbins), Duo Concertant (Balanchine), and A Fool for You (Martins)
August 1: Polyphonia (Wheeldon), After the Rain Pas de Deux (wheeldon), Hallelujah (Martins)
Posted 19 October 2011 - 04:40 PM
This is the first time I'd seen Dances completely --- I'd only seen very short excerpts here and there --- and it really, really made me wish we had better classical choreographers today. It looks like a modern composition of classical steps, and yet manages to weave so much humanity into it, too. The musicality of the piece was also really interesting. I loved the ending and its simplicity that managed to still speak volumes.
The cast was:
Lauren Lovette, apricot
Sara Mearns, mauve
Tiler Peck, pink
Abi Stafford, blue
Wendy Whelan, green
Antonio Carmena, brick
Chase Finlay, green
Gonzalo Garcia, brown
Jonathan Stafford, purple
Christian Tworzyanski, blue
Tiler was beautiful, and her ending pas was just stunning. I can't get enough of her dancing! I'd been looking forward to Sara after hearing all these great things about her, and I can see why people like her --- she has a wild, edgy quality to her dancing --- but this didn't seem like her ballet. I'd love to see her in any of the leotard ballets, especially 4Ts. Her shoes were also really, really noisy. Lauren Lovette is super young, and was really nice as the yellow girl --- she'll be one to watch for sure.
Next came After the Rain with Wendy Whelan and Ask la Cour. I don't think much needs to be said beyond the fact that she is incandescent.
Finally, A Fool For You ... to borrow a phrase from Clement Crisp, it was quite simply total rubbish. What an embarrassing excuse for a dance piece. It was like a warmed-over Dolly Dinkle recital piece. Ugh.
Tonight we get Polyphonia (with Wendy!!), Sonatine, Zakouski, and Hallelujah Junction.
Posted 19 October 2011 - 09:58 PM
Hallelujah Junction is a great calling card for the company: it shows off the lines and speed that you can only find in this company. Janie Taylor danced the girl in white, and had a really dark quality to her dancing, like she was really angry or dancing from some really dark place. At times, she looked right on the edge of control. Daniel Ulbricht danced the man in black, and was just jaw-dropping in his virtuosity and speed, while still remaining really musical. The other couples (Ashly Isaacs, Antonio Carmena, Lauren King, Tworzyanski, Lauren Lovette, Allen Peiffer, Brittany Pollack, Taylor Stanley, along with Gonzalo Garcia as the 3rd lead) all looked great, too.
The two pieces in the middle were OK, if a bit inconsequential. We had Abi Stafford, and Chase Finlay in Sonatine, and Tiler and Joaquin de Luz in Zakouski.
I would happily see this whole program again.
Posted 26 July 2012 - 03:15 AM
Polyphania (Wheeldon, 2001)
Duo Concertant (Balanchine, 1972)
Herman Schmerman Pas de Deux (Forsythe, 1992)
Zakouski (Martins, 1992)
Hallelujah Junction (Martins, 2001)
Posted 26 July 2012 - 08:26 AM
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