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#1 Helene

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Posted 22 February 2011 - 11:02 PM

Here is the program trailer for Contemporary 4, with clips from Paul Gibson's "Piano Dance" and Mark Morris' "Pacific":


I'm having bandwidth issues, and many of the shots are from a distance and blur with freeze frame; I haven't been able to make many ID's. In "Pacific" there are several clips of Carla Korbes and Batkhurel Bold, with a short solo section by Lucien Postlewaite, but I'm having no luck with "Piano Dance", although the feet in the freeze frame above look like Lesley Rausch's.

The other two works on the program are Alexei Ratmansky's "Concerto DSCH", which I cannot wait to see, and a World Premiere by "Mopey" choreographer, Marco Goecke. Here's the video for his new work, "Place a Chill". The background music is by Saint-Saens, but that could be only for video or the actual music.



The video opens with James Moore in "Mopey" and then changes to "Place a Chill" Margaret Mullin is in the light blue T-shirt; she dances with Ezra Thomson who has a goatee. I can't tell who Kiyon Gaines' partner is, because we don't see her face. At the end, Thomson is in the center of the screen, with James Moore at the top and Kiyon Gaines at the bottom.

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 04:33 PM

Press Release:

CONTEMPORARY 4

Featuring works by
PAUL GIBSON – MARCO GOECKE – MARK MORRIS – ALEXEI RATMANSKY


March 18-27, 2011
Marion Oliver McCaw Hall

March 18-19 at 7:30 pm
March 19 at 2:00 pm
March 24-26 at 7:30 pm
March 27 at 1:00 pm

SEATTLE, WA — With CONTEMPORARY 4, the fourth program in its 2010-2011 season, Pacific Northwest Ballet presents the local premiere of critically acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH. PNB’s first work by Ratmansky represents a major introduction for Seattle audiences. Marco Goecke, the young German choreographer known to PNB audiences for cult-hit Mopey, stages a world premiere that is certain to be stamped with his enigmatic, quirky style. CONTEMPORARY 4 also features the return of The Piano Dance, created by former PNB principal dancer and now Ballet Master Paul Gibson, and Mark Morris’s Pacific, a serene alliance of mood and movement. CONTEMPORARY 4 runs March 18 through 27 at Seattle Center’s Marion Oliver McCaw Hall. Tickets start at just $27 and may be purchased at www.pnb.org, by calling 206.441.2424, or in person at the PNB Box Office, 301 Mercer Street at Seattle Center. Pacific Northwest Ballet thanks presenting sponsor The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation and major sponsor the National Endowment for the Arts for their support of CONTEMPORARY 4. The line-up for CONTEMPORARY 4 will include:

Concerto DSCH — PNB Premiere
Music: Dmitri Shostakovich
Choreography: Alexei Ratmansky
Stager: Tatiana Ratmansky
Costume Design: Holly Hynes
Lighting Design: Mark Stanley

Piano Concerto No. 2, written by Dmitri Shostakovich in 1957 as a nineteenth birthday gift for his son, is a hopeful and joyous work inspired by the end of the Stalin era in Russia. The high spirits of the music are captured in Alexei Ratmansky's lively choreography for Concerto DSCH, especially in the roles of the lead dancers, one lyrical couple and a virtuoso trio. From the opening moments, when the trio’s ballerina bursts from a closed circle of dancers in a whirl of high-stepping leaps and turns, the ballet is non-stop energy and playful surprises. Even a gentle romantic interlude reflects the wit and originality of the choreographer. “An endlessly suspenseful choreographic construction, with passages of breathtaking dance brilliance. At its premiere, you could feel wave upon wave of emotion sweeping across the audience. Wonder, excitement, admiration, affection, hilarity, surprise, exhilaration.” (The New York Times)

Concerto DSCH is PNB’s first work by critically acclaimed choreographer Alexei Ratmansky.

Pacific
Music: Lou Harrison
Choreography: Mark Morris
Staging: Tina Fehlandt
Costume Design: Martin Pakledinaz
Lighting Design: James F. Ingalls
Premiere: May 10, 1995; San Francisco Ballet (UNited We Dance Festival)
Pacific Northwest Ballet Premiere: April 5, 2007 (Celebrate Seattle Festival)

True to Mark Morris’ work, Pacific’s serene alliance of mood and movement appears innately formed from the psyche of Lou Harrison’s 1990 score. The dancers’ full-skirted strides and uplifted arms, set against expansive blue and orange vistas, convey effortless accord, a deep sense of well-being, and “ever-surprising combinations, ever delightful to behold.” (danceviewtimes.com).

“Like the title of the dance, the work has multiple connotations, which are underscored by the costumes of Martin Pakledinaz. The bare-chested men wear culottes—full, skirt-like pants that suggest the native dress of Pacific Island and even Indian cultures; the women’s outfits have the same full skirts with simple tops. Blues and greens predominate, with red used for the central couple. The colors evoke the ocean as well as tropical climes. The movement Morris uses also incorporates suggestions of Asian cultures, particularly the Kathak style of southern India: the men (and later the women) repeat a gesture of one arm raised in a curve, the other pointing straight in the opposite direction with the head turned towards the pointing arm. ...This is a work that makes you think about its meaning.” (culturevulture.net)

The Piano Dance

Music: Frederic Chopin, John Cage, Gyorgy Ligeti, Bela Bartok, and Alberto Ginastera
Choreography: Paul Gibson
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Lisa J. Pinkham
Premiere: April 14, 2005; Pacific Northwest Ballet

Ten works for solo piano by five composers accompany the contrasting dances for four couples in The Piano Dance. Although the composers chosen by choreographer Paul Gibson lived during a span covering more than a hundred years, Gibson sees in their works a common respect for the expression of melody. He has devised a series of solos, duets, and pas de trois for his dancers, set to music chosen for variety and for affinity to the dance impulse. The Piano Dance offers a sharp contrast to Gibson’s earlier works for PNB, in which he favored large-scale orchestral scores and required big ensembles. The Piano Dance demonstrates his wish to convey the clarity of ballet performance in a setting of intimate and brilliant miniatures. Set to ten piano pieces, the chic, ruby velvet group and solo dances are capped by a “spectacular pas de deux that manages to evoke both abandon and restraint” – The New York Times.

Place a Chill — World Premiere
Music: Camille Saint-Saëns
Choreography: Marco Goecke
Dramaturge: Nadja Kadel
Costume Design: Mark Zappone
Lighting Design: Randall G. Chiarelli

In spring of 1965, a New York Times critic wrote enthusiastically about the young English cellist Jacqueline du Pré: “She played like an angel.” Listening to a recording of Camille Saint-Saëns’ Cello Concerto No. 1, interpreted by du Pré, Marco Goecke was inspired to create Place a Chill for Pacific Northwest Ballet. The cello concerto was du Pré’s last recording before she had to stop playing in public because of an incurable illess, during which she continuously lost control over her movement and body, dying in a wheelchair at the age of 42 in 1987. The quivering, shaking, and fluttering movements of Goecke’s choreography might, at a first glimpse, look like a loss of body control, but in fact they are exactly the opposite—they are the result of a very precise and detailed rehearsal process, a sophisticated elaboration of every single movement. If they rarely show the symmetrical formations that are so characteristic of classical and neo-classical ballet, they do create another kind of order—an organic and dynamic order where nothing is left to chance. But the order which appears in Goecke’s choreography does not try to compete with the heavenly or angelic hierarchies evoked by the music, which will be performed live by the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra. Rather, he builds up an antithetical world—a world in which darkness, evil, and the opacity of filthy materia are predominant. Goecke found an explicit formulation for this when he worked with corps de ballet dancer Ezra Thomson during a rehearsal: “You have to show up like the devil in person.” However, Place a Chill does not argue for a sharp dualism between the two worlds. The threatening destructiveness of earthly life and the angelic sphere are not independent from each other; they interact and are inseparably connected. It is the communication between the two spheres that produces the tension that moves the choreography. (Notes by Nadja Kadel, dramaturge)


TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets ($27 – $165 in advance) may be purchased through the PNB Box Office:

* By Phone – 206.441.2424 (Mon.-Fri. 9am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
* In Person – 301 Mercer Street, Seattle (Mon.-Fri. 10am–6pm; Sat. 10am–5pm)
* Online – pnb.org (24/7)

Subject to availability, tickets are also available 90 minutes prior to each performance at McCaw Hall, 321 Mercer Street.

DISCOUNT OFFERS AND SPECIAL EVENTS

$15 TICKETS FOR AGE 25 & UNDER
All Thursday and Friday performances: March 18, 24 and 25 at 7:30 pm

Each attendee must present valid I.D. upon ticket retrieval.

TEEN TIX

PNB is a proud participant of Seattle Center’s Teen Tix program. Young people 13 to 19 years old 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 Seattle Center’s Teen Tix webpage at seattlecenter.com/teentix.

STUDENT AND SENIOR RUSH TICKETS


Subject to availability, half-price tickets for students and senior citizens (65+) may be purchased in-person with ID, beginning 90 minutes prior to showtime at the McCaw Hall box office.

FRIDAY PREVIEWS
Friday, March 11, 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 CONTEMPORARY 4. PNB Friday Previews offer an up-close view of the Company preparing to put dance on stage. Tickets, $10 each, 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. (These events often sell out in advance.) Friday Previews are sponsored by U.S. Bank.

CONVERSATIONS WITH PNB — FREE
Sunday, March 13, 2:00 pm

Elliott Bay Book Company, 1521 10th Avenue on Capitol Hill, Seattle
PNB's Sunday afternoon series features an hour-long discussion about CONTEMPORARY 4 with PNB dancers Laura Gilbreath, Chelsea Adomaitis, and Ezra Thomson in the casual atmosphere of the Elliott Bay Book Company reading room. All Conversations with PNB are FREE of charge.

BALLET PREVIEW — FREE
Tuesday, March 15, 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 CONTEMPORARY 4, complete with video excerpts. FREE of charge.

PNB LECTURE SERIES & DRESS REHEARSAL
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Lecture 6:00 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00 pm, McCaw Hall

Join choreographer Alexei Ratmansky 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 pnb.org or in person at the PNB Box Office at 301 Mercer St.

PRE-PERFORMANCE LECTURES
Nesholm Family Lecture Hall at McCaw Hall

Join Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington for a 30-minute introduction to each performance, including discussions of choreography, music, history, design and the process of bringing ballet to the stage. One hour before all performances. FREE for ticketholders.

POST-PERFORMANCE Q&A
Skip the post-show traffic and enjoy a post-performance Q&A with Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB dancers, immediately following each performance in the Norcliffe Room at McCaw Hall. FREE for ticketholders. (At the Saturday, March 19 7:30 performance, the post-show Q&A will be moderated by KUOW’s Marcie Sillman, as part of KUOW’s Front Row Center. For more information, visit kuow.org/frontrowcenter.)

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 03:17 PM

A new video, this time featuring Paul Gibson, choreographer of "Piano Dance", speaking about casting new dancers in roles and the new ending he choreographed for the ballet:




The eight dancers rehearsing are:

Margaret Mullin: light green leotard, black tights, one light blue leg warmer
Sarah Ricard Orza: red leotard with flowered straps and bodice trim, pink tights
Kylee Kitchens: light blue leotard, pink tights
Laura Gilbreath: brown leotard with thin red trim, black tights.

Karel Cruz: white sleeveless shirt, black pants (partners Gilbreath)
James Moore: black shirt and socks, gray shorts (partners Ricard Orza)
Jerome Tisserand: gray shirt with white lettering, black knee-length tights (partners Mullin)
Andrew Bartee: long-sleeved pale blue shirt, gray tights (partners Kitchens)

In the background, I see Brittany Reid, Barry Kerollis, Benjamin Griffiths, Ezra Thomson, and Jessika Anspach.

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Posted 04 March 2011 - 09:03 PM

I am really looking forward to seeing the Gibson again -- after hearing him speak about changing the ending I've been wondering if my memory of it is very clear.

It's hard to speculate about a whole performance based on one of these video clips, but I thought Laura G looked extra nice here!

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 04:25 PM

I'll never forget the first time I saw Piano Dance. It was that night that I first really noticed Leslie Rausch. I was blown away, and spent the next couple of seasons angry with her (not really :)).......because when she danced in the corps from then on I couldn't watch anyone else.....she always drew my eye.

Within a couple of weeks of Peter Boal's arrival to take over PNB, I just happened to run into him purely by chance. I took a moment to say to him:

"I have only two words to say to you: Leslie Rausch"

I haven't changed my mind. Hopefully I will get to see her in Piano Dance again. I thought at the time Piano Dance was a brilliant piece of choreography. I'm so glad to see it come back.

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Posted 05 March 2011 - 04:33 PM

It was a remarkable performance, especially since Rausch performed the same role that was made for Louise Nadeau, and Angela Sterling's photo of Nadeau in that ballet has become one of the images most associated with the Company.

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Posted 07 March 2011 - 09:14 AM

ngela Sterling's photo of Nadeau in that ballet has become one of the images most associated with the Company.


I know what you mean -- she keeps staring out of my tickets, even though she's been retired for awhile now!

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 09:44 AM

Casting for Week 1 is up on the PNB site:

Friday 18 March 7:30pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes
Olivier Wevers

Trio
Benjamin Griffiths
Lucien Postlewaite
Josh Spell

Quartet
Laura Gilbreath*
Kylee Kitchens
Ariana Lallone
Lesley Rausch


Place a Chill

Margaret Mullin*
Chelsea Adomaitis*
Leah O'Connor*

Jonathan Porretta*
James Moore*
Andrew Bartee*
Price Suddarth*
Ezra Thomson*
Sean Rollofson*
Ryan Cardea*

The Piano Dance

Lesley Rausch
Jeffrey Stanton*
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths*
Margaret Mullin*
Jerome Tisserand*
Chalnessa Eames
Josh Spell

Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes*
Karel Cruz*

Pas de trois
Carrie Imler*
Batkhurel Bold*
Seth Orza*



Saturday 19 March 2:00pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes
Olivier Wevers

Trio
Jerome Tisserand*
Karel Cruz*
Jeffrey Stanton

Quartet
Sarah Ricard Orza*
Chalnessa Eames*
Carrie Imler*
Brittany Reid*


Place a Chill

Margaret Mullin
Chelsea Adomaitis
Leah O'Connor

Jonathan Porretta
James Moore
Andrew Bartee
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Sean Rollofson
Ryan Cardea


The Piano Dance

Laura Gilbreath*
Karel Cruz*
Sarah Ricard Orza*
James Moore*
Chelsea Adomaitis*
Barry Kerollis*
Kylee Kitchens*
Andrew Bartee*

Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Maria Chapman*
Olivier Wevers*

Pas de trois
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths
Jonathan Porretta



Saturday 19 March 7:30pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Rachel Foster*
James Moore*

Trio
Benjamin Griffiths
Lucien Postlewaite
Josh Spell

Quartet
Laura Gilbreath
Kylee Kitchens
Ariana Lallone
Lesley Rausch


Place a Chill

Margaret Mullin
Chelsea Adomaitis
Leah O'Connor

Jonathan Porretta
James Moore
Andrew Bartee
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Sean Rollofson
Ryan Cardea


The Piano Dance

Lesley Rausch
Jeffrey Stanton
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths
Margaret Mullin
Jerome Tisserand
Chalnessa Eames
Josh Spell


Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes
Karel Cruz

Pas de trois
Carrie Imler
Batkhurel Bold
Seth Orza


*first time in role

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Posted 09 March 2011 - 04:27 PM

The trailer for "Pacific" is now up:



In the foreground,

Men's Trio: Josh Spell, light blue SAB short with "flexible" on the back, darker blue velour shorts
Lucien Postlewaite, gray shirt, dark pants
Benjamin Griffiths, light shirt, blue knee-length tights

William Lin-Yee joins in later clips in all black.

Women's Quartet: Leslie Rausch, red leotard, gray pants
Laura Gilbreath, yellow leotard with floral pattern on the back, black tights
Ariana Lallone, short black top over yellow leotard, black tights
Chalnessa Eames, black shirt with dancers tableau over fuschia leotard, black tights

In the still frame above, left to right: Lallone, Eames, Gilbreath, Rausch

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Posted 16 March 2011 - 02:29 PM

Casting for Week 2 is up on the PNB site:

Thursday 24 March 7:30pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Maria Chapman
Seth Orza

Trio
Karel Cruz
Jerome Tisserand
Jeffrey Stanton

Quartet
Carrie Imler
Chalnessa Eames
Sarah Ricard Orza
Brittany Reid


Place a Chill


Margaret Mullin
Chelsea Adomaitis
Jessika Anspach*

Jonathan Porretta
Benjamin Griffiths*
Eric Hipolito Jr.*
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Kyle Davis*
Ryan Cardea

The Piano Dance


Lesley Rausch
Jeffrey Stanton
Sarah Ricard Orza
James Moore
Chelsea Adomaitis
Barry Kerollis
Kylee Kitchens
Andrew Bartee

Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Maria Chapman
Olivier Wevers

Pas de trois
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths
Jonathan Porretta



Friday 25 March 7:30pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Rachel Foster
James Moore

Trio
Karel Cruz
Jerome Tisserand
Jeffrey Stanton

Quartet
Carrie Imler
Chalnessa Eames
Sarah Ricard Orza
Brittany Reid


Place a Chill


Margaret Mullin
Chelsea Adomaitis
Jessika Anspach

Jonathan Porretta
Benjamin Griffiths
Eric Hipolito Jr.
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Kyle Davis
Ryan Cardea

The Piano Dance


Maria Chapman
Seth Orza
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths
Margaret Mullin
Jerome Tisserand
Chalnessa Eames
Josh Spell

Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Lesley Rausch*
Batkhurel Bold*

Pas de trois
Chalnessa Eames*
Lucien Postlewaite*
Jerome Tisserand*



Saturday 26 March 7:30pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes
Olivier Wevers

Trio
Lucien Postlewaite
Benjamin Griffiths
Josh Spell

Quartet
Ariana Lallone
Kylee Kitchens
Laura Gilbreath
Lesley Rausch


Place a Chill


Margaret Mullin
Chelsea Adomaitis
Leah O'Connor

Jonathan Porretta
James Moore
Andrew Bartee
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Sean Rollofson
Ryan Cardea


The Piano Dance


Laura Gilbreath
Karel Cruz
Rachel Foster
Benjamin Griffiths
Margaret Mullin
Jerome Tisserand
Chalnessa Eames
Josh Spell

Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes
Karel Cruz

Pas de trois
Carrie Imler
Benjamin Griffiths
Jonathan Porretta



Sunday 27 March 1:00pm

Pacific

Pas de deux
Maria Chapman
Seth Orza

Trio
Lucien Postlewaite
Benjamin Griffiths
Josh Spell

Quartet
Ariana Lallone
Kylee Kitchens
Laura Gilbreath
Lesley Rausch


Place a Chill


Margaret Mullin
Chelsea Adomaitis
Leah O'Connor

Jonathan Porretta
James Moore
Andrew Bartee
Price Suddarth
Ezra Thomson
Sean Rollofson
Ryan Cardea


The Piano Dance


Maria Chapman
Seth Orza
Sarah Ricard Orza
James Moore
Chelsea Adomaitis
Barry Kerollis
Kylee Kitchens
Andrew Bartee


Concerto DSCH

Pas de deux
Lesley Rausch
Batkhurel Bold

Pas de trois
Chalnessa Eames
Lucien Postlewaite
Jerome Tisserand


*first time in role

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Posted 17 March 2011 - 10:52 PM

I can't tell who Kiyon Gaines' partner is, because we don't see her face.


I'm fairly certain that's Chelsea Adomaitis—she appears to be wearing the same clothing in the video still.

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Posted 18 March 2011 - 10:32 AM

I saw the dress rehearsal last night. Just wait until you see the following in Concerto DSCH...................WOW!!!!!!!!!

Pas de deux
Carla Körbes*
Karel Cruz*

Pas de trois
Carrie Imler*
Batkhurel Bold*
Seth Orza*
Imler and Orza were virtuoso power houses in the extroverted sections 1 and 3, and Korbes and Cruz were heart wrenching creators of art in the introspective section 2. What an incredible ballet.....my first exposure to the hugely talented (IMO) Ratmansky.

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Posted 21 March 2011 - 10:32 PM

Hello balletomanes, I am finally *back* in the Pacific Northwest, after 7 months in South America, and a month in Hellay. On Saturday 19 March, I saw the 2pm matinee of this production. Unfortunately for me, i was stuck in traffic (they closed a highway for earthquake related maintenance). So here are my impressions:

Pacific: Did not get to see it (kicking myself in my high heels, ouch), a pox upon you, Seattle Traffic! I might need to return next weekend for a cheap seat, just to see Pacific, as the youtube previews looked like fun.

Place a Chill: Arrived at McCaw Hall just as this one started...Cast list is already on this thread, so I won't reiterate. The falling chairs were cool, but I would send the rest of this hot mess back to the kitchen. I didn't sense any musical connection with the choreography, which if I am being kind, reminds me of Wayne McGregor, and if I am being honest, reminds me of a Gollum Appreciation Club writhing around. I read the program notes at intermission, trying to get a better idea of the music and meaning. Written by the choreographer's dramaturg, the notes remind me of the online parody of Werner Herzog interpreting Curious George.

...Place a Chill does not argue for a sharp dualism between the two worlds. The threatening destructiveness of earthly life and the angelic sphere are not independent from each other; they interact and are inseparably connected. It is the communication between the two spheres that produces the tension that moves the choreography.

Um, ok.
I tried to like it, really, I did. But I didn't like Mopey either. Apparently to be new and fresh, it must not utilize ballet steps. The audience gave it a tepid response.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T8y5EPv6Y8

Moving on:
The Piano Dance: A tall cool glass of water was the best description of Paul Gibson's work, which the audience ate up, and made me long to see more of his work (hint to Doug for the 2013 season, should he read this amateur review). Loved the costumes and the dancers looked comfortable and very sharp. It looks like fun to dance. A pox upon the house of the audience member who's cell phone went off in the middle of the adagio. Fie!

Concerto DSCH: Olivier Wevers and Maria Chapman were secure in the pas de deux, she looked so tiny next to the towering Mr. Wevers, who clearly relished the piece. Slightly ragged in parts, but overall, a splendid debut in Seattle for Ratmansky's works. I enjoyed watching the patterns take shape on stage, the little charming details really make the difference. May all the executives who leave the Bolshoi produce such fine work! I can see from this production why the reviews for ABT's Nutcracker were also so strong. Many of the lifts remind me of ice dancing, which is rather funny, because their choreographers always say that they borrow moves from ballet and modern dance! Really looking forward to Don Quixote in 2012.

Finally, because we were stuck in traffic for so long, we didn't get to have lunch before the show, and I would like to say a kind word for the on site catering and snacks at McCaw Hall, especially their hot, salted almonds, which were worth every penny, and kept my hungry stomach from making angry noises and disrupting the dancers. :)

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 10:23 AM

A pox upon the house of the audience member who's cell phone went off in the middle of the adagio. Fie

I was there Saturday afternoon too, and of course I felt the same way when that cell phone did its thing. I guess out of 1000 people there is always going to be someone who forgets. Often there is an announcement which reminds folks, but this is not universally done....and in fact, I don't remember such an announcement that afternoon.

Concerto DSCH:......Slightly ragged in parts

FWIW, the performance of Concerto at the Saturday matinee did seem somewhat rougher to me than it did on opening night the evening before.

P.S. Welcome back to Seattle Jayne. I see you timed it just as our La Nina inspired, never ending, cold, wet winter ended this week!

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Posted 22 March 2011 - 09:25 PM

A new video of Alexei Ratmansky rehearsing "Concerto DSCH", primarily with Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz, but later you can see Maria Chapman and Olivier Wevers in the mirror and background later in the video.



For some reason it's set to Mendelssohn.

Alan Dameron is the pianist playing the actual music.


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