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NYCB Swan Lake (Winter Season)(Was "sterling hyltin in Swan Lake")


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#1 macnellie

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 12:22 PM

Did anyone see her swan lake? would love a report

#2 vipa

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 06:22 PM

Or for that matter did anyone see Ashley Bouder? I couldn't get tickets - good for NYCB for selling out - bad for us guys who wait!

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Posted 23 February 2011 - 08:13 PM

Or for that matter did anyone see Ashley Bouder? I couldn't get tickets - good for NYCB for selling out - bad for us guys who wait!


Ashley was excellent in white, though in my opinion she lacked vulnerability. In black she lacked arrogance, viperishness. She is a swan in the making. I look forward to seeing Sterling Hylton on Saturday and will deliver my report.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 08:16 AM

I had the good fortune of seeing all of the casts at NYCB. I saw the Mearns/Angle cast all three times - twice in the fourth ring and once, thanks to my husband's splurge and effort in securing tickets, from the first row center of the first ring. (I saw former general manager of the Met Opera, Joe Volpe, that night. Marcelo Gomes was also in the first ring.) I'll join the chorus of all those who praised Mearns' performances as remarkable and exquisite. Her performance in this ballet should be on DVD. Jared Angle doesn't really do a thing for me in this ballet.

I saw Bouder/Veyette once. Unfortunately, while I think Bouder is a great dancer in certain roles, I did not think she was a particularly memorable Swan Queen. Apart from the issue of a lack of vulnerability mentioned above, I felt like she rarely stretched her positions to create beautiful lines. Also, I felt there was way too much arm flapping. This was a pitfall that Sara Mearns wisely avoided. Normally, I would have expected Bouder to at least knock the Black Swan section out of the park. She was having a bit of an off night when I saw it (last Wednesday) and nearly lost her balance after coming out of some spins. Veyette's dancing tends to look very effortful. He has learned to achieve height in his jumps, but this seems to come at the expense of his line.


I saw Reichlin/T. Angle last Thursday. Reichlin had some excellent, beautiful moments. Her elongated limbs suit this role perfectly. However, there were many moments where the performance looked like a work in progress. It didn't help that the tempo was so fast at times that she could barely perform all the steps and still keep up with the music. Tyler Angle was excellent. He was a romantic partner and handled his solos very well. Tess is too tall for him, but they worked well together.


Hyltin and R. Fairchild gave a very good debut performance on Sunday afternoon. Hyltin had lovely stretched positions. She paid attention to details in the use of her arms, head and neck. She and Robby handled the technical demands of their roles very well. I would definitely be interested in seeing them again in the future when they develop more in their roles.

On to some of the minor roles. I think it was noted earlier how brilliant T. Peck. DeLuz, M. Fairchild and A. Stafford were in the p.d.q. I was disappointed by the later casts. Christian T. seemed to have difficulty w. the demands of the role. Chase Finlay has a lot going for him, but he has difficulty cleanly landing his turns in the air. He also struggled with the difficult choreography. I saw Pereirra in the second cast of the p.d.q. There is no technical challenge that is too great for her. She is marvelous. I thought Megan LeCrone was out of her technical league in the pdq. S. Lowery was miscast. Petite allegro is not her forte.


It's been a fun and exciting Winter Season. Kathryn Morgan and Adrian Daching Waring are missed. Now it's about time to get excited about our new casts for Apollo, Vienna Waltzes and other masterpieces returning in the Spring.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 12:25 PM

I had the good fortune of seeing all of the casts at NYCB. I saw the Mearns/Angle cast all three times - twice in the fourth ring and once, thanks to my husband's splurge and effort in securing tickets, from the first row center of the first ring. (I saw former general manager of the Met Opera, Joe Volpe, that night. Marcelo Gomes was also in the first ring.) I'll join the chorus of all those who praised Mearns' performances as remarkable and exquisite. Her performance in this ballet should be on DVD. Jared Angle doesn't really do a thing for me in this ballet.

I saw Bouder/Veyette once. Unfortunately, while I think Bouder is a great dancer in certain roles, I did not think she was a particularly memorable Swan Queen. Apart from the issue of a lack of vulnerability mentioned above, I felt like she rarely stretched her positions to create beautiful lines. Also, I felt there was way too much arm flapping. This was a pitfall that Sara Mearns wisely avoided. Normally, I would have expected Bouder to at least knock the Black Swan section out of the park. She was having a bit of an off night when I saw it (last Wednesday) and nearly lost her balance after coming out of some spins. Veyette's dancing tends to look very effortful. He has learned to achieve height in his jumps, but this seems to come at the expense of his line.


I saw Reichlin/T. Angle last Thursday. Reichlin had some excellent, beautiful moments. Her elongated limbs suit this role perfectly. However, there were many moments where the performance looked like a work in progress. It didn't help that the tempo was so fast at times that she could barely perform all the steps and still keep up with the music. Tyler Angle was excellent. He was a romantic partner and handled his solos very well. Tess is too tall for him, but they worked well together.


Hyltin and R. Fairchild gave a very good debut performance on Sunday afternoon. Hyltin had lovely stretched positions. She paid attention to details in the use of her arms, head and neck. She and Robby handled the technical demands of their roles very well. I would definitely be interested in seeing them again in the future when they develop more in their roles.

On to some of the minor roles. I think it was noted earlier how brilliant T. Peck. DeLuz, M. Fairchild and A. Stafford were in the p.d.q. I was disappointed by the later casts. Christian T. seemed to have difficulty w. the demands of the role. Chase Finlay has a lot going for him, but he has difficulty cleanly landing his turns in the air. He also struggled with the difficult choreography. I saw Pereirra in the second cast of the p.d.q. There is no technical challenge that is too great for her. She is marvelous. I thought Megan LeCrone was out of her technical league in the pdq. S. Lowery was miscast. Petite allegro is not her forte.


It's been a fun and exciting Winter Season. Kathryn Morgan and Adrian Daching Waring are missed. Now it's about time to get excited about our new casts for Apollo, Vienna Waltzes and other masterpieces returning in the Spring.


Here's a dark horse prediction: Chase Finley has been given many prominent roles. I suspect he's being prepared for Apollo. He'd make a perfect Apollo as his technique sharpens and he gains more performance experience.

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Posted 24 February 2011 - 12:37 PM

Finlay is certainly a future candidate for Apollo and many other major roles. He may even be learning the role as an understudy now. However, he is too young and not ready for a major role of that stature at this juncture.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 04:04 AM

An item on my ballet wish list finally came true: I got to see Ashley Bouder in Square Dance last night! It was a match made in ballet heaven: A dancer with great technique and musicality. But the added pleasure was her young partner, Taylor Stanley. Wow! He matched Ashley step-for-step but the surprise was in the great male solo. The entire variation just flowed beautifully, as it should. Terrific. I hope the two of them get to do this again before they retire.....

#8 Rock

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 05:48 AM

You may be right Abatt, but I will point out that Serge Lifar (b. 1905) was 23 when Apollo premiered.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 08:21 AM

And Balanchine, amazingly, was 24.

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 08:54 AM

Jared Angle doesn't really do a thing for me in this ballet.


But he did a thing, a lot of things, for Mearns - 75% of the success depended on him

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 04:57 PM

Kathryn Morgan and Adrian Daching Waring are missed.

Did Danchig-Waring dance at all???

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Posted 27 February 2011 - 07:33 PM

An item on my ballet wish list finally came true: I got to see Ashley Bouder in Square Dance last night! It was a match made in ballet heaven: A dancer with great technique and musicality. But the added pleasure was her young partner, Taylor Stanley. Wow! He matched Ashley step-for-step but the surprise was in the great male solo. The entire variation just flowed beautifully, as it should. Terrific. I hope the two of them get to do this again before they retire.....


I and the entire audience agreed with bobbi. Tremendous cheers for both of them, and especially for Stanley's solo. "Flow" is the exact word I used as well. His line is perfect, his footwork is light, elegant and precise, and one of the things that I think makes him stand out is his épaulement, and a very slight tilt of his head. Not like Helene Alexopoulos, but that's one of the things that made her stand out, and it works similarly for him. He was extraordinary. Great Promise. Beautiful dancer.

Here's a review by Leigh Wichtel that confirms what bobbi and I just said:

http://www.nypost.co...FWx7emTIZZOd43H

Edited by ViolinConcerto, 27 February 2011 - 08:36 PM.


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Posted 27 February 2011 - 11:43 PM

Kathryn Morgan and Adrian Daching Waring are missed.

Gentle reminder please, that reports of a dancer's condition, if s/he isn't performing, is not permitted here unless you can cite (preferably link to) a respected source. A quote from the dancer or company spokesperson, a report in a newspaper -- all are acceptable sources. Something from a fan's blog is not.

My attendance has been a little spottier than usual, but I don't believe I saw Danchig-Waring this season, and I know I didn't see Morgan.

#14 liebs

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 06:27 AM

Kathryn Morgan and Adrian Daching Waring are missed.

Gentle reminder please, that reports of a dancer's condition, if s/he isn't performing, is not permitted here unless you can cite (preferably link to) a respected source. A quote from the dancer or company spokesperson, a report in a newspaper -- all are acceptable sources. Something from a fan's blog is not.

My attendance has been a little spottier than usual, but I don't believe I saw Danchig-Waring this season, and I know I didn't see Morgan.




sorry

#15 SingerWhoMoves

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Posted 28 February 2011 - 07:43 AM

Katie Morgan has openly discussed her absence on her Twitter account.. does that count?


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