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ABT in Moscow

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ABT's casting for Moscow is up at its site - http://www.abt.org/calendar.aspx

It looks like the whole company isn't going. I think the best cast for Theme is Lane/Cornejo

The new Millepied work "Troika" seems to be for 3 men and has some interesting casting.

Fancy Free & Seven Sonata have pretty much the same casting as usual.

Can't wait to hear how the Russian audiences respong.

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I hope there's a Kultura TV report(or perhaps some of our sneaky Russian friends on youtube will attend!). We too rarely see any clips of ABT's dancers. I swear the company acts as if streaming video doesn't even exist.

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We too rarely see any clips of ABT's dancers. I swear the company acts as if streaming video doesn't even exist.

You're so right!

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So happy to see Isabella Boylston dancing principal and soloist parts in Moscow. The others sharing the roles she dances and all the male partners are already principals and soloists. Isabella is the only corps member in those roles. It is time for her to be promoted to soloist!!! How much longer do we have to wait?!

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Well here is a brief clip. If you go to 1:35 you will see some of Millepied's Troika, which seems to consist the guys flinging Simkin around, and a bit of Fancy Free!

Hopefully more will come!

edit:

This one has a bit more of Fancy Free

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWzd_UYJi0Y

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Based on the brief clip, the choreography of the new Millipied work looks strikingly similar to the work he recently did for NYCB called Plainspoken.

How have the reviews been for Troika? Anyone out there who can give us a translation of some of the reviews?

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I have no idea if it is Moscow or Havana, but thank you so much for this. :flowers:

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Yes, thank you! Since the poster has posted only Russian videos, it seems safe to assume this was the Moscow performance. I probably should not be surprised by Boylston's authority and radiance, but I am. :clapping: This is not the performance of a corps dancer.

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I probably should not be surprised by Boylston's authority and radiance, but I am. :clapping: This is not the performance of a corps dancer.

No, it sure doesn't look like a corps dancer. She's really stunning in this. She was a standout for me in EDHAO when I saw ABT at NJPAC last November but she is really even more impressive here. :flowers:

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Yes, thank you! Since the poster has posted only Russian videos, it seems safe to assume this was the Moscow performance. I probably should not be surprised by Boylston's authority and radiance, but I am. :clapping: This is not the performance of a corps dancer.

Elga1525 does mentioned that this was filmed on 3-30-2011 in Moscow.It would be wonderful if the complete performance be shown. :clapping::yahoo:

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Her interpretation is much too playful---par for the course of a corps dancer but not a Ballerina. Hallberg tried valiantly to maintain his Danseur nobility but her broad smiles cast a shadow on his performance.---try viewing Farrell or Lopatkina.

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Are you sure you were watching the clip with Isabella Boylston? She is hardly dancing in a playful manner - she's far too elegant in her performance that you could call any part of it 'playful'! And what broad smiles? She wasn't smiling at all! In fact, she reminded me of Suzanne Farrell in her interpretation. You must be referring to a different videoclip!

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I rewatched the clip and saw what you might interpret as smiling. Isabella dances with a slightly open mouth, teeth closed - in fact it's a way to breathe through your teeth while exerting effort - and you may have thought she was smiling when she was just showing us her usual face. There were 2 brief incidences of a real smile. The first came just before a développé à la seconde as she was opening her arms en face; the second instance was during a supported pirouette as both she and David looked at each other, and David smiled, too.

I repeat my ongoing plea: why hasn't Kevin promoted her yet???!!! She's been dancing solo and principal parts for so long and is as good or better a technician and overall dancer than others who have, through the years. been made soloists far sooner in their trajectories.

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Hallberg's turns in the variation were so smooth, almost like slo-motion.

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Her interpretation is much too playful---par for the course of a corps dancer but not a Ballerina. Hallberg tried valiantly to maintain his Danseur nobility but her broad smiles cast a shadow on his performance.---try viewing Farrell or Lopatkina.

Boylston is a good counterfeit ballerina at this point - she's faking it but fakes it fairly convincingly: nerves evident (but few would't be); facial expressions often tense and forced ; as a whole her dancing is very cautious in this video - but cautious in order to look finished - it's evidently a trade off. She doesn't go through her back in arabesque, but finishes her poses neatly at the expense of that depth and real form in her steps; just as she doesn't go through her back deeply (but stays on balance and neat); in attitude she doesn't present a finished line in her working leg, front and back, doesn't bend it much, doesn't raise it. All of this enables her to keep in control, look composed. But far from being a corps dancer, she's yards, miles ahead of what you often see in this role at ABT, particularly Yuriko Kajiya - who often has been paired with Hallberg. However ATM you have the gold standards in your minds eye and I defer entirely to them. MP

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Oooo...too much smiley-smiley from Isabella Boylston. She must have been nervous. Sarah Lane had it right last month at the Kennedy Center -- a more queenly and dignified approach.

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Is there a video of farrell in T&V?

That's a bit of a loaded question, isn't it. As far as I know there is NO complete T&V video, at least in legal terms in general distribution. There are various fragments that are used by ballet companies in trailer videos promoting their seasons which I assume they have worked out with the Trust. And there is the section of it, pdd to the end, from the Balanchine celebration in the early 90s

http://www.amazon.com/Balanchine-Celebration-Part-One-Two/dp/B001HLI1V6/ref=sr_1_3?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1302023447&sr=1-3

But that's all that's out there, legally.

Of course there are "non-licensed" versions, maybe the most widely held is the Baryshnikov/Kirkland version from the ABT telecast from the late 70s, but it doesn't officially exist.

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"Of course there are "non-licensed" versions, maybe the most widely held is the Baryshnikov/Kirkland version from the ABT telecast from the late 70s, but it doesn't officially exist."

If it were telecast, a video made for personal use should not be wrongful. I am sure someone could lend/gift/bequeath it, as well. I think the position taken on these boards is a bit overstated. I am not an IP specialist, and I have not done the research recently, so I invite any corrections, but the scoldings I have received and seen given to others on this board, in this regard, are, with due respect, a bit misplaced.

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"Of course there are "non-licensed" versions, maybe the most widely held is the Baryshnikov/Kirkland version from the ABT telecast from the late 70s, but it doesn't officially exist."

If it were telecast, a video made for personal use should not be wrongful. I am sure someone could lend/gift/bequeath it, as well. I think the position taken on these boards is a bit overstated. I am not an IP specialist, and I have not done the research recently, so I invite any corrections, but the scoldings I have received and seen given to others on this board, in this regard, are, with due respect, a bit misplaced.

If it reappears on YouTube or an official site, you're welcome to post the link, although in general, posting a link is generally asking the Balanchine Trust to have it removed, if they haven't found it already.

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Is it just me who thinks that, in these videos, David Hallberg is the most beautiful person on stage? I realize he is beyond compare in so many ways, but shouldn't a company like ABT should be able to pair him with a female who at least equals his beauty? Hoping I don't offend anyone.

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This is a hard, hard ballet. This was a cautious, cautions performance. They both seemed scared and gamely getting the job done as far as I am concerned. Yes, the smiles were there but no freedom of movement at any moment. I thought he was playing it safely and again blandly in his performance. She is way beyond corps dancer, but not a ballerina either. She'll be promoted to soloist next go round.

I've seen this ballet many, many times over maybe 35 years. Lane/Cornejo are the best ABT team at this time.

It is a really hard ballet and it is tempting to declare anyone who gets through a star.

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