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#1 Helene

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 04:56 PM

Casting for Week 1 is up now:
http://www.pnb.org/S...Details-Casting

I'll post the grid, but the big news is that Kaori Nakamura will be back in the Saturday night performance in the Act II Divertissement Pas de Deux with Olivier Wevers!

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Posted 30 March 2011 - 05:17 PM

Friday, 8 April 7:30pm

Oberon:Jonathan Porretta
Titania: Carrie Imler
Puck: Josh Spell
Hermia: Chalnessa Eames*
Lysander: Olivier Wevers
Helena: Maria Chapman
Demetrius: Lucien Postlewaite*
Hippolyta: Ariana Lallone
Theseus: Karel Cruz
Cavalier: Batkhurel Bold
Bottom: Ezra Thomson*
Butterfly: Rachel Foster
Divertissement pas de deux : Carla Körbes*, Jeffrey Stanton


Saturday, 9 April 2:00pm

Oberon:Benjamin Griffiths
Titania: Lesley Rausch
Puck: Eric Hipolito Jr.*
Hermia: Rachel Foster*
Lysander: Josh Spell
Helena: Stacy Lowenberg
Demetrius: Seth Orza
Hippolyta: Carrie Imler
Theseus: William Lin-Yee*
Cavalier: Jerome Tisserand*
Bottom: Barry Kerollis
Butterfly: Margaret Mullin*
Divertissement pas de deux : Laura Gilbreath*, Karel Cruz*


Saturday, 9 April 7:30pm

Oberon:Lucien Postlewaite
Titania: Carla Körbes
Puck: Jonathan Porretta
Hermia: Lesley Rausch *
Lysander: Jerome Tisserand*
Helena: Kylee Kitchens
Demetrius: Jeffrey Stanton
Hippolyta: Ariana Lallone
Theseus: Karel Cruz
Cavalier: Seth Orza
Bottom: Ezra Thomson
Butterfly: Chalnessa Eames
Divertissement pas de deux : Kaori Nakamura, Olivier Wevers


*First time in role

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Posted 02 April 2011 - 12:59 PM

PNB just published a video of Ariana Lallone, Carrie Imler, and Stacy Lowenberg rehearsing the role of Hippolyta in the main studio at the Phelps Center. Jerome Tisserand is Lowenberg's partner (Theseus) in the short clip from Act II.



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Posted 05 April 2011 - 06:00 PM

Here's the casting for Week 2:

Thursday, 14 Apr 7:30pm

Oberon: Jonathan Porretta
Titania: Carrie Imler
Puck: Eric Hipolito Jr.
Hermia: Sarah Ricard Orza*
Lysander: Josh Spell
Helena: Brittany Reid*
Demetrius: Jeffrey Stanton
Hippolyta: Stacy Lowenberg
Theseus: Karel Cruz
Cavalier: Batkhurel Bold
Bottom: Ezra Thomson
Butterfly: Liora Reshef*
Divertissement pas de deux: Maria Chapman, Seth Orza

Friday, 16 Apr 7:30pm

Oberon: Lucien Postlewaite
Titania: Laura Gilbreath
Puck: Barry Kerollis*
Hermia: Sarah Ricard Orza
Lysander: Josh Spell
Helena: Brittany Reid
Demetrius: Jeffrey Stanton
Hippolyta: Carrie Imler
Theseus: William Lin-Yee
Cavalier: Karel Cruz
Bottom: Sean Rollofson*
Butterfly: Chalnessa Eames
Divertissement pas de deux: Maria Chapman, Seth Orza

Saturday, 16 Apr 2:00pm --non-subscription performance and Kids' Dress-Up Matinee (crafts in lobby 1hr before)

Oberon: Jonathan Porretta
Titania: Kylee Kitchens
Puck: Barry Kerollis
Hermia: Rachel Foster
Lysander: Josh Spell
Helena: Stacy Lowenberg
Demetrius: Seth Orza
Hippolyta: Brittany Reid
Theseus: William Lin-Yee
Cavalier: Karel Cruz
Bottom: Sean Rollofson
Butterfly: Liora Reshef
Divertissement pas de deux: Sarah Ricard Orza, Batkhurel Bold

Saturday, 16 Apr 7:30pm

Oberon: Benjamin Griffiths
Titania: Lesley Rausch
Puck: Josh Spell
Hermia: Chalnessa Eames
Lysander: Olivier Wevers
Helena: Maria Chapman
Demetrius: Lucien Postlewaite
Hippolyta: Brittany Reid
Theseus: Seth Orza
Cavalier: Jerome Tisserand
Bottom: Barry Kerollis
Butterfly: Rachel Foster
Divertissement pas de deux: Carla Körbes, Jeffrey Stanton


Sunday, 17 Apr 1:00pm--Kids' Dress-Up Matinee (crafts in lobby 1hr before)

Oberon: Lucien Postlewaite
Titania: Carla Körbes
Puck: Jonathan Porretta
Hermia: Lesley Rausch
Lysander: Jerome Tisserand
Helena: Kylee Kitchens
Demetrius: Jeffrey Stanton
Hippolyta: Stacy Lowenberg
Theseus: William Lin-Yee
Cavalier: Seth Orza
Bottom: Ezra Thomson
Butterfly: Margaret Mullin
Divertissement pas de deux: Kaori Nakamura, Olivier Wevers

*First time in role

Last chances to see Olivier Wevers dance with PNB:
Saturday, 16 Apr 7:30pm as Lysander
Sunday, 17 Apr 1:00pm in Divertissement pas de deux (with Kaori Nakamura)

Last chances to see dancers leaving at the end of the season in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" with PNB:
Ariana Lallone:
Week 1, as Hippolyta, 8-9 April 7:30pm

Jeffrey Stanton:
Thursday-Friday, 14-15 Apr 7:30pm as Demitrius
Saturday, 16 Apr 7:30pm in Divertissement pas de deux (with Carla Korbes)

Stacy Lowenberg:
Thursday, 14 Apr 7:30pm and Sunday, 17 Apr 1:00pm as Hippolyta
Saturday, 16 Apr 2:00pm as Helena

Chalnessa Eames
Friday 15 Apr 7:30pm as Butterfly
Saturday, 16 Apr 7:30pm as Hermia

Barry Kerollis:
Friday, 15 Apr 7:30pm and Saturday, 16 Apr 2:00pm as Puck (a role debut)
Saturday, 16 Apr 7:30pm as Bottom

Josh Spell:
Thursday-Friday, 14-15 Apr 7:30pm and Saturday, 16 Apr 2:00pm as Lysander
Saturday, 16 Apr 7:30pm as Puck


I'm glad to see Kylee Kitchens cast as Titania (Saturday matinee). She made her debut in the role in 2004, and it was a lovely performance. Seven years later, she'll be amazing.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 10:27 AM

It's going to be a very emotional set of performances.

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Posted 07 April 2011 - 03:38 PM

Here is a 7-minute intro to "A Midsummer Night's Dream", a mini-version of the 30-minute pre-performance lectures he gives starting an hour before performances for performance ticketholders. This is a great intro to the ballet and to the PNB production:



In rehearsal are:

Chalnessa Eames (purple, long-sleeved shirt) as Hermia, with Olivier Wevers as Lysander
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Carla Korbes (blue leotard) as Titania with Ezra Thomson as Bottom
Jonathan Porretta as Oberon with Carrie Imler (pink t-shirt)
Josh Spell as Puck (Barry Kerollis is to the right)
Ezra Thomson as Bottom ?
Jonathan Porretta as Oberon
Carrie Imler (magenta trim on black leotard) as Titania, with Batkhurel Bold as Cavalier (back center)
Lucien Postlewaite (full costume) as Oberon
Jodie Thomas (now Royal Danish Ballet) as Butterfly

In the screen of stills listing major parts:
Jonathan Porretta as Oberon
Batkhurel Bold as Cavalier, but I don't recognize his Titania from the photo
Josh Spell (I think) as Puck
Jeffrey Stanton as Demetrius, but I don't recognize his Helena
Carrie Imler as Hippolyta
Julie Tobiasson as Hermia and Olivier Wevers as Lysander
Jodie Thomas as Butterfly
Maria Chapman and Seth Orza in Divertissement pas de deux

There are a bunch of shots that flash by: I caught Rachel Foster in all black as Butterfly and Imler, Spell as Puck, and Bold as Titania and Cavalier.

ID corrections very much appreciated!

#7 Helene

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Posted 08 April 2011 - 04:45 PM

A new video of Carla Korbes' and Ezra Thomson's first studio rehearsal of the Titania-Bottom pas de deux:



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Posted 09 April 2011 - 09:58 PM

In the still shots

Jeffrey Stanton as Demetrius, but I don't recognize his Helena

Miranda Weese?

Julie Tobiasson as Hermia and Olivier Wevers as Lysander

Hermia looks like Kaori Nakamura

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Posted 09 April 2011 - 11:10 PM

In the still shots


Jeffrey Stanton as Demetrius, but I don't recognize his Helena

Miranda Weese?

I only saw one performance of the ballet in 2008, the only season in which Weese was in the company when the complete ballet was given, and Weese danced Hermia, but she could have been cast as Helena in other performances.


Julie Tobiasson as Hermia and Olivier Wevers as Lysander

Hermia looks like Kaori Nakamura

I have to stop watching on small screens: I was sure the dancer in the photo was blond, which is so wrong. It does look like Nakamura, and I saw her dance Hermia in 1999 and 2004.

Thank you for the ID!

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 04:42 PM

A bit late posting this review, but I've suffered from allergies all week, as spring blooms and winds shifted the pollen around. I saw the Saturday 09 April 2pm show, with Ben Griffiths and Lesley Rausch as Oberon & Titania, Eric Hipolito as Puck and Laura Gilbreath and Karel Cruz debuting in the divertissement. Carrie Imler was Hippolyta.

All around, I really enjoyed myself, it didn't feel like a usual 2pm "silver" cast, it felt like we were getting a great PNB show. The corps was well researsed, and as I was in the 3rd row front of the orchestra, I could see all expressions. A few corps members need to work on their expressions, but this was my only complaint.

Lesley Rausch was regal as Titania (she really resembles Patricia Barker more and more, although it might just be the honey blonde hair) and Ben Griffiths hit all his beats beautifully. Eric Hipolito was a little timid in the first 10 minutes, but then seemed to hit his form. Plenty of small kids in the audience, many dressed in frills, glitter, and even a few bug costumes. It was a lot of fun.

In the second act Laura Gilbreath and Karel Cruz danced a technically well executed pas, but Laura seemed a bit tentative. At one point 2/3 through, she began to smile a bit more and relax. I had forgotten what a minefield this pas de deux is for the dancers, and watching it from such a close perch (usually I am in the balcony) was a different perspective. The remaining dances are something of a blur, but my strongest impression leaving the theater was that my spirits were lifted and that I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Perhaps that is enough.

The sets are to die for, as always. Wish I could remember more, but it has been 5 days and my memories are not so fresh.

I wish for all of you other posters that PNB could tour more, or find an economical way to go about it, because the company really does shine in the Balanchine - though they rarely perform it when visiting NYC or DC.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 05:08 PM

Lesley Rausch was regal as Titania (she really resembles Patricia Barker more and more.....

I've often had that same thought (altho based almost entirely on her dance style).

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 09:28 AM

A Birmingham Royal Ballet press release, as quoted on Ballet News, states, regarding an upcoming performance of "The Dream" to benefit Japan: "The course of true love never did run smooth… certainly not in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream where a group of mischievous fairies are involved! Having argued with beautiful Titania, Oberon, king of the fairies, seeks a suitable revenge. He orders Puck to transform a dopey local peasant into a donkey and cause Titania to fall in love with it. This he does, but things soon get out of hand – the over-use of a love potion hilariously embroils four poor mortals in the fairies’ games. Mendelssohn’s tuneful and instantly recognisable music becomes the basis for Ashton’s elfin comedy, as he shows his mastery of dance, theatre and humour." I have seen the Balanchine full version, which does not involve revenge, but rather manipulation and mishap. Is the Ashton piece different in theme?

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Posted 14 April 2011 - 11:15 AM

puppytreats,

This is not a direct answer to your question, but I do have a response regarding your premise. Having just seen Balanchine's version last week, I do think revenge is present in Balanchine's "Midsummer's Night Dream". In the version PNB does, there is a very definite clash early in Act I (the ballet is in 2 very dissimilar acts) btwn Oberon and Titania over a very young page boy. Oberon wants Titania to "give" him the page so that the page can help to hold out Oberon's cape to Oberon's advantage (in how our Oberons do this, it is made quite clear that Oberon is being very egotistical about his image and prestige). Titania strongly refuses, and again it is made quite clear that Oberon is miffed at this and he is clearly not used to being denied.

Oberon later comes across Titania sleeping. He does some mime that makes it clear he gets an idea to use the flower with its love potion to "get even" with Titania. As part of this scheme Oberon has Puck create the donkey out of Bottom, and to place Bottom near Titania so that it will be the donkey-Bottom that she sees when she awakens. At the end of Act I, it is also made clear that Oberon and Titania make up when Titania graciously "gives" the page to Oberon which pleases Oberon very much.

I have not seen the Ashton version so perhaps Ashton emphasizes this revenge aspect much more, but in the Balachine version, I'd say Oberon's revenge is definitely there as a response to Titania's denying him the page. This aspect of the plot is rather prominently displayed.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:14 AM

Sandy,

I do not think a response to a "clash" equates with revenge. Is manipulation the same as revenge? I think Oberon was angry that he did not obtain what he wanted by direct request, so he sought another means by which to obtain the object of his desire. I also thought that Puck's actions were infuriating to Oberon because they were incompetent or erroneous. Part of the humor, I thought, was based on the unintended consequences and mistakes. Giving the potion to the wrong members of two dancing couples was not calculated or the intended result of vengeance, but rather, carelessness, blindness, and error. Likewise, I did not think making T love Bottom was a result of revenge. I thought it was a mistake. The potion was to make T love O and therefore give the boy to him, which she ultimately did, I thought, out of her love and maybe even obedience, not out of being chastened or forcibly coerced or regret after realizing she had been a victim of revenge.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:59 AM

Oberon humiliates Titania by having Puck "apply" the magic flower to her, turning Bottom into a donkey after she refuses to give him the page, and then sets up Bottom to be the first thing Titania sees upon wakening. That sounds like payback to me.


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