NYCB Spring Season 2011
Posted 15 June 2011 - 03:23 PM
Posted 15 June 2011 - 11:56 PM
ah, a reviewer after my own heart! I adore Rubies and Emeralds, but Emeralds has always left me flat, even with the best of the best performing.
Unlike the earlier poster, Rubies is my favorite act of Jewels...Emeralds has always been my least favorite act and so too on Saturday. I know people say you have to appreciate the perfume of the first act but I've never gotten it
IMHO, this is *not* a ballet to sit close to the stage. You miss so much of the patterns made by the corps and the shapes on stage. There are other ballets where I do enjoy sitting very close, but Jewels - or any part of it in a mixed program - is best viewed from a distance of at least 20 rows back, or preferably from the balcony (or in the back of a steeply sloping orchestra section).
For me, Rubies and Diamonds get better and better every time I see them performed. Just my two cents.
Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:10 PM
But "Rubies" is a red box of a ballet – like the room in "Petrouska" – while "Emeralds" is so big and Shakespearean and about so many things – the porousity of love and coupledom, solitariness, the quiet play of pan and nymphs in a field, and some sort of troublesome reconciliation with the major gods ...
Posted 17 June 2011 - 04:25 AM
However, the next night I saw Bouder/Garcia/Reichlen in Rubies and I was blown away. Bouder dances with such precision and attack-- the music could be playing in fast forward and she would still keep up. And Reichlen has such a solid technique that she was free to play with the steps and really push her boundaries. And the many extensions in the Tall Girl role of Rubies seems tailor made to show of Reichlen's assets.
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