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The Bright Stream - Spring 2011


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#1 Batsuchan

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 06:51 PM

Go see this ballet!!

Seeing David Hallberg in a tutu and pointe shoes in a perfect sylph pose ALONE is worth the price of admission!

I can't remember the last time I've laughed so hard. I was crying!

EVERYONE had impeccable comic timing and looked like they were having a ball. I thought "The Bright Stream" brought out the very best of ABT--fantastic virtuoso dancing, incisive musicality, and fantastic acting down to the most minor characters. I've never seen Herrera and Murphy look so engaged! And Craig Salstein as the accordian player, and Roman Zhurbin as Gavrilych nearly stole the show.

I was only planning to see this twice, but now I think I'll try to catch as many performances as I can! What a blast!

#2 mimsyb

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 08:10 PM

Go see this ballet!!

Seeing David Hallberg in a tutu and pointe shoes in a perfect sylph pose ALONE is worth the price of admission!

I can't remember the last time I've laughed so hard. I was crying!

EVERYONE had impeccable comic timing and looked like they were having a ball. I thought "The Bright Stream" brought out the very best of ABT--fantastic virtuoso dancing, incisive musicality, and fantastic acting down to the most minor characters. I've never seen Herrera and Murphy look so engaged! And Craig Salstein as the accordian player, and Roman Zhurbin as Gavrilych nearly stole the show.

I was only planning to see this twice, but now I think I'll try to catch as many performances as I can! What a blast!


AGREED! This was the best new ballet ABT has acquired in a long while. Tears were running down my cheeks I laughed so hard. Everyone was outstanding in this first cast. (I'm happily looking forward to seeing all the other casts on future nights) Hallberg should be awarded a "Giselle" next year! His pointe work was really amazing! But his acting just blew my socks off! Who knew this most sublime of classical performers had a such a wicked sense of humor? But really, everyone was a standout. And the choreography just gleamed with style, wit and a smartness seldom seen today. Hats off to Ratmansky, but kudos to all. Especially the dog! SEE THIS BALLET!!

#3 spinning2night

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 09:53 PM

this is the one ballet that i REALLY wanted to see this year, granted there are some performances that i would love to attend, mostly for the casting/dancing by certain principals...but i would have gladly attended ANY showing of this ballet just the see the work and intricacies Ratmansky has incorporated. It's great to hear that you all have enjoyed the performances thus far and I can't wait to hear more!

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:58 AM

It was a very fun evening, and Hallberg stole the show. I completely agree that all the dancers looked like they were having a marvelous time. I must note that the balcony area looked like it was less than 50 percent sold. Not sure if this will be making a return engagement next year based on these stats.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 06:43 AM

Ok, ok, I can't resist! I vowed not to spend another dollar this season and was sad to miss this event but you've all convinced me. Hallberg in pointe shoes and more Gomes - priceless. I've booked Monday evening.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 11:52 AM

GO!! No, let me rephrase. RUN to see this ballet. It's spectacular and wonderful all around from principals to corps. I am going to rearrange my schedule to fit in more Bright Stream, if I haven't bought tickets for NYCB, the Cubans and the Danes, I'd have bought more tickets. I'd even consider flying to west coast to catch them but too bad Mariinsky will be in town. I pray ABT will bring back Bright Stream next season.

Yes, it is that good.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:10 PM

I am going to rearrange my schedule to fit in more Bright Stream, if I haven't bought tickets for NYCB, the Cubans and the Danes, I'd have bought more tickets.


So many ballets this spring in NYC, so little time.

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:39 PM

GO!! No, let me rephrase. RUN to see this ballet. It's spectacular and wonderful all around from principals to corps. I am going to rearrange my schedule to fit in more Bright Stream, if I haven't bought tickets for NYCB, the Cubans and the Danes, I'd have bought more tickets. I'd even consider flying to west coast to catch them but too bad Mariinsky will be in town. I pray ABT will bring back Bright Stream next season.

Yes, it is that good.


Forget the Cubans! Wait for the Trocks! But see "Bright Stream". I think once the word gets out on this one, the seats will fill. This is just the BEST!

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:47 PM

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 01:07 PM

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I am going to rearrange my schedule to fit in more Bright Stream, if I haven't bought tickets for NYCB, the Cubans and the Danes, I'd have bought more tickets.


So many ballets this spring in NYC, so little time.


This has been a spectacular spring so far.I'm just getting over the wonderful Giselles but I have to keep moving. If you blink, you'll miss something!

I'm going to Bright Stream tomorrow for the matinee. I'm going to try to fit in the Danes somewhere next week.

#11 Balanchinomane

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 04:45 PM

Don't miss the Cubans - it's a wonderful performance - go Saturday night
Dancer's choice is Sunday night -it will be great.
Geez - there'a 4 casts for Bright Stream -- who can you not want to see?
They'll do it next year for sure. I'm hoping he'll bring Flames of Paris next.

#12 vipa

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 05:10 PM

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This has been a spectacular spring so far.I'm just getting over the wonderful Giselles but I have to keep moving. If you blink, you'll miss something!

I'm going to Bright Stream tomorrow for the matinee. I'm going to try to fit in the Danes somewhere next week.
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Agreed. I'm so excited by all of these reports about The Bright Stream. I'm going to the matinee tomorrow and seeing the Danes on Tuesday. I saw a great Don Q and, for me, best ever Giselle. The NYCB looked amazing this season. The 4 performance that I saw showed the depth of the company. My only disappointment this season has been the rep night at ABT.

Wouldn't it be nice to have unlimited funds for ballet tickets?

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 07:26 PM

I'll be at the matinee of Bright Stream tomorrow too. I've already got tickets for the RDB next weekend. (Gotta work during the week unfortunately so I can pay for my ballet tix.) Wish I could have seen lots more of course. Mother didn't want to come (she only comes to matinees anyways) because she says she only likes "sad ballets" :speechless-smiley-003: Lucky for her there are enough of those.

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:20 PM

I saw the matinee today and had a really wonderful time.

Mostly I enjoyed the ballet itself, I love the Shostakovich score. What a delightful effervescent collection of numbers and what a sense of humor Shostakovich had! OK, it's a bit garish and over the top but I think it it matches the farcical nature of the libretto

I also loved Ratmansky's staging of the piece it was fresh, funny and quick moving. Lovely to watch and all in all a lot of fun.

ABT pulled out the heavy guns for this performance, Ivan Vasiliev made what I think was his first appearance with ABT as Pyotr and he was very showy in his several variations. Osipova danced the ballerina with her trademark virtousity. Reyes danced Zina and more than held her own, although hers is the least showy part of the leading quartet. Simkin was just wonderful in the role of the ballet dancer, he's small and slight and rather androgynous looking so in his Sylph outfit one wasn't sure just what gender he was. But he was my favorite of the leads, his comic timing was just perfect and he danced the Sylph as a virtouso, the audience gasped at one of the multiple rotation pirouettes on pointe he did. If anyone stole the show, he did.

Among the smaller roles, almost all of which were very well done, I liked Craig Salstein as the accordian player the best. Very playful and with great flair. He made the small role very showy. Susan Jones was also good as the wishing-she-were-younger-dacha-dweller. She has evidently lost about 20 lbs but I still worried for her ankles when she went flitting around the stage on pointe. She was very funny without quite going over the top. Almost all the smaller roles were well done although the ensemble was just a bit ragged in spots.

I'm really hoping ABT brings this back next year, I'd love to see the piece again with one of the other casts. The house was decent but far from sold out. I'm hoping word of mouth does the trick. I may go back Monday night but I still hope they bring it back next year.

What a wonderful spring this has been in NYC, with a seemingly endless array of ballet treats of all kinds of different varieties.

#15 canbelto

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Posted 11 June 2011 - 02:49 PM

I was also at this afternoon's performance, and it was enough to lift my mood from miserable (pre-performance) to happy (post-performance). Really wonderful ensemble piece, and Shostakovich's score is just a delight from beginning to end. This is also the perfect ballet for a smaller company like the ABT. The corps de ballet, which often looks so ragged in Swan Lake or Giselle, looked great today. The whole company seemed happy to be dancing, and it was overall just a wonderful and entertaining way to spend an afternoon.

Ratmansky's choreography is one big reason to see this ballet. It's consistently funny, charming, and keeps the audience cheering. Farmers do cartwheels, dancers ride a bicycle while posed in arabesque, a man dances in a Sylph costume (and the diminutive Danil Simkin was weirdly convincing not just as a man-in-drag on pointe, but as an actual Sylph), and the role for the Ballerina gently parodies the famously muscular Bolshoi style. In other words, it's the perfect role for Natalia Osipova, who throws herself into the role with her usual gusto. Her amazing jump never ceases to astonish, and at one point she hurled herself in the air across the stage into Vasiliev's arms (echoes of Kitri), but she also made herself fit into this ensemble ballet. Her rapport with Reyes (Zina) was unexpectedly genuine, and Osipova when dancing with Reyes toned down some of her more extreme extensions and explosive power to fit Reyes' more low-key style. Reyes in turn seemed energized by Osipova's presence and danced with more gusto and less cutesiness than I've ever seen her. Susan Jones was also very funny as the Anxious-to-be-Younger-Than-She-Is Dacha Dweller. She earned well-deserved applause for pushing herself on pointe.

The men were equally strong as the women. Ivan Vasiliev as Pyotr wowed the crowd with his barrel turns and lightning fast pirouettes and huge jumps, but he also made the character delightfully boyish and endearing. The fact that he's easy on the eyes helps. This Pyotr isn't so much an intentionally philandering husband as a misbehaving child. His pas de deux with a disguised Zina was a highlight. Danil Simkin as the Ballet Dancer in the second act has one of the funniest pieces of choreography, as he disguises himself as a Ballerina and dances a pas de deux with the Old Dacha Dweller (Clinton Luckett). Ratmansky has the Sylph parody parts of Giselle, Les Sylphides, and even Apollo (the famous "swimming" moment). Simkin danced on pointe with no notable strain, and as I mentioned earlier, his small frame and androgynous looks made him believable as a Ballerina. He even executed a nice double pirouette. Craig Salstein almost stole the show in the first act as an accordion player.

I could go on about the ballet, but the bottom line is: it's just so damned fun. So if you're in a bad mood because of a guy, work, an expired ATM card, anything, just go to Bright Stream, and your day will seem brighter.


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