Seven dancers...one variation-(guess which one......before is taken down...)
Posted 24 June 2011 - 07:57 AM
I think all of the dancers show some kind of quality and technical achievement and it was fascinating to compare them in such a way as presented.
I am only sorry that Mr Villela is not amongst them, as he and Miss Verdy in this pas de deux was so far as i have got in my life, one of the oustanding highlights of bravura dancing in my entire period of attending ballet performances.
Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:38 PM
Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:27 PM
I so agree!
Misha always looked a little stiff in some Balanchine pieces such as Tsch pas and Theme.
Yes to Tommason and Woetzel. Martins had a magnificent technique, but his dancing wasn't dancing, IMO. It was mechanical.
Live performances my favorites were Peter Martins, Helgi Tommason & Damien Woetzel.
I wouldn't blame Igor. I think he was undermined by a sluggish tempo. Of this group, I liked him best, in spite of the music. First runner-up: Radetsky.
1) Zelensky. I have liked this dancer a lot. But here it seems to be all galumph! galumph!
Angel Corella has given some thrilling readings of this, and I'd also add Herman Cornejo as a great interpreter of this variation.
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