Don QuixoteNews, Casting, Videos, Reviews
Posted 20 January 2012 - 09:35 AM
Kaori Nakamura/Lucien Postlewaite
Carrie Imler/Batkhurel Bold
Rachel Foster/Seth Orza
Carla Korbes/Karel Cruz
Lesley Rausch/Jerome Tisserand
There's also footage of Bold as Espada and Maria Chapman as Mercedes (also in the TV promo spot).
Posted 20 January 2012 - 10:34 AM
I was glad to see Ezra Thomson and Jessika Anspach partnered up in the corps.......these 2 always command my attention.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:03 PM
I wonder who the "stager-like" person, dressed in black, at the very beginning of the clip, is? Spanish dancing coach, perhaps?
That is Sara de Luis, who came to Seattle with First Chamber Dance in the 1970s and has been a fabulous member of the community ever since. She produced a wonderful series of Spanish dance shows in the 90s, and has taught and coached all over the place. She's on the PNB school faculty, and I'm thrilled to see her involved in this production.
Posted 20 January 2012 - 04:03 PM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 05:48 PM
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I have two disappointments: there were five casts featured in the video, but Lesley Rausch and Jerome Tisserand haven't been cast as Kitri/Basilio. (They will dance Mercedes/Espada.) The other is that not all four casts will perform first weekend, and I'll miss the Foster/Orza, a wonderful partnership in "Giselle".
Tom Skerritt and Allen Galli team as Don Quixote and Sancho Panza for all but the two Saturday matinees, when Otto Neubert's Don Quixote is paired with Jonathan Porretta's* Sancho Panza. My favorite performer, Karel De Rooij, in the Dutch National Ballet DVD was Sancho Panza, and I'm looing forward to seeing both interpretations.
Edited by Helene, 24 January 2012 - 11:10 PM.
*Thanks to sandik for the correction
Posted 24 January 2012 - 08:16 PM
Posted 24 January 2012 - 11:03 PM
Gosh they're cute!
Here is a video from a photo shoot with Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz; Angela Sterling is the photographer:
Posted 25 January 2012 - 02:26 AM
agreed! Oddly the one that they seem to have chosen as the "poster image" (that is, the one with the text up next to it) strikes me as the least flattering image of him. He has much less chin than he appears to have in the video and in the other still photographs.
She's gorgeous, and he's matinee-idol material.
Posted 25 January 2012 - 09:19 AM
Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:19 AM
In 1977, Skerritt was offered a role in the ballet drama "The Turning Point," playing a former dancer who now teaches. He knew nothing of that world — "I grew up on the streets of Detroit; there's not a whole lot of ballet or exposure to the arts there" — but agreed to take some ballet classes to prepare for the role. It was, he said, a revelation. "It's exhilarating!" he said. "I had no idea. It was so exciting to discover that. You're fatigued, but that exhilaration lifts you up to a whole other level."
Earlier in the article, he says he told Peter Boal, "I don't dance. I'm just a clumsy ox,' but I don't remember him looking out of place in "The Turning Point": not every retired dancer keeps up a pronounced walk and posture, and I though he moved gracefully.
He was also interviewed on a local radio show -- there was a lead-in about his part in the ballet, but the two co-hosts didn't speak of it -- and he said he was 78. (They kept telling him how wonderful he looked.) I think it's pretty inspiring that a 78-year-old taking ballet class finds it exhiliarating. From the context of his comment, I guess he didn't take class to prepare for "The Turning Point."
Also, speaking about why he chose Skerritt, "Boal, asked about the casting, said that he'd thought of Skerritt some time ago. He knew that Ratmansky preferred to have actors, rather than dancers, play the roles of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza." On the Dutch National Ballet video, this is clear: the Don Quixote mouths lines or directions throughout. It looks like he took a text-based approach, while for Skerritt: "Working without dialogue, however, has been 'kind of freeing,' Skerritt said, noting that it suits the physicality of the character. 'It's like a silent movie — a wonderful challenge.'"
Posted 29 January 2012 - 11:25 AM
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