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#31 SandyMcKean

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 01:37 PM

I note a couple of things in this new video. First (and I'm encouraged), I see Jerome Tisserand marking Basilio's part in the background. I presume this means that he and Leslie Rausch might still be seen in this ballet. Since they are not announced as cast members for these roles, I presume they are a backup couple in case someone gets injured I certainly don't want that to happen, but somehow, someway maybe we will get to see this couple -- a pairing I just loved when they did Robbin's "Afternoon of a Faun" in the last rep.

Next, I see a couple of big (as in big) guys in the corp (green and yellow shirts). I don't recognize them, so I presume they are professional division students. What's interesting is that one of them (green shirt) is not using the guitar as a prop, but seems to be actually playing it.

#32 Helene

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 02:03 PM

I think the tall guy in the green shirt with the guitar is Charles McCall, who was a PD student and is now an apprentice. The tall guy in the yellow shirt may be Joshua Grant, who returned to PNB this year.

In the couples video, Rausch and Tisserand were listed as the last of the Kitri/Basilio pairs, so, yes, they would be next in line.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 04:20 PM

Bingo, you got it. Thanks for figuring out the names. I'll be looking for McCall and Grant when I see this rep next week.

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Posted 29 January 2012 - 10:12 PM

It's very normal for additional casts to learn a new work even if they're not scheduled to be dancing it this time around -- it's more along the lines of preparation for the next time the work is performed.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 12:36 AM

I'm just surprised they were listed in the "couples" video if they were "covering" this time around.

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 08:31 AM

I'm just surprised they were listed in the "couples" video if they were "covering" this time around.


This is just speculation (enhanced after reading Steven Manes' discussion of the R&J where Noelani Pantastico had to perform all 9 shows) but I have a feeling that Boal would be very willing to have several alternates available for a work like this...

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Posted 30 January 2012 - 10:29 AM

Absolutely. I'm surprised they were revealed in the statistics video under "5 Couples." (We often can see them shadowing in the back of rehearsal videos.) Particularly since the short clip of Rausch was so enticing.

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 04:20 PM

Marcie Sillman interviewed Alexei Ratmansky and spoke to Peter Boal for this segment on KUOW:
http://kuow.org/program.php?id=25863

For those of us who've been wondering how the cast of thousands in Alexei Ratmansky's version for Dutch National Ballet, suggested to Boal by Mikhail Baryshnikov after Bartyshnikov turned down Boal's request to stage it, would translate to PNB's 46 dancers:


Boal: "I thought, we're sunk! But he said, 'No, wait. We had a lot of extra dancers onstage, we might be able to pare it down.' So, he was willing to make it work. And it's a stretch for us, but it will work."

Peter Boal enlisted some of his top–level dance students to fill in the gaps. And Ratmansky set out to redesign some of the Seattle crowd scenes to make them feel as big as those he made for the larger Dutch cast.



One more night!

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Posted 02 February 2012 - 09:05 PM

Stage rehearsal: just under a minute of Leta Biasucci in the Cupid's variation:



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Posted 02 February 2012 - 10:32 PM

Critic Alice Kaderlan was interviewed by KUOW's Dave Beck for the show KUOW presents:
http://kuow.org/program.php?id=25854

(Select "RealAudio", High or Low settings for MP3, or "Download" to listen.)

She discusses having seen her first Ratmansky story ballet in St. Petersburg in 2008, her observations about Ratmansky during a corps rehearsal and his instructions for characterization, and what she's looking for in this production.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:50 AM

And Marcie Sillman's interview with Ratmansky on KUOW ran this morning (Friday) during their NPR/Morning Edition time -- they often re-run material like this, so keep ears open.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 09:54 AM

Biasucci as Cupid -- this looks just like a fairy variation from Sleeping Beauty -- I think she'd make a great Canary.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 10:16 AM

When I saw the DNB video of "Don Q", Biasucci immediately leapt to mind as Cupid.

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:22 PM

How is Karel Cruz going to fit in the basket in Act II?

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Posted 03 February 2012 - 01:24 PM

How is Karel Cruz going to fit in the basket in Act II?


Perhaps it operates as Hermione Granger's handbag does in the last of the Harry Potter books -- infinitely expandable.


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