Thursday, December 29
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:46 PM
There are certain downsides to the intimate feel of ABT's production at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. They include those moments where you really want grandeur, on the scale of George Balanchine's famous version for New York City Ballet: the Mice vs. Nutcracker battle, for example, seems scaled down too far, and the growing Christmas tree, awe-inspiring in the Balanchine version, is decidedly underwhelming here.
On the other hand, the children are given more of a chance to act, and the smaller stage brings their facial expressions closer to the kids in the audience. On Wednesday evening, Mikaela Kelly as Clara, Theodore Elliman as the Nutcracker Boy and Kai Monroe as Fritz were all fun to watch — as was the adorable Justin Souriau-Levine as the Little Mouse (you only saw his unmasked face at the curtain call, but boy, that smile lit up the house.)
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:48 PM
We also bid a fond farewell to Boston Ballet principal dancer Larissa Ponomarenko, who retired without fanfare in May. She danced with the ballet for 18 years. She slides into the role of ballet master with the company and will assist in productions and teach new dancers.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:50 PM
To jazz things up, the Cinderella story is imbued with a thick pinch of Hollywood glitz. The Prince is a movie-star type who sends his film director to scout new talent. The ball is a bit like a film première party, with its guest list populated by such "stars" as Peter Pan, Puss in Boots and Little Red Riding Hood.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:52 PM
A mostly symphonic conductor, Brock has found himself gaining a new perspective on the familiar score through working with the dancers and choreographers.
“It’s a very familiar score, but then to have to reappraise it and to rethink and to accept it in these different ways is really interesting,” says the young conductor, adding that the experience is both challenging and rewarding.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:55 PM
His capacity for loyalty and friendship was extraordinary, from the renowned and mighty to the cleaning lady.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:56 PM
Anna Aulle, as the tragic White Swan, was almost unbelievably graceful as she floated, feather-like, through the air and her romantic partnership with Prince Siegfried was perfectly presented. She totally changed her mood when interpreting the role of the Black Swan, with her dancing featuring evil undertones aplenty. Her pirouettes were unbelievable and beautiful to watch.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 12:59 PM
Best Bodies in Space Award: England’s Wayne McGregor, for Entity, which toured to Montreal, Ottawa and Kingston, Ont., and in which imaginative combinations of bodies translated into magnificent, complex and intriguing choreographic patterns.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 01:01 PM
Lee Jeong-yun, principal dancer at the National Dance Company of Korea and the choreographer of the show, joined her on stage, scooping up invisible sand from the ground and letting it shift between his fingers. He followed Kim and held her as if to share her agony. Drops of sweat, or perhaps tears, dropped down Kim's cheeks when the scene, "Solitude," ended.
Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:26 PM
Posted 29 December 2011 - 03:27 PM
Issued by the Cuban Ministry of Information and Communications, the stamps reproduce two photos of that historical December 29, 1931, when Alicia Alonso danced this piece for the first time at the age of 11.
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