Kings of Dance/NYC/Feb. 24
Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:44 AM
Leonid Sarafanov, formerly of the Kirov and now also with the Mikhailovsky, had been scheduled to appear......was even listed yesterday on the website......but was not there, and there was no mention of him in the program. Anyone know what happened?
Posted 25 February 2012 - 08:18 PM
Posted 26 February 2012 - 01:58 PM
This is how I feel about almost every Ardani production I've attended. I'm so glad I decided against going last year; they are just so condescending to the audience: "Oh we'll just throw whatever onstage with some 'stars' and you'll eat it right up!"
Posted 27 February 2012 - 06:58 AM
About the performance. I did find Vasiliev solo very moving and powerful. However, seeing him among other dancers, highlighted his (in my humble point of view) shortcomings, his body type, leg muscle tone and lately lacking extensions. He still has a most powerful jump and spin, but his splits are almost non-present.
I could not care less for choreography of the program, however it was nice to see the great bodies of the dancers (I adored David's feet, and eloquent lines of his and Denis'; Marcelo's fluidity).
Posted 27 February 2012 - 10:53 AM
This link is still live, and although Sarafanov's name had been dropped from this page, it still appeared on the "casting" link (now dead) a day or two before the performance. Also, if you look at the last 2 of the clips shown here, he is practicing with this group in the same pieces, quite recently.
Oh well, more than I need to know.
I agree with you........with the exception of Vasiliev's piece, the choreography made the rest of them look like they had a serious nervous disorder. And yes, Hallberg's outfit was pathetic.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:25 PM
Join the club. And Vishneva's 'Dialogues' haven't even made it to City Center yet. Buyer Beware.
Posted 27 February 2012 - 12:42 PM
Actually, the Patrick de Bana piece for Ivan Vasiliev was cut from the same cloth as the rest of the pieces but Vasiliev's go for broke intensity and raw physical and emotional power made it look like a masterpiece. It got a screaming stomping standing ovation and was interrupted with applause and gasps throughout. I am not sure that Vasiliev is going to be a great artist - he is a big personality and technical dynamo but there is a lot of refining to do. The only classical ballet I have seen him in is "Coppelia" at ABT where I noticed that he lacked classical line and elegance. He was better in Ratmansky's "The Bright Stream" and probably is a fine Grigorovich Spartacus. He didn't convince me as a classicist. He would knock you dead with the cabrioles, pirouettes, barrel turns and then lose the line and placement in the intervening steps. Here that "knock out a few whammys" and then slouch around was built into the choreographic style. Ivan Vasiliev also is short with overly muscular legs - basically a demi-caractere dancer. Unlike most of the short thunder thighed virtuosos I have seen he isn't the greatest jumper. His elevation is mediocre. On the other hand every choreographer he danced (De Bana, Bigonzetti and Gomes) threw in a bunch of revoltades, 180's, splits, tours a la seconde and barrel turns to show off his power. Also, he was something of the class clown in the two ensemble pieces - a goofy show-off and the butt of the other dancers jokes.
Guillaume Côté, the most understated classical dancer came off worst (Hallberg didn't fare as well has he usually does either) because the style of the choreographies didn't suit him. I actually loved Côté's piano concerto composition (which he played part of live onstage!) which was used for Marcelo Gomes' "KO'ed" the big finale for all the boys. Talk about multitalented and multitasking! I actually sort of liked this last piece best and feel that Gomes may develop into a talented choreographer. Gomes came off as the most authoritative and versatile dancer and the most finished artist - almost the grand old man of the group! God I am getting old!
Posted 29 February 2012 - 01:27 PM
Buyer beware indeed. Here's the trailer: Her "Dialogues" is "Beauty In Motion 7.0" or what the iPad is to the iPhone.
If you love the product you'll upgrade.
Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:12 PM
I swore off all Ardani productions because I always feel cheated by them. I really don't know what they would have to put on for me to buy a ticket to their event. Maybe only if they resurrected some long-gone dancers from the dead
Posted 12 March 2012 - 09:06 PM
Posted 17 March 2012 - 02:20 PM
Any reviews of Vishneva? Is it worth going to NYC tomorrow?
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