La Bayadere Spring 2012
Posted 24 May 2012 - 06:03 AM
Metropolitan Opera House
New York, New York
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:42 AM
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The NY Times review of Part on Tuesday suggests it will be worthwhile nonetheless:
Posted 24 May 2012 - 10:43 AM
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:21 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 12:44 PM
Vadim Mungatirov (product of the Perm Academy and the Royal Ballet School) is a fine young dancer (only 22). Long elegant body, beautiful smooth turns and a beautiful light high jump. Beautiful lines and lovely arms. His mime is clear without the passion and authority Gomes has. His solos got big applause. I would say he would be a fine acquisition if the English National Ballet would be willing to give him up or share him with ABT.
Isabella Boylston danced Gamzatti very, very well with exciting attack and strong technique. She did have one or two tentative moments (a tiny inconsequential flubbed traveling step in the "Pas de Venus" Gamzatti solo in the Pas D'Action in the Betrothal Scene PDD and a passing bit of initial stiffness in the Makarova choreographed solo in Act III). After that little flub Boylston turned in a bravura prima ballerina performance in the coda showing off excellent Italian fouettés finished by a solid set of regular fouettés. Her Gamzatti is a bit of the spoiled petulant princess without the grandeur Murphy brings to the part. However, Murphy only recently developed full dramatic authority in this role and Boylston is just starting out. A bit more experience and she will be more than fine.
Barbee was again the High Brahmin with Hammoudi rather bland and goofy looking as the Rajah Dugamanta. Christine Shevchenko danced the happy 1st shade solo, a somewhat stiff Devon Teuscher danced the difficult 2nd shade and a fine Simone Messmer danced the 3rd shade solo very well. I wonder what is up with Leann Underwood who often dances the shade solos and other soloist roles? She is very fine. I also think Gemma Bond would have done a better job than Devon Teuscher. Craig Salstein had an amazing night as the Golden Idol - very high and tight and fast turns and jumps. He was an explosion of energy up there.
The sets look much better from the orchestra level where the light hits them better and the painted perspective is at the correct angle. I told my companions after Act I that if this is the future of ABT, then it will be fine. I was a little less enthusiastic after Act II but still found it a very fine evening. Evidently Corey Stearns did well at the matinee (I was at work but heard first-hand reports).
Posted 24 May 2012 - 01:52 PM
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Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:00 PM
Diana posted on her official Facebook page (no login reqired to view):
I deeply regret that I won't be able to perform tomorrow night at the MET. I've been quite sick last few days. Unfortunately there wasn't enough time to prepare for much awaited "La Bayadere". I am very sorry.
I wish all very best to my dear Marcelo, Veronica and Natasha!
Look forward seeing you all at my next performance: "Onegin" on June 4th.
I'm definitely crushed...CRUSHED!! But am looking forward to seeing you all there!
And I hope Diana recovers soon--she did seem quite sick when I saw her on the stage door on Sat night...
Posted 24 May 2012 - 07:22 PM
Among the other performers, Stella Abrera stood out as the third Shade.
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