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#16 aurora

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:29 PM


Of course, all the stars who have committed to Barcelona do guarantee big ticket sales.

I daresay you answered your own question.


I know we love to be cynical here, but I hardly think that Boylston, Kajiya or Simkin (Youtube channel notwithstanding), count among the luminaries of the ballet world, booked to guarantee massive bank.

Not to knock them, but lets be realistic. I'm starting to feel like everything is a giant conspiracy theory....

#17 miliosr

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:32 AM



Of course, all the stars who have committed to Barcelona do guarantee big ticket sales.

I daresay you answered your own question.


I know we love to be cynical here, but I hardly think that Boylston, Kajiya or Simkin (Youtube channel notwithstanding), count among the luminaries of the ballet world, booked to guarantee massive bank.

Not to knock them, but lets be realistic. I'm starting to feel like everything is a giant conspiracy theory....

No conspiracy theory here. In my opinion, Cornejo, Gomes, Herrera, Osipova, Semionova, Vasiliev and, yes, Simkin are all "names" in the ballet world who will put rear ends in seats. But, we may just have to agree to disagree on this point. Posted Image

#18 abatt

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:13 AM

Cornejo is being replaced by Cory Stearns on opening night in Barcelona, partnering Reyes. Cory is replaced by James Whiteside on Oct 28, dancing w. Paloma.

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 10:49 AM

Cornejo is being replaced by Cory Stearns on opening night in Barcelona, partnering Reyes. Cory is replaced by James Whiteside on Oct 28, dancing w. Paloma.


:-((( I'm going tomorrow (and Saturday and Sunday :-) ) and I wanted to see my belowed and much admired Herman... Is he injuried? I hope he is not!

Anyway Cory/Xiomara will also be great, I'm sure :-)

Many of us are going many days but I have a friend from Valladolid (center of Spain) who is already arriving tomorrow and will attend ALL performances Posted Image

I also noticed that Cory will be replacing Marcelo with Polina on Friday.

#20 abatt

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Posted 23 October 2012 - 11:02 AM

Herman was injured a few days ago during a performance in New York. The Gomes replacement was announced quite a few weeks ago. Gomes is not injured. Enjoy, and please let us know what you and your friends think of the performances.

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 07:59 PM

This is the old sunday. I forgot my password, and do not have access to my old e-mail address, so I'll use my real surname in its original language. I am not related to the famous tenor Plácido Domingo, but it seems that this surname is useful for obtaining a better treatment from staff at the Royal Opera House Posted Image .

I've been somewhat estranged from the art lately (I missed the Mariinsky tour at Barcelona, even), but after reading in the local paper that my beloved couple of principals Osipova and Vassiliev would be performing, I bought a couple of orchestra tickets immediately, and shangaied a very willing cousin.

About DQ, I've seen a couple of Bolshoi's DQ in London two years ago, and the Baryshnikov video. I'm also familiar with Corella and Herrera Grand Pas.

Now, I'm at home after watching ABT's Don Quixote, starring Osipova and Vassiliev, reconciled with dance, and back unto the breach.

Liceu was quite full - I could not see any empty seat.

The current version of ABT's DQ is beautiful, funny, moving, and highly recommendable. However, I missed that variation with cups that Barysnikov used to do - probably it was meant only for Misha.

America friends, I'm sorry, but I liked more Bolshoi's version - that scene in first act with the bulfighters flapping their capes while Kitri makes her chaînés tournes (I think that is the correct term - corrections welcome!) is definitively more appealing, and the not-so-good quality of the performance of the music probably did not help.

Another thing that nags me a little bit is that Osipova's ballon seems to have decreased slightly - but that could be also a optical illusion because at ROH I was much closer to stage than tonight. However, the bravura of both her and Vassiliev keeps they in the category of forces of nature, and that could be seen in the astronautic jumps and turns of Vassiliev, the dizzy fouettés of Osipova in the final Grand Pas (I think I saw a quadruple, at least), and a couple of hair-raising jumping dives.

Secondary roles were very well danced, with special mentio to Sascha Radetzky's Espada, Stella Abrera's Streetdancer, and the two flower girls played by Sarah Lane*, and Luciana París.

I think there were two or three curtain calls, and half the public in the orchestra stood up. Not bad. Not bad at all.

I saw briefly CarolinaM, and the rest of the old Spanish gang last seen in London and went with my cousin, and her husband to wait at the side entrance for the fans to fall upon the unsuspecting (well, perhaps they should suspect a bit ) O&V. They were absolutely charming, addressing the demands of the fandom. There was a cute scene with four girls, all sporting face-splitting grins, next to Osipova in order to have a picture taken. Even yours truly was photographed (by coz's hubby) next to Natalia. I'm a happy bean! Posted Image

Of course I was not expecting them to remember me from London, but was nice to see Osipova giggling when I commented favorably on the quality of her English.

This has been another unforgettable evening.

* I regret not thinking in expressing my sympathy to Sarah Lane about the Black Swan affair.

#22 4mrdncr

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:04 PM

Just wondering...Did anyone from ABT say hello to AC while they were in town? Or visit his new studio/school?


(sorry, I've been away for so long. Computer access issues, business trips away, and now weather. Hope all BA members on East coast have suvived/are surviving these recent storms. My home was ok--only small puddle in basement and a few branches in yard.)

#23 onxmyxtoes

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Posted 07 November 2012 - 09:33 PM

4mrdncr -- I read somewhere (was it twitter? a dancer blog?) that they stayed in Spain for an extra 5 days because of Hurricane Sandy. However, rehearsals had to keep going, and Angel let them use his studios!

#24 angelica

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Posted 08 November 2012 - 01:35 PM

Angel is true to his name. So generous and forgiving.

#25 CarolinaM

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:47 AM

I would like to share with you a bit about ABT's DQ and the three performances I had the opportunity to attend at El Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona.

First of all I think it's really a pity that the Liceu brings ABT just when Angel Corella is not with the company anymore and now when the economy is so damaged. Ok, of course it has been a gift for us balletomanes to see ABT’s DQ but I hope they will program the Barcelona Ballet next season as this is the company we have been expecting for ages and it should be Liceu's company and even more taking into account that all tickets were sold out for their Swan Lake in February while ABT's had some performances not full at all despite the different stars casted for each one of them. Ángel was not even in the audience as he was dancing the Dance of the Hours of La Gioconda in Rome with Letizia Giuliani.

I have to say that I didn't like ABT's DQ settings. To start we see that so sad image of a bull being tortured in a city that declared to be against bullfighting (in the middle of a strong controversy) one year ago. This seems not to be a great idea (yes, I know, DQ is about toreros and so on, but that "painting" in the fan was hurting sensibilities, I'm sorry). I think they didn't bring all the original settings, I only recognized from Barisnykov original’s (VHS I have of this production) that first curtain I told about and those garlands that seemed more appropriated for Christmas time. What we saw at el Liceu at the bottom of the stage was a building remembering.... Istambul!!! Not Seville where I think this production is supposed to take place (even if in Cervantes book there’s no mention about Seville). Anyway...

Let's focus on the dance. It was really a pity that for the opening night Herman Cornejo was injured. Cory Stearns who replaced him in a short notice has very good physique, he is smart, handsome and certainly with more time for rehearsals he would have done very well. His partnering with Xiomara was not sure and in the second porté of the two spectacular ones in first act he failed and I think this conditioned all the performance as far as pdd were concerned. Xiomara was brilliant in her solos with a spectacular final fouetés, including her arm raised while moving the fan. Cuban apotheosis that lead the audience to applaud enthusiastically.

Aside of Xiomara, that first night we also were captivated by Sarah Lane, already known at el Liceu because she was the first Odette / Odile in Swan Lake by Corella’s Barcelona Ballet in February this year. Stella Abrera, also recognized as usual guest artist in the small group Angel brought to Spain, mainly Catalonia, before setting his company, was another must of that opening night.

Sarah was a lovely cupid or "Amour", as we read in the program. Her dance was light and enchanting, extremely quick , her tips barely touched the floor. Stella for her part in the double role of Mercedes and Queen of the Dryads showed high class appearance on stage in all aspects, technically and interpretive, she took a well-deserved ovation. Yuriko Kajiya and Melanie Hamrick as the two friends or "Flower Girls" were very beautiful in their variations.

In the role of Espada it was difficult to recognize the Sascha Radetsky we remembered from Central Stage. Also, why in this version Espada’s layer is so small? I din’t like this part, toreros do not use layers neither knives, but a kind of, I guess, “banderillas”…. Honestly all that was not very convincing neither their bright blue and deep-red suits.

Saturday night was one of the most expected shows. Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova danced the main roles. And they didn’t deceive. It was about an absolute demonstration of the typical bravura of the two stars of the moment. Their pas de deux was the Russian version of their original company, the Bolshoi. We enjoyed their performance, we knew what we were going to see and knowing the weaknesses, in our opinion, of this production, we forget about and focused only on the dance. Vasiliev is a marvel of virtuosity as also Natalia is and in a ballet as Don Quixote one can better accept a certain lack of style. Nevertheless Natalia pleasantly surprised by her containment in the second act. As partenaires they perfectly fit and they offered an absolutely convincing rapport.

The other main roles were almost all danced by the same cast. Sarah Lane was fantastic again, this time as one of the flower girls, Gemma Bond being "Amour." Luciana Paris as the other friend (or flower), was also very nice to see.

And on Sunday afternoon, closing the shows, there was the quintessential ABT’s Kitri: Paloma Herrera. Born to dance, as defined by the local press, Paloma showed great class and mastery of a role for which she is world famous. It is a thrilling experience to see the Argentine star to tackle this role. Her developpés have the majesty of the great artist, her balances, her fouettés and pirouettes, her perfect feet. And her understanding of a role that, despite she has danced so many times, she continues to give it the perfect sense. That was the best ABT’s performance I saw. James Whiteside is a dancer to keep track of. Aside from his undeniable talent and ability to address the technical difficulties of the character, he immediately captures the attention and conveys to the viewer. Handsome and delicate partner to Paloma they created a really seductive climate that transcended and captivated audiences.

Veronika Part assumed the dual role of Mercedes and Queen of the Dryads and it has been really a pleasure to discover this great ballerina. I liked much more the Espada of Alexandre Hammoudi . Sara Lane as "Amour" was totally captivating again. She is a wonderful dancer and it is a delight to see this small ballerina growing on stage.

The two "flower girls" were Isabella Boylston and Christine Shevchenko, both very good.

Obviously, each one of the shows had its own attractive and we celebrated that great opportunity to discover the amazing dancers of the great NY company, even if some of them we were already familiar because of Angel Corella. We never will stop praying the Liceu and the Catalan cultural leaders, to support our company Ballet, Corella’s Barcelona Ballet. If for the time being it can’t be the titular company at least that they schedule them every season. We all will gain.

For more info and for those understanding Spanish you can visit the Spanish site “Ballet y más” were we have also published an interview with Paloma Herrera.

#26 CarolinaM

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 09:51 AM

Angel is true to his name. So generous and forgiving.


Yes, he truly is... he doesn't deserve to have to fight so hard for his dream... a dream that only would mean benefits for Barcelona under cultural and economical point of view. I can't understand why our authorities are so blind.

As for lending the studios, as I reported, d[font=helvetica, arial, sans-serif][size=4]uring ABT performances in Barcelona Angel was in Rome dancing The Dance of the Hours of La Gioconda with Letizia Giuliani but Carmen attended Saturday night so probably it was she who told ABT dancers to go to take classes at their premises.[/size][/font]

#27 bart

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 11:33 AM

Carolina, it is wonderful to have the chance to read your impressions of the Don Q performances. Thank you! I especially appreciate your comments about Paloma Herrera's performance. She is a great dancer who is sometimes overlooked here on Ballet Alert.

By the way, I loved your interview with Herrera in Ballet y mas. She seems delightful -- and still very much of an enthusiast for life and for ballet.

#28 angelica

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:06 PM

Carolina, I loved reading your review of the performances. I am always thrilled when Veronika Part, Stella Abrera, and Sarah Lane are singled out for their exquisite dancing. In the upcoming Spring Season in New York, the Principal Dancer Veronika Part is finally being given her due of an expanded repertoire and company recognition. Stella Abrera has long deserved promotion to Principal Dancer and an opportunity to dance leading roles in full-length ballets. Sarah Lane has Principal potential and should be given more opportunities as well. So thank you, especially, for focusing on the secondary roles (without which a ballet would not sustain) as well as the leading roles.

#29 CarolinaM

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Posted 11 November 2012 - 12:22 PM

Thanks a lot Bart and Angelica!


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