"Giselle" 1-4 November 2012
Posted 11 October 2012 - 02:18 PM
That's Natalia Magnicaballi, but I'm guessing this the film is from an earlier run, because it looks like her partner is Ross Clarke. Please let me know if it's someone else as Albrecht.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 12:51 PM
Opening night is:
Natalia Magnicaballi and Shea Johnson with Jillian Barrell and Gleidson Vasconcelos in Peasent Pas. Kanako Imayoshi as Myrtha.
Zulma and Moyna will be Michelle Vagi and Jillian Barrell
I thought it worthy to note that new to BAZ (as both dancer and an upper div. faculty member at SBAZ) Amber Lewis will dance Peasent Pas w/ Slawomir Wozniak both evening perfomances on 3rd and the 4th.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 05:31 PM
I saw Vasconcelos many times as a permanent fixture during the active phase of the Cuban Classical Ballet of Miami. A very capable young dancer.
Posted 25 October 2012 - 06:42 PM
There are a handful of new dancers, either starting this season or at the end of last season, who are being given prominent roles in "Giselle";
Dancers I haven't yet seen are Kokoro Umemoto as Giselle, Elizabeth Smedley as Bathilde, Amber Lewis in Peasant Pas. Nayon Iovino joined BA at the end of last season and danced the lead in "Rubies." He and Vasconcelos were in the corps of "Stravinsky Violin Concerto."
Smedley graduated from the Miami City Ballet School in 2008 and joined MCB. According to her LinkedIn profile, she danced there through 2012. According to the Phoenix Dance Cooperative website (scroll), where she teaches "Ballet, Tech, and Stretch," she also trained at Tempe Dance Academy and School of Ballet Arizona before MCB.
From the Ballet Arizona .pdf press release (click to start download) for "Giselle,"
According to her official English website, it was the Romanian version of "Elle."
Here's a video of Gleidson Vasconcelos' gold medal winning choreography and performance at the 2009 World Ballet Competition:
According to his Facebook page, he was born in Brazil, studied at Harid, and dance with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet until 2006, and the Cuban Classical Ballet from May 2006-February 2010, and also with the New Jersey Ballet (no dates). He debuted with Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre in 2009, according to this review, and is listed under CCB as a performer in the 2009 10th Anniversary YAGP Gala. He started with Ballet Arizona at least for 2011 Nutcracker, and was mentioned in Deborah Jowitt's review of BA's NYC performance of "Play."
I don't understand Spanish, so I'm not sure there is much biographical info in this news feature, but there's some nice footage of him dancing a pas de deux:
Both Nayon Iovino and Amber Lewis have joined the School of Ballet Arizona faculty, and from the School's page is the following biographical info:
“As a former student of Carlos Valcárcel's, I am excited and eager to teach at The School of Ballet Arizona. I look forward to sharing my knowledge of his teaching methods and help students relate to ballet with more understanding.”
Junxiong Zhao is also new to the company. He won first place in the Classical Dance Category and Second Place in the Contemporary Dance Category at 2011 YAGP.
He's the only winner who isn't identified in the video, but the senior Classical Men's winner begins at 6min. According to this news article, he was competing in the Capetown International Ballet Competition under the Washington Ballet Studio Company as of last March, winning gold medals in both the classical and contemporary categories, and his contemporary solo was choreographed by Carlos Varcárcel.
These bios have me singing, "It's a Small World."
Edited to add: I'm so glad to see Tzu-Chia Huang and Astrit Zejnati paired together. (I don't know if they were the last time this was performed, but in 2007, he partnered Ginger Smith.)
Posted 25 October 2012 - 08:38 PM
Indeed ;-) Seems Anderson takes alot of stock in Varcárcel training results. I wouldn't be surprised to see more of his former students have joined when the rest of the new bios go public.
Posted 04 November 2012 - 03:25 PM
Michelle Vagi had some lovely balances in attitude during her Act 1 variation and Zavarov's beautiful feet were a real pleasure to watch, especially in beats.
Kenna Draxon danced Myrtha today, which was not scheduled. She gave a strong and more than a bit menacing portrayal. And while her especially striking characterization was something I am not accustomed to it was effective and danced very cleanly with particularly lovely bourees at the start of Act 2.
Beau Campbell also was a stand out for me even though she was not featured. She came closest to what I like to see from a Willi corps and my eye was drawn to her again and again.
Posted 22 November 2012 - 11:05 AM
It took me a while to realize that Michelle Vagi is Michelle Mahowald's new name? I was afraid she had left the company.
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