Winter Season 2013
Posted 27 February 2013 - 06:18 PM
Taylor Stanley and Bouder in Western
Sterling Hyltin and Ramsar in Sym in 3 movements
Kowroski in Bizet and Vienna Waltzes
Anthony Huxley in Vienna Waltzes, Mozartiana and as bluebird
Mearns and J. Angle is Swan Lake, although she was not in top form, I thought but Angle was an ardent prince and a magnificent partner
Peck and Ramsar in Allegro Brillante
Bouder in T&V and Serenade
Reichlen's debut in Piano Concerto # 2 may have been the high point of the season, looking forward to seeing her do it again
I was happy to see Baiser, although Peck and Fairchild seemed too sunny to me for this fundementally dark ballet and Year of the Rabbit was terrific. There was also some strong dancing from corps members and I continue to be intrigued by Megan LeCrone.
Is it spring yet?
Posted 28 February 2013 - 12:30 PM
Savannah Lowery, a last-minute substitute for Rebecca Krohn, danced the Lilac Fairy at the Sunday 2/24/13 matinee. While I can’t say that I’d run to the theater just to see Lowery dance something, I find her sunny, unmannered, can-do earnestness utterly endearing and I end up rooting for her whenever she’s on the program. I liked her Lilac just fine. (She’s improved tremendously as a dancer and I really like her Firebird Princess, too.) Anyway, just as she made her entrance in Act IV to herald the arrival of Aurora and Désiré for their big pas de deux, this excited little voice pipes up at full volume: “OHHHHHHHHH! It’s the FAIRY !!!!!!!!” It was the most adorable thing on the planet and if a better compliment could be paid to Lowery’s performance, I surely don’t know what it is: she clearly had that kid in the palm of her hand.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:06 PM
It was certainly the highlight of mine. I'd crawl over broken glass on my hands and knees to see her do it again.
Was it really her debut? I thought she'd done it before -- if not, just wow.
She debuted as "Diamond" in one of the Sleeping Beauties I attended and was the first dancer I've seen make sense of Martins' thankless choreography for that part -- it's the kind of variation that looks difficult, but to no particular effect. Even really good ballerinas can look clumsy in it, but Le Crone looked like an aristocrat.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:29 PM
I'm going to disagree about the casting of Bouder in Western 3rd movement. Yes, she did an excellent job. However, that choreography is designed to show off a long limbed ballerina. I thought Bouder was miscast in Western.
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:43 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 01:55 PM
Posted 28 February 2013 - 02:36 PM
1) The two SB's I attended, each with wonderful Auroras (Tiler Peck and Ashley Bouder) and overall great company dancing. No weaknesses, it's like every variation was well-cast. Lauren Lovette's Florine was a star-making turn.
2) Reichlen in TPC #2: I agree, amazing performance, wonderful stamina, attack, fearlessness
3) Mearns in Serenade. Special and mysterious in a way only she can be
4) Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild in Baiser de la fee. This ballet isn't done nearly enough and Peck and Fairchild were wonderful in creating a sense of mystery and foreboding
5) Sterling Hyltin and Chase Finlay in Mozartiana. Hyltin really brought something new and refreshing to a ballet that had IMO gotten rather stale in execution. Finlay partnered her beautifully -- a great "new cast"
Posted 03 March 2013 - 08:15 AM
I agree. I love Martins' Sleeping Beauty and I do think he got it right with this full-length, although I agree it's tempo is a bit too brisk. I'm disappointed with Martins' R&J & SL and I have to agree with comments here - The Per Kirkeby sets and costumes are just not attractive at all. With R&J, they were trying to recall the Diaghilev era, I believe, and esp. 1929's Prodigal Son, with sets by Georges Rouault. It's just too bad because these could have been really beautiful, NYCB-style ballets.
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