ABT's Spring Season at Kennedy Center-DCDQ and mixed bill incl. The Dream!
Posted 08 May 2013 - 04:31 AM
Posted 30 November 2013 - 01:56 PM
The remaining ballets in the mixed bill program (besides Ashton's The Dream) have been announced:
(4/15 & 4/16)
Les Sylphides (Fokine/Chopin--orchestration by Britten)
Aftereffect (Gomes/Tchaikovsky--Souvenir de Florence, 1st Movement)
The Dream (Ashton/Mendelssohn)
Interestingly, the mixed bill had originally been promoted to be a 'tribute to Shakespeare'; that designation has been removed. Could it be the Ratmansky's The Tempest was in the original plans, pending the outcome of its premiere in NYC a month ago but did not pass muster to go on tour? It's suddenly not a Shakespeare Evening. Hmmmm...
Posted 29 January 2014 - 09:21 AM
Casting now up for the April 2014 Kennedy Center engagement:
Kent, then Reyes, for the two THE DREAMS. Hee Seo will lead both performances of LES SYLPHIDES...hmmmmm.....
DON Qs may be a bit underwhelming, although I'm sure that Boylston/Simkin will set-off the fireworks at the Sat matinee. Ditto Vasiliev (with Herrera) on the Sunday afternoon.
Posted 31 January 2014 - 02:51 PM
I saw Simkin in Don Q during the Met season in 2011 and he was wonderful - both in his dancing and his acting. HIs Kitri was Kajiya (did I spell her name right) and I thought she was miscast in the part. She's more of a lyrical, romantic dancer. I think Boylston will be a very good Kitri. As a matter of fact I'm almost positive my subscription ticket for Don Q during this Met season is for Boylston/Simkin. I always thought Kitri was Herrera's best role, but I haven't seen her dance it since 2004. I really enjoyed Vasiliev in Don Q (with Osipova, no longer with ABT, which I am very disappointed about) last year. If Herrera can still dance Kitri like she did back in 2004, she and Vasiliev should put on quite a show! We're talking about Don Q, not Swan Lake or Giselle or Sleeping Beaiuty.
I just looked at the ABT performance calendar and I see that Reyes/Cornejo are also dancing Don Q. I saw them dance this ballet twice and both were excellent. I also saw both Reyes in The Dream and she was very good. I have never seen Cornejo dance Puck live but from watching The Dream on dvd he's probably the best Puck dancing the part today. That being said, I saw Simkin dance Puck in 2011 and he was fantastic. It was like he lived in the air. I think Puck is one of Simkin's best roles. His Oberon was Cory Stearns and Simkin/Stearns had fantastic chemistry in 'The Dream'. I hope Simkin and Whiteside are as good togetherer. By the way, I found Oberon to be one of Stearns' best roles. And I have been impressed by the performances I've seen Whiteside give at ABT. And yes, I was right. I will be seeing Boylston/Simkin in Don Q this spring.
Posted 01 February 2014 - 05:40 AM
Thanks, Colleen. It seems like Boylston/Simkin will be the DON Q of choice (at least, MY choice...ha-ha) this spring in DC.
Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:57 AM
Got my ticket for the Sat matinee yesterday--hope the casting doesn't change!
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