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ABT 2013 Swan Lake at the Met


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#1 pbl

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:08 PM

I have a question . . . I purchased season tickets and was supposed to see Alina Cojocaru in Swan Lake on the 21st of June. Now it looks like she's dropped out, and Maria Kochetkova is taking the part. I'm pretty disappointment, but I guess this is how the cookie crumbles. Anyhow, please offer any advice you have about changing performances. Should we stick with Kochetkova? Switch to Semionova? Part? Boylston? Kent? Thanks for your thoughts. Paris.

#2 Helene

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:30 PM

Kochetkova is a gorgeous dancer. I don't see how you can go wrong with any of them.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:34 PM

Ms Kochetkova is the star of SFB, stick with her. She is phenomenal and has also appeared as a guest with the big Russian companies. You won't be disappointed.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 01:36 PM

I would say Ms. Kochetkova is "a" star of SFB: Lorena Feijoo is another.

She is phenomenal.

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Posted 07 June 2013 - 03:07 PM

Stay with Kochetkova. Because with her you get Herman Cornejo! Oh yes!

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:49 AM

I agree with everyone to keep your ticket and Kochetkova is a fine replacement. Besides, there is not much good seats left in other dates to exchange your tickets to.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 02:43 PM

I would recommend Semionova if you absolutely wanted to switch, but Kochetkova is an interesting alternative to Cojocaru and you would get to see her debut performance with ABT no less.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 05:59 PM

Back in 2008, I saw Kochetkova in Giselle when the San Francisco Ballet was at the Kennedy Center in DC. She was wonderful! I am disappointed that Cojocaru will not be dancing - I have never seen her in Swan Lake. Kochetkova will be a great replacement.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 06:07 PM

I was also extremely upset when I heard that Cojocaru was being replaced by Kochetkova. I love Cojocaru and while I wasn't too surprised that she canceled (considering her recent injuries) I was hoping that if she did they'd give Sarah Lane a shot. Second choice would have been a bonafide superstar prima like Obraztsova ( who I think is small enough for Cornejo but not exactly sure??)

I know that Kochetkova is a regular on the gala circuit but from what I've seen online and the little bit I've seen of her live she seems very athletic. Might be great in Balanchine or Wheeldon but I wasn't too keen to see her O/O. I'm interested in seeing Cornejo's Siegfried debut but for me Swan Lake is all about the ballerina so my first thought was to switch to the Semionova/Gomes performance (I'm already going to see Part/Stearns and Boylston/Simkin). Before I did I asked a friend of mine who used to see the SF Ballet on a pretty regular basis. He loves Kochetkova, really recommended her very highly. Since I respect his opinion I'm going to keep the tickets and hope for the best.

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Posted 08 June 2013 - 07:22 PM

I too was disappointed about Cojocaru. I really wanted to see her Swan Lake. I knew they wouldn't give Lane a chance, because replacing an international star with an ABT soloist would not be acceptable to a lot of ticket holders. I think it was a challenge to find someone short enough for Cornejo. I've never seen Kochetkova live, but know her reputation and am looking forward to it. I just hope I am able to see Cojocaru again some day.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:06 AM

How come they couldn't fly Marianela Nunez over Posted Image ? Does she ever perform in the U.S.?

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:08 AM

How come they couldn't fly Marianela Nunez over Posted Image ? Does she ever perform in the U.S.?


That would have been a real treat!

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:26 AM

I'd be more than happy if Ashley Bouder were the replacement. There's a big portion of ABT audience who are clueless about what's going on across the plaza, Ashley would be the perfect vehicle to entice them to cross the plaza. And she's petit enough to partner Cornejo.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:37 AM

Mussel, have you seen Bouder's SL at NYCB? I've seen her do the role a few times, and I feel that her approach is mechanical. I would not see Bouder in SL again if she is cast in it during the NYCB Fall 2013 season.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 03:35 PM

How come they couldn't fly Marianela Nunez over Posted Image ? Does she ever perform in the U.S.?


Of course bringing in Nunez for the Friday SL wouldn't be practical--she's too tall for Cornejo--but I am perplexed as to why she hasn't guested with ABT. She is beautiful and versatile and could give strong performances in a lot of the company's repertory. I can't recall instances where she has performed in the U.S. beyond RB tours and the odd YAGP gala.


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