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Romeo & Juliet--Spring 2013 MET season


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#1 Batsuchan

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 08:52 PM

It's quite late so I'll be very brief! I've seen Vishneva/Gomes perform R&J 4 times now, and I think tonight was their best performance yet! They were so passionate, so full of abandon, and so heart-wrenching!!

And, as usual, the curtain calls were worth the price of admission--they looked so ecstatic after the performance and were so affectionate towards each other. Posted Image

I'm seeing 4 more R&J's, so more detailed thoughts from me later...

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:18 PM

quick note from me. The most touching gesture was in the last act when Diana Vishneva is crawling toward Marcelo Gomes on the tomb, pulls him by the collar to be closer to her, then kissed her hand and touched his lips. Heart-wrenching... This is one of those times that I don't want a performance to be ephemeral. It was a gift to be able to watch those two tonight.

2nd note: I noticed the crowd wasn't very rowdy/cheery. But honestly, I think it is because everyone was so entranced. It was hard for me to snap back into reality even once curtain calls began.

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 11:36 PM

I noticed the crowd wasn't very rowdy/cheery. But honestly, I think it is because everyone was so entranced. It was hard for me to snap back into reality even once curtain calls began.


I'm sure you're right. I was completely enthralled. There were several times I couldn't bring myself to clap at all. Applause would have dispelled the moment - many moments. Vishneva's grief, her huge silent scream at the height of her anguish, had tears rolling down my cheeks. What an evening!

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 04:43 AM

This is the second time I've seen Vishneva and Gomes dance R&J. Am I the only one who saw that something was wrong with Marcelo? His dancing was elegant as always, but his technique didn't wow me the way it has in the past. I got the impression he might be injured. In the pas de deux at the tomb that final lift where he throws Diana into his arms there was a clear bobble. Marcelo recovered, but I thought for a split second that he might drop her. I feel bad for Marcelo -- he had an off night.

Diana was exquisite last night. Powerful, poignant acting and seamless technique. She was riveting and showed in every moment what a complete artist she is. Their first curtain call was so moving. Diana, still in character, hugging Marcelo with her head on his shoulder. A magical moment! I hope someone captured that on their camera.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:07 AM

Their first curtain call was so moving. Diana, still in character, hugging Marcelo with her head on his shoulder. A magical moment! I hope someone captured that on their camera.

LaKarsavina just posted three YouTubes of the curtain calls:









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Posted 11 June 2013 - 05:16 AM

This is the second time I've seen Vishneva and Gomes dance R&J. Am I the only one who saw that something was wrong with Marcelo? His dancing was elegant as always, but his technique didn't wow me the way it has in the past. I got the impression he might be injured.


I got that impression too. During the balcony scene he danced very small and cautiously in his own solos. His partnering and acting were excellent, but I felt that his technique was significantly diminished compared to his prior performances of Romeo.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:07 AM


This is the second time I've seen Vishneva and Gomes dance R&J. Am I the only one who saw that something was wrong with Marcelo? His dancing was elegant as always, but his technique didn't wow me the way it has in the past. I got the impression he might be injured.


I got that impression too. During the balcony scene he danced very small and cautiously in his own solos. His partnering and acting were excellent, but I felt that his technique was significantly diminished compared to his prior performances of Romeo.

Oh no...I wish he should have not dance Ali in Le Corsaire.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:29 AM



This is the second time I've seen Vishneva and Gomes dance R&J. Am I the only one who saw that something was wrong with Marcelo? His dancing was elegant as always, but his technique didn't wow me the way it has in the past. I got the impression he might be injured.


I got that impression too. During the balcony scene he danced very small and cautiously in his own solos. His partnering and acting were excellent, but I felt that his technique was significantly diminished compared to his prior performances of Romeo.

Oh no...I wish he should have not dance Ali in Le Corsaire.

I might be reading too much into those YouTubes of the curtain calls, but he did not seem as beaming and joyful as he usually does. We know he has had injuries in the past (he talks about them in some interviews). He has a lot of work ahead in the rest of this season -- three Swans (one with a new partner, Hee Seo, and one as purple Rothbart), two Sylvias, one Sleeping Beauty. Perhaps he's thinking ahead and trying not to exacerbate whatever the issue is now so he doesn't have to cancel.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:49 AM




This is the second time I've seen Vishneva and Gomes dance R&J. Am I the only one who saw that something was wrong with Marcelo? His dancing was elegant as always, but his technique didn't wow me the way it has in the past. I got the impression he might be injured.


I got that impression too. During the balcony scene he danced very small and cautiously in his own solos. His partnering and acting were excellent, but I felt that his technique was significantly diminished compared to his prior performances of Romeo.

Oh no...I wish he should have not dance Ali in Le Corsaire.

I might be reading too much into those YouTubes of the curtain calls, but he did not seem as beaming and joyful as he usually does. We know he has had injuries in the past (he talks about them in some interviews). He has a lot of work ahead in the rest of this season -- three Swans (one with a new partner, Hee Seo, and one as purple Rothbart), two Sylvias, one Sleeping Beauty. Perhaps he's thinking ahead and trying not to exacerbate whatever the issue is now so he doesn't have to cancel.


I was there last night.
I think people are reading too much into it. He wasn't explosive, but its romeo, it isn't about WOW factor. Everything was danced beautifully, cleanly and elegantly with grace, emotion and confidence. I didn't see any evidence of greatly diminished technique.
And it is pretty rare for people to seem joyful after R&J--he seemed emotionally spent and adorably concerned with his partner.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 06:52 AM

I was referring to the balcony scene. Anyway, it was nevertheless a spectacular performance from the two leads. The house was very full, but not sold out. Special kudos to Radetsky, who plays Tybalt to the hilt.

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 02:23 PM

This video on NCB-New York has some brief clips of Vishneva and Gomes. I'm guessing they were taken at the dress rehearsal Monday afternoon:

http://www.nbcnewyork.com/video/#!/entertainment/the-scene/Congresswoman-Appears-With-American-Ballet-Theatre/210947441

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 07:26 PM

California, I was at the Monday rehearsal and the dancers were Herrera/Whiteside, Reyes/Cornejo, and Semionova/Hallberg.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 02:40 AM

California, I was at the Monday rehearsal and the dancers were Herrera/Whiteside, Reyes/Cornejo, and Semionova/Hallberg.


I wonder when those clips were filmed...I haven't noticed filming during a performance, but perhaps they were on that occasion. Or perhaps it was an earlier rehearsal for the opening night cast. I was struck by the "dead body" hoist that's shown in the clip where Gomes lifts her off the floor in the tomb. Someone here thought that it was awkward during performance. It did seem different from the way others do it, but okay.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 03:54 AM

I saw them filming at Monday night's performance from the side parterre (house right.)

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 04:15 AM

I saw them filming at Monday night's performance from the side parterre (house right.)


Interesting! The "dead body hoist" from the floor occurs at the 0:47 mark. Is this the lift that others thought was off that night? I think they ordinarily do that move twice, and I don't know if this was the first or the second.


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