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Romeo & Juliet--Spring 2013 MET season


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#16 abatt

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:45 AM

I attended last night's R&J w. Hallberg & Semionova. You don't often see such tall ballerinas as Juliet. Last night, I was reminded of the reasons. Hallberg needed every ounce of energy he could muster to do these difficult lifts of Semionova. His effort was visible and this interrupted the drama of the ballet. I'm not faulting Hallberg. Anyone would have had a tough time lifting such a tall woman. Semionova's long limbs and pliant back made her extensions look particularly beautiful. Hallberg's jumps were buoyant and his turns were quick and covered a lot of space. I was not particularly convinced by Semionova's acting in this. Was this her debut of the role of Juliet? All of the elements that make Semionova great in certain roles (regal demeanor, great height) make her less appropriate for a role like the innocent waiflike Juliet. Of the supporting roles, Gorak stood out. He is a future Romeo, I hope.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 05:59 AM

Was this her debut of the role of Juliet?



According to the press release, this was her first time in the role in New York. I have no idea where she performed it before - does anyone know?

http://www.abt.org/i...asp?News_ID=439

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:27 AM

It might be the first time for Polina Seminova to perform Juliet in MacMillan's version but she has performed Juliet in the Cranko version many times in Berlin. You can find many clips of her Juliet on YouTube.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:32 AM

No, it was the second lift just before Marcelo put Diana back on the slab that he bobbled.

California, this is my reply to your post.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 06:34 AM

I attended last night's R&J w. Hallberg & Semionova. You don't often see such tall ballerinas as Juliet. Last night, I was reminded of the reasons. Hallberg needed every ounce of energy he could muster to do these difficult lifts of Semionova. His effort was visible and this interrupted the drama of the ballet. I'm not faulting Hallberg. Anyone would have had a tough time lifting such a tall woman. Semionova's long limbs and pliant back made her extensions look particularly beautiful. Hallberg's jumps were buoyant and his turns were quick and covered a lot of space. I was not particularly convinced by Semionova's acting in this. Was this her debut of the role of Juliet? All of the elements that make Semionova great in certain roles (regal demeanor, great height) make her less appropriate for a role like the innocent waiflike Juliet. Of the supporting roles, Gorak stood out. He is a future Romeo, I hope.


Abatt, I'm glad it wasn't just me. I agree with everything you say about last night's performance. I would add that Hallberg's "line" is the most exquisite I've ever seen in a male dancer over the course of many decades of attending the ballet. His acting, too, was exceptionally nuanced, and much more intense than Semionova's. It was a privilege to see Hallberg, the embodiment of perfection, in this role. Semionova ran quickly, flailed her arms when she was distraught, bourreed backwards with tiny steps, did gorgeous arabesques, but did not convey the same degree of drama that was displayed by Hallberg.

I also thought that Jared Matthews was wonderful as Mercutio. What a threesome: Hallberg, Matthews, and Gorak! Could one ask for anything more? Well, yes, a ballerina who could match Hallberg's drama. Perhaps it's a question of maturity. Hallberg is at the top of his game. Let's say that Semionova is still in "adolescence" when it comes to drama, and needs to grow more, so that her acting shows, as someone else on this forum (or somewhere else) mentioned, more of an "inner life."

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 08:57 PM

I thought Aaron Scott was really well-matched with Herman Cornejo (and the ballet in general) as Mercutio tonight. He was spot on.
It was a good night. Nothing out of this world but no disappoinments either. First time seeing Herman Cornejo as Romeo and I really, really liked him in the role. His height works for me in this ballet; when he and Reyes were standing side by side at the center of the stage in Act I, I could see them fully as their characters. Reyes was good, but didn't fully scratch my itch for Juliet.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 09:10 PM

What a threesome: Hallberg, Matthews, and Gorak! Could one ask for anything more?

And they're all American. Maybe it's time to close the other thread on ABT's men's crisis?

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 04:49 AM

What a threesome: Hallberg, Matthews, and Gorak! Could one ask for anything more?

And they're all American. Maybe it's time to close the other thread on ABT's men's crisis?


You make a good point, Jayne, however I have grave reservations about the hiring of James Whiteside. We need one more tall guy, but someone who is more classical, has more elegance, and is more nuanced as an actor than Whiteside. Is there anyone in the corps who could grow into that person? Eric Tamm, perhaps? Then I'd be happy to stop using the phrase "ABT's male principal problem."

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:16 AM


What a threesome: Hallberg, Matthews, and Gorak! Could one ask for anything more?

And they're all American. Maybe it's time to close the other thread on ABT's men's crisis?


You make a good point, Jayne, however I have grave reservations about the hiring of James Whiteside. We need one more tall guy, but someone who is more classical, has more elegance, and is more nuanced as an actor than Whiteside. Is there anyone in the corps who could grow into that person? Eric Tamm, perhaps? Then I'd be happy to stop using the phrase "ABT's male principal problem."


I share your opinion about Whiteside. Eric Tamm is a front runner. I think with exceptional coaching, Joey Gorak would be able to develop into that position as well - he already has the grace and gorgeous lines.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 06:38 AM

I saw both performances yesterday. Hee Seo and Roberto Bolle at the matinee were absolutely wonderful. Bolle is a perfect Romeo. He was a flawless partner to Hee Seo. He made her seem weightless in the lifts. In addition, there are so many small but telling details in his portrayal that I have not seen in any of the other performances. His jumps are not as high as some of the other men, but I didn't care about that because his overall portrayal was so perfect. When you give Hee Seo the wrong role (like a Petipa ballet), all the weaknesses become apparent very quickly. But when you give her a suitable role like Juliet, she shines. This was my first viewing of her Juliet, and she was magnificent. There were no false notes in her performance. It all looked like it was unfolding for the first time before our very eyes. Gorgeous fluidity.

Cornejo and Reyes were very good in the evening. Cornejo is an especially brilliant technician, and so he blazed brightly during the balcony scene, and dazzled with his brilliant dancing. Reyes made for a very sympathetic Juliet. Neither is an especially convincing actor, but they were more than solid. Special mention to Aaron Scott, who is my favorite Mercutio of the week.

The matinee was very well sold. The evening performance was very poorly sold (about 40 percent full in my section.)

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 07:34 AM

I think Eric Tamm is wonderful. I would love to see him become a soloist and then a principal. I feel even stronger about Joseph Gorak eventually becomeing a principal. I'm not sure who else. Joseph Phillips maybe? At least for soloist. And for soloist, though I don't think eventual principal, what about Arron Scott? I'm going to see him as Mercutio at the Saturday matinee of Romeo and Juliet. I'll post my thoughts about Scott after I see his peformance on the 15th.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:05 AM

I think Eric Tamm is wonderful. I would love to see him become a soloist and then a principal. I feel even stronger about Joseph Gorak eventually becomeing a principal. I'm not sure who else. Joseph Phillips maybe? At least for soloist. And for soloist, though I don't think eventual principal, what about Arron Scott? I'm going to see him as Mercutio at the Saturday matinee of Romeo and Juliet. I'll post my thoughts about Scott after I see his peformance on the 15th.


I concur with Abatt, Arron Scott is my favorite Mercutio. Looking forward to your thoughts!

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:32 AM


I think Eric Tamm is wonderful. I would love to see him become a soloist and then a principal. I feel even stronger about Joseph Gorak eventually becomeing a principal. I'm not sure who else. Joseph Phillips maybe? At least for soloist. And for soloist, though I don't think eventual principal, what about Arron Scott? I'm going to see him as Mercutio at the Saturday matinee of Romeo and Juliet. I'll post my thoughts about Scott after I see his peformance on the 15th.


I concur with Abatt, Arron Scott is my favorite Mercutio. Looking forward to your thoughts!


I thought Arron Scott was wonderful in A Month in the Country. And I agree that Joseph Gorak has principal potential. But we need another tall guy. If it isn't to be Whiteside, and I just don't think it is, then who would it be? That's where I come up with Eric Tamm as a possibility.

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:37 AM


What a threesome: Hallberg, Matthews, and Gorak! Could one ask for anything more?

And they're all American. Maybe it's time to close the other thread on ABT's men's crisis?


You make a good point, Jayne, however I have grave reservations about the hiring of James Whiteside. We need one more tall guy, but someone who is more classical, has more elegance, and is more nuanced as an actor than Whiteside. Is there anyone in the corps who could grow into that person? Eric Tamm, perhaps? Then I'd be happy to stop using the phrase "ABT's male principal problem."


How about Tom Forster or Gray Davis or Roman Zurbin?

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Posted 13 June 2013 - 08:37 AM

The tall guy that ABT was/is looking at for promotion is Hammoudi. However, he is now missing all of his assignments for the season due to injury, so McKenzie cannot yet determine whether Hammoudi has the right stuff for future promotion. Clearly, if Whiteside is successful in his full length lead assignments, he will looked at for promotion to principal. I don't think it woudl be this season, but maybe in 2014. I think they should promote Scott, Gorak and Tamm to soloist.


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