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#151 abatt

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 08:06 AM

Even though there are many "guest" artists, I thought it was encouraging to see that McKenzie gave lead roles to Lane, Gorak, Copeland, Kajiya and Matthews in Coppelia.  I'm hoping that these soloists get the TBA Cinderella too.  Having Kent do Cinderella at this stage of the game is absurd.



#152 Helene

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 08:56 AM

So Veronika Part is not Russian? .

I don't know how many people recognize that she is Russian or even notice that her first name is spelled with a "k." She wouldn't get the "bump" the way Osipova would.

Part also doesn't get that many big review nights, and casual fans rely upon those and the dancers with big preview articles if they're making decisions not based on the dates they're free. When Part was reviewed in the past, she often had mixed reviews from Macaulay, which doesn't help her to sell tickets to casual fans. When people are told that they just don't know to what heights Osipova will next soar, they want to be there to see for themselves. Part is not that kind of dancer, and she never will be, and she's not a rarity, as in "You must catch that one Cojocaru Aurora."

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 09:57 AM

I hope Ms. Part isn't discouraged with her matinees - I for one am very happy only because it's easier for me to come into the city for a matinee and I haven't been able to see enough of her in the last few seasons.



#154 abatt

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 10:13 AM

I hope they find a worthy partner for Part in her Bayadere matinee.  For me, that will be a "super Saturday" in which I will go to both the matinee and the evening shows.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:42 AM

Another thing to notice about review nights - usually the review night is the opening night of the run of that particular ballet/program.  Usually, ABT has distributed the first performance of the run among the principal ballerinas.  Part in the past has often danced the first "Swan Lake", "Bayadere" or "Sleeping Beauty" since she made principal.  (The New York reviewers sometimes will skip casting they have reviewed before and concentrate on role debuts or guest appearances).  Spring 2014 Part has no first performances of the run of any ballet.  Semionova has the first Don Q and T&V.  Hee Seo has the first Cinderella.  Kent has the first Manon.  Vishneva has the first Bayadere and Giselle.  Misty Copeland has the first Coppelia. Murphy has the first Swan Lake and Dream Titania.  Herrera, Reyes and Part have nada.  Herrera and Reyes are veterans at this point with some diminishment of technique (that doesn't stop Kent though).  Part is at the peak of her maturity.  So it is clear that ABT is starting to sideline some principals from major opportunities.

 

I also must mention that Part has made significant strides in the last few seasons getting lots of new roles (Kitri, Sylvia et al.) and more performances.  The downside is that she hasn't been dancing with Bolle or Gomes who are her best partners.  Though Part seems to not have problems with Cory, at least onstage, the difference in their stature as artists is clearly evident onstage. Part cannot work on the highest level due to his bland, low impact acting and shaky partnering.  I also must add that Part is a full-time member of the company year round, like Semionova (a proviso in her hiring), Herrera, Kent, Reyes, Boylston, Seo et al. but unlike Murphy and Vishneva who have commitments elsewhere.  it is all rather distressing and except for a few exceptions - Lane stuck with the matinee of T&V but getting a Coppelia, Gorak in Coppelia, etc. this is a distressing picture of the company. 

 

If Part decides to leave ABT for say English National Ballet or god bless us, the Royal Ballet, ABT is really screwed for principal ballerinas.  Herrera, Reyes and Kent are not going to be dancing much longer - ditto Vishneva though she is a star and is already moving into less technically showy, more dramatic parts.  Semionova is an excellent dancer but doesn't move or excite the balletomanes in the way Part does.  Murphy is spending a lot of time in New Zealand.  Seo has yet to show that she can carry other roles than Giselle or Juliet with authority and technical command.  Boylston is growing by leaps and bounds and is pulling her weight.  Lane and Abrera I honestly don't know why they are still there.  Misty Copeland I think is a charismatic and fine dancer and versatile but not a heavy hitter in the 19th century classics.  In five years this is going to be a decimated company.



#156 fondoffouettes

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 11:46 AM

I hope they find a worthy partner for Part in her Bayadere matinee.  For me, that will be a "super Saturday" in which I will go to both the matinee and the evening shows.

 

I've been wondering if they are perhaps holding the Bayadere TBAs for Hammoudi, in case he is back to 100% by then? His partnering can be quite shaky, but it would still be nice to see him get a shot, especially after missing out on so many performances last year. I really hope he can pull his technique/partnering skills together. 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:00 PM

The thing I find most disturbing about ABT's treatment of Part is that they have refused to give her certan roles.  I always thought that they didn't give her Juliet, Manon,  Tatyana in Onegin and Giselle because of her height - maybe she is just too tall for all those lifts.  However, they seem to have no problem giving those very same roles to Semionova, who is just as tall and Part.  Frankly, David Hallberg's eyes looked like they were going to pop out of his head last season during some of the lifts involving Semionova in R&J. Semionova was a very bland and uninspiring Juliet and Tatyana.  If you're going to make the guys lift tall girls in these roles, why not give Part a shot too.  She's earned it. Not fair.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:28 PM

The thing I find most disturbing about ABT's treatment of Part is that they have refused to give her certan roles.  I always thought that they didn't give her Juliet, Manon,  Tatyana in Onegin and Giselle because of her height - maybe she is just too tall for all those lifts.  However, they seem to have no problem giving those very same roles to Semionova, who is just as tall and Part.  Frankly, David Hallberg's eyes looked like they were going to pop out of his head last season during some of the lifts involving Semiona in R&J. Semionova was a very bland and uninspiring Juliet and Tatyana.  If you're going to make the guys lift tall girls in these roles, why not give Part a shot too.  She's earned it. Not fair.

 

Part has had some serious cross-over publicity (a Letterman appearance and she gets mentioned on a regular basis in James Wolcott's column/blog for Vanity Fair).  But it's also the case that even among balletomanes there is not absolute consensus about her greatness or her fitness for every role. Personally, I would like to see her get a shot at Tatiana, but the company would absolutely need to give her the right partner.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 12:30 PM

Part is one of my very favorites, but even Bolle has trouble lifting her.  I never saw their SL, but have seen him with her in Ratmansky's Shostakovich piece last year, and held my breath.

 

I can't imagine Kent in the final scene of "Manon".  What has she been like in the past? 



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 02:17 PM

The thing I find most disturbing about ABT's treatment of Part is that they have refused to give her certan roles.  I always thought that they didn't give her Juliet, Manon,  Tatyana in Onegin and Giselle because of her height - maybe she is just too tall for all those lifts.  However, they seem to have no problem giving those very same roles to Semionova, who is just as tall and Part.  Frankly, David Hallberg's eyes looked like they were going to pop out of his head last season during some of the lifts involving Semionova in R&J. Semionova was a very bland and uninspiring Juliet and Tatyana.  If you're going to make the guys lift tall girls in these roles, why not give Part a shot too.  She's earned it. Not fair.

      There are a couple of tall( over 6 ft ) and strong- looking members of the corp, Gray Davis and Thomas Forster,who could partner Veronika if given a chance. Thomas partnered her in S in C in LA last July.



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Posted 11 October 2013 - 05:15 PM

 

The thing I find most disturbing about ABT's treatment of Part is that they have refused to give her certan roles.  I always thought that they didn't give her Juliet, Manon,  Tatyana in Onegin and Giselle because of her height - maybe she is just too tall for all those lifts.  However, they seem to have no problem giving those very same roles to Semionova, who is just as tall and Part.  Frankly, David Hallberg's eyes looked like they were going to pop out of his head last season during some of the lifts involving Semionova in R&J. Semionova was a very bland and uninspiring Juliet and Tatyana.  If you're going to make the guys lift tall girls in these roles, why not give Part a shot too.  She's earned it. Not fair.

      There are a couple of tall( over 6 ft ) and strong- looking members of the corp, Gray Davis and Thomas Forster,who could partner Veronika if given a chance. Thomas partnered her in S in C in LA last July.

 

 

I thought she looked quite good with Whiteside last year, and he seemed to have little difficulty partnering her.



#162 Marga

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Posted 11 October 2013 - 06:55 PM

So Veronika Part is not Russian? Or should she change her last name to Partovskaya? 

 

Veronika's father is Estonian, hence the name "Part" which means "duck" (as in the bird). She was raised, however, as Russian and doesn't speak Estonian at all (but has been seen at NY's Estonian House where she performed The Dying Swan to a SRO Estonian audience).



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Posted 13 October 2013 - 10:31 AM

I hope Ms. Part isn't discouraged with her matinees - I for one am very happy only because it's easier for me to come into the city for a matinee and I haven't been able to see enough of her in the last few seasons.

 

I can never get enough of Veronika Part. I think she is an exquisite dancer, completely unique, authentic, expressive, and vulnerable. Yes, I hold my breath during the most difficult technical challenges, but she invariably gets through them and it makes me only love her more. If Bolle had trouble lifting her, I would guess that it's a matter of not enough rehearsal time.



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Posted 23 November 2013 - 05:32 AM

In his review of her Juliet with Royal, Macaulay states definitively that Osipova will not be performing at all with ABT at the Met in 2014.
 

In Ms. Osipova’s case, London’s gain is New York’s loss. She will not be dancing with Ballet Theater in its 2014 Metropolitan Opera House season.


http://www.nytimes.c...royal.html?_r=0

Cojocaru is already listed on the schedule, so the mystery remains: who will do all those TBAs?

#165 bingham

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Posted 23 November 2013 - 09:59 AM

Macaulay also praised E Obratzova in the same review. She would be a great guest to the spring season.




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