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ABT 2013 Sleeping Beauty at the Met


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#76 Plisskin

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 03:01 PM

 

I found this on a Russian forum. Ivan Vasiliev and Isabella Boylston's Blue Bird PDD:
 
Awful.


Thank you Plisskin for posting this. Boylston looks fabulous! Vasiliev? Bent knees, feet not pointed, legs turned in. I don't understand. So what if he can jump as high as a skyscraper and turn like a tasmanian devil. He looks awful doing it. I would love to be a fly on the wall during his rehearsals. I wonder if KM and the rehearsal directors correct him for these persistent and unprofessional mistakes?

 

I completely agree with your comments about Vasiliev! Seeing that PDD is sad. That role should have been given to an up and coming Soloist or Corp member to help them grow. Not outsourced to a dancer whom can't even point his toes. I don't understand his casting or even being employed by the company in the first place. I don't understand at all.



#77 Marga

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 04:10 PM

Boylston was the cat, and she wore a glum expression throughout.  The bubble over her head would read:  "I should be dancing Aurora or at least Florine.  What the #$%! am I doing being cast as the Cat?

 

 

I know you're just putting words in her mouth for effect, abatt, but in case anyone takes this comment more seriously I feel compelled to say that Isabella Boylston would never, ever have such feelings. She graciously and gratefully accepts any and all roles bestowed upon her and truly loves to dance, no matter which role she has. There are few with such open hearts and true grace.

 

Edited to add: I just saw that vrsfanatic already addressed this comment. I responded before reading the rest of the thread. If anything, two who agree should prove the point!


Edited by Marga, 06 July 2013 - 04:15 PM.


#78 Jayne

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 04:41 PM

I watched the BlueBird pas, Isabella Boylston looks lovely, and all I can say about Ivan Vasiliev is that he missed his true calling: he could have been an Olympic Gold Medalist in Floor Exercise Gymnastics.   I know he left the Bolshoi to avoid the typecasting, but now that he's reaching out, some of the roles (Bluebird) are not a good fit.  I wonder if he would look better in comtemporary dance that doesn't require as much turn out, pointed toes, etc???



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 07:33 PM

Part gave a master class tonight on how to dance the Vision scene.  She and Gomes were fantastic. Part was very confident and commanding throughout.  Those balances no longer plague her.  By the way, Boylston was a much better cat tonight than on Friday night. Time for bed.  Hopefully will post more tomorrow. 



#80 mimsyb

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:10 PM

I watched the BlueBird pas, Isabella Boylston looks lovely, and all I can say about Ivan Vasiliev is that he missed his true calling: he could have been an Olympic Gold Medalist in Floor Exercise Gymnastics.   I know he left the Bolshoi to avoid the typecasting, but now that he's reaching out, some of the roles (Bluebird) are not a good fit.  I wonder if he would look better in comtemporary dance that doesn't require as much turn out, pointed toes, etc???

See, and I think he should join KISS!  He and Gene Simmons could make a remarkable duo!



#81 Waelsung

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 08:24 PM

Just got back home from the last performance of the season and what a performance it was.

 

Part does not dazzle but enchants and enthralls. Gomes was great, but she was out of this world.

 

I don't think I'll be able to survive the ABT withdrawal this year :)



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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:01 PM

 Did anyone see A Lendorf in the matinee. Please report.



#83 fondoffouettes

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:21 PM

I will write more tomorrow, but just a quick note to say that tonight's Sleeping Beauty--the vision scene and wedding act, in particular--was one of the most wonderful ABT performances I've ever experienced. It's difficult to enumerate all of the small details that made tonight's performance so special, but I do keep replaying certain moments in my head. I won't soon forget the way Gomes lowered Veronika in slow motion after the final lift in the wedding pas de deux, everyone's eyes following her pointed feet until they finally made contact with the stage floor. And the way they hopped backwards together en arabesque, in perfect unison, in the same pas de deux was enthralling (Waelsung hit upon the perfect adjective for tonight's performance). And I keep remembering the way Part looked at her own hand and then regarded Gomes with a sense of tenderness as she placed her hand in his during the wedding pas de deux. I've never experienced an Aurora who seems more truly human--transforming herself from naive girl, to otherworldly, sylph-like phantom, to fully blossomed woman in love. 

 

It was a triumphant night for Gomes and Part. I'm a fan of both of them and feel as if I know their dancing very well by now, but both managed to surprise me in the way they pushed beyond the already high level of artistry they have achieved in the past. I've never seen such richly embroidered characterizations delivered in such an unmannered, fresh manner. I felt as if I were experiencing the ballet with new eyes and becoming reacquainted with what makes Gomes and Part so special.



#84 pherank

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Posted 06 July 2013 - 09:23 PM

Looks like the July 3rd performance didn't exactly bomb - no one gets booed or 'praised' with silence:

 



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:26 AM

Curtain calls at the 7/6/13 matinee (Reyes/Lendorf) thanks to LaKarsavina:

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=DD05yE81Utg

 

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=3Ly4IucdnBM



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 04:38 AM

I just saw the last performance of the season, really enjoyed it. Stella Abrera was sublime. Gomes' stage presence and form were incredible - being in row E, I could appreciate just how deeply he inhabited the role, emphasizing wonder at the vision, the sense of capture, the choice. In the final act, he just glowed - he really seems to enjoy himself out there. Veronika Part wasn't "inconsistent" - the tag she always seems to enjoy. But being up so close I noticed she grimaced briefly in a couple of the unsupported balances, and then once they were out of the way seemed to let go with her lyrical side, especially from the vision scene onwards. BTW, this was my first time seeing ABT SB, it seemed to me that the fairy tale characters' parts where shortened a lot - it that true? Also, I'm wondering which productions include this variation that I saw in the 1964 Kirov film: - I would have loved to see Gomes dance this.



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:36 AM

like many productions nowadays, ABT's omits the suite of court dances from the hunt scene of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.

the solo danced by Soloviev in K. Sergeyev's production, shown in the film clip above, is from that suite, and is, if mem. serves, the "Danse des baronesses" a.k.a. "Danse des baronnes" which is described in the balletmaster's plan of 1890 as "arrogantes et guindees."

TCHAIKOVSKY'S BALLETS by R.J.WIley quotes Skalkovsky on this part of the first production thus: "...very nicely produced old French dances, ending with a fanadole," and goes on to quote Korovyakov that "The most interesting number, which bears the stamp of the epoch, the knowledge and taste of the balletmaster, is the farandole [also cut in ABT's production, and many others] and the variations of the courtly women in Prince Desire's hunt."

if mem. further serves when Baryshnikov danced the prince in a former ABT staging of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY he too danced to this music, in a solo of his own? making, in the hunt scene in heeled slippers.

and, yes, ABT cuts all of the "caractere" divertissements in the final act, except what was first called the "Pas de quatre" for fairies of precious stones and metals, which it stages for the suite of fairy godmothers, led by Lilac, and the pas for "L'Oiseau bleu et la Princesse Florine." 



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:38 AM

I just saw the last performance of the season, really enjoyed it. Stella Abrera was sublime.

 

Did Abrera do BlueBird at the matinee and Lilac Fairy in the evening? What a trooper!



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 05:52 AM

Abrerra danced Florine at the matinee opposite Radetsky.



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Posted 07 July 2013 - 06:16 AM

How was Abrera/Radetsky as BB? Didn't Copeland do BB in the evening? How was she?
Thanks to everyone for these great reviews.


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