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Posted 23 November 2013 - 03:50 PM
Thanks James. The Het Nationale Ballet has been performing Balanchine for quite a while now - since something like 1961. I'm not sure who would have been the repetiteur - Patricia Neary? But that might have been too early for Neary to be around.
Anyway, I think they look quite comfortable and relaxed with the works now.
Posted 23 November 2013 - 11:42 PM
I like them quite a lot -- unlike the YT commenters, I think theylook like they're enjoying htemselves. THe jumping girl looks SO MUCH like Marisa Lopez, who used to dance with SFB, it's a joy to seee her up there, dancing so joyously -- she isn't stretching her ankles a lot, but she's dancing with her WHOLE body in a way I really enjoy. Also, the Patty girl is very appealing; it's only the Marni girl who's unable to throw her pelvis around. But then, I've seen Elizabeth Loscavio dance this role, and nobody can measure up to the wit sensuality, and preposterousness of that -- it's as if ROssini had written it,the way she danced it, we were screaming.
The cameraman isn't doing any favors to the boy, who's unfortunately got a nose that's in the way of his smile but a REALLY good partner.
I love this ballet.
To anyone else who loves Who Cares, please, try to find the CBC recording from when it was new -- KARIN stole hte show. The steps have been changed, but she just horsed around and it was out of this world -- none of those jetes battus, but man could she jump, and it was a house afire. And biding my time, the boys' dance, wasn't a bunch of bankers but Astaire-ish hoofers, sweeter guys, in light-colored trousers so you could see their legs. And Jacques was almost a lil Abner, he was so sweet cute and hunky , not corny exactly but very very appealing and "innocent." A wonderful wonderful thing.
Posted 24 November 2013 - 06:03 AM
to be sure, Paul, the CBC recording is a treasure, but it was filmed w/ Bonnefous, not d'Amboise, who must have been indisposed. otherwise full first cast, complete w/ the soon dropped "Clap yo' hands" segment as well.
here's the JRDD NYPL cat. entry:
Posted 24 November 2013 - 09:27 PM
I'm sorry, everybody -- and thanks, RG --
Though that's scary -- it is SO easy to imagine d'Amboise in the role, I'd swear I've seen him do it. Is there no recording out there that shows him dancing the role? I see from Googling that he's doing coaching sessions for archival purposes -- which I would certainly love to see, and maybe that's enflamed my imagination. It's been a long time since I watched that tape, and the memory plays tricks. I've noticed, my imagination is often stronger than my memory.
I'd still swear that's Marisa Lopez with Het.
Posted 25 November 2013 - 07:16 AM
the d'Amboise WHO CARES? archive taping took place last Mon. Nov. 18.
i was unable to go, but a colleague said it was good.
he danced this role until near the end of his time at NYCB.
i don't know of any films of him in the part.
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