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Sleeping Beauty, Jan 31-Feb 2 and Feb 6-Feb 9


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#1 Helene

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 12:40 PM

The first production after the "Nutcracker" is Ronald Hynd's after Petipa production of "Sleeping Beauty," and it opens on Friday, 31 January.
 
Three notes:  all matinee performances begin at 1pm.  There are two additional matinee performances, first weekend Sunday (2 February) and second weekend Saturday (8 February).  There will be a total of nine performances.
 
There will be no post-performance Q&A's, but Doug Fullington's will present 30-minute pre-performance lectures starting one hour before curtain.
 
So far, the only casting confirmation we have is that Rachel Foster will dance Aurora:  in a post-performance Q&A from the Kylian + Pite program, Foster noted that she had not danced in pointe shoes for two months -- her roles in "Emergence" were the only female parts danced in ballet slippers -- and he jokingly wished her good luck with Aurora.
 
In the full-length version current dancers who've performed Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund are:
  • Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold: 2001, 2006, 2010
  • Kaori Nakamura: 2001 and 2006 (with Olivier Wevers), 2010 (with Lucien Postlewaite)
  • Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz:  2010
  • Lesley Rausch and Bold
  • (Added, see Sandy McKean's post below)

In "Aurora's Wedding" performed in the November 2011 "Love Stories" program, we saw:
  • Maria Chapman and Seth Orza
  • Sarah Ricard Orza and Cruz
  • Lesley Rausch and Bold
From Carla Korbes' description of her injury and rehab in the Ballet Initiative podcasts (parts one and two, which I don't see linked), it doesn't sound like she will be ready for Aurora, since rehearsals are in progress, but perhaps a slow start will result in a quicker later stage of recovery.   She, Imler, Ricard Orza, and Laura Gilbreath have danced Lilac Fairy.
 
Here's the trailer:  Korbes is Aurora, Cruz is Florimund, and Imler is Lilac Fairy.
 


#2 pherank

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 12:59 PM

From Carla Korbes' description of her injury and rehab in the Ballet Initiative podcasts (parts one and two, which I don't see linked)...

 

Note: users will need to click the "Older" navigation link at the bottom of the pages to see previous pages in the archive. The 2nd part of the Korbes interview is back one page.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:04 PM

So far, the only casting confirmation we have is that Rachel Foster will dance Aurora......

 

 

YEA!!  I greatly hope that this happens.  As I've opined before, Rachel has always been a superlative dancer in the more contemporary ballets, but in recent years her classical skills have also rocketed upward.  Aurora will be the ultimate test of her ability to excel in both worlds.

 

Brava Rachel.



#4 Helene

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 01:57 PM

Related events for "Sleeping Beauty" listed on the PNB website are:

 

Coaching The Sleeping Beauty Studio Presentation

Thursday, January 16, 2014, 5:30–7:00 pm, The Phelps Center, Studio C.

The role of Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty is one of ballet’s most challenging and rewarding. From the Rose Adagio to the Vision scene to the Wedding pas de deux, the ballerina must portray nobility coming of age within the language of the danse d’ecole. Artistic Director Peter Boal works with PNB’s Auroras in this studio coaching session of the celebrated ballet.

 

Listen to the Ballet

 

PNB partners with 98.1 Classical KING FM to bring listeners some of history’s most popular ballet scores, featuring the Pacific Northwest Ballet Orchestra direct from McCaw Hall. Tune in to KING FM for a live broadcast of Tchaikovsky’s beautifully scored The Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 pm. Only on 98.1 fm or online at www.king.org/listen.

 

Friday Previews

Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:00–7:00 pm, The Phelps Center

PNB’s popular Friday Previews are hour-long studio rehearsals hosted by Artistic Director Peter Boal and PNB artistic staff, featuring Company dancers in excerpts from upcoming ballets. More Information

Ballet Previews—Free

 

Lunchtime Preview Lecture:  Seattle Public Library

Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 12:00–1:00 pm

Join PNB for a free lunchtime preview lecture at the Central Seattle Public Library. Education Programs Manager Doug Fullington will offer insights about The Sleeping Beauty, complete with video excerpts. More Information

Lecture Series & Dress Rehearsal

 

Dress Reharsal:

Thursday, January 30, 2014
Lecture 6:00–6:45 pm, Nesholm Family Lecture Hall, McCaw Hall
Dress Rehearsal 7:00–9:30 pm, McCaw Hall
Join us for an engaging interview during the hour preceding the dress rehearsal. Attend the lecture only or stay for the dress rehearsal. More Information

 

 

 

 

Note: users will need to click the "Older" navigation link at the bottom of the pages to see previous pages in the archive. The 2nd part of the Korbes interview is back one page.

 

Oops, I must have clicked "Older" twice accidentally.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:11 PM

I'm so sorry to hear that they're skipping the post-show Q/A for this rep -- I would love to hear from the dancers about their experiences with a heritage classical ballet. 

 

I have my fingers crossed for Imler as the Lilac Fairy.  She's done a spectacular job with this role in the past, and I would love to see it again.

 

And I'm wondering who might be cast as Carabosse -- it's a role with real possibilities for a character performer!



#6 Helene

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 03:46 PM

Particularly after the Tharp and Kylian/Pite programs. They do need to rest up, though, with the extra shows.

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:06 PM

In the full-length version current dancers who've performed Princess Aurora and Prince Florimund are:

  • Carrie Imler and Batkhurel Bold: 2001, 2006, 2010
  • Kaori Nakamura: 2001 and 2006 (with Olivier Wevers), 2010 (with Lucien Postlewaite)
  • Carla Korbes and Karel Cruz:  2010

 

Leslie Rausch has also danced a full-length Aurora.  She debuted on 2/14/10 with Bold as the Prince.  As is often the case at PNB, new Auroras debut at the last Sunday Matinee.  Such was the case with Leslie.

 

I remember that performance distinctly since I have been a huge fan of Leslie's since days when she was at the back of the corps.  I have followed her rapid career eagerly every step of the way; and obviously her first Aurora was a major milestone (as it is for any ballerina).

 

I have only once gone to a stage door to congratulate a performer after a performance......and that one time was to congratulate Leslie on that Sunday afternoon of 2/14/10.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:08 PM

I'm glad you remembered that, Sandy! I thought she made her debut in a school performance. (I'm not sure if the school performances count as debuts: I think they're abridged versions.)

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 05:13 PM

And I'm wondering who might be cast as Carabosse -- it's a role with real possibilities for a character performer!

 

I would assume Poretta who has done this role so well in the past.  My guess for a new Carabosse would be William Lin-Yee or Kiyon Gains.  Someone who would be a kick to see would be Andrew Bartee.....he's so creative.  Ezra Thomson would give it pizzazz for sure.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 06:10 PM

Timothy Lynch and Olivier Wevers were the last Carabosse's I saw. I saw Paul Gibson in 2001. Lynch is PNBS faculty, but Wevers is deep in Whim W'him's new program, "Instantly Bound," which runs 17-19 January, which is not practical.
 

I have only once gone to a stage door to congratulate a performer after a performance......and that one time was to congratulate Leslie on that Sunday afternoon of 2/14/10.


I was trying to figure out how on Earth I would have missed that, and I realized that the date was during the Olympics, and the performances I was watching were in the speed skating oval in Richmond, BC.

Hopefully this season I'll see her reprise. I hope Chapman gets to do the full length, too. She was radiance personified in "Aurora's Wedding."

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:04 AM

I have only once gone to a stage door to congratulate a performer after a performance......and that one time was to congratulate Leslie on that Sunday afternoon of 2/14/10.

 

I remember thinking it was very sweet that she made her debut on Valentine's Day



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 12:04 AM

 

And I'm wondering who might be cast as Carabosse -- it's a role with real possibilities for a character performer!

 

I would assume Poretta who has done this role so well in the past.  My guess for a new Carabosse would be William Lin-Yee or Kiyon Gains.  Someone who would be a kick to see would be Andrew Bartee.....he's so creative.  Ezra Thomson would give it pizzazz for sure.

 

All very interesting possibilities -- something to mull over while we wait for casting!



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:27 AM

I wonder if that part "requires" a shorter man?  If so, then William Lin-Yee and Andrew Bartee would be out.



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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:33 AM

Wevers is not a shorter man, and he owned the role for years. If Gilbreath is Lilac -- and I hope Dec gets it this year, too -- a tall Carabosse would be great.

I'm hoping for Josh Grant, too.

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Posted 23 December 2013 - 09:36 AM

Wevers is not a shorter man, and he owned the role for years. If Gilbreath is Lilac -- and I hope Dec gets it this year, too -- a tall Carabosse would be great.

I'm hoping for Josh Grant, too.

Oh, now that's an idea.  Wevers used to dance both the prince and Carabosse -- Grant could do that as well, I think.




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