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YAGP Gala - Koch Theater, April 10, 2014


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#1 naomikage

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Posted 24 January 2014 - 09:46 AM

Some participants of YAGP Gala "STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW"

(April 10, 2014 at 7:00pm) & YAGP 15th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION 
(April 11, 2014 at 7:00pm) have been announced and box office has opened. 
 
But programs and choreographers are yet to be announced
 
 
This year YAGP will present the New York debut of Stuttgart Ballet’s Evan McKie. He will be dancing a pas de duex from Onegin, according to YAGP's Facebook. 


#2 naomikage

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Posted 18 February 2014 - 07:30 AM

Sergei Filin will be a jury for YAGP finals this year, and also he will be at the curtain for the galas on April 10th and 11th.

 

 Mr. Filin is expected to take a curtain call at the competition’s 15th anniversary gala on April 10 at the David H. Koch Theater, which will feature Olga Smirnova of the Bolshoi and Misty Copeland and other dancers from American Ballet Theater, among the performers. And Mr. Filin is scheduled to answer questions from the stage the following night, before a performance by several prominent dancers, including Sara Mearns of New York City Ballet, Herman Cornejo of the American Ballet Theater, and Alicia Graf Mack of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

 

 

http://artsbeat.blog...type=blogs&_r=0



#3 naomikage

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:33 AM

Here is the full list of the dancers

 

http://hosted.vertic...637/8c4bf0b241/

 

"STARS OF TODAY MEET THE STARS OF TOMORROW" GALA
April 10th, 2014 7:00pm
 
Ashley Bouder (New York City Ballet)
Isabella Boylston* (American Ballet Theatre)
Skylar Brandt* (American Ballet Theatre)
Misty Copeland (American Ballet Theatre)
Marlon Dino (Munich State Opera Ballet)
Joseph Gatti* (Freelance Artist)
Matthew Golding* (The Royal Ballet)
Mathias Heymann* (Paris Opera Ballet)
Lucia Lacarra (Munich State Opera Ballet)
Sarah Lane* (American Ballet Theatre)
Alicia Graf Mack (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre)
Evan McKie (National Ballet of Canada & Stuttgart Ballet)
Lauren Post* (American Ballet Theatre)
Calvin Royal III* (American Ballet Theatre)
Daniil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre)
Cory Stearns* (American Ballet Theatre)
Gabe Stone Shayer* (American Ballet Theatre)
Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Ballet)
Katherine Williams* (American Ballet Theatre)
 
FEATURING WORLD PREMIERES BY
 
Emmy-Award Winner Derek Hough of "Dancing with the Stars" 
 and Gemma Bond of American Ballet Theatre 
with Costumes and Design by Ralph Rucci
and Original score by Karen LeFrak
 
15th ANNIVERSARY CLOSING NIGHT CELEBRATION 
April 11th, 2014 7:00pm
 
Tyler Angle (New York City Ballet)
Fabrice Calmels (Joffrey Ballet)
Seymon Chudin (Bolshoi Ballet)
Herman Cornejo (American Ballet Theatre)
Marlon Dino (Munich State Opera Ballet) 
Robert Fairchild (New York City Ballet)
Joseph Gatti* (Freelance Artist)
Maria Kochetkova (San Francisco Ballet)
Lucia Lacarra (Munich State Opera Ballet)
Lauren Lovette* (New York City Ballet)
Joaquin De Luz (New York City Ballet)
Alicia Graf Mack (Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater)
Brooklyn Mack* (Washington Ballet)
Evan McKie (National Ballet of Canada & Stuttgart Ballet)
Sara Mearns* (New York City Ballet)
Iana Salenko (Berlin State Opera Ballet)
Daniil Simkin (American Ballet Theatre)
Beckanne Sisk* (Ballet West)
Olga Smirnova (Bolshoi Ballet)
Taylor Stanley* (New York City Ballet)
Daniel Ulbricht (New York City Ballet)
James Whiteside* (American Ballet Theatre)
 
FEATURING PREMIERES BY 
Marco Goeke, Evan McKie, Justin Peck, and Andrea Schermoly 
 
* Denotes YAGP alumni.


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Posted 19 February 2014 - 08:50 AM

A very high percentage of the performers are from companies based in New York and/or regularly perform here (Kochetkova).  I think they used to present more stars from  European companies.  I wish they would spend less money on hiring choreographers for new works that will immediately fade into oblivion when the curtain falls and spend more on hiring important foreign dancers.

 

Thrilled to see the Bolshoi's Smirnova on the list of performers. Nobody from the Royal or the Mariinsky?



#5 naomikage

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:35 AM

I do think this year there's a very high percentage of dancers from ABT and NYCB, although the ticket prices are relatively high...



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 11:27 AM

Yes, the  ticket prices for this, like so many other cultural events, have risen quite a bit over the past few years. 



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Posted 19 February 2014 - 02:05 PM

Evan McKie is choreographing something for this?

#8 naomikage

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Posted 19 February 2014 - 10:49 PM

Evan McKie is choreographing something for this?

 
Yes, It is a pas de deux.

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 09:10 AM

When I saw so many local dancers listed for the YAGP Galas I wasn't that keen on going but bought tickets anyway. Now YAGP has listed the programs as well as the dancers on their website and I'm so glad I got my tickets because some of the casting sounds fantastic. There is a lot of new choreography both nights but Friday night's combinations are what I'm most looking forward to:

- Lauren Lovette & Herman Cornejo in the Rubies Pas de Deux

- Ashley Bouder & Semyon Chudin in a Pas de Deux from La Sylphide

- Alicia Graf & Daniil Simkin in Pas de Duke  - I LOVE the Ailey men but can't wait to see this with a shorthish ballet virtuoso to contrast with the tall Ailey woman!

- Olga Smirnova & Semyon Chudin in Diamonds Pas de Deux - finally live in NY and in the House of Balanchine!

 

You can see the full lists here: http://www.yagp.org/...s/?page_id=2947

 

And here: http://www.yagp.org/...s/?page_id=2984



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Posted 07 April 2014 - 02:55 PM


- Alicia Graf & Daniil Simkin in Pas de Duke  - I LOVE the Ailey men but can't wait to see this with a shorthish ballet virtuoso to contrast with the tall Ailey woman!

 

 

and that's what the original version was about.



#11 abatt

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Posted 11 April 2014 - 06:02 AM

Unfortunately, and without explanation, Alicia Graf did not perform.  Linda Sims from Ailey danced with Simkin.  She is even shorter than Simkin, I can never complain about seeing Sims because she is excellent, but I was disappointed. Simkin handled all the virtuoso tricks much better than the Ailey men, but he lacks any skill in jazz-based movement (which he admitted in a little film clip that preceeded the performance).

 

 

The new Gemma Bond work was, in my opinion, a total dud.  The gimmick was that dancers were joined together by long pieces of fabric wrapped around them.  Couldn't wait for it to end.  As noted by rg on another forum, Stearns was replaced.

 

For me, the highlight of the evening was Smirnova and McKie in a searing performance of the final pdd from Onegin.  It was riveting.  I definitely would like to see more of both of these incredible dancers.

 

Forgot to add that during the first half of the performance, Tyler Angle and Sara Mearns danced the pdd from In G Major.  It was lovely, but not the best account of the pdd I've seen.  It didn't help that the pianist seemed to hurry the dancers in parts.



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 08:37 AM

 
I agree that the Sims/Simkin Pas de Duke was a dud. I love Sims, she is actually my favorite in the Jamison role & was wonderful last night but there was no connection between her and Simkin and he looked totally out of place. I was looking forward to seeing him with Graf because that would have brought back the Jamison/Baryshnikov tall woman/short man dynamic. Also, despite the height difference, they are both very long-limbed and their lines looked great together in the publicity photo:http://davidhkochthe...moreinfoYA.html
 
I also agree that the Smirnova/McKie Onegin pdd was the highlight of the evening - they were smokin! I loved Mathias Haymann in Manfred & Lacarra/Dino in white swan pdd . She's really a bit too swanny for my taste but I still find her interpretation physically gorgeous and emotionally engaging - even out of context.
 
Most disappointing was the Gatti/Salenko DQ PDD. They were clean, he can jump & she can balance but, really - you'd better be spectacular if you're bringing that to NY again! 


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Posted 11 April 2014 - 07:56 PM

Did anyone go to tonight's show?  Awaiting your review(s).



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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:21 PM

I went both nights. I'm in the airport headed home and will post soon. I LOVED this so much more than I expected.

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Posted 12 April 2014 - 01:27 PM

Have a safe and uneventful trip home, and we look forward to hearing about it when you have a chance.




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