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Swan Lake-Spring 2014


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#1 California

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 11:14 AM

Those of you looking forward to Cojocaru/Cornejo next week in SL might want to look at this short video clip, just sent out by Kobborg: 

 

http://instagram.com/p/pe-rriKdMO/#

 

Marcelo, ever the gentleman, posted this still yesterday: http://instagram.com/p/pelZwhiuaX/#



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Posted 21 June 2014 - 03:32 PM

I guess jumping onto a mattress (or something like it) is not quite the same thing as jumping into a man's strong arms! ;)

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Posted 21 June 2014 - 03:59 PM

Those of you looking forward to Cojocaru/Cornejo next week in SL might want to look at this short video clip, just sent out by Kobborg: 

 

http://instagram.com/p/pe-rriKdMO/#

 

Marcelo, ever the gentleman, posted this still yesterday: http://instagram.com/p/pelZwhiuaX/#

So cute.  Thank you for posting.  I will be at that performance.  I do hope it's Cornejo - Hallberg replaced him in Giselle



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 06:58 PM

Mid-performance casting change at tonight's Swan Lake: Murphy was injured at some point during Act II but danced the act to completion (quite strongly, it seemed). After a long intermission, it was announced that she was injured and that Hee Seo would be dancing in her place for the remainder of the performance. After more waiting, Act III commenced and Seo had the whole audience rooting for her. I'll write a more detailed review later. Best wishes to Murphy for a speedy recovery. 



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:00 PM

News flash.  Murphy injured herself during Act II, but she finished the act.  She had a mis-step during the coda of Act II and you could hear her foot slam into the floor.   After a loooong intermission, there was an announcement from the stage that Hee Seo would dance the remainder of the balet due to Murphy's injury.  After the passage of another 10 minutes, Act III began.  I 've never seen Hee in SL.  I liked her adagio, but her Act III technique was not strong.  Her best technical feat during that act was an unsupported balance held for a good few seconds.  She clearly is not a spinner.  For those who came to see Murphy's legendary quadruple spins while flapping her swan arms, this was a huge disappointment.  Gomes was great. He even got applause when he jumped into the lake - it was like a perfect Olympic dive.

 

So assuming Murphy can't perform the Dream, what are they going to do?  I have my doubts that Kent can get through one Dream, much less two.  Besides, she doesn't dance with Hallberg unless there is a televised Kennedy Center appearance at stake.  Will they expect Reyes to do 2 or 3 instead of one Dream? An emergency import from another company? Stay tuned. 



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 07:35 PM

Wow. Best wishes to Murphy for a fast recovery. And kudos to Seo for stepping in. I can't imagine.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:21 PM

Someone would purchase a ticket to Swan Lake specifically to see the ballerina do quadruple turns with flapping "swan arms?" Brava to Ms. Seo for stepping in to dance this ballet in an emergency situation.

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:27 PM

gosh, I thought the smoldering chemistry and tension between Seo and Gomes made it all worth it - the way they brought their faces together in the heat of the moment and the passion in their eyes.  You could tell that Marcelo brought out all the stops to make this performance one to remember.  And Seo rose to the occasion to fill big shoes.  

 

Best wishes to Gillian who has had a less than ideal season injury-wise!  Speedy recovery!



#9 fondoffouettes

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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:31 PM

With the switch in casting, tonight's performance may not have been a dramatically satisfying one, but it provided an opportunity to reflect on what vastly different dancers bring to the table. Murphy has softened her Odette considerably over the past 10 years, and she has clearly made an effort to be much more expressive. She has, in particular, managed to work on her swan arms to great effect. I'm afraid, however, that I am never quite convinced that she truly inhabits the role of Odette. Whereas someone like Vishneva luxuriates in every phrase (perhaps a bit too much sometimes), Murphy is at the other end of the spectrum; her dancing has a clipped quality when she's not consciously trying to be soft and expressive. And, unfortunately, it can be a little too clear when she is trying to be soft and expressive. I wish she could simply become lost in the moment, but I suppose that's something you can't learn. Don't get me wrong--her dancing tonight was lovely, and she always used her formidable technique in service of the role. However, without the prospect of seeing her as Odile, Murphy's emotional/dramatic shortcomings as Odette became all the more clear. I usually try to see Murphy every other year or so in Swan Lake, and tonight made me realize that I've mostly been going to see her black swan.

 

It felt like a breath of fresh air to see Seo's sensuous Odile. Her expressive arms, flexible back, and beautiful arabesques were an interesting contrast to Murphy. I suspect Seo truly stepped into the role at the last minute, with little preparation, and the audience was really behind her. The adagio with Gomes was absolutely gorgeous -- one of the most memorable I've ever seen. The balance mentioned by abatt was truly impressive and (for me) unexpected. I've rarely seen an ABT ballerina try to hold that balance for very long. The fouettes traveled a lot and ended a bit early, but the audience was very forgiving. Who knows what else Seo has been up to today, and her own Swan Lake is still five days away. An enormous bravo to Marcelo for his magnificent partnering. He made it feel like an exciting, off-the-cuff pas de deux (which it was!), and he supported Seo in every way. Brava to Seo for stepping in several days before she was prepared to dance this role. I've often been in the "too much, too soon" camp when it comes to Seo, but I'm convinced she has something special, and I'm willing to wait for the technique to catch up to her. All dancers can work on their technique, but that undefinable "it factor"--for lack of a better term--can't be learnt, it seems.



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:33 PM

From Gillian's Twitter:

 

Deep gratitude @marcelogomes47 for our Act II & @HEESEOABT for stepping into Act III so quickly (& beautifully!) after I sprained my foot 1f622.png1f618.png



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:35 PM

 Gomes was great. He even got applause when he jumped into the lake - it was like a perfect Olympic dive.

 

So assuming Murphy can't perform the Dream, what are they going to do?  I have my doubts that Kent can get through one Dream, much less two.  Besides, she doesn't dance with Hallberg unless there is a televised Kennedy Center appearance at stake.  Will they expect Reyes to do 2 or 3 instead of one Dream? An emergency import from another company? Stay tuned. 

 

I'm one of those who find an overly spectacular suicide dive at end of the ballet is -- though admittedly kind of fun on its own terms -- a mood-killer.  People applauding makes it worse.

 

Very sorry to learn of Murphy's injury! Hope she gets well in time for "The Dream." If she does not, then I should think, they might ask Cojocaru who has danced it with the Royal and who could then, as it were, return the favor to Hallberg for stepping into Giselle. if I were in NY I would be deeply disappointed to miss Murphy as Titania (one of her best roles) but still just delighted to see Cojocaru have a chance to dance it with ABT.



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:41 PM

oh also wanted to mention that Joey Gorak looked the best he's ever looked tonight.  It's really been a ground-breaking season for him and he finally looks completely confident, happy, and with great presence on stage.  Really vying for that well-deserved promotion.



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Posted 23 June 2014 - 08:46 PM

oh also wanted to mention that Joey Gorak looked the best he's ever looked tonight.  It's really been a ground-breaking season for him and he finally looks completely confident, happy, and with great presence on stage.  Really vying for that well-deserved promotion.

Yes! The peasant pas to trois was light, incredibly musical and just about flawless. Kajiya and Lane were lovely. Gorak has been such a joy to watch this season. He's already a soloist (with huge principal potential) in all of our eyes.



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:06 AM

Oh Gillian!  Hee Seo will never fill your shoes!  You are not just the sum of your fouettes!  Unfortunately the sum of Hee Seo's pretty poses does not add up to  more than the parts.

Yes they should do something with the ending though Marcello looks splendid jumping in - it just devolves into pure kitch.

Why not try a happy ending?



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Posted 24 June 2014 - 04:59 AM

I have had serious reservations about Hee Seo - very  much in the "too much, too soon" camp but she was absolutely stunning in the adagio sections last night. What a gorgeous body, breathtaking line, flowing dancing. A great, evocative portrayal of a seductive Odile and a poignent Odette. That balance she took was just unbelievable - I haven't seen one like that since Cynthia Gregory, though her characterization of Odile was more along the lines of Makarova's charming seductress. Unfortunately, as others have described, her technical deficiencies became glaringly apparent as soon as she began the black Swan solo. 

 

I'm very sorry Murphy was injured however I think this may be the last time I go to see her Swan Lake. She is simply not a natural adagio dancer. You can tell that she's been working on it, she has improved greatly but I still find her Odette lacking and unmoving, and that's 2/3 of the show. 




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