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#16 Barbara

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 10:31 AM

I would definitely go see Gomes in Bourne's Swan Lake! May be the only male that could rival the power and seductiveness of Adam Cooper, imo. Re Nutcracker - I too am disappointed not the see a repeat of the magic that was Part/Gomes last year. As much as I love Abrera, due to the casting of her partner and if I only could choose one performance, I'd opt for Lane/Gorak. I hope Hammoudi is sufficiently healed by then to be able to tackle the tricky partnering challenges. When I saw Tamm several years ago as a replacement for Hallberg, he had some difficulties.



#17 Golden Idol

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 11:53 AM

Yes, I saw Adam Cooper many years ago, and he was a sensation. BUT! That Bourne Swan takes one absolutely terrific idea--all-male swans, sexually ambiguous prince devolving into madness--and drowns it in a mess of vulgar cavortings and puerile sight gags. And yes, I know, I'm so utterly in the minority; at the City Center revival a few years back I must have been the only person not only not clapping, but scowling in sheer dismay. So you see, a Bourne Swan with Marcelo would cut no ice with me at all. However, if it kicked his career up a notch, and somehow turned him into the international household word he deserves to be, then more power to him. He won't care that I didn't buy a ticket.



#18 nanushka

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 03:51 PM

Also interesting that casting has been announced for Nutcracker but still not for the Fall season.

 

That's been standard in recent years.  Fall season casting always comes extremely (and annoyingly) late.



#19 nanushka

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 03:53 PM

I hope Hammoudi is sufficiently healed by then to be able to tackle the tricky partnering challenges. When I saw Tamm several years ago as a replacement for Hallberg, he had some difficulties.

 

Unfortunately, with Hammoudi, I don't think it's just the injuries.  He doesn't seem to have the technique to manage a principal role.  Disappointing, as I had hopes that he could advance.



#20 Barbara

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Posted 04 August 2014 - 04:46 PM

Yes, I saw Adam Cooper many years ago, and he was a sensation. BUT! That Bourne Swan takes one absolutely terrific idea--all-male swans, sexually ambiguous prince devolving into madness--and drowns it in a mess of vulgar cavortings and puerile sight gags. And yes, I know, I'm so utterly in the minority; at the City Center revival a few years back I must have been the only person not only not clapping, but scowling in sheer dismay. So you see, a Bourne Swan with Marcelo would cut no ice with me at all. However, if it kicked his career up a notch, and somehow turned him into the international household word he deserves to be, then more power to him. He won't care that I didn't buy a ticket.

Golden Idol, can't say I disagree with you but I'd still buy a ticket to see Gomes in this. blushing.gif



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Posted 05 August 2014 - 10:08 AM

Aww, Barbara, you just wanna see Marcelo in those feathered pants and bare-chested, yes? Don't blush: these are not inconsiderable pleasures!



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Posted 12 August 2014 - 07:27 PM

Box office opens 8/18 Mon.

I am also disappointed that Part and Gomes are not in the roster for the BAM season.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 07:52 AM

...... Marcelo in those feathered pants and bare-chested, yes? 

 

 

The thought of Marcelo bare-chested is lovely.  But those feathered pants aren't flattering on anyone.  They make even lean, and very fit young men look like they have birthing hips. 



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 09:18 AM

 

...... Marcelo in those feathered pants and bare-chested, yes? 

 

 

The thought of Marcelo bare-chested is lovely.  But those feathered pants aren't flattering on anyone.  They make even lean, and very fit young men look like they have birthing hips. 

 

 

As they say, your mileage may vary -- I've always thought those costumes were stunning.



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 11:59 AM

The Nutcracker mailing I received today from ABT indicates several times that this will be the "FINAL PERFORMANCES ever in New York City of Alexis Ratmansky's acclaimed The Nutcracker."

 

I am (1) sad to hear that they will (apparently) never do this version here again and (2) surprised at the degree of assurance with which they say this.  (Obviously this is in part a marketing move, but it seems there must be something substantial behind it.)

 

I knew this was the end of the 5-year BAM run, and I supposed there were no concrete plans to bring it back to the area in coming years, but I didn't know they had decided against even the possibility of doing so at any point in the future.



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 12:10 PM

Yes, I was surprised too by the finality of ABT's statement that this will never be performed again in NY.  I thought they would give it a hiatus of 5 years, and maybe bring it back later.  The finality suggests that ABT's version got clobbered at the box office by the competition from NYCB.



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Posted 15 August 2014 - 12:10 PM

I was also surprised by the irrevocable tone of those mailings, but there is always the marketing flip side called "back by popular demand."



#28 volcanohunter

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Posted 15 August 2014 - 07:58 PM

I wonder whether ABT has pitched this Nutcracker to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Like the Kennedy Center, it presents a different production each year. Since there are really only four Canadian productions big enough to fill its opera house, American companies make the occasional appearance, too. If memory serves, a couple of years ago it was Pennsylvania Ballet which did Nutcracker duty. The ballet is usually presented the first week of December, because the productions have to be shipped back home for their usual runs. But since ABT's won't have a New York home anymore, the ballet could be presented closer to Christmas. It could be an (occasional) option if the Segerstrom arrangement were ever to fall through.




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