ABT D.C. opening: 'Black Tuesday'...lives up to the title
Posted 12 April 2001 - 11:34 AM
There was some discussion about Taylor's work for ballet companies at the time of "Airs," which was intended for ABT, and a lot more around the time of "Company B": It's not quite a modern dance, Houston looked better in it than the Taylor Company did, etc., how is it different? Is it just the steps, or the dancers' demeanor and approach, or is the structure more episodic, etc.
[ 04-12-2001: Message edited by: alexandra ]
Posted 12 April 2001 - 11:48 AM
Incidentally, Sarah Kaufman's review is in today's Washington Post. I'm not sure if it is included in today's links by Dirac. Title of the review: "The Not-So-Great Depression: 'Black Tuesday' an Underperformer in Taylor's Portfolio." Most accurate, IMO.
Posted 12 April 2001 - 03:36 PM
Posted 12 April 2001 - 05:28 PM
I think the ballet needs more emotional, more experienced, performers to really make its points. Sometimes when modern dancers set works on ballet companies they'll go for the younger dancers because they're not as set in their ways as someone who's 30, but I think it's the youth and inexperience of the dancers that made the ballet seem so shallow opening night.
I posted more a more formal review on the main site; link on Links.
Posted 12 April 2001 - 09:50 PM
None the less, I wish I could be there to watch!!!
Posted 12 April 2001 - 10:22 PM
Posted 13 April 2001 - 11:04 AM
Anyway, I said I would write more about the performance on the 11th, so here it is:
Found Murphy boring. Clean technique, but not sparkling. The non-expression on her face didn't help. Even a cold or restrained presence would have helped, but it seemed as though there wasn't any presence to restrain. Carreno was mostly very clean, but he looked heavy to me, and technically off. This is unfortunate, because he's just incredible when he's on. Still, I found him more engaging than Murphy.
Juliet, I like the costumes, too . I couldn't tell about the disparate heights in the corps, and I thought they looked all right. Much cleaner than I've seen NYCB do it. Also, praise for Wiles/Radetsky. I know that demi-soloists are not supposed to stand out, but they were so engaged, and engaging, that they really were 75% of the reason I kept watching.
Thought Black Tuesday was a lot of fun, and interesting, although I don't think it's a masterpiece. Funny in parts, sad in others, it keeps moving; I never got bored. The end will be quite powerful once it's been developed.
The Sleeping Beauty: Ugly sets. Strange court costumes. Muddled choreography. Pretty good technique.
Beginning with the polonaise, why were they all dressed so badly. Could hardly tell the men from the women except for the modern tuxedo shirts and bow ties. And all those pink sequins. It went beyond glittery to glitzy. And what a bare court. Hardly any furniture. At least the dancing was pretty good.
Fairies of the Precious Stones and Metals pas de cinq was pleasant, but abbreviated. I know Petipa took out Sapphire and moved Gold into Act II, but to me, it makes more sense in the context of the full ballet, which is amazingly long. Nothing wrong with dancing the full pas de quatre when it's just the one act. As for the dancing, Michele Wiles was fantastic as the Diamond fairy, and it was great to see her in a solo role where she can really shine. She is quite a sparkly diamond, although I didn't like what MacMillan has done to the port de bras in this variation. Elizabeth Gaither stood out as one of the Silver fairies, with her effervescent personality, lovely feet, and a technique as strong and beautiful as silver. I agree that Marcelo Gomes is too big and slow for gold, but he was so technically clean and gracious, I didn't mind.
Radetsky and Maria Riccetti were cute as Puss 'n Boots and the White Cat, but Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf lacked conviction. I don't think Red Riding Hood really cared whether the wolf ate her or not.
Yan Chen and Joaquin de Luz were lovely and lyrical as Princess Florina and the Bluebird, and de Luz's beats were quick and clear, with a very well-arched back during the temps de poissons, but he doesn't seem to have much of a jump. Chen started out well in her variation, but fell off pointe twice and seemed to give up after that.
I loved Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Belotserkovsky as Aurora and Désiré. Thought their dancing was just perfect, although Dvorovenko has to contend with some unusual legs and feet. However, I thought they were both the very picture of serene majesty, and this ended the evening on a very high note for me.
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Posted 13 April 2001 - 07:49 PM
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