Friday night 2/8/02 NYCB
Posted 08 February 2002 - 11:59 PM
What an absolute joy to have two utterly different interpretations of Allegro Brillante - Ansanelli's and Somogyi's - and be completely unable to choose between them. Would you prefer a serving of joy or would you like a helping of triumph? I'll just happily buy tickets for both.
Ansanelli turned in a committed, joyous performance in the role. There is something very beautiful in her soul, and it's there for everyone to see. Her physicality is more vulnerable than Somogyi's so it shades the interpretation. The role is a turner's role, so both of them are very well equipped for it, in that respect. One of the loveliest moments for Ansanelli was when she stands with her partner (Damian Woetzel) in attitude and one by one the men in the corps join her and promenade her as their partners go under. As she greeted each of the four men, she did it with a simple joy that gave the ballet a parallel to the Rose Adagio I had not noticed before.
I hope for many more lovely performances from the both of them, and I think Ansanelli has proven her mettle many times this season. I've said it before, but my money is on a promotion to principal very soon.
Posted 09 February 2002 - 10:07 AM
Ansanelli last night was the performance of the season for me. I never expect to see this better performed. It was pretty nearly perfect, something on another level entirely from what I've been watching.
Posted 09 February 2002 - 10:55 AM
What is amazing to me at this point in her dancing is that she has developed such a lovely maturity in her dancing while still so young. Initially I think people saw her simply as the next Martins wunderkind, but she has become something far different. Her presence conveys a certain sweetness but one that has a great deal of texture and range. I would love to see her Aurora.
Posted 09 February 2002 - 01:11 PM
It occurred to me that with "Morgen" likely to stay in the repertory for a while, NYCB can now offer a variety of programs covering Morgen, Afternoon, and Nacht.
[ February 09, 2002: Message edited by: Farrell Fan ]
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