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ABT's Tchaikovsky Spectacular 6/12

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#31 stan



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Posted 24 June 2001 - 04:52 PM

Incidentally the Cornejo/Reyes Bluebird was the other thing that brought down the house on Saturday.

#32 Dale


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Posted 25 June 2001 - 01:05 AM

Manhattnik, the two performances weren't exactly alike. As atm711 pointed out, AC added a little something on Wednesday mat. and almost flubbed the catch. My main beef was some of the changes he did to his variations. I think it was his first one. To me, it just seemed like he inserted his favorite steps and the additions weren't done in a musical way.

On the other hand, I agree that the total evening was very satisfying. Reyes and Cornejo were spectacular in the Blue Bird pas de deux and Kent and Malakhov were lovely as was Wiles and Gomes in Theme and Variations. A debut for Wiles, yes?

And Barker must have read the Jack Anderson in the Times (the review which took the slow tempos to task) because Theme's tempos were much improved. It was fun to see the company really push itself to catch up.

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Posted 25 June 2001 - 08:35 AM

Right, Dale. This is a 'killer week' in the office but I'll write in more detail from home, in the next night or two. I was quite pleased with Wiles' T&V ballerina-role debut on Friday night. Very much her sort of role - the 'Imperial Russian Tsarina' mode. From the waist-down, spectacular. (Near the end of the pdd section, she struck a wonderful balance in arabesque then let down her arms, to her partner, V-E-R-Y slowly..."Maybe I need him - maybe I don't?") My quibbles are with her "rock-solid Vaganova torso" for this particular ballet. I'm used to a looser, more free-form manner, such as Paloma Herrera captured on Saturday afternoon (and BOY is Herrera looking 1,000-times better than she did in Washington this spring!). Nonetheless, Wiles made a promising debut. I have mixed feelings about Gomes, who replaced the injured Maxim Belotserkovsky; perhaps Gomes was tentative due to very little rehearsal time with Wiles? Gomes looked more secure the following day (Saturday mat.) in the same ballet, this time partnering Herrera.

I absolutely adored Cornejo's Bluebird. And what about McKerrow/Malakhov's joyous TCHAI PDD on Sat afternoon? And it was touching to see the elegant Giuseppe Piccone taking his final ABT bows (with hand-to-heart) on Friday night, after the Nutcracker pdd with Jaffe. On the other hand, I was a bit taken aback by Dvorovenko's brittleness in the Rose Adagio on Friday. She seemed VERY tired. Does anyone know if she is nursing an injury? Saturday's Rose Adagio, with Gillian Murphy's icy Aurora, did not fare much better...perhaps I was sitting too high up in the Balcony to feel Murphy's warmth?

The absolute-highlight of my weekend in NYC, though, was Sunday afternoon's NYCB mixed bill (Chaconne - In Memory of... - Harmonielehre). In Chaconne, a glorious Tracey & Boal...AND a well-synchronized corps...quite a surprise for an old Kirov-ABT die-hard admirer! :mad: And that final scene in 'Harmonielehre' with billowing clouds, followed by the vast cosmos, was breathtakingly beautiful. I am inspired to write about it in more detail, as time allows. It was a GREAT mixed bill with a common theme of the heavens & angels. More later.

[ 06-25-2001: Message edited by: Jeannie ]

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Posted 25 June 2001 - 05:17 PM

Glad to read that Wiles had a good debut in T&V. She's a lovely dancer to watch growing season after season. Beyond the long limbs and regal carriage, she seems to me to be a cerebral dancer, very intellectually engaged. I was sorry I missed her Myrta debut at Kennedy Center. Gomes is another solid dancer I think will change considerably as he grows a tad older and loses that boyish rubbery look.

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