NYCB Opening Night?
Posted 02 May 2001 - 09:44 AM
Those of us who live far away have to live vicariously...although we are having a Martins festival right now at the Royal Danish Theater. A mix of good (Stabat Mater), bad (Jazz) and ugly (the new one to John Adams, Hallelujah Junction.) The casting is rather creepy, however...a Darci lookalike to do Darci's part in Stabat Mater, someone with a Xerox copy of Jock Soto's build for the part choreographed on Soto.
Speaking of Martins, it's always fascinating to follow his current whims as expressed on the NYCB casting list. What, for example, has happenned to the wonderful Ben Millpied? He seems to have been exiled to tiny parts in the Four Seasons. And Sebastien Marcovici, who was getting a lot of stage time during the winter season, seems to have disappeared into one part - the lead in "La Valse."
Meanwhile, Nikolaj Hubbe is everywhere...
Posted 02 May 2001 - 12:13 PM
The cast list may not tell all...it could be that a dancer is injured or was injured when rehearsals were going on for a particular ballet.
Posted 02 May 2001 - 02:18 PM
But the high point to me was Duo Concertant. Drew, I think wrote last season about Darci Kistler's performance, and there is nothing I can add. I hadn't seen the combination of Kistler and Hubbe before, and boy, does casting make a difference. The last bit with the light which had always seemed so hokey had me in tears. As far as I'm concerned the season is a success if I don't see anything else!
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Posted 02 May 2001 - 02:52 PM
Mary, "Halleluiah Junction" was, indeed, choreographed on the RDB. About 20 minutes, I'm told, to a John Adams piano piece of the same name. My correspondents liked that one and disliked the other two intensely. I was told that one critic (Aschengreen) gave the program a favorable review but the others did not.
Posted 02 May 2001 - 08:57 PM
The programming was: The 4Ts; Duo Concertant; Monumentum Pro Gesualdo; Movements for Piano and Orchestra; and Stravinsky Violin Concerto. I suspect that the point of this (one night after ABT's opening night gala) was to demonstrate that this is not the company across the plaza.
The company danced with great spirit and joy. The dancers very noticably enjoyed themselves and received very warm and prolonged ovations, to which they visibly responded in their bows -- something you don't see that often in that house. Also the All Balanchine and "All Balanchine the Modernist" program attracted exactly the "younger," "hipper" NY crowd that the NYCB marketing folks are said to be looking for.
Kowroski and Askegaard and the entire corps were beautiful in Monumentum Pro Gesualdo. Also agree completely with Mary about Miranda Weese and Philip Neal. Also, Carrie Riggins, as one of the side girls in the Melancholic (first) Variation of the 4Ts, showed tremendous progress in how she presented herself. What a gorgeous and powerful dancer this is.
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