Posted 05 May 2001 - 09:34 PM
um, moderators: are images allowed? I know they eat up a lot of space.
[No, sorry, see my post below; I deleted it.]
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Posted 05 May 2001 - 09:41 PM
Dunno what the ruling is on images, but I like the little rookie Digimon, or whatever she is!
Posted 05 May 2001 - 10:33 PM
I"m sorry, but I have to nix images for space-eating reasons. Also, they slow down sites to a crawl if everybody starts doing them. So, sorry, but I'm going into your post and delete that one.
Posted 06 May 2001 - 07:42 PM
My daughter went to the mixed program today...I was away at her sister's performance so didn't go. Word was that the performance was enjoyed.
Posted 06 May 2001 - 09:09 PM
Posted 07 May 2001 - 05:26 PM
My teacher went last week and said it was absolutely beautiful. Serenade should be good too
Posted 15 May 2001 - 09:16 PM
It was a lovely evening of dance, Serenade and Madame Butterfly.
SERENADE ( Balanchine, Tchaikovsky)
Xiao Nan Yu danced the waltz girl, Greta Hodkinson the Russian girl, and Julie Hay was the dark angel. All three were absolutely stunning. Nan has one of the most gorgeous arabesque's in the company, and her long lines make for beautiful adagios and pdds ( partnered by Rex Harrington and Geon van der Wyst on friday). She brings such depth to each role she dances, and relishes in every step. Greta was phenomenal and has really entered her prime. She danced with such ease and weightlessness, everything she does is polished to perfection. And corps member Julie Hay was also stunning in her debut. I loved the part where she's in arabesque and the man turns her around 2 or 3 times, such balance required for that!
But I really have to hand it to the female corps. This was the best I've seen them all season. They were so together, it made the overall mood and effect much more powerful. Each step was performed in style, and it was great.
Rex stuck to what he does best, which is partnering. When he would have a grand jete or something, he would look much more tense. He'd rather be lifting Xiao Nan Yu over his head!
Just a stunning ballet, danced very well. I was sitting there thinking was a genius Balanchine was.
MADAME BUTTERFLY ( Stanton Welch, Puccini- Ballet in 2 acts)
I was lucky enough to watch the first cast, Chan Hon Goh and Geon van der Wyst as Butterfly and Pinkerton. Both were perfectly suited to their roles. Chan’s delicate naïveté and superb dramatic skills, and Geon’s American poster boy good looks ( you can bet those NBS students were smitten!) and commanding presence. Chan’s pointework was so light and clean, she would do high grand jetes and land without a sound. Geon’s landings were heavier, especially after double tours, but as the ballet progressed he gained better control. His acting was very dramatic, on occasion over the top, but it was heartfelt and he held nothing back. He was Pinkerton. He truly loved Butterfly, but didn’t know what he was getting himself into. Much like Albrecht. At one point, he gave so much, he slid! But he managed to recover just in time to lift Chan gracefully. Her interpretation was transcendent, with rare sensitivity. The romantic pdd at the end of Act 1, after they get married, was breathtaking. Everyone walked out to the intermission just silent. Otherwise, fumbling for words, “Wow!…uh…Wow!”
Stacey Shiori Minagawa was equally excellent as Suzuki, Butterfly’s most loyal friend and servant. Of course physically, she suits the part because she is Japanese! But also in her acting, her attention to details, the ballet had more depth. Her dancing was clean, not flashy, as Suzuki is very humble. But the dancing still shone, everything was so polished. Stacey is very light- it’s not ballon in the jumps that I mean, it’s being “pulled up” all the time.
Drama and dancing continued to escalate in the 2nd Act. Pinkerton’s betrayal is tragic, and when Kate ( by Martine Lamy) comes for the child the sorrow is shown on Butterfly and Suzuki’s faces. The last bits of dancing by Chan Hon Goh, before Butterfly commits suicide, were so passionate. I was brought to tears, which has never happened to me at the ballet!
Anyways, as a whole it is a beautiful production- lovely sets and costumes, and of course, great music! Stanton Welch has done an excellent job in translating the opera into a ballet.
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