This week's burning question - debuts or experience?
Posted 31 March 2002 - 11:49 PM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 03:55 AM
Have you considered getting a part time job with the IRS - I think they need some help with their forms. ;)
Posted 01 April 2002 - 08:00 AM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 08:38 AM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 08:48 AM
Maybe that should read, "Isn't Giannina odd"!
Posted 01 April 2002 - 09:14 AM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 11:06 AM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 11:23 AM
Posted 01 April 2002 - 11:37 AM
There are certain long-in-the-tooth dancers whom I wouldn't want to see for all the money in the world. And there are certain young whippersnappers I think need to be thrown back in the ocean a few times before they're really ready for the kinds of premieres some of them have been given.
Not wishing to speak ill of the dead, terpsichorically speaking, I won't mention names of any of the former category, and for students of recent New York ballet seasons, it would be absurdly simple to name an appropriately significant example of the latter. One might even say one often sees repeated variations on this recurring theme.
On the other hand, if I were given a choice between going to the State Theater tomorrow night and seeing, say, Kyra Nichols in Mozartiana, and, say, Ashley Bouder in, well, anything, I would be torn, but I'd go for Nichols just because I would like to think we'll have Bouder around for many years to come, clearly we're reaching the twilight of Nichols' career.
Posted 01 April 2002 - 12:43 PM
I do remember 20 years go having a choice between Kirkland's "La Sylphide" and Makarova's and choosing Makarova's because, after all, Kirkland was only 22 and I'd have years and years of watching her dance. So usually, I'd go for the young. HOWEVER, if I had a choice between seeing, say, Kirkland's debut in Theme and Variations or Ulanova's Juliet, I'd take Ulanova. (Not that either of these choices are valid today.)
Posted 01 April 2002 - 07:49 PM
An aside: her get-rid-of-wings-mechanism didn't workand she had one devil of a time getting rid of them.
Posted 01 April 2002 - 08:41 PM
Posted 04 April 2002 - 04:01 AM
So my answer? I don't know! They have to be ready or else you may be cheating the audience. But maybe dancers rarely give 'complete' performances until they've done it a few times.
Would it be ok if I poached this topic and posted it on the UK boards?
Posted 04 April 2002 - 04:27 AM
If I have seen the more experienced dancer in the role before I'd go for the debut...maybe. Again, it may be their one and only shot, who knows?
So nowdays I avoid these choices and see everyone in everything!
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