Posted 16 April 2002 - 10:08 AM
Posted 16 April 2002 - 06:45 PM
Posted 16 April 2002 - 10:29 PM
I'm sorry I missed the Bravo broadcast -- I hope I can catch a repeat -- but I do especially cherish the memory of an Anastos work called, "Yes, Virgina, Another Piano Ballet," in which he showed us all the bad ideas that Robbins had dropped from "Dances at a Gathering," that Feld had dropped from "Intermezzo," and that lesser choregraphers would have dumped on us, given the chance. It was utterly hilarious, but also enlightening. It shows why "Dances" and "Intermezzo" are among the major works of 20th-century ballet by the simple act of illuminating the choices their creators made.
Posted 17 April 2002 - 05:53 AM
The Swan Lake was quite hilarious, complete with bargain-basement six-dancer corps, sulking, pouting Benno, vainglorious Prince and a social-climber Odette. Originally I thought this "staging" was Peter Anastos', but perhaps not -- it wasn't attributed to him here.
It's always a pleasure seeing Anastos' Go for Barocco -- it's a wicked satire of the various Balanchinisms enshrined in Concerto Barocco and other works. (By the way, straight ballet companies also do "Yes, Virginia." I recall Pennsylvania Ballet used to do it, back when.)
The Dying Swan was cute, with the "performance" really a preamble for the extensive, drawn-out bows at the end. Of course, real ballerinas would never milk the audience for applause, would they?
The Corsaire pas was OK, but just as with the Grandivas last year (missed them this year -- oh well), I felt the main point was to demonstrate that drag ballerinas can so dance as well as female ones. If there's not a comic or satiric point to be made, it just seems foolish to me.
As far as the concluding Raymonda's Wedding, it seemed to go on interminably, with too few jokes (mostly rather broad), and those repeated far too often.
I would dearly love to see the Trock's production of Act II of Giselle, with the Edward Gorey designs again...
Posted 17 April 2002 - 03:17 PM
I could not have said it better than you did. Thank you. Although I am not routinely a Feld fan at all, "Intermezzo" is a gem. So, too, of course, is Robbins' "Dances at a Gathering." Much as I love both works, the Troc's skewering of these is right on target and utterly hilarious, as you said.
What I also adore about them is their wonderful fictional biographies of such artists as "Tamara Boumdiyeva."
Posted 18 April 2002 - 09:06 AM
Posted 18 April 2002 - 09:04 PM
I was also wondering if I could purchase one of their videos, if they are available. I was not able to tape the Bravo performance, and I would love to have it on tape. Does anyone know where I could purchase a tape?
Posted 24 April 2002 - 08:31 AM
By the way, I was very, very impressed with "Sylphia Belchick", the one who danced Medora in Corsaire. Boy can s/he turn! I also really liked Fernando Medina Gallego as "Prince Myshkin" in Corsaire and as "Sveltlana Lofatkina" in Raymonda. I found a photograph of him elsewhere and he looks a bit like Angel Corella.
Posted 24 April 2002 - 02:28 PM
Posted 24 April 2002 - 02:29 PM
Posted 24 April 2002 - 03:38 PM
I really like his dancing and I think it's neat that he and Angel look alike! He pulls off some dazzling turns very neatly. I also couldn't help doubling over in laughter at his Raymonda solo, where he slaps his hands together so loud (whilst executing a powerful front battement) I think they must hurt! He does look quite elegant as Sveltlana. I'd like to meet Fernando if the Trocks come around the SF Bay Area next year.
Love4FinchSoCo, I nearly met Angel at Berkeley once, too! Unfortunately, he was starving and all the conversation I got with him was how to get to the nearest yogurt shop. That was enough to make me giddy the rest of the evening, though! How lucky that you got to really meet him!
Posted 24 April 2002 - 05:16 PM
Posted 24 April 2002 - 08:02 PM
They danced Paquita at the live performance. I was disappointed to not see it once again on the Bravo program. Robert Carter (Olga Supphozova) danced the ballerina's role. My daughter, who's dancing the same part in her school's spring performance, said that she may as well just hang up her pointe shoes- "Olga" dances it much better!
Re Fernando Medina Gallego, the program notes say that he was born in Madrid, trained at the Rudra Bejart School (Lausanne), and Escuela Victor Ullate (Madrid). He joined Trockadero in Dec. 1998 and has also performed with the Classical Ballet of Barcelona, Basler Ballet, Introdans, and the Ballet de L'Opera de Nice.
Posted 25 April 2002 - 04:19 AM
"His calves were muscular............It was not delicate or feminine...."
I feel the same way when I see anorexic female dancers...
Posted 25 April 2002 - 08:17 AM
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