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Posted 01 June 2002 - 07:26 AM
Normally, I take falls as just something that happens, and count them neither one way nor the other, but Bouder's fall caused me to think, momentarily: "Ah, is that why classicism doesn't occur on this program; this company can't handle it anymore!" Now THAT was a shock, that thought!
Posted 01 June 2002 - 09:34 AM
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Posted 10 June 2002 - 07:57 AM
I didn't tune out but recorded the whole thing instead and was rewarded with ancient airs and dances and a few other beautiful segments. I was a little shy about making any comments on it since I didn't enjoy much of it... but now that I have read everyones comments I see that my impressions are not too different from everyone else. That is encouraging since I am so new this.
I was very pleased to see a very fine perfomance of a portion of Swan Lake in Buckingham palace at the Queens celebration just two days later. Now, that HAD some viewers... I don't think many people tuned out of that one. It was a wonderful celebration and a very nice showcase for ballet. Really wonderful.. Speaking of cards, I think the Queen really trumped the New York performance, although it was quite interesting for me to see the New York Balet company for the very first time. Very interesting to see what they are doing, so I am grateful to PBS for that.
Posted 10 June 2002 - 08:45 AM
Posted 25 June 2002 - 09:41 AM
I finally got around to watching the videocassette of the PBS special, which Mom kindly made for me while I was in Russia. Judging from what I saw on TV...it's THUMBS DOWN all the way! ('Red Angels' & 'Mercurial Maneouvers' saved the night but, still...)
Thank God for Jenifer Ringer. Thank God for Peter Boal. But what-the-heck was with that pudgy blonde in the first number...sorry, I have a problem with baby ballerini-cheerleader-with-'heehaw smile' types. Not the type of dancer who I envision at a
Tsar's Ball. Ballet is derived from royalty - kings & tsars, isn't it? Basic elegance is the
hallmark of ballet & all that we love, isn't it? Excuse me. You have no idea how looking at that cheerleader affected me.
I'll take a second look at that video soon & perhaps I'll change my mind.
Posted 25 June 2002 - 10:01 AM
And in some fairness to her, she doesn't have much to work with.
Posted 25 June 2002 - 10:49 AM
Sorry to rant about this - I know that they all work hard & try their best - but I can only think of the recent Parma-Verdi Festival telecast (seen in Europe - I saw it) in which Martins cast several of these 'pudgy blonde cheerleader types' (sorry - just a gut reaction) and I don't remember such seemingly-inelegant & immature-looking dancers being given principal roles back when I used to follow NYCB in earnest.
THEN, on top of all that, I have months of looking at Russian-Vaganova-trained dancers in my mind & can quickly pick-up on sloppy upper bodies. [Yes - I know my prejudices & am first to offer 'mea Culpa!' But I also have years of following & admiring NYCB, as do many of you.]
YET the Jeni Ringers & Maria Kowroskis of this world can certainly fit into a 'Tsars Ball' - they are so elegant. They are miles ahead of the 'cheerleaders'!
Posted 25 June 2002 - 10:55 AM
I can't remember anymore, they all start to look the same after a while, just different music.
As a former cheerleader though.... can't we just call them ingenues?!
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