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#1 AmandaNYC

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 07:40 AM

General impression (not suprising since Les Gentilhommes was being performed): Men, men, men. They were fantastic. Lots of potential in this class of men. What struck me was that they not only pulled off some difficult men's variations in all the pieces, but they all had such passion- I don't think I can really single any one out-- though Adrian Danchig-Waring had the right gypsy energy for the Rondo of Brahms-Schoenberg! Alas, I felt, for the most part, that they were not matched in that passion by their partners. The girls showed their youth and typical nerves. That's not to say there isn't great potential there. I saw the 15 year old Ana Sophia Scheller- wow, to pull of Ballo at that age! Jessica Flynn in Woetzel's and the Andante of B-S was also a stand-out. Great potential. Would like to see her loosen her hands, facial expression and upper body more. Time and experience should help with that.

A word about Woetzel's piece. Didn't find it that coherent or interesting a piece. The men looked great. BUt, as sneds had said to me before the piece-- and still holds true-- he doesn't seem, yet, to know how to choreograph well for women. I don't think he showed them off very well.

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#2 Leigh Witchel

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 08:48 AM

I saw a different cast on Saturday afternoon; the students looked carefully rehearsed and did well.

Jessica Flynn took the lead in Ballo and did a very fine job. Her performance reminded me a bit of Megan Fairchild, who will be doing the lead on Monday and did the lead I saw last year in Divertimento #15, they're both smaller, nicely proportioned dancers whose leg-work is like fine embroidery, and they both took one of the speediest and toughest roles in the repertory with impressive aplomb.

#3 PAmom

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 08:56 AM

Amanda, did you attend both of the Saturday performances or which cast did you see? I am very excited to be attending the performance tomorrow (Monday 7pm) and am looking forward to reading about impressions of yesterday's performances (Saturday 2pm and 8pm).

Central PA is just bursting with pride over a handful of young dancers in this year's SAB Student Workshop!

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#4 Farrell Fan

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 09:21 AM

I was at the 8 o'clock performance Saturday and enjoyed it very much. Ana Sophie Scheller was the lead in Ballo, with Allen Peifer, and they were terrific. The lead Gentilhomme was David Blumenfeld, but they all deserve mention: Daniel Applebaum, Hyek Chen, Radoslaw Kokoszka, Austin Laurent, Keith Mearns, Lucien Postlewaite, Avichai Scher, and Nicolai Smirnov. How's that for an eclectic collection of names? Woetzel's piece, Copland Portrait was episodic. The piano music didn't sound much like Copland until the end, but the ballet looked a lot like Robbins. Anyhow, the young dancers took to it and looked great. Giovanni Villalobos (another great name) stood out. The final two movements of Brahms-Schoenberg ended the evening. The andante was led beautifully by Jessica Flyn and Tyler Angle (Jared's brother), with Sterling Hyltin, Zoe Zien, and Stephanie Zungre. The Rondo, by Ashley Laracey and Adrian Danchig-Waring. When Ashley's ribbons whipped across Adrian in the finale, they put me in mind of Suzanne and Peter. What more can I say?

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 02:15 PM

Did anyone notice if Laura Gilbreath danced at all? Thanks.

#6 Farrell Fan

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 02:37 PM

She was listed as being in the corps for the Rondo of Brahms-Schoenberg. I don't know what she looks like, but I assume she danced.

#7 Swanilda

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Posted 02 June 2002 - 05:41 PM

Thanks very much! :)

#8 Cabriole

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Posted 03 June 2002 - 03:25 AM

Originally posted by Leigh Witchel
leg-work is like fine embroidery


What a wonderful phrase!

#9 cargill

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Posted 04 June 2002 - 05:13 AM

As I recall, the old imperial ballet phrase that was often used for detailed footwork is making lace with the feet.

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Posted 04 June 2002 - 08:43 AM

I keep waiting to hear about last night's performance. Anyone?:D

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Posted 04 June 2002 - 08:45 AM

So I was just curious to see if anybody was going to review Mondays performance. I hear that is the day to see the show. Im really curious! Thanks!

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Posted 04 June 2002 - 05:13 PM

Monday, June 3, 2002 7:00 pm


I can reiterate what I hinted to earlier, central Pennsylvania is thrilled to know 3 of the 2002 Mae L. Wien Award winners very intimately. Gina Pazcoguin, Tyler Angle , and Allen Peiffer are all from central PA. Along with the fourth of the award winner, Jessica Flynn, they danced what my friend called, "A Wien worthy" performance.

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Posted 05 June 2002 - 02:53 AM

Oh come on PAmom and others out there - we need more info than this!

Congratulations to all those Wien award winners!:D You deserve to be very proud. :)

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Posted 05 June 2002 - 02:58 AM

Did Emmy Hendrickson dance? I didn't notice her name in any reviews, another CPYB alumni.

#15 AmandaNYC

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Posted 05 June 2002 - 04:52 AM

Gina Pazcoguin didn't dance on the program I saw (Sat eve)-- what did she dance Monday night? Or is she injured? just curious...
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