Monique, we hardly knew you...
Posted 05 June 2002 - 10:28 AM
I figure it's a no-brainer that she'll be handed the Martine van Hamel repertory at ABT. Meunier would be a sensational Myrtha, no doubt about it, and perhaps could even take over from Van Hamel as the Best Myrtha Ever. She's already done a Lilac Fairy, and could probably do it in her sleep, even in ABT's production. She's also already shown she can be a great Odette/Odile in a crappy production of Swan Lake, so what else is there for her to learn to do McKenzie's Swan Lake? Van Hamel was a pretty fair Sylph, and I'm not quite sure I can picture Meunier in La Sylphide, though.
It seems to me that Marcelo Gomes would make a great partner for her. Any other suggestions?
What makes me weep is the magnificent repertory she'll be leaving behind. I'll miss her in Cortege Hongrois (would that ABT would bring back Raymonda for her!), in Elegie, as the Siren (well, maybe ABT will bring that back, too...). I was just enthralled by Meunier in the first section of Vienna Waltzes, and it is our loss that we'll probably never now see her in the Rosenkavalier section, where I think she'd have been magnificent.
The thought of Meunier becoming the Flower Girl on the Left (or even Mercedes) is enough to make me go sob into my beer, though.
Posted 05 June 2002 - 11:14 AM
Posted 05 June 2002 - 11:58 AM
Maybe they'll bring back Symphonie Concertante for Meunier and Dvorovenko!
Posted 05 June 2002 - 04:09 PM
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Posted 05 June 2002 - 05:24 PM
Cynthia Gregory in Mozartiana?
I am not going to sleep well tonight.
Posted 05 June 2002 - 06:44 PM
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Posted 06 June 2002 - 05:12 PM
The third movement traditionally calls for jumpers. While dancers like Corella, de Luz and Cornejo can certainly get both feet off the ground at the same time, can as much be said for the Ashley Tuttles and Xiomara Reyes of the world?
Julie Kent, while gorgeous on a visceral level in the second movement, seemed to have decided that if she's dressed in white and doing adagio she must needs be Odette, and continued being quite soulful and tragic even in the very perky finale (and a bit off the music). I'm really not sure what Susan Jaffe thought she was doing out there as the Second Movement ballerina, but by the time she got through the fourth movement I was sure that nobody else on stage knew, including Jaffe; the other women sensibly gave her a lot of room.
At least these days, in the first movement, Paloma Herrera is on the music more often than she's not.
Posted 06 June 2002 - 05:27 PM
I regret not yet having seen Meunier at NYCB. Perhaps she will dance more than once before the end of the season.
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