Spac 7/10 (NYCB at Saratoga)
Posted 11 July 2002 - 05:33 AM
Vintage Balanchine, brand-new Evans, and anachronistic Robbins were the order for the second night of NYCB at SPAC.
I respect, if I don't love, Raymonda Variations, for the incredible difficulty, especially for the demi-soloists' variations. Very well done last night, with a few little slips here and there, notably one from Ashley Bouder (!). Glenn Keenan does have lovely pointe work as was indicated recently by one poster, but I did miss Eva, because I like her so much. In rehearsal yesterday afternoon, Glenn had to do her variation twice. OUCH. In my eyes, Jenifer Ringer can do almost no wrong--I disagree totally with Gottleib on this and would love to find time to post my opinion of his article-- she is secure and radiant in this part. I love the turning duel between Ashley and Abi too--and I vacillate between the two in terms of the "winner".
I don't even know where to begin to talk about Haiku because I saw it in NY and wasn't too impressed. What a difference a few weeks makes! Or maybe the difference lies in where I was sitting. As much as I treasure my membership in the 4th Ring Society and truly enjoy sitting there, some things just don't come over well up there. Don't get me wrong--I liked but I wasn't keen on seeing it again. Eating those words now! I caught the rehearsal and I knew that I would love it with the addition of lighting, which is ingenious, and those lovely deep red costumes.
The intricacies of the choreography didn't come across to the 4th ring, but did they ever from just a few rows from the stage. A few things that I did notice in both perfs--Albert uses silence very well. He is not afraid of it, rare I think, especially for a new choreographer. Anyway, I bless NYCB for bringing it to SPAC, and I do feel that it is a keeper, one of the gems that does arise from the Diamond Project. Changed my mind completely!
Not going to say too much about Fancy Free except that in my mind it is dated, completely non-PC (not that I am such a freak for political correctness), and doesn't show male attributes in a positive light. It was well-danced, but I don't like it and don't feel the need to see it ever again. Bring me Dances at a Gathering, In the Night, even Brandenburg if you want to bring me Robbins. Don't bring me this nonsense. Wow--I didn't expect to put that across quite so strongly. I guess I have never like FF, but haven't put it into words before.
Matinee and evening today. Gotta go!!
Posted 11 July 2002 - 05:41 AM
Posted 11 July 2002 - 07:53 AM
Enjoy your NYCB doubleheader.
Posted 11 July 2002 - 09:57 AM
Posted 11 July 2002 - 03:21 PM
Raymonda V. and Fancy Free were also thought to be good too.
So there is another person who really enjoyed last night's performances!
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