Highlights from 2001?
Posted 19 December 2001 - 11:32 AM
Peter Boal in Ballo in Parma riding the music and lighting up the stage.
Carla Korbes in Divertimento #15, the perfect melding of dancer and role. And the rest of the cast was lovely also.
Ringer in just about anything, she's so happy to be dancing it makes me happy.
Van Kipnis as Dewdrop, a vivid, musical, glowing performance last Sat. night.
Opening night's Serenade - it may not have been the most perfectly danced performance of this ballet but it was THE BALLET I needed to see.
Whelan as Odette - she was passionate and lyrical and made me believe every moment.
Kathleen Tracey as the stage manager is Variations Serieuse. Also the "mop" quartet.
David Gordon's "FamilyDeathArtCom.edy" at Danspace especially the final ppd with Gordon and Setterfield. It was a beautifully simple depiction of a long and loving marriage/relationship.
Posted 19 December 2001 - 11:41 AM
I suspect we may look back on 2001 as year One of AB -- Ashley Bouder. Between her sensational debut in the soloist role of La Source, and her even more sensational Firebird (I hope to see her Dew Drop before Nut concludes), well, it's the stuff of legends. Not that Carla Korbes isn't wonderful, too, but Bouder seems so fully formed as an artist. She's not just strong and musical and dramatic, she's savvy -- she dances like an older, or should I say more mature artist.
Posted 19 December 2001 - 12:37 PM
Peter Boal in everything he danced during the Farrell mini-season here. Jonathan Howells as Alain in "La Fille Mal Gardee" with the Royal.
Not the richest ballet year in D.C. This year promises to be better.
As for new ballets? None. For new (or new-to-me choreography) I found this only in modern dance. I'm going to start a 2001 wrap up on the Dance Forum too.
Calliope? Your turn to chime in!
Posted 19 December 2001 - 02:13 PM
The performances of Monumentum Pro Gesualdo at NYCB.
The debutantes in Divertimento No. 15 at NYCB (let's not forget Kristin Sloan when we mention Carla Korbes) and Miranda Weese's performance as their leader, as well as Megan Fairchild doing the same role for the SAB workshop. Legs whirring and flashing, she embroidered the stage.
Julie Kent and Jose-Manuel Carreno in Giselle at ABT.
Not for the brief performances, but for the stories and remembrances, the LeClercq memorial service stays with me.
Greta Hodgkinson's Mozartiana at the National Ballet of Canada.
Regrets and disappointments? That Pascale van Kipnis' rise at NYCB seems to have stalled utterly. Kristin Sloan's injury, as well as Miranda Weese's.
And honestly, impolitely and biasedly, a final highlight: my own works, especially Green and Midare. Would I keep doing this if they weren't the highlights of my year?
[ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: Leigh Witchel ]
Posted 19 December 2001 - 03:29 PM
Performance wise. I'm glad Jessy Hendrickson is back and healthy at NYCB. Disappointed in the stall of van Kipnis and Rutherford, especially the latter.
ABT getting rid of some management.
The promise of ABT bringing La Fille this year coming up.
There was no Diamond Project this year smile.gif but we have one next year.
Diana Vishneva (I know I spelled that wrong) I saw her for the first time, stunning.
It was a bit of blah kind of a year for me.
Again, on a non-performance basis, I liked some of the marketing campaigns of both NYCB and SFB, they joined the 90's at least in the photography.
And I have to reiterate finding some redemption in the young corps at NYCB in the Snow scene. For the past few years it's been sloppy and the girls looked bored out of their mind.
And one last hurrah. Melissa Barark, a woman choreographer!
Posted 19 December 2001 - 03:35 PM
Posted 19 December 2001 - 03:53 PM
I think our last, but not, I hope, final, look at Kyra Nichols came during the Winter gala in January. If she decides not to return, I couldn't ask for much more of a parting memory than the beautiful and subdued way she danced Titania's love duet with Bottom (as a donkey) from Midsummer.
Also, I thought Green and Midare were both lovely, Leigh. I remember how badly the Upper West Side smelled of the fires downtown as I walked to that little theater, and how welcome your work proved to be. If anything, I thought Midare was even more moving than A Shropshire Lad. Although I'd probably have been happy watching Peter Boal tie his shoes for twenty minutes, I'm glad I got quite a bit more than that.
Some of the comments here got me to realize that many of the high points of 2001 came to me from enjoying the professionalism and prowess of dancers whose careers have hit major road blocks. Meunier, the Incredible Vanishing Principal, was never less than sensational when actually allowed to perform. Van Kipnis is as radiant as ever (oh, please, cast her in Aurora!). Rutherford, who should've been a soloist long since if there were any justice in the world, keeps turning in one sweetly understated performance after another. Tinsley, of whom I was never all that fond on her way up, seems to be transforming herself into a very different and more interesting dancer, even though she dances not all that often. And Ansanelli has quietly become quite fascinating out of the spotlight. I give all these artists tremendous credit for not throwing in the towel even when things continue to be rough for them.
[ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: Manhattnik ]
Posted 19 December 2001 - 04:56 PM
If there is a Santa Claus maybe he'll bring Rutherford her promotion next year.
I forgot to mention Kathleen Tracey. She seemed to have a come back and reclaim her grace and hillarity.
Posted 19 December 2001 - 07:12 PM
Posted 19 December 2001 - 10:03 PM
-Diana Vishneva's radiant Aurora, as the Rubies ballerina, and in the 3rd movement in Symphony in C. (She was also moving in Manon which I saw at the Maryinsky in October.)
-Svetlana Zakharova as the Diamonds ballerina, and as Terpsichore.
-Andrian Fadeyev's noble Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, and his moving Apollo. He also showed his dramatic talent as Lankedem in Le Corsaire; and as the composer Schnitke in Neumeier's "Sounds of Empty Pages" premiered in St. Petersburg this year.
-Anton Korsakov in 3rd movement of Symphony in C, and in the pas de trois in Emeralds.
The Stars of the Bolshoi season in London
-the beautiful Svetlana Lunkina in the Giselle pdd, La Sylphide pdd with Dmitri Goudanov.
-Goudanov superb in Flower Festival pdd and La Fille pdd with Anastasia Goriacheva.
I also admired Alina Cojocaru and Angel Corella in the Royal Ballet's Don Quixote.
[ December 19, 2001: Message edited by: Kevin Ng ]
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