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Highlights from 2001?

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#16 Alexandra


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Posted 22 December 2001 - 04:38 PM

Thank you, Nora. I'd forgotten already -- yes. Miami City Ballet's "Jewels"

#17 NO7



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Posted 23 December 2001 - 10:38 PM

My highlights of the year 2001 include
--the 1st Mariinsky Ballet Festival in St Petersburg.
--Diana Visheneva and Igor Kolb as sublime Aurora and Prince Desire in the Sleeping Beauty--the Kirov's summer season in London
--Sylvie Guillem in A month in the Country and Alina Cojocaru in Romeo & Juliet

#18 wjglavis



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Posted 24 December 2001 - 07:55 AM

My highlights (though there were loads of other great performances):

- May - Gala for Anthony Dowell

- November - Alina Cojocaru and Angel Corella in Don Quixote

- December - Darcey Bussell's return in The Nutcracker.

- Wendy

[ December 24, 2001: Message edited by: wjglavis ]

#19 Dale


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Posted 24 December 2001 - 09:11 AM

At NYCB -- Ringer ruled last year's Winter season, riding a crest through Divert. #15, La Source, Donizetti, Spring from Four Seasons. Weese did the same during the Spring season in Theme and Variations, Cortege, Act II pas de deux from Midsummer Night, Divert. #15, Fall from Four Seasons and Sanguinic from 4Ts.

Four Temperments stands out for its perfect performances. First off, it was cast perfectly, with all four humors performed by principal dancers (Boal, Weese and Neal, Evans, and Meunier). The result was a classic ballet that was alive in every way.

Other highlights include:
The all-too infrequently seen Meunier in anything she and us had the luck to turn up in, but especially Walpurgisnacht Ballet.

Ansanelli and Marcovici in Afternoon of a Faun. Marcovici exuded pure animal magnitism.

Ansanelli in Polyphonia, Korbes in her debuts in Divert and Midsummer, Kistler and Hubbe in Duo Concertant, production of Monumentum/Movements
Both casts of Divert, Whelen and Hubbe in La Sonnambula, Bouder in La Source and debut in Firebird, Somogyi and Evans in Appalachia Waltz, Boal in everything he danced.

At ABT, I enjoyed the rise of Gillian Murphy in Theme and Variations and Swan Lake, Dvorovenko in Sylvia Pas de Deux, and Stiefel in Symphony in C.

Goh in Scotch Symphony and La Sonnambula with Suzanne Farrell Ballet at NJPAC.

#20 Manhattnik


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Posted 24 December 2001 - 04:42 PM

I should add, apropos the Boal comments, that any year in which one gets to see him dance Oberon is a fine year indeed.

#21 samba38



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Posted 24 December 2001 - 04:48 PM

--Dances at a Gathering -- last performance in February. Even from the last row of the last balcony, we could delight in Ringer in the yellow dress.
--Kent's Giselle (sorry but many men of ABT tend to mug to the audience, milking for applause after every sequence and it mars my memory of their work. Can't someone make them stop that?
--The Royal Ballet's corps in La Fille. The character dancing was wonderful (seconding Alexandra here) but the corps -- creating a "character" in its exquisite precision and of-one-piece personality -- was a revelation.

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Posted 24 December 2001 - 05:19 PM

From Toronto
~Evelyn Hart's Titania in Ashton's "The Dream".
~NBoC's premiere of Madame Butterfly with Chan Hon Goh and Aussie newcomer Geon Van der Wyst, performed with Serenade.
~Chan Hon Goh and Aleksandar Antonijevic in Mozartiana.
~Xiao Nan Yu in everything, especially Solitaire.
~Summer outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet by Greta Hodgkinson and Van der Wyst.
From my trip to NYC
~Ethan Stiefel as Solor in Act 2 of La Bayadere.
~NYCB's Firebird with Margret Tracey and Charles Askegard.
~Appalachia Waltz with Somogyi, Ringer, and Evans. It was also nice to listen to the choreographer speak about her work in the "ballet talks" before the show.
~Tanaquil LeClercq memorial was beautifully done, and I wish I had seen her perform live before.

#23 Natalia


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Posted 26 December 2001 - 06:12 PM

POB's PAQUITA...nothing comes close to this stunning production & equally stunning dancing by soloists & corps alike!

Royal Ballet in DC, especially SYMPHONIC VARIATIONS, especially Tamara Rojo and Alina Cojocaru in this ballet on opening night. Then, of course, there were the filigree feet of Miyako Yoshida as Lise in FILLE, a couple of nights later.

Leonid Sarafanov (of Ukraine) dancing Balanchine's TARANTELLA at the Bolshoi (at the Moscow IBC in June); Sarafanov has since joined the Bolshoi...

The artistry of Japan's Misa Kuranaga, also at this year's Moscow IBC. Does anyone know if she joined San Fco Ballet, as reported? Terry - anyone?

Tatiana Chernobrovkina's Kitri at the Stanislavsky...WOW - where has SHE been hiding, during western tours?

My new discoveries among Bolshoi soloists: blonde handsome Dmitry Gudanov & tall raven-haired bombshell Lola Kochetkova(who danced Nijinsky's wife Romola in recent premiere by Lavrovsky).

Nadezhda Gratcheva's Aegina in SPARTACUS. Totally wicked...meeeowww! Since when has Aegina stolen the show from Spartacus & Phrygia? Gracheva did it at the Bolshoi a couple of weeks ago.

Renata Pavam's glimmers of greatness as a first-year corps dancer with ABT...reminds of my 'spotting' Ringer in the NYCB corps ten years ago or Vishneva at the Vaganova Acad seven years back. A spellbinding presence. And the new POB-school graduate (class of 2001), Aurore Cordellier, was impossible to miss at the academie demonstrations last January...a carbon-copy of Vishneva at age 17...stunning. Wait 'til Americans get a look at her!

I'll think of more later...Happy Holidays, all!

- Jeannie

[ December 28, 2001: Message edited by: Jeannie ]

#24 BalletNut


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Posted 26 December 2001 - 10:08 PM

Jeannie, Misa Kuranaga is listed as an apprentice on SFB's website.

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