Questions about NBoC - partnerships and Guillaume Cote
Posted 02 September 2002 - 09:54 AM
Is NBoC one of those companies that foster stable partnerships?(NYCB tends to switch people around)
Also, what of Guillaume Cote? I've not seen him yet in any major role (I get to see NBoC once or twice a year when I visit friends) and he seems to be shooting up the ranks. What do people think of him?
Posted 02 September 2002 - 10:58 AM
As to Guillaume Cote, I haven't seen him too many times in a major role either (Prince Floriumund in Sleeping Beauty Act 3 and Romeo in R&J). From what I remember, he can act extremely well. The scene where Romeo was dreaming about Juliet, was filled with so much heartfelt emotions. This is pretty surprising, because he just graduated from the National Ballet School in 1999, I believe, and he was just promoted to First Soloist!
Does anyone have any other views on NBoC's partnerships and Guillaume Cote?
Posted 02 September 2002 - 11:45 AM
What's funny is when NBoC fielded a team for the '99 Bruhn prize, they certainly weren't fostering a partnership; in fact, the competitors (Jhe Russell and Bei-di Sheng) didn't perform together in the contemporary section as all the other couples did, but did two solos instead. It really seemed like Sheng's contemporary variation (the Russian Princess from Kudelka's then-new Swan Lake) was a sacrifice bunt, and they were putting more hopes on Russell, who won. And Sheng left the company shortly after it seems.
In the performances I've seen so far, I haven't seen any natural partnerships. Antonijevic looks a bit insular (but he and Martine Lamy are not a match made in heaven). Geon van der Wyst was not at Hodgkinson's level in Mozartiana.
Paquita? Any comments?
Posted 02 September 2002 - 02:27 PM
Cote is showing a lot of promise and I think they are trying to encourage his partnership with Ogden. I saw them at this years Bruhn competition, their dancing seems complimentary and they also share a good rapport. He needs to work on his consistency, but no matter what he does it is a joy to watch him. I think people were dissapointed that he didn't win the Bruhn Prize, but he clearly wasn't on the same level as Friedemann Vogel or ABT's David Hallberg. Still, he's one to keep an eye on.
Bei Di Sheng was said to be on a leave of absence, however I haven't heard any updates. I remember that she made a lovely Olga in Onegin. I hope to see her back.
Leigh, do you know which ballets you'll be able to catch this season?
Posted 02 September 2002 - 03:22 PM
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