Meunier @ City Center
Posted 16 October 2002 - 09:33 AM
Meunier is quoted in last week's Time Out New York as being excited to be dancing with a classical company. She told Gia Kourlas, "I guess a part of me always wanted to be a classical ballerina because after I performed Swan Lake (by Martins in 1999), it changed my life. It just felt right. The fact that I was capable of getting through it was very gratifying, but what it did for me spiritually? I'm speechless when I think about it. It definitely took me on another path."
MM explains that she becamse acquanted with Martin van Hamel and when performing at a benefit for Van Hamel's dance center, told the former ABT dancer about her situation at NYCB (not dancing so much) and was told ABT had room for another dancer. MM is working on Myrtha and wants to perform Kitri in Don Q. Hopefully she'll get the chance.
Posted 16 October 2002 - 09:48 AM
But not surprised she's out...
Posted 16 October 2002 - 10:16 AM
and that as of now, she's probably out for a week.
Posted 16 October 2002 - 12:16 PM
Posted 16 October 2002 - 02:49 PM
Posted 16 October 2002 - 07:07 PM
Posted 16 October 2002 - 07:16 PM
Posted 17 October 2002 - 06:09 AM
Grand Pas Classique. Well Jose Manuel Carreno was suppose to perform and was replaced by David Hallberg, a corp member.
Gillian Murphy perfomed very nicely but didn't seem at ease with the Adagio part which I will blame on the change of partner, but I still think she's not quite righ for the part. David Hallberg has exceptional legs, and feet to die for, but his perfomance was very weak, and I will blame it on the change of casting, I never saw him dance before.
Sylvia Pas de Deux danced by Paloma Herrera and Marcelo Gomez was a delight and the adagio was flawless, Paloma was great in her variations, Marcelo presence was really nice but the take off of his tour en l'air was surprinsingly bad, he was taking off body facing audience and fifth facing the wings .
Symphony in C, Monique was replace by Xiomara Reyes and I was extremely disappointed in her performance. And I was disappointed also with the rest of the cast. It was quite bad, the only one in the principal parts that I liked was Michele Wiles, she was dancing the Fourth Movement.
So it was not the best evening for ABT as far as I am concerned, I have seen much much much better, thank god. I f this had been my first time I would think that it is a bad company, and I cannot blame it on the end of a long run, it was only the second night.
Posted 17 October 2002 - 07:01 AM
one that makes people go to mantinees when they don't normally. I hope she's receiving the support she
deserves at ABT.
Again from the TONY article, "It was the happiest time in my professional career," Meunier said of the time she danced Swan Lake. "I knew I could do all the steps, but just to put them together and to be onstage in front of an audience was a rush that I've never felt. I decided that I wanted to become a dancer after I saw Martine van Hamel perform Swan Lake. So it felt as if my dream had come true. After that, nothing was quite the same. I felt like I wasn't being challenged, and I realized I wanted something different out of my ballet career."
On possibly becoming a principal at ABT: "I haven't done these ballets, so why would I be a principal? Being a principal there doesn't mean that you can be a principal here. You've got to learn these ballets and grow into them. I get to do a lot right now, which is what I want; I'm going to be trained, molded and nurtured into, I hope, a principal. I need to be educated. I'm like a sponge right now, and I want to learn it all. It's not that I don't think I'm a ballerina already -- I do. But I go by my gut instinct, which is different. Here, I'll be trained to be a classical ballerina. They're going to polish me up."
Posted 17 October 2002 - 07:11 AM
Aha! This looks like another job for Ballerina Polish.
Perhaps we could pitch in and send Ms. Meunier a few tins? What was that supplier's name again?
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