Jump to content

This site uses cookies. By using this site, you agree to accept cookies, unless you've opted out. (US government web page with instructions to opt out: http://www.usa.gov/optout-instructions.shtml)

October 2002

  • Please log in to reply
5 replies to this topic

#1 Guest_EExdancer1_*

  • Unregistered / Not Logged In

Posted 28 October 2002 - 08:38 PM


#2 Guest_EExdancer1_*

  • Unregistered / Not Logged In

Posted 28 October 2002 - 08:57 PM

From the Philadelphia Inquirer.http://www.philly.co...end/4309231.htm

#3 Alexandra


    Board Founder

  • Administrators
  • PipPipPipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 9,285 posts

Posted 28 October 2002 - 09:38 PM

Welcome to Ballet Alert! Online, and thank you for posting these! I wish I had seen these performances.

I thought Elizabeth Zimmer's piece was lovely, especially for someone who recently wrote she was one who truly believes ballet is dead. I think her review shows a sound appreciation of the art :)

It was especially interesting to me that both writers noted that the company is a true ensemble, with good performances from dancers at all ranks. That's one of the best signs of a ballet company's health, I think.

Come on, Philadelphians. I know you're out there. Did you go? What did you think? Which did you like best, Apollo, Bugaku or Scotch Symphony??

#4 Tessa



  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 49 posts

Posted 29 October 2002 - 06:18 AM

Ok, I'll bite. I thought the best performances were given in Bugaku, though that's my least favorite ballet of the three. Valerie Amiss was surprisingly good as the bride- she's typically a soft, lyrical dancer, so this role was a stretch for her, but I thought she carried it off well. I liked Scotch Symphony, too, but Jennifer Smith, who I normally love, seemed a bit overwhelmed by her costume (kilt, etc.). Is that role normally given to a short dancer?

As for Apollo, I thought the muses- Arantxa Ochoa and Riolama Lorenzo (who I think is a new transplant from NYCB), in particular- were wonderful, but I felt indifferent to the performance of corps member James Ihde in the title role. He has the appropriate physique, but not the stage presence for that part, I think. Elizabeth Zimmer once praised him in a role where he looked like "a regular guy at ease on the dance floor" (can't remember the ballet- a Trey McIntyre piece, maybe?) and I think it's in those type of parts where he truly shines.

#5 Calliope


    Gold Circle

  • Member
  • PipPipPipPipPipPip
  • 805 posts

Posted 29 October 2002 - 06:36 AM

I'm glad to see Lorenzo back dancing! PA Ballet has quite a few NYCB alums, I'll have to try and catch them on tour.

#6 Doris R

Doris R


  • Member
  • PipPip
  • 91 posts

Posted 09 January 2003 - 04:46 PM

As I said in another area,I've been away for awhile. ANYWAY... I too thought Valerie was wonderful in Bugaku, don't look for her too much more during this season though. I understand that she and her husband, fellow PA Ballet soloist Edward Cieslak, are anticipating an addition to their family toward the end of this season.

0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

Help support Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers year round by using this search box for your amazon.com purchases (adblockers may block display):