Update Needed: Who are the Great Ballerinas of Today?
Posted 16 August 2001 - 03:28 PM
[ 08-20-2001: Message edited by: alexandra ]
Posted 17 August 2001 - 09:11 AM
Posted 17 August 2001 - 02:22 PM
The main section did stop with Ashley but then it was followed with a small chapter on up-and-comers, including Leslie Browne (Alexandra don't choke), Kyra Nichols and N Pavlova. It's one of my favorite books. Nice pictures. Unfortunately, I bought my copy at a library sale and someone drew a mustache on my absolute favorite -- Suzanne Farrell!!
If I were continueing the book I'd have put Nichols in the "ballerina" catagory and then add Darci Kistler to finish up the NYCB women. The book, written before the fall of the Soviet Union, really omits or came before many top Russian dancers, I add Kolpokova, Lopatkina, Nina A, Sylvie G, Viviana Durante and Darcey Bussell. Plus some of the French dancers whom recently retired -- Lourdes, Platel -- and Gueran. Maybe I'd add Kent, using what seems to be the book's criteria. And some Canadian dancers -- Evelyn Hart. I think Karen Kain is in the book, but if she's not I'd add her, as well as Patricia Barker. I'm sure I'm leaving out quite a bit.... (and, of course, misspelling a ton of names, sorry).
Posted 20 August 2001 - 10:01 AM
Posted 20 August 2001 - 11:16 AM
I'll put the question this way -- and piccolo, please feel free to amend it, since this is your thread -- you are asked to update this book, and told you can only add SIX ballerinas who began their careers in the late 1970s or after. Really truly six. Not twelve, leaving it up to the editor (who has terrible taste and will, of course, pick the six you really don't like but put in just to be fair).
Posted 20 August 2001 - 03:24 PM
I've never seen the book, did they list many dancers?
Posted 20 August 2001 - 08:53 PM
Posted 20 August 2001 - 09:07 PM
Ms. Ponomarenko is lovely to work with and to watch.
Posted 20 August 2001 - 09:55 PM
Originally posted by Alina:
There is a lovely, rather unknown young woman dancing with Boston Ballet named Larissa Ponomarenko. Sorry more peple don't see her, she is a true and special ballerina.
Posted 21 August 2001 - 10:37 AM
Not knowing many of the dancers from other companies, I'll go with these six: Julie Kent, Darcey Bussell, Sylvie Guillem, Susan Jaffe, Heather Watts, and Yoko Morishita. (Alternate: Muriel Maffre)
Posted 21 August 2001 - 11:08 AM
Posted 24 August 2001 - 11:25 PM
I'd be willing to trade one of the above for Whelan, and there are a few other names knocking about my head -- even some dancers I've loved more than one or two of those named -- but they've earned their chapters and, anyway, I'm trying to follow Alexandra's rules.
P.S. For rising stars (it is a catagory in the book after all) I'd include Kowroski, Ansanelli, Somogyi. (I think City Ballet has been in luck in recent seasons. From what I read, Royal Ballet fans may feel similarly about the Royal's luck.) And I'm rather hopeful about Murphy at ABT. There are others, but I'm sticking to my two substantive roles rule.
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