11/30 nutcracker performace
Posted 01 December 2002 - 07:42 AM
Posted 01 December 2002 - 08:05 AM
Quinn drove the Tempi much too fast in Act II. The poor Polchinelles didn't know where they were or what to do, and for Kowroski and Askegaard it was the equivalet of the Monaco Grand Prix. The look Kowroski gave Quinn at the end of the coda was something. "If looks could kill ..." Quinn would not conduct Nuts again. Kowroski's performance was extremely warm. Nothing 'Hieratic" about that principle dancer yesterday. I also thought, watching Taylor in the Waltz, that she's reached an entirely new level of technical security and artistry, although she too had to race to keep up with the orchestra. Among the divertissements, Ulbricht-Bouder-and-Fairchild in "Tea" was a dream mini-cast.
Posted 01 December 2002 - 04:26 PM
Act I: Generally fine. Unwelcome "improvements" in Mouse fight (unless memory's playing tricks), but the kids were good. I liked Fritz (Amon Ito), but I always like Fritz.
Act II: In her variation, Jenny seemed not to have gotten back to performance shape yet, and the pas was marred by mishaps. Peter nearly dropped her on her tiara after the first swoon. The first pirouette into backbend was botched; it seemed Kaplow and the dancers were each waiting for the other to signal the climax. The second one was not a whole lot better. For these fine dancers, it was definitely not their finest moment.
The Angels were a little under rehearsed. Polichinelles: seriously under rehearsed. Hot Chocolate: watered down. Coffee: burnt. Tea: way over-caffeinated. Candy Canes: soggy. Marzipan: stale and hardened. Flowers: wilted. It's all thanks to management's campaign to drum the musicality out of everything.
Dewdrop was . . .
Alexandra saved the night for me. Flashes of Gelsey's daring. She was just sensational. It's so gratifying to see her dance allegros big and full-out and with nuance -- a rarity at NYCB these days.
Posted 01 December 2002 - 05:30 PM
It was the second performance of the run, and I thought the children did well, They always do get better, but I didn't find the missteps too glaring or in anyway unacceptable.
Aesha Ash, with the blonde hair and Lil'Kim makeup, needs to be seriously and kindly Spoken To. It distracted me from her dancing, which was fine but overshadowed by The Look.
I think Jenifer Ringer looked lovely, frankly, and see nothing to criticise in her appearance. I think she and Peter Boal looked better singly, but there were some lovely moments, and it was by no means a bad performance--this is a good role for her and he, as ever, is simply beautiful to watch.
Alexandra Ansanelli danced big, and diamond bright, and was the highlight of the show for me. She is so secure technically, and it is a pleasure to see her flying through those flowers like a shower of dew--I know it sounds hackneyed, but really she just sparkled through that whole waltz and it was a delight to watch.
So--I see we all have different impressions!!;)
Posted 02 December 2002 - 12:34 PM
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Posted 02 December 2002 - 03:59 PM
Posted 02 December 2002 - 04:04 PM
She is an extraordinarily eloquent dancer -- always worth watching closely. This was far from her best performance, though.
Originally posted by SABgurlie24
i thought jenifer ringer was great
Posted 02 December 2002 - 04:16 PM
Posted 07 December 2002 - 12:45 PM
Watching her Dewdrop during Wednesday night's performance -- not the performance commented on above by Juliet and by SABGurlie but the next one -- I thought of this. She did sparkle. The big moments, such as the weaving rush up the middle of the parting flowers, were gorgeous. But there was also a lot of slight falling out of turns, more than a few transitional steps, in between those big dramatic moments, which were flubbed, merely indicated (almost marked), or only half performed. Positions not closed before on she'd rush, turns not completed.
There are still at times, I thought that evening, some major technical weakness to Ansanelli's dancing. She is clearly a company star and performs as a de facto principal. But I wonder if some further development in technical strength and especially a committment to giving full value to all of the choreography -- if less of a "hard sell" performance approach -- would not be welcome.
And then I remember that Friday Night performance in Allegro Brilliante, last February, which was the best thing I saw at State Theater all last year.
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