Best of 2002
Posted 21 December 2002 - 12:28 PM
Posted 21 December 2002 - 01:19 PM
An earlier highlight was my annual July visit to Saratoga Springs, where I had the pleasure of meeting Ballet Alert posters rkoretzky and bobsey.
Posted 21 December 2002 - 03:58 PM
Mayerling by the Royal Ballet. MacMillan's choreography, the pdd were unforgettable. The three casts were fantastic but I think Jonathan Cope was brilliant in it as I never thought he could be and the role of Prince Rudolf just belongs to Johan Kobborg. Alina Cojocaru was the biggest and best surprise as Mary.
Dances Concertantes by the New York City Ballet dancers where Yvonne Borree and Peter Boal in Duo Concertante just took my breath away.
Posted 21 December 2002 - 05:09 PM
Kowroski's thrilling Firebird.
Ananiashvili's Adagio of Symphony in C was a complete revelation for me each time she danced it.
Pavlenko's Nykia and Diamonds.
La Fille Mal Gardee and the Dream.
I have to say, looking back on it, it was a very, very good year.
Posted 21 December 2002 - 09:32 PM
Posted 21 December 2002 - 11:43 PM
Posted 22 December 2002 - 12:22 AM
- the Kirov's reconstructed version of "La Bayadere" which was revelatory.
- The Kirov's glorious performance in their London galas of "Serenade", splendidly led by Natalia Sologub, Irina Golub, and Veronika Part.
And the whole company was always excellent in Balanchine's masterpiece "Jewels".
- Natalia Sologub in everything she danced, she was especially moving in the title role in Alexei Ratmansky's new but uneven production of "Cinderella" premiered in the Mariinsky Festival, and as Masha in the Chemiakin's controversial production of "Nutcracker".
- Diana Vishneva's superlative Giselle in Hong Kong, her Manon and her Rubies in the Mariinsky Festival both partnered by Manuel Legris, and her lyrical Nikiya in New York.
- Andrian Fadeyev in the Mariinsky Festival showing his pure classical style as the Nutcracker Prince, and his stirring performances as Romeo and in "Le Jeune Homme et la Mort". And finally his profoundly moving Albrecht in Hong Kong several weeks ago, and his charismatic "Rubies" soloist.
At Covent Garden I was most impressed by Alina Cojocaru as Tatiana in "Onegin", Darcey Bussell and Jonathan Cope in Christopher Wheeldon's wonderful new work "Tryst" for the Royal Ballet, and Jonathan Cope and Tamara Rojo in "Mayerling".
I greatly enjoyed the English National Ballet's triple bill including Balanchine's Apollo and Who Cares, and also another triple bill including Mark Morris' delightful work "Drink to Me Only With Thine Eyes".
Posted 22 December 2002 - 04:36 AM
La Fille Mal Gardee at ABT, actually, everything at ABT
Jaffe's final performance
Rachel Rutherford finally getting promoted
The Kirov back in NY
ABT's Studio Company
Posted 22 December 2002 - 09:08 AM
Annonciation danced by La Scala ballet
Vishneva as Aurora
La Scala corps de ballet in Nutcracker this december.
And, from Nureyev gala:
Tamara Rojo as black swan
Eric Vu An in Prelude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Massimo Murru as Petrouchka
Malakhov in Spectre de la rose
Tewsley and Marta Romagna in Apollo
and the clean and noble dancing of Bolle
Posted 22 December 2002 - 09:28 AM
Our balcony "box seats" in Palaise Garnier
Posted 22 December 2002 - 09:56 AM
The Kirov's production of Don Quixote for the sheer energy and joy of their character dancing.
Alexandra Ansanelli's Allegro Brillante from the winter season. It was one of those special, singular performances where you were so glad you were lucky enough to be there on the night the magic happened.
Posted 22 December 2002 - 07:02 PM
- Kirov's corps de ballet in La Bayadere and S. Lake;
-Irina Dvorovenko and M. Beloserkovsky in Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux;
- An afternoon I spent in NY Public Library for Performing Arts watching (for the first time) Diana Adams, Allegra Kent and Tanaquil Le Clerq
Posted 22 December 2002 - 07:27 PM
It definitely must be the Kirov's new production of La Bayadere, with the interpretations of Vishneva, Zakharova, Fadeyev and Kolb. Also the performance by Acosta and Nunez in Don Quixote. It's a great fun!
Posted 23 December 2002 - 10:01 AM
Dutch National Ballet in Onegin in Amsterdam - always interesting to see an unfamiliar company.
Ashton's The Dream at ABT
Asanelli in almost everyting at NYCB - she has a bloom now that makes everything special
Whelan, a great artist in her prime
Tuttle in Giselle at ABT - none of her previous performances had prepared me for the completeness of her interpretation.
Elizabeth Parkinson in Movin On, and John Seyla and Keith Roberts
Patrick Corbin in everything he danced in the Taylor season
Merce Cunningham's 50th anniversary
David Gordon's performance in January at Danspace
Being lucky enough to live in NYC, so I can see all this and more!
Posted 23 December 2002 - 10:29 AM
"Dances at a Gathering" by San Francisco Ballet (Ken Cen)
Much of what the Suzanne Farrell Ballet performed here; the company is maturing, and Gavin Larsen is on my Dancer to Watch list.
Otherwise, not much of a year for me.
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