Will the Real MYRTHA Please Stand Up........?
Posted 13 March 2001 - 03:05 PM
The first time I saw Irina Dvorovenko she was dancing Myrtha, a couple of years ago, and I thought she was tremendous -- the epitome of the short, jumpy, angry Myrtha as opposed to the tall, queenly and angry Myrtha of Van Hamel.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 01:39 PM
Posted 23 February 2002 - 09:20 PM
I know her Kitri is captured on video. Is her Myrtha available on video?
Posted 13 March 2001 - 10:00 PM
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Posted 14 March 2001 - 08:15 PM
Posted 24 February 2002 - 08:11 AM
[ February 24, 2002: Message edited by: pmeja ]
Posted 21 March 2001 - 01:59 AM
BTW, and somewhat off topic, for those of you in NYC, besides whatever she may be dance-wise these days Martine Van Hamel has taken up choral singing. She's a member of the New York Choral Society. They have a concert coming up in May in Carnegie Hall. (NOT promoting my own thing, Alexandra - although I'll confess that my husband is in the choir.)
Posted 12 March 2001 - 10:50 PM
Robert LaFosse once described Gregory as the most chilling Siren he ever danced with in Prodigal, so I think I could picture her as Myrtha as well.
van Hamel is often praised (and rightly so), for her strong performances as Myrtha - who else do YOU feel was, or is now, effective in that role (or is van Hamel pretty much the "ultimate"?)
Who was dancing Myrtha the last time that ABT was performing Giselle?
Posted 13 March 2001 - 04:58 PM
Alexandra, I never really thought about Myrtha's vulnerability underneath all that ice - but you are SO right! Once upon a time Myrtha must have had her heart broken very badly to come back with such a vengence - you know what they say about a woman scorned!
Posted 14 March 2001 - 12:06 AM
She could have taken all her anger and frustrations with the opposite sex and poured it into that role. Not to mention the way that she always "got into character" and the endless effort she put forth on the roles she danced....I wonder what she could have done with that role.
I'm sure that her Myrtha would definately NOT have been one-sided and she wouldn't have needed any of that extra black mascara!
Posted 14 March 2001 - 06:35 PM
One more question.... In the movie "Dancers" Leslie Browne dances the role of Myrtha. Was this a role she only danced in the movie, or was it part of her rep at ABT?
Posted 12 March 2001 - 11:26 PM
I saw a tape of an ABT Giselle with Fracci and Bruhn. Toni Lander danced Myrthe and was terrific.
I understand that Monica Mason of the Royal Ballet was also a distinguished Myrthe.
Posted 13 March 2001 - 01:59 AM
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Posted 17 March 2001 - 06:34 PM
Off topic, I know...let's just say I don't doubt she made a GREAT Myrtha.
Posted 17 March 2001 - 09:22 AM
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