Posted 27 January 2003 - 08:43 AM
I went all excited and left utterly dissapointed...
It opened with a very confusing version on Carmina Burana performed by a small local company, the Columbia Classical Ballet. Kinda boring, looked like they were worshiping some Papa Johns pizza hanging from the rafters, but whatever....
Act 2 -
Valse Fantasie.... now i LOVE VF... i performed it when i was 13 back home, so was way excited.... and Alexei Borovik from Penn Ballet was marvelous, and Bonnie Pickard performed well as the female lead. However, the corps was another story. not to sound harsh, but putting it nicely they were dumpy and frumpy. overweight russian trained girls trying to do Balanchine. eek.
Grand Pas Classique -
Misty Copeland and Julio Bragado-Young from ABT...
She had saving grace in her gorgeus Paloma feet and nice fouettes in the coda, but she struggled through her variation, and overall neither had any spark. He hobbled through some turns a la second and ended in a single, we all looked at each other like "they dance for ABT?" overall, a HUGE dissapointment
Gasp. Beautiful. Arantxa Ochoa and Alexei Borovik from Penn Ballet were stunning. it was so moving i almost cried. my southern friend said though "that girl needs to eat a biscuit"
Diana and Acteon -
Joseph Phillips showed some great tricks, but thats all it was. tricks. run run run trick. run run run trick. maybe the in between stuff and port de bras will come with age... hes only 17. lots of potential. Margaret Severin-Hansen from Carolina Ballet was adorable... a little sprite of a thing.. not the most talanted dancer ive ever seen, but enjoyable just the same...
Don Q Pas -
Pollyanna Ribeiro and Christopher Budyzinski from Boston Ballet brought the house down.... she was itsy bitsy, not even 5 feet and a little spitfire.... fouettes with the fan... LOVE IT! he was impressive as well.....
and that was it.... overall i felt cheated... especially by ABTs dancers... hmm.... im glad my ticket was free
Posted 27 January 2003 - 01:20 PM
About the ABT dancers — they are young dancers from the corps and usually don't get a chance to do a bravura pas de deux. You can't expect star quality from them. Perhaps they'll become stars some day, and then you can say that you Saw Them When.
Joseph Phillips, is he the young man who won the Jackson competition last year?
Posted 28 January 2003 - 01:47 PM
Posted 01 October 2003 - 12:57 PM
I have been seeing her dance in Boston since her first year in the corps, and she stood out even then.
Sadly, she's not often cast for the Sunday matinees these days. :-(
If I understand the concept of phrasing correctly, she is a dancer whose phrasing really stands out.
Posted 01 October 2003 - 01:13 PM
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