¿Quien es mas macho?
Posted 05 February 2003 - 10:26 AM
Thanks to the good folks at ABT and PBS, we're now poised to ask ourselves the same question, and, if we're brave enough, answer it.
Posted 05 February 2003 - 10:58 AM
"How was the show?"
"It was great. They were all amazing! There was the Spanish guy. And the American guy. And the Russian guy."
"What was his name?"
"I can't remember; it's too hard. He talked about going off to study ballet as a child. It was Be- something."
"Oh, that's Maxim! Maxim Belotserkovsky? He's the one married to Irina Dvorovenko!"
"Oh yes, that's right. Yes, that was him."
No one mentioned chest hair or motorcycles.
I voted for him...
Posted 05 February 2003 - 12:00 PM
I actually thought Ms. Carreno's brief appearances were a delight -- a bit vulgar in a charming sort of way, but also with an engaging bravura, gutty show(wo)manship and sheer strength which looked as if she could've kept right on fouetteing through a brick wall without missing a beat. Given the context in which she appeared -- the coda of the Diana and Acteon pas de deux, in front of a few thousand wildly cheering Cuban ballet fans -- I thought her relentless, and, dare I say it, wild, approach was not only entirely appropriate, but artfully stole away some of Mr. Carreno's thunder, which was no mean feat as he had just finished doing a fine impression of Tarzan flying from tree to tree without the benefit of vines or trick photography. Or trees.
I also thought it would be wonderful if the only ballerina (but not the only diva!) on the program beat out the four macho men (and Ms. Carreno had been tied for the lead with Malakhov), but such perfection is perhaps best left to one's imagination. Besides, a joke isn't funny if ya gotta explain it.
My apologies to Ms. Carreno if any of the above came off as an aspersion.
I am now officially changing my dark-horse bet from Ms. Carreno to Mark Morris. Yes, he's a long shot, but I have faith in him, and the readers of BA.
Posted 05 February 2003 - 12:27 PM
I voted for Malakhov, because Russians are always more macho (Nureyev owns the title in perpetuity, for my money). Of course, as we figure-skating fans know, a Russian man will wear anything. Who can forget Alexei Urmanov in his Swan Lake outfit, or Ilia Kulik winning his Gold Medal in an outfit that made him look like a tall, skinny bee?
I notice that people are voting and not backing it up with action, i.e., a post. Come on, 'fess up.
Posted 05 February 2003 - 01:10 PM
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Posted 05 February 2003 - 01:35 PM
I love to watch Corella dance...but for macho you can't beat Carreno with that Cuban aura of strong manliness so he gets my vote.
That orange flourescent rehearsal costume that Vladimir wore keeps popping in my head and I just can't vote for him!
Posted 05 February 2003 - 01:51 PM
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