Born to be Mild?
Posted 06 February 2003 - 08:55 AM
Posted 06 February 2003 - 09:09 AM
Peter Boal, because, as I once wrote in a review, he's the company's "clarion classicist."
Albert Evans, because, although he doesn't have many roles, there are several that he has defined for his generation.
Nikolaj Hubbe, because he makes everything he does look interesting.
And Woetzel, because he's the company workhorse and tremendously popular.
Gosh, three of these are Americans. Isn't that curious? And there's nothing regular about these guys, or what they dance, or how they dance it.
Posted 06 February 2003 - 10:09 AM
At first glance, I thought Alexandra's choices were perfect -- she chose my four favorite male dancers. But the replacement of Hubbe with Soto has a certain balance. I think these four better represent City Ballet, its repertory and contrasting styles. Plus, they have the benefit of being All-American. That seems fitting to me given that I think NYCB is the apogee of American ballet (note that I didn't say Ballet in America.) "Born in America" instead of "Born to Be Wild"?
(Having said this, the irony that Martins and Wheeldon are foriegn-born isn't lost on me.)
Posted 06 February 2003 - 11:41 AM
Posted 06 February 2003 - 03:10 PM
Posted 06 February 2003 - 03:15 PM
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