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  2. mnacenani

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I have no problem with the sets and costumes - the awful quality of the dancing and the variations is my problem. OK maybe the variations were such in its day but it doesn't look Petipa to me, or have I been conditioned to look for current technique and style ?? But what about the horrible PdB even I can notice - surely Petipa didn't ask for that ! (the Vaganova GP last year was excellent imho - I saw the full Smikalov Paquita the next evening and thought Vaganova's 3rd Act was better)
  3. I am no fan of Makhalov but the current management makes me miss him terribly, I really did not know about Dima's departure, Simkin and Kochetkova do NOT make it better for me either. Stuttgart, München and Berlin all in crisis.
  4. Gnossie just checked the Berlin Ballet website and DS is not listed. His write-up on the programme places him jointly at Dortmund Ballet and Dresden. Berlin male principals and soloists leave much to be desired, hoping Simkin will partially fill the void.
  5. Helene

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    A reliable source for whether the sets and costumes have been destroyed.
  6. CharlieH

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Ratmansky & Fullington are reliable for the steps (translating the Stepanova notes ). I don’t think that Ratmansky ever claimed to have resurrected the Petipa-era sets and costumes in any of his stagings (Paquita, Sleeping B, Swan Lake other than the Swan tutus, etc). But that’s beside the point. I hate to see the financial waste in tossing out new sets/costumes, tacky or not.
  7. Gnossie

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    The choreography has not been destroyed, only the horrible El Cheapo set and costumes have. And if they weren't sold it's because no one wanted to buy them or maybe Zelensky couldn't care less. The Burlaka Nutcracker at the Mariinsky? Impossible, Yuri Fateyev hates reconstructions and the company already has 2 productions.
  8. CharlieH

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Good point. Those Berlin Nutcracker sets/costumes are spectacular. One would think that the Mariinsky would be hungering for them. Modern Russian Ballet doesn’t seem to care for its imperial heritage, despite paying lip service with faux-Petipa galas.
  9. What!? How could did this slip under my radar! Dmitry (Polina's talented and handsome older brother -and soloist with the Mariinsky until 2004) has left Berlin for Dresden!? OMG, just when I thought the situation couldn't get worse in Berlin!
  10. Helene

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I thought many of the Paquita costumes lovely. Chacun a son gout. I'm sorry they are lost. And I consider Ratmansky a reliable source.
  11. CharlieH

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Even though the sets and some costumes were a bit tacky to some eyes, the work that went into the Munich Paquita was commendable. The Ratmansky and Fullington team did a masterful job in reconstructing dances and mise en scene, more true to Petipa than the reimaginings at POB, the Mariinsky & Vaganova School. Thus, it is very sad to see the way that this Munich production has been tossed away so quickly. Why not try to sell the sets/costumes to another company?
  12. Drew

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    In view of Macaulay's criticisms of Hallberg's dancing in the same article -- which seem to me to imply (and more than imply) that he has become more of a self-consciousl star dancer, I think it likeliest that his praise of Copeland as "unspoiled" does indeed refer to her dancing as un-mannered, which is to say, not having the excess self-consciousness that he criticizes in Hallberg, especially since the immediate follow up clause in the same sentence is clearly about her dancing (when he says that he wishes to see more authority in her dancing). "Unspoiled" wouldn't be my choice of word, but I don't find it as odd as you do especially coming from this writer.
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  14. nanushka

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    One difference, of course, is that Stiefel's hair was visible onstage as part of the performance. (To clarify, I'm not defending the remark — just drawing a distinction.)
  15. ABT Fan

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    My guess is that he's judging her by what he's seen and read of her in interviews, in print and in video, and how she presents herself offstage. As a critic, his remarks should relate to someone's dancing, and only their dancing. But, he doesn't always do that. His comment years ago that Stiefel's hair made him look like a member of the Hitler Youth, had nothing to do with Stiefel's dancing (not to mention being highly offensive for many reasons). My impression is that he isn't talking about Copeland's dancing here, but her offstage persona. If he isn't, then using the word "unspoiled" is an odd adjective of choice to me.
  16. sz

    Alexandra Ansanelli

    Sad news, but there are films of Alexandra's dancing I have no doubt in the Lincoln Center Dance Library.
  17. abatt

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    But how could he know anything about her personally, since he does not have a personal friendship or relationship with her. As a critic, his remarks about each dancer relates to what they did on stage that he observed, not what they are like off stage.
  18. Gnossie

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Those Paquita costumes aren't reconstructed ones and the sets are, as Natalia would say : "El Cheapo" style. Yaiks. Sad would be to see the reconstructed costumes from Burlaka's nutcracker production be destroyed, now THAT would be a loss. That being said, Igor Zelensky shouldn't be AD of any company, ever.
  19. jerryb

    2018 Spring Season

    Saw the Saturday evening 5/19 performance. While DAG was decently danced what was missing for me was the feeling of dances at a gathering. The dancers seemed to have no relationship to each other or a particular place (with the exception of Tyler Angle, Joseph Gordon and Lauren Lovette). It doesn’t matter specifically where that place is or who these people are because each of us will bring our own perception of that. “Who am I and why am I here.” Most of today’s DAG dancers have no sense of that and it has been so for a few years with DAG. Ballet Alert old timers will remember Villela and Verdy as examples of what I mean. As Anna Kisselgoff said in the NY Times June 14, 1994 “No matter how plotless, a Robbins ballet is about relationships.” I agree that Taylor Stanley was excellent in Opus 19/The Dreamer as were Russell Janzen and Maria Kowroski in Glass Pieces. What fun to have seen Stanley and Janzen develop. I remember Joseph Gordon in class at SAB and it is wonderful to see what a fine, fine dancer (and principal soon I hope) he has become. Bravo.
  20. ABT Fan

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    I guess I have a different opinion on what Macaulay means. I think by "unspoiled" he's talking about her personally, as in she's remained humble and gracious despite her fame. I don't think he's talking about her dancing here, because "unspoiled" or "spoiled" usually refers to a person's character and also because he references her dancing immediately after that, changing the topic. If he meant that her dancing was "unspoiled", then his sentence should have read something like: "Since she’s now among the biggest names in world ballet, it's refreshing to see how unspoiled her mannerisms are, but I wish she projected more sheer authority." Macaulay has a habit of critiquing, or less often, praising the personal qualities of dancers, that has nothing to do with the actual dancing. How many remember the most unfortunate description he gave to Ethan Stiefel's hair and overall appearance several years ago?
  21. volcanohunter

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I now find myself wondering and worrying about the fate of the physical production of the Burlaka/Medvedev Nutcracker in Berlin, which was dumped from the repertoire when Duato became director.
  22. Will definitely miss Craig but hopefully he will be a guest or return as one of the ballet masters or teacher? Loved him in Fancy Free 😍
  23. mnacenani

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I apologise for this error : I was almost certain I read this figure somewhere on the web while looking up Ivan Liska today but now can't find it. Anyway the correct number of departures seems to be 29 as you have stated, it can't have been 55 since the company had ca. 69 members at the time.
  24. Fosca

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Just for the record: the Munich newspapers all had the number of 29 dancers leaving in June 2016, maybe some 10 more in the next season. But 55 would have meant almost the whole company erased. It was a huge change in the roster, but let's stick to the facts.
  25. ABT Fan

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Shevchenko's wobbles on the opening arabesques at the matinee were, from what I've seen, very uncharacteristic of her. I saw all three of her Myrta's last year and even in that first performance, her debut, she was rock solid. And, I love her characterization. I haven't noticed any sickled feet on her, as someone else mentioned. I'm glad to hear that Williams' debut went well; I wish I could have seen it. And, hopefully Waski will get her Myrta debut next year (assuming they do Giselle next year - please!).
  26. I will definitely miss Craig Salstein. Whatever he was dancing, he was always spot on. In particular, I remember his wonderful performance as Hilarion last year. I hope he'll continue to work at ABT, as a teacher or coach.
  27. I saw this on the other thread. Very sorry that I'll be missing his farewell. Though he wasn't a pyro-technician I thought he was a great dancer with a strong, precise technique and a great stage presence. He was also a very good actor. I'll miss him.
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