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Everything posted by altongrimes

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    O yes ! How very true ! In my case, for example, so impacted by Zhong-Fang Jing's performance in an ABT Romeo and Juliet was I, that I was later able to confirm that it was, indeed, her. In an interview, Susan Smith (a ballet mistress at ABT, I believe) spoke of a kind of "light" she felt in Zhong-Fang Jing's dancing.Yes ! To this day, I can still recall that transcendent "light" of her gift. I will never forget the power of it . Wonderful of you to reply.
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    Thank you ! P.S. Drew, I want to say that I became introduced to Ballet Alert when an acquantance introduced me to one of your posted replies. I was immensely impressed, not only by your fascinating remarks but also with the civil and refined tenor of your prose.

    I am fascinated by the term "epaulment" and have made note of several definitions but I am wondering if it could also be construed to mean the overall expressiveness of the upper body? I am finding, for example, that some ballerinas have the most exquisite arms that seem like musical instruments. But perhaps such a characteristic would not be included in the proper definition of epaulment ? Also, could someone suggest a ballerina who could be noted for exhibiting exceptional epaulment ? Thank you. Alton

    What a treasure to me that I would receive such thoughtful and informative replies. So wonderful that you would respond to my question in this manner. I will study the attached video very carefully.
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    Helene Last year, New York City Ballet swept in to Santa Barbara, California for two nights of unforgettable dance. They were a firestorm of creativity. As a consequence of that joyous event, I wrote a short piece titled: The Cowboy Came To Dance. I am wondering if it is within the Ballet Alert guidelines to post my article. It was created neither for profit or for publication.
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    Thank you !
  7. Hello !

    Hello from Santa Barbara, California ! I harbor an enormous passion for dance and for those people who inhabit that realm ! This started for me when Sylvie Guillem shook up the dance world somewhere in the late 80's with her defection to The Royal Ballet. I will never forget a headline reading: "The one dancer that no company can afford to lose !".During that time, I made diligent search for her one and only video (VHS): Sylvie Guillem: Portrait of an Artist and finally found one at New York's long defunct Ballet Shop. I played this treasure too many times to count. Her glorious rendering of the Raymonda Variation and the delicious fractured dissonance of William Forsythe's Somewhere In The Middle And Elevated instantly transformed me into a dance disciple. My interest in the art form continued from there, occasionally abated by too much work or too much romance. Since 2011, I have been to New York several times to experience the formidable gift of Polina Semionova . Her guest performance in an ABT Swan Lake left me in a kind of hypnotic state for days. Presently, I am preparing for several trips to experience San Francisco Ballet when their season commences in January. Finally, I understand the Bolshoi is coming to New York in July of 2017. I would be most excited to experience the artistry of Ana Turazashvili in live performance and stay at The Beacon (it looks so swanky !) on 75th and Broadway while doing so !
  8. Hello !

    I am rather astounded that I am receiving a little correspondence from Ana Turazashvili . After having watched her in the "Big Swans"/Bolshoi clip on YouTube, I have become increasingly excited about her formidable talent. And at discreet intervals, I have said as much on her Facebook page. AND much to my surprise, she writes back to me in the most gracious manner ! I will, of course, be careful not to overdo this . After all, she is a very young woman who should be afforded the necessary privacy. But, what a thrill to hear from an artist that I so admire in this way !
  9. Hello !

    I can hardly believe my good fortune to be included in this marvelous Ballet Alert ! I am altogether smitten by the art form and find my passion burning even more brightly as a consequence of pondering your fascinating discussions. So happy to be in your company ! Thank you !