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  1. Inge

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    If this were someone's first ballet, I'm sure they were confused by the crossbow because Stearns looked at it like it was something from an alien planet. I can't even think about Act I. I've always said that ABT's current Swan Lake (Act I + the prologue) reinforces a lot of bad stereotypes people carry around about ballet. It's a rare dancer that can make that scene (& its duller than dull choreography) exciting. Even Gomes could barely lift it. Kudos to Roman Zhurbin for keeping a straight face while stroking the swan puppet 🙄
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Stearns' frantic grasping at her at the end of Act IV was so moving. It's a shame that it took so long for him to get there. He really let her shine though, which is a fine quality in a Siegfried. Honestly the hottest moment of the whole ballet was that brief interlude between Royal's Purple Rothbart and Giangeruso's Polish princess. Also, shout out to Duncan Lyle's bit in the Spanish Dance. It was the very best of all the manufactured 'Spanish flair' I've seen on the ABT stage in a while.
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Tesucher was glorious tonight. She's been a little low energy this season and it seems like she was saving it up for this. Once Gillian retires, Teuscher will be the runaway crown jewel of ABT Odettes. Her port de bras was so lush, and her pantomime was lovely. She clearly knows this is her signature role. The jury (well, my jury) is still out on Odile, especially since Shevchenko hasn't had her turn yet. Teuscher's Odile was less polished but still a joy to watch. In a year or two I'm sure she'll completely conquer it. The only downsides were that her arabesques were a little leaden and she had a habit of looking down a lot during the pas de deux. I wish someone would just tell her to do single fouttés. She almost spun out of those weirdly-timed doubles, which weren't even necessary. People were already completely on board with her solid technique and star power. Why don't people like single fouttés anymore? I love them. Nina Ananiashvili's lighting fast ones. Yuriko Kajiya's slow ones that look like a little bird on its perch. I miss solid singles. But overall she was a pro from start to finish. The kind one doesn't expect to see at ABT anymore.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    From what I've seen and gathered, the Mercutios and Tybalts have done a lot of heavy lifting this week (notably during sluggish town scenes). I keep forgetting that Cirio is only 27, which makes me excited for his character development in the coming years. Wish I could have seen Forster in this role. Would have loved to see him hurl himself at Hallberg. This season I've only seen him as very charming, slightly simple good guys. He's not in any of my Swan Lakes next week so I'll miss his Purple Rothbart as well.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    For me it would be Lane & Cornejo They are one of the few ABT couples that generate heat when they're together. ABT is seriously lacking in notable partnerships right now. Misty I understand due to ticket sales, but Boylston doesn't need two. She's dancing everything this year. McKenzie should just let Ratmansky do the casting. His choices have always been (on the whole) astute.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    It's really saying something that this board has been so dead, except for the debut roles. I was going to grab standing room tickets for tonight, but something about Romeo & Juliet just felt underwhelming this year. And it's usually one of my favorites.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    YES! I was about to say I loved him in this role! He was so charming and handsome. Abrera's girlish little grin after their first dance was to die for. Romeo basically just ruined everything in this version.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Did you catch Whiteside & Abrera's 'first look' moment? Because from where I was sitting all I could see was Whiteside's face, and it looked like he was stifling a giggle attack or making an inside joke...was Abrera doing the same thing or was he just making a weird artistic choice? Why is goofy smile his go-to Romeo characterization? Who is coaching this ballet?! It got so ridiculous that during the Act II letter scene I just ignored Whiteside watched Zhong-Jing Fang and Arron Scott in their steamy little flirtations. Every time Whiteside was flanked by Luis Ribagorda and Arron Scott, it was even more apparent how little charisma he was projecting in comparison to the supporting players. And the way Hammoudi hurled himself at Romeo as he was dying? Amazing work from everyone. I can only imagine that Abrera has been dancing this role in her dreams for years. That's the only explanation for her work tonight, which was equal to someone who has performed Juliet many, many times. Her footing on her initial solo was shaky, but other than that, stick a bow on it. Bravissima. Imagine if she had been partnered with David Hallberg. I have to admit I teared up a little when i turned my head to see Gomes chatting with Gillian Murphy. How strange that The New York Times used a picture of Gomes dancing Swan Lake with Veronika Part for that recent Macaulay 'All About Odette' article.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Tonight would have been great with a different Romeo. I cannot believe the luminous Stella Abrera waited this long for that pairing. Whiteside was uncomfortably bad (for me, at least. Others seemed to be enjoying it). I feel terrible when I have nothing positive to say about a performer...he executed most of the lifts well? Some of his solo work was nice? I liked him in Harlequinade last week? Come on, McKenzie.
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Why doesn't ABT pair him more with Boylston? They have a good rapport and (sort of) similar dancing styles. Shevchenko is an ideal Kitri, but this is indeed a weird pairing. Maybe they just needed someone tall for her? While I loved Whiteside's Harlequin, I wish Shevchenko were able to dance with Lendorf again. They built a nice foundation last year with Don Q & Le Corsaire.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Perhaps they were a little mismatched. I was wondering if Bell's youth would make it difficult for Teuscher to connect with him romantically. Maybe her brand of more muted elegance doesn't gel as well with Juliet, or it was just first-time jitters. Since Bell's debut was so successful, it would be fun to see him with another young corps member next year. Paulina Waksi does look like Olivia Hussey from the Zeffirelli version, just saying. (or Hurlin maybe?) I'm also curious about Shayer & Ribagorda. Although Juliet goes through the ballet's real character arc, 'the boys' have all the best choreography. Bell, Shayer & Ribagorda seem like a dream team.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    If Bell knocks it out of the park (& I think he will), I hope this means more fun casting surprises in the future. Even if he's wobbly here and there, it will be exciting to witness the beginning of something! It's a well sold performance, so I'm sure the energy will be great. I'm more upset about missing this than I was the Hallberg/Osipova SuperGiselle. And I could be totally wrong, but is this Gabe Stone Shayer's debut as Mercutio? If I weren't going to Alvin Ailey on Fri, I would have bought tickets to the Seo/Stearns performance just to see him.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Nothing extravagant. Just a henchman (I think) and then maybe a member of the court in Act II? He lost some of that awkward teen aura that's been sticking to him (probably because he's still a teen, to be fair). I realize that Romeo is a teenager, but Teuscher is so elegant I was worried it would require a very large suspension of disbelief. These past two weeks have been a blur, but his AFTERITE showing made an impression on me. Whoever is attending this week's matinee must bring us all reports! Pretty please
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Article (Kourlas, so it's very fluffy) on Aran Bell's Romeo debut. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/11/arts/dance/aran-bell-romeo-and-juliet-american-ballet-theatre.html Very bummed I'm going to miss this. While I haven't been particularly enamored of Bell's stage presence, his appearance in Harlequinade was notably more charismatic (perhaps a recent dose of confidence?) and most of the other casts are pretty unexciting. He looks great here. Not at all mismatched with the Teuscher, as I had initially feared. I was wondering...how many Romeos has ABT tried and dropped? Gorak and Hammoudi come to mind.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    I think she's very young? I remember doing some sleuthing because I wondered the same thing. She was radiant as an Odalisque last year and I always want to see more from her. This video says she was 10 in 2006, so I imagine it's just a matter of time before she gets more solos. The soloist rank is ready for some newcomers.
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