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Kate B

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About Kate B

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  • Birthday 05/10/1977

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    recreational student/ballet-goer
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  1. Thanks, I will look into that too. You might be interested at reading my response to Forsythe's 'Three Atmospheric Studies', which I posted on the Winger this weekend. (www.thewinger.com)
  2. Hi Paul et al. Thanks for your take on it. It was familiar. I've been noticing that my experience of going to see dance has been changing - from being awestruck, to being technically critical (as I got better at my own dancing), to thinking hard about what it's saying as Art. The Art thing is the hardest, because I don't think many of us are educated to think in such a critical way, so we have to educate ourselves. I will check out the book you mention. Sounds right up my street.
  3. Hi whitelight, glad you found my post interesting. I hope you get another chance to see this. It was quite unique.
  4. Last night I went to see Merce Cunningham's 'Ocean' at the newly revamped Roundhouse in Camden. It was the opening night of the Dance Umbrella contemporary dance festival in London. Ocean is performed on a round stage. Arriving at the Roundhouse felt like going to the circus. The audience sat all the way around the stage, and the 150-piece conductorless orchestra sat behind the audience all around the amphitheatre. It was very odd. The music was by John Cage and David Tudor. Tudor had made loops of electronic music with sounds from the ocean to complement Cage's score. Foghorns and wha
  5. I'm a cat person, for sure. I've had 2 cats in my lifetime - a tough ole boy black cat who died recently aged nearly 20, and my current rescue cat who's a tiny tabby. She's 10 years old but she looks like a kitten and she always has a cold. This is a small sample size, but I'm willing to bet that most of us prefer cats to dogs... There are lots of nice cats in ballets (I can't think of any apart from Puss in Boots, but go with me please!) but I can't think of any graceful dogs.
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    Natalia Osipova

    Actually, I've just done a bit of searching and there's quite a nice gallery here of Thursday's performance.
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    Natalia Osipova

    I saw her on Thursday in Don Quixote. I loved her. A lot of what's been said on this thread is very true. I was sitting way back up in the amphitheatre, but she drew me in and I couldn't take my eyes off her when she was on stage. She just seemed to be having such a good time. So light, so young, so confident I forgot she was a ballet dancer - she was Kitri. It was the first time I'd seen Don Q and now I don't know how I can see it again and for it to be as enjoyable. Technically she was brilliant, particularly on jumps. I longed for her to do more jumps! So light and flexible. She
  8. I have blogged it on thewinger.com - and about Monday's mixed programme, which I hated.
  9. Did anyone see Don Quixote last night? Natalia Osipova was phenomenal, as was Denis Matvienko. Ballet stars of the future I hope. I wanted to see them do it all over again.
  10. I went to see it on Saturday and I thought the production was wonderful. I thought the costumes were just right - over the top enough to be fairytale but not too far into camp territory. It was unsentimental, particularly with the excellent casting of Carabosse and the Lilac Fairy. My friend and i were in raptures over Act 2 and I thought the divertissements were just right. I even warmed to Marianela Nunez. If you have the chance to see it, you must go!
  11. I'm going on the 3rd of June. I will tell you what I think. I'm really looking forward to it.
  12. Yes.... And Alina's foot size, length-wise, is also quite large for such a small dancer. I should have been clearer.... it's not just the width being large that can greatly excel a dancer with technique. It's a shame. Her shoes/feet can be quite distracting, and she is such a gorgeous dancer.
  13. Those photos are FAB. Lots of lovely memories of the Kirov last summer. I can't wait for the Bolshoi to come to London now.
  14. That's so rude! No audience should behave like that, even if the performer is not very good, which I imagine was not the case in the situation described above.
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