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  1. Zara Baroyan is the pianist for Sarasota Ballet. The conductor is Ormsby Wilkins.
  2. The problem with a mediocre performance is, that if you are a member of the general public, you may forgo spending discretionary income and time on another performance of , at best, that particular work ever again, and at worst , any other work by a given choreographer , company etc. The Boylston/Simkin “unfortunate” performance has now been removed by the user, but it was instructive in how important casting mistakes and lack of coaching is. I would rather see Ballanchine at ABT than a lot of the works in the autumn season, but then ABT needs dedicated coaching.
  3. There is a Fourth of July sale on tickets for Program 6: Ashton’s Apparitions and and Ballanchine’ Stars and Stripes throughout the month of July.
  4. I am partial to live performances but recently went (reluctantly) to a Met opera live in a theater, and it is such a completely different but also rich experience that it merits to see the same production both ways. What is amazing is that it is transmitted all over the world. There are transmissions of the Royal Ballet as well as some Russian ones in NY - has anyone gone to one?
  5. I think I finally undestand McKenzie’s ukase banning filming - if you could post on youtube brilliant performances by people held back from promotions there would be pressure to change the artistic direction at ABT, while sales would fall for performers not based on merit. How does this policy affect “fresh blood”? Is it NYC that has such pull that people disregard the difficulty or does hope spring eternal?
  6. Grateful for the suggestions on this board to see Lane's debut. This casting was perfect, including the happy addition of Forster. I love his wit and intelligence as many good dancers are so regretfully bland. I wish he were made principal, i dont get this moaning about lack of men leads, if the problem is the management.
  7. There is no reason for Onegin to be unpleasant to Tatiana before the letter, he is after conventionally polite if quick to anger. In the book he is surprised that Lensky, the poet, chooses the pretty and shallow Olga. Oniegin sees Tatiana a fit object for a poet's passion. He he feels sorry seeing her suffering pangs of love and smiles at her tenderly- only to lectures her sternly later in response to her love letter. Were he looking for a wife she would be perfection for a happy bucolic ever after - but it would just not work given his character. He acts like a decent guy after all
  8. Thank you California and Abbat for your earlier posts on Stearns/ Abrera. - I would have missed this memorable performance without them... Mr. McKenzie look no further - your Onegin cast is here, just needs a fraction of the marketing done for the Fluffed cream; amazingly the house was not sold out this PM! The 5 dancers, Abrera, Stearns, Trenary, Gorak, Hammoudi slipped into their characters seamlessly - the dancing was uniformly splendid throughout, any faults seemed minor when faced with such uniform excellence. Cory portrays Onegin extremely well - eleg
  9. Oh Stella! Oh Cory! Oh Gorak! Oh Cassandra! Act 1 sheer delight
  10. I wonder if Vishneva requested this for her farewell. Onegin is so special for the Russians.
  11. Natalia, thank you for bringing up the original Jergen Rose production - it was wonderful to learn more about it. The original Oniegin production was a unified Cranko/Jurgen vision which should have been preserved. This is still the go to for Stuttgard Ballet , the Hungarian ballet and I am sure some other European houses that pay attention to period . It is not even the lavishness, but rather the connection with Romanticism - the sensibility, art and lets say zeitgeist of that period. Perhaps that is why Europeans do it better, though I think in the US it would be the Sarasota Balle
  12. There is a touching moment of tenderness as she approaches her husband in Ferri's portrayal. All those romantic books translate into a nobility of spirit and I like to think that it is not just duty but the nobility that makes it impossible for Tatiana to succumb to Onegin and betray her husband.
  13. Just read your post ord7916 and I could not help but laugh. . Beauty is in the eye... I agree with you about Whiteside. When he entered he had a presence and stature which made me wonder why would Tatiana pay attention at all to Oniegin... since Ferri's lifts were beautifull I suspect Bolle's partnering was flawless but I feel ambivalent about her dancing. In all a disappointing evening.
  14. Tonight sadly the whole was not greater than the sum of the parts... Lane and Simkin were very nice but I wished for more lovebird connection. Simkin's solo before the duel was the emotional highlight for me ... Sarah was convincing and suitably charming, a lively foil to the introspective Tatiana. Bolle seems miscast as Onegin. Neither wordly, nor blase, not really a dandy and at times borederline rude where he should be portraying boredom, enui or condescention. I actually preferred when he danced with Sarah, as I did not feel real emotion with Tatiana The vignettes in
  15. Natalia if you google: google book Passion to Dance: The National Ballet of Canada and when it opens go to page 346, it speaks about the change to Santo Loquasto - basically to be free to reinterprete the ballet rather than be tied to the Stuttgard production. also I read that the materials were v. fragile. I am very curious how the two sets and costumes differ, although a scenery with birches always appeals to me.. I am especially curioous which costumes are more true to the period
  16. Clive Barnes vintage 1973 review of Stuttgard Ballet's visit at the Met: http://www.nytimes.com/1973/05/20/archives/dance-eugene-onegin-as-spectacle-story-and-character-presented.html "Most characters depicted in ballet are fairly shallow. It is Cranko's particular skill here to make them totally and beautifully credible. Although‐Cranko never uses ‘ dancing for the sake of dancing — there is scarcely oi dance here that could be called merely decorative—he is a great master of the pas de deux, and here his duets of mystery, love and even rejection are consummately well
  17. The first ABT ballet I saw was Onegin with Gomez and Vishneva - I was cought in the spell of ABT forever - I was very lucky here is a nice trailer:
  18. Onegin is very evocative of a certain time and place. Maybe hard to find a good translation, I would stick to the old one by Nabokov, with his adnotations. This is a beloved/iconic book that generations grow up with in that part of the world. "happiness was so near..." KBarber is right very important who dances the male lead.
  19. I find it very apt on the part of the scenographer that the curtain opens on another transparent one with a facsimile of Pushkin's poem.
  20. I would read Pushkin. If you love it you will love the ballet.
  21. I am very curious about the reviews from tomortow's performance with Hee Seo. I was completely captivated to a degree that I could not take my eyes off her when Marcello was on stage- i did not think that was at all possible!!! it cannot be only a credit to his partnering... I used to avoid performances where she was cast but I will not do so in the future. i am a neophyte to ballet but her movements carried to what seemed to me perfect completion the extensions, and made time stand still. I finally understood the comments about the beuty of the back bends. It also seemed she
  22. Seo is wonderful tonight, very lyrical, fragile, vulnerable, beautiful.
  23. I imagine that a ballet titled Schlagobers would have have cultural and political association for the Austrians just as a ballet entitled Apple Pie would for Americans. I question the purging of traditional context for the sake of political correctness. Learning a little history from program notes would not impair anyone's health, and in the general sea of historical ignorance which is now our lot, I would find it welcome. ABT has the right to do what it wants but if a subject is too controversial for them why adapt it erring on the side of superficiality - let them do something else that i
  24. from wikipedia: Scènes de ballet is a score of between 16 and 18 minutes' duration, written in 1944. It was commissioned by Billy Rose for a Broadway revue. The music occasioned one of the best-known Stravinsky anecdotes. Rose telegraphed Stravinsky: "YOUR MUSIC GREAT SUCCESS STOP COULD BE SENSATIONAL SUCCESS IF YOU WOULD AUTHORISE ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT RETOUCH ORCHESTRATION STOP BENNETT ORCHESTRATES EVEN THE WOKS OF COLE PORTER." To which Stravinsky telegraphed back: "SATISFIED WITH GREAT SUCCESS."[5]
  25. _Hi Birdsall - this must be a subversive pigeon, no cooperation on the second evening either- it flew straight into the blackness at the end of the orchestra pit - I do hope it landed safely. I sat closer than I like for the first performance so either that or the dancers grew more comfortable in their performance. In a way I am sorry that these performances are so meteoric - two days and its gone. Ephemeral art and ephemeral venue. I agree with you about the principals Victoria Holland and Kate Honea. In Logan Learned this company has a perfect Puck should it
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