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terrynyc

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  1. Two years ago closing night SLEEPING BEAUTY was Part and Gomes. They were repeating their roles in the last performance of that pridyction, just as they had performed the premiere performance some years earlier. I did a "prep" before attending that performance, watching countless other versions (video), immersing myself - Fonteyn, Cojucaru, Vishneva, Gregory, Zakharova, etc. Part blew me away. I still hold that performance as one of the finest I have ever seen - and for my money, way better than this year's SLEEPING BEAUTY, Disney sets and all.
  2. Sorry. Above was part of a different conversation!
  3. Saw SWAN LAKE tonight. Nobody is a bigger fan of Bolle and Gomes than myself. I think Seo is lovely. Still, I was hoping for a "hotter" performance than tonight's. Seo WAS lovely, technically secure, not dull, everything executed well, especially when assisted by Bolle's expert partnering. She got the audience going with the foutee's, which she does while trsveling in a straight path downstage. It kind of works that way, if you forget that she isn't really supposed to travel. You do wonder if she might mis-judge and end up headfirst in the tuba, but nevermind. Bolle was dazzlingly beaut
  4. It would be Bolle, since he is scheduled anyway, with Gomes as (the definitive) Rothbart. I don't share the "hate on" for Seo, but I would love to see Part's O O.
  5. To each his own.Obviously, I completely disagree with AMOUR about Roberto Bolle. Marcello is also wonderful in this part, but his interpretation is very different. The same is true of their Albrechts. Some people evidently don't respond to Roberto's, perhaps more subtle interpretstion. But I find it detailed and compelling - and moves me like no other. The way he tosses the "dead" Juliet around is remarkable. I love the way his line extends clear to the end of his fingers. But I do agree that Cornejo was a fantastic Mercutio.
  6. Magnificent performance tonight for Kent's farewell. Luxury casting indeed to have Cornejo as Mercutio. He was brilliant and acted the role for real. He was a real friend, and his death scene was absolutely real. Nothing exagerated, nothing csmpy. It is not a comic moment. His "plague on both your houses" was not as showy as some either, as if Mercury barely has the energy for this last curse before he expires. He and Bolle were so magnificent, that the splendid Blaine Holton hot a bit lost. With two friends like that, the dancer and the director really need to figure out who Benvolio i
  7. In the past several years, Bolle has been an incredibly consistent and reliable artist. 2 years ago, when Hammoudi was first injured, Bolle and Marcello each picked up one of his performances. I had tickets for Hammoudi/Seo in R&J because I had seen great potential from Hammoudi in the past. Of course, I was thrilled that Bolle was the replacement. He was wonderful with Seo. A truly expert partner, he really helped her to be her best as Juliet, and I thought she was lovely and moving in every way. Later that week I saw Bolle with Kent, and I have to say, that for me, that is the ulti
  8. In the past several years, Bolle has been an incredibly consistent and reliable artist. 2 years ago, when Hammoudi was first injured, Bolle and Marcello each picked up one of his performances. I had tickets for Hammoudi/Seo in R&J because I had seen great potential from Hammoudi in the past. Of course, I was thrilled that Bolle was the replacement. He was wonderful with Seo. A truly expert partner, he really helped her to be her best as Juliet, and I thought she was lovely and moving in every way. Later that week I saw Bolle with Kent, and I have to say, that for me, that is the ulti
  9. I am so looking forward to Saturday's performance: Kent's farewell with Bolle. I have seen them several times in this ballet. For my money, there is nothing like the way their bodies intertwine. They look so beautiful together and Bolle tosses her around like she weighs nothing (which she probably does, but still).
  10. I think somehow the focus of the discussion got a-kilter. It isn't really about providing more space for all the dancers, or whether SB is a star vehicle or not. The fact is, done this way, the evening was very dull. There was no more space for more dancers (although that was a huge number of garlands). The fairies were still there, but the Lilac Fairy very diminished, with a loss of impact. The fairy tale characters were all still there (Puss, Wolf, Bluebird). No, the "room" seems to have been made for more pantomime, which is tedious. In the meantime, most of the roles were somehow "ma
  11. Well, frankly, I feel like this SLEEPING BEAUTY is a big bore. A pedantic experiment that dampens the efforts of the finest dancers and flattens the whole evening out. Is this what is necessary to achieve a "better unity" of style and coordination of the company as a whole? I thought Trenary/Simkin looked very good in their costumes, and Carabosse's look was great. But everyone else looked less than their best. Combination of wigs, costumes, makeup and lighting had the principals mostly looking haggard, drawn and elderly. No wonder Paloma didn't want to go out in this production. Concept
  12. I didn't intend a criticism of the discussion. Just an observation that so far the emphasis seemed to be much more on the production than the dancing and interpretation. Perhaps that is natural with an important new production. I look forward to seeing it myself to see if that is the reason, or if the dancers are not really well served by the concept
  13. I can't wait to see SLEEPING BEAUTY. The discussion is very interesting, but I do not hear much raving about the dancing itself. More about the sets, costumes and textual comparisons. I saw BEAUTY a couple of years ago with Part and Gomes and was wiped out by the dancing. I still think of Part's performance and how she captured so well, not a 'playing at' being a 'little girl', but a 16 year old in the first full flush of sexuality and womanhood. I don't hear those kind of observations in the above discussions. I have to say, I am not so excited about the bent knees and demi pointe. You
  14. It is interesting about Thomas. I felt in the first act he was very naturalistic and a bit understated in the role (Wed matinee with Herrera), not actually a bad thing. I remember thinking he doesn't really look like a dancer. His posture was slightly hunched. He was very much the average peasant guy. But then in Act II when he danced, he was wonderful, and I felt there was real terror in his face. I like him a lot.
  15. I just have not been able to bring myself to enter a theater named afer David Koch. If Bolle does Apollo this fall I may be forced to try (wuth a clothes pin on my nose), but I wish they were at City Center.
  16. You are right MIMSYB,it was 38 entrechats. Bolle was amazing. His solo was excellent also, though for some reason he started from stage right instead of his usual stage left. Paloma was radiant and assured. She seemed to really be happy to be sharing the performance with Roberto. There were many little "moments" between the two of them. The lifts were beautiful. Aaron Scott and Skylar Brandt were charming as the peasants and Thomas Forrester was impressive in his second act torment scene. A memorable performance all around.
  17. Kent was radiant and her repoire with Marcello was evident. Still, it wasn't an example of great dancing. I like the balllet because if the commitment of all of the leads, but GISELLE it ain't.
  18. I completely dusagree wuth the negative comments about Whiteside. I think he did a marvelous job. His turns were great, the male oartnering with Gomes and Gorak excellently executed. And to hold your own in a one to one with Marcello is no small feat! You can't blame him for the perhaps unsubtle moves such as the "hair stroke" pose. The ballet is a "short hand" of the psychologies in this presentation, and he is the villain. I think he did thst very well and danced very well besides. There are other roles that csn offer him mire of a chance for subtlety (Romeo, for instsnce).
  19. Sure would! We are losing a legacy.
  20. Yes, blu rays or dvd's are great and I would love to have a Gomes/Vishneva Giselle on blu ray. ABT is way behind other companies in that regard - on the other hand other comoanies get mu h more gov't support. Still dvd's are cor the already addicted. What was so great (and I admit it pbly wouldn't work today) about Ed Sullivan is that you got a small taste of what was going on: a scene from MY FAIR LADY witb Juoie A drews and Rex Harrison, Maria Ccallas and George Lk don doing a scene from TOSCA, Jose Himanez doing a omey routine and a grea pdd with Nureyev and Fonteyn. Everybody knew at
  21. Agreed! I would add that the availability of DVDs is also relevant. Thanks to La Scala's release of performances videotaped live, I have DVDs of Bolle in Bayadere, Giselle, and Swan Lake (partnering Zakharova in all three). What's available commercially for Gomes? Purple Rothbart in the ABT Swan Lake, from 2005 (with Corella and Murphy in the leads). Serious fans can find snippets on YouTube and the NYPL/Dance Collection has archival tape of several ballets with him you can watch there, but none of that has been released for commercial distribution. This is a raw nerve on this site, for sure.
  22. Thanks for your post C-Green. I agree with your observations. It is so interesting that there can be two (well even more really, but we are talking about Gomes Bolle right now) very different interpretations within the same production with the same director. I would not give either one the "best" award. We are talking about two very accomplished and seasoned artists wbo bring all their years of technical achievement and artistic and even life experience to their dancing. I went to get tickets to ghe Bolshoi today and was unable to get even a single seat to any performance I wanted. I th
  23. Thank ypu Coleen for your review of Swsn Lake with Semianova/Stearns. I completely agree about Polina. And I am very glad to hear these good reports about Cory's dramatic involvement. We need him to get better in that department because we need him to partner these spectacular large women like Semianova and Part.
  24. Re: SWAN LAKE. Sat. Nite. Seo/Bolle. I saw both Wednesday night (Semianova/Gomes) and this performance. Both were excellent though quite different. I am a little surprised by how many people seem so dismissive of Semianova. I found ber to be astonisbing - authoritative, technically flawless (ok maybe the arms in Act I could use a hair more fluidity). I did not find her "cold" or uninvolved as some above and certainly not boring. There were many nice moments of contact with Marcello. Her Black Swan had the same great authority and was a real Vixen, but not super evil. All in all, a daz
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