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  1. I am delighted to be back to Ballet Alert ! Love this forum so much! I am yet intrigued by the term plastique! Upon further reflection, I wonder if it was that very "essence" or plastique that managed to coalesce several years ago when Polina Semionova assumed the stage in a Swan Lake at Lincoln Center. So profoundly impacted was I by her performance that I was rendered decidedly ineffectual for subsequent performances. I wonder then if plastique attempts to define the undefinable - where what is occurring on stage seems to breach the parameters of these five senses and transport us into a glimpse or power of some undefinable reality. Where the final creative product far exceeds in magnitude the literal sum of it's respective parts. Just having fun here speculating - perhaps wildly - about an art form for which I harbor an unquestionable passion.
  2. I continue to feel my heart go out to this young woman and her family. Looking back on "twenty one" - which I believe to be her age - I can recall most vividly how lost I was during my formative years, as well. Considering, too, the enormity of her parents contribution to the world of dance, I would hope that the family can find a fresh new beginning together devoid of condemnation and guilt but rather charged with a new vision and love for one another.
  3. A huge thank you to those who authored the above replies ! So exciting that you would take the time to craft such an illuminating array of response. Wonderful stuff from everyone. So rich and educational. Thank you.
  4. Drew I see your point, Drew! Of course, it's not all about Nikiya but the unfolding drama involving other characters, as well. Yes. But perhaps to satisfy some part of my initial thought, maybe the lighting on the other characters and stage in general could be dialed down a bit in order that she is shown in perhaps a slightly greater light than they. Splitting hairs here !
  5. Perhaps my offering here may strike the reader as a kind of wild gourd. After all, in spite of my decidedly formidable passion for the art form, I am acutely aware that Ballet Alert is populated by a highly trained and cultivated audience indeed. Alas, I, by comparison, am a mere newcomer. O.K, to my point. In every clip I have experienced featuring the Nikiya Death Scene, the entire stage would seem equally illuminated. To me, this appears as a painfully obvious lack of good creative judgement. I mean, wouldn't such an intensely intimate and dramatic moment as this call for Nikiya to be bathed in something like a kind of diffuse spot light? Surely, these excruciatingly beautiful moments are hers and hers alone? Bathing the entire stage in what appears to be the identical light, seems, in my opinion, to sabatoge the artistic excellence attempting to find a suitable avenue of expression here.
  6. Thank you, Drew ! Wonderful of you to respond. You always post the most fair and informative comments on this great site !
  7. In my dance travels, I have been sometimes overwhelmed as a kind of "lonely guy" out there. As anyone knows who has tried to navigate the big cities of the world all alone, that experience can be a rather "icy" undertaking. So I am wondering if someone could recommend an alternative such as travel groups whose objective is to visit the great dance companies of the world based on a preexisting itinerary? Or, perhaps there is an alternative way to connect with fellow balletomeres and venture forth as a group to these various dance destinations?
  8. You are right. I wrote that several months ago, when it seemed that such an observation appeared correct. Accusations seemed overabundant at that time amplified by what appeared to be a rush to judgement. I was simply delighted that Jane responded to my initial thought with such care and deliberation that in my enthusiasm, I threw something of a "wild gourd" into the mix.
  9. What a fantastic response. Thank you, Jayne. Wonderful to receive this. "And more care will be given to the professionalism backstage" is the desperately needed imperative that needs to be implemented. And as I ponder your words: "men who are tempted into this kind of behavior", I recall myself at twenty five being greatly distracted by a libido that sometimes threatened to act as a "runaway train". Even so, this is no excuse for behavior that is clearly beyond the pale of acceptability. Perhaps, we the people have yet to plumb the necessary depths in discussion relating to human sexuality? Finally, your words: "the difficult thing about social media is the impossibity to divine the true intentions in ... their words". In this regard, I wrote the following. I hope you find it relevant to your above thought. "By the time our sometimes unprincipled media finishes with its clever spin on "sexual abuse",the accused has already been ruined. Even if due process of law has had opportunity to gain traction, it's often too late. The damage has already been done. I would submit that to the extent we are yet pawns of the media and it's machinations that we are no better than a lynch mob. While I wholeheartedly applaud the new found freedom that women are finding in this matter, I am vehemently opposed to "guilty until proven innocent".
  10. The spate of news relating to sexual misconduct within the dance community brings a certain sadness with it. At least for me. Clearly, some of the accused have brought the art form to us with great power and grace. And while I would not diminish the seriousness of sexual abuse, I will sorely miss those magnificent artists whom I may never see perform again.
  11. While perusing YouTube, a very brief clip of Anastasia Smirnova appeared. Something so wonderful about this young artist that keeps me coming back for another look. Would anyone care to volunteer background information about her? Apparently, she is so new to the horizons of dance that a brief video or two is all there is.
  12. While perusing my cache of favorite dance videos (clips), I encountered Nikolay Tsiskaridze dancing as the Blue Bird in the Bolshoi's Sleeping Beauty of 2000. How my eyes opened in some greater way to the extraordinary talent of this artist ! I was stunned. I don't believe that I have ever experienced such an extreme degree of suppleness - I hope that's the correct term - in a male dancer. In my excitement over this discovery, I put the video on pause and hurried over to my computer to share this new found artistic joy with the members of Ballet Alert ! And from this discovery, a question arose within me. Would it generally be true than the women participating within the art form could be expected to exhibit that beautiful suppleness of movement more than their male counterparts?
  13. Thank you to MadameP for your gracious and generous response ! It must have been magic for you to have been in that audience at Mariinsky 2 and to have witnessed the synergy between Ulliana, Shklyarov, the dancers and the great Plisetskaya ! Surely, the price of admission and the sometimes Herculenian effort required just to get from the airport to the theater ontime is often more than justified by moments such as these that fuel and sustain our drive for the art form.
  14. Perusing the internet for ballet images as I so often do, I encountered a fascinating image whose inscription reads: "Maya Plisetskaya giving Alina (Somova, of course) her diamond earrings after a performance of The Little Humpbacked Horse". How I remain riveted to this photo ! What a thrill it must have been for this young artist to have received such a gift from the hands of a master ! It's one of those off-stage moments that is, for me, a thing of pure inspiration. I wonder if anyone out there on Ballet Alert can recall a similar ballet moment that they also treasure as I do this timeless encounter between these two wonderful ladies?
  15. altongrimes

    Gomes and ABT

    Well, I stand corrected in this matter. Thank you for your illuminating response. I suppose at the root of my flawed response is a sense of profound disappointment at the loss of an artist so heavily gifted. I will never forget the power of his onstage presence. A magnificent performer capable of attracting "the lightning". And so he did. Many times.
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