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alexL

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  1. alexL

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    Given his workload in past 2 weeks(he danced as the lead gypsy in pretty much all DonQ I saw. This week he had to dance some corp roles every day on top of his principal assignments) this was an accident waiting to happen. I hope his injury isn't a serious one.
  2. Apparently my Russian friend(a former corp of Bolshoi) thinks Tatiana Melnik is a wonderful classical dancer so I will try to catch her performances!
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I'm not a huge fan of the current ABT dancers' inperpretation of Balanchine rep myself. However, if NYCB is allowed to dance Petipa anyway they like then ABT can dance Balanchine all they want! I have to add that after seeing the Bolshoi dancers in Diamonds I couldn't enjoy the NYCB dancers in the same ballet as much. Mearns, while I do like her in some roles, looked like a log after seeing Smirnova the day before.
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I found ABT's Mozartiana way less offenssive than NYCB's godforsaken "Swan Lake"😂 Jokes aside, Chase Finlay and Sara Mearns performed one of the worst Mozartiana I've seen some time ago so the "not honoring the original choreo" does apply to the NYCB dancers as well.
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    What a performance by Lane and Cornejo!! Lane had absolutely no problem with her fouettes alternating singles and doubles with her hand over her head with a fan ending with a quad turn. Cornejo was on fire today as well. He was the only Basilio this week who let go of both of his hands after the fishdive in the grand pas. Despite her excellent performance in the 3rd, for me Lane in 2nd act was the highlight. Also, out of every Kitris I've seen this week(I've seen everyone except Seo and Copeland) she was the only one who truely possessed the girlish charm required for this role. I believe her husband Ribagorda was performing as Gamache today on stage with her so perhaps that gave her even more confident for the debut. I have to go to a dinner appointment now so I hope others can elaborate more on this wonderful performance!
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    ABT 2018 promotions

    I consider any male dancer under 6' short. If he is taller than 6' foot(although I highly doubt it) then I guess his proportion makes him look shorter than he actually is.
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    ABT 2018 promotions

    He might have the right epaulement for Martin's "not so Petipa" Swan Lake production...but to each his own. Whiteside doesn't have the best epaulement either My point is ABT doesn't need to import another short male principal from outside. I hope Lendorf makes a speedy recovery. HE has the right upper body(and more than adequate feet) and stage presence for the classical reps.
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    ABT 2018 promotions

    I don't think importing a former/current NYCB dancer is a good idea. Honestly, none of their current male dancers have the appropriate epaulement, acting chops, or stamina for the full length classic ballet. De Luz is the only exception but he's retiring. ABT need to test out the taller male soloists in the major principal roles ASAP. I know Whiteside isn't everyone's favorite but he's been a life saver this season. 3 Swan Lakes in 4 days with 3 different partners?? They better pray that he doesn't get injured. Anyway, I'm very happy to see Hurlin getting her promotion fairly early in her career.
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I 100% agree regarding Murphy. I was nervous going into the ballet but she proved me wrong! The only nervous moment for me was during the Kitri variation in the 1st act after she finished her last Plisetskaya jump. The jumps were good it's just her carriage looked a little odd afterwards(not sure how to describe this but if you've suffered a back injury before you know how it looks...) so I hoped she didn't injure her back while performing them. Thankfully she looked fresh for the rest of the performance. When she continued to fan in her singles everyone went nuts! What a performance. Trenery's mistake on the last Italian fouette was quite noticeable from my angle. She nearly fell out of her arabesque and barely went back up on pointe. The first half of the variation was lovely though. Watching Abrera in Mercedes makes me sad. She could've been an excellent Kitri had she been cast in the role 5 years ago. I saw her Mercedes on Monday's performance as well and she had way more stage presence than Boylston. I'm seeing Simkin/Boylston again tonight as he won't be in NY full time next year. Also I thought his performance felt somewhat underwhelming for his usual standard.(I've been his fan since his first competition in Japan when he was a baby!) Hopefully he was saving his energy for tonight's performance!
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Because she looked a lot shakier this year in the performances I've seen. I've never seen her struggle during the Italian Fouettes or come off pointe after a double that many times in a single performance until this year. Plus she pulled out in last year's SL so I ended up with another Seo SL(This isn't her fault). I'm just hoping she can pull through the whole evening as I haven't seen her black swan in 8 years due to her injuries and my schedule complications.
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    As long as Murphy is still performing I'm fine with it. I just hope that she doesn't pull out after the white act last she did about 2 years ago.
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Just simple chaine turns and an arabesque balance+some posing at the end to fill the music. I think her free leg looked a little better tonight than in that Youtube video that went viral. To be honest her aggressive and jerky port de bras in Act 3 was more distracting than the lack of fouettes(think of the broadway port de bras of the NYCB dancers in their version of "Swan Lake")
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    I had written a lengthy review about Copeland/Cornejo then my phone somehow blew the entire thing. I'm too tired to rewrite the whole thing but simply put, while Copeland performed better than I had expected I still don't think she deserves 2 slots of SL. Cornejo still has his skills and his epaulement superior to Whiteside's. In case anyone is wondering Copeland did a series of chaines instead of the fouettes. She didn't have the stamina to keep up her speed until the end. Given her history maybe this was the better option. This evening's Pas de trois(Cirio, Lane, Brandt) was way superior to the matinee's(Royal, Giangaruso and Fang). Cirio, Lane and Brandt are over qualified for this-Brandt even did entrachat quatres in her solo. Lane looked lovely with her soft port de bras and effortless footwork. Very sad to see Cirio leave- hopefully he'll get to dance the principal roles more often at ENB.
  14. alexL

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Shevchenko brought the house down with her technical mastery in the 3rd act. She perfectly performed the 32 fouettes alternating some doubles, triples, a la seconde turns followed by the fast singles then ending in a quadruple pirouette. The turns weren't out of sync with the music like Devon's 15 double pirouettes-Shevchenko was technically strong enough to change the speed of her pirouettes so that all her turns would look musical and perfectly in sync. Also her turns barely traveled on stage unlike Teuscher who traveled a lot to the stage left. The only problem for me was that she opened her mouth quite a bit during the black swan pas de deux. She didn't do it during her solo so I'm guessing she was just extra nervous during the pas. I do believe she deserves to be cast more like Teuscher as to me she is a more complete dancer both artistically and technically. I didnt mind Whiteside at all as Swan Lake is all about O/O. I can stomach a bad Sigfried but not vice versa. I happen to have a ticket for tonight's SL to see Cornejo but I am a little worried for Misty.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    I'd say Brandt and Simkin did a very good job of making most of the limited rehearsal time(Just one minor note: Brandt has the habit of opening her mouth during the pas. It was particularly noticeable today and I do hope she fixes it in future) I didn't see any major partnering mistakes or mishaps in the solo variations. Simkin brought the house down with his jumpy variation in the 2nd Act. The matinee audiences showed lukewarm responses with tepid clapping until Simkin's solos(up to this point the biggest audience reaction came during the "death"of Harlequin which generated some genuine laughs). Brandt received moderate applause after her well executed solo(those hops made my feet hurt while watching. I wish I had the guts to shout bravos...) With Simkin I had no problem following his mime. His dramatic (and sometimes over the top) style of acting really worked well in this ballet. To me the most difficult part of the Harlequin's solo is the fact that he can't exit the stage after the taxing solo. Instead of bending down and have some air, he has too sit down on the stage left and maintain his posture throughout the Columbine solo.(think about the pas de deuxs in Bournonville's ballets) As everyone has mentioned the costumes are gorgeous. I'll be sitting closer on Friday so that I can observe them better.
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