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  1. Greta Hodgkinson of National Ballet of Canada - dark yet delicate, beautiful body Allegra Kent Suzanne Farrell Helene Alexopolous April Ball - Former Boston Ballet Principal Julie Kent Svetlana Zakharova Christiane Vaussard Rachel
  2. I would say that in general the Balanchine fans would prefer ABT to stick to the non-Balanchine or unperformed-Balanchine rep, rather than see them "over done" as the ABT reviews seemed to imply. A Balanchine fan appreciates the Balanchine performance style in addition to his choreography. While many appreciated how ABT seemed to treasure the works on their tribute as if they were true gems, that doesn't necessairlly mean that fans want this eagerness over style. That is untill ABT is able to not "over do" a Balanchine ballet one night, and then go and dance Corsaire the next night. Rachel
  3. Ari, I'm not sure whether you think that this broadened spectrum of interpretation is adverse or not. I think that this diversity of interpretations may be the only reason that a continuance of choreography in Balanchine's aesthetic can be done creatively. What I mean is that if Balanchine work was always interpreted in the same way, far less creativity could be spawned. But, if a choreographer is able to look at Balanchine's work and see the many facets that can lead to an influence on his/her own choreography, he/she is much more likely to continue within the aesthetic in an original manner. For example, if all a choreographer sees in Balanchine's work that exemplifies Balanchine's aesthetic is the relationship of man and woman, the choreographer might end up limited in creative possibilities, resulting in the creation of a parody. But if the choreographer is able to spot the subtleties of Balanchine's aesthetic, he will have a larger source of inspiration for his work, and his continuation of aesthetic will neither hinder his own creativity nor produce a parody. Rachel
  4. QUOTE (canbelto @ Jun 22 2004, 12:40 PM) All I'm saying is that as its been roughly 20 years since Balanchine's death, it's a bit unrealistic to expect all new commissioned ballets to adhere to something Mr. B would have approved of. Do we even want new choreography to be made in the Balanchine aesthetic? Because afterall, it will never be Balanchine. Wouldn't we rather the new work be an expression of the choreographer's own aesthetic and sensibilities? In the case of a panegyric, as Eifman's ballet seemed to have meant to have been, the honored choreographer's aesthetic should have been represented. But in terms of other new work? Afterall, we want creativity, not the inevitable "parodies" that result when a choreographer uses Balanchine's aesthetic as his own, as Ari mentioneed. Also, as afore mentioned, scenes like the Bar in Union Jack and Bottom"s and Titania's pas de deux in Midsummer would have been corny if any other choreographer had made them. However, if its the relationship between the music and choregraphy, the crafting of steps, the embodiment of the dancers abilities in the choreography, and structure that maintains technique, I'm of the camp that good choreography should include them[hockeyfan228/QUOTE] I agree that all good choreography should hold dear these hallmarks of Balanchine. But does that mean that all NYCB repertory must hold true Balanchine's own values? Rachel
  5. :offtopic: My middle school band teacher used to tell us this story as well as one about maggots growing in a clarinet whose reed had not been cleaned for a long time. Rachel
  6. Rachel

    Galina Mezentseva

    I understand now after that clarification, vrsfanatic. I may not have the discerning eye and knowledge of the syllabus to say that Mezentseva was not executing movements correctly, however, I can say that those two girls in back of her in Beginning III were quite terrible; I would say an insult to Mezentseva and ballet technique in general, not just the Vaganova technique. Could you give me some examples of incorrectly executed steps, just to broaden my understanding of the technique? Also, if Mezentseva were to perform the steps as she had but in a higher level, would they still have been incorrectly executed; is it incorrect for that level, or in general? By the way, do you know where I might get ahold of some upper levels of these Willis videos? Thanks. Rachel
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    Galina Mezentseva

    vrsfanatic: I agree that Mezentseva may not have been executing the steps in the manner that they would have been performed by a student of that level. However, I was more under the impression that she was called in to demonstrate, not an actual producer. But again, how can a "prima ballerina assoluta" execute third year material (because I saw the Beginning level 3 tape) like a third year student would? Thank you for the warm welcome Alexandra. Rachel
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    Galina Mezentseva

    My only experiences with GM have been through watching a demonstration of classwork with the Willis Ballet, followed by a series of clips from pas de deux, as well as Backstage at the Kirov. I believe that Mezentseva represents the Kirov style in its transition period. This transitory period was the divide between the great dramatic ballerinas of the sixties and seventies, more along the lines of Kolpakova and Maximova, and the newer phase of Russian dance starting in the late 80's, which I would say started with Assylmuratova and progressed to the present. I think she embodied the Kirov schooling, perhaps as it became less flamboyant and dramatic and more pure. In this classroom video, I think her technique is formidable, a true textbook of the Russian school. However, this was before the current flexibility of the Kirov dancers. I think she was less athletic and more pure line. And due to this purity, and possible difference in style from the dramatic ballerinas was a different presentation, and is why she is highly regarded. I agree that she looked cold in some of those video clips, but I think that might have had to do with a face predisposed to a certain "suffering" look; not a dramatic face. As for her stiffness, I find that it is similar to that of some of the pre-transition ballerinas. In general, I think that the Kirov's fluidity has been the result of the last few decades, and not before. I was excited by her dancing in Don Quixote and I thought her White swan pas de deux in one of the clips supremely beautiful. I would agree also that she is not in general physically beautiful: I don't like her back, but I do think it's fair to say that she exemplifies the Kirov schooling. Rachel
  9. Yuri Possokhov, Gonzalo Garcia, Sergio Torrado, Roberto Bolle, I always thought Zoltan Solymosi was every inch a dashing prince, Carlos Molina, Joaquin de Luz. Rachel
  10. I was thoroughly impressed with the matinee performance on Sunday, April 18. Not having seen SFB since Jewels of 2002 and having been disappointed with that performance and the general look of the company, I think that the company was in great form last night, everyone dancing well. Starting with Monotones I and II. I: the piece was well rehearsed, synchronized, executed well. Ashley Wheater explained that Monotones I was created to have more of a worldly feel in conrast with M II which supposedly reflected Man's landing on the moon. Since M I was worldly yet not earthy or passionate, it seemed like the dancers were just going through the motions. However, M II was sublime. Muriel Maffre was other worldly; with Brett Bauer and Moises Martin, they seemed to be in a trance - almost like high priests performing a sacred ritual. They danced with such chrystaline form - a string of legato phrasing uninterrupted. Thais Pas was my least favorite work. There were a few momements of beauty, Julie Diana's entering bourres, and at the end when Solomakha was kneeling with his chest on his thighs while Diana lay on his back in a Fish position and was slowly turned from sided to side. It seemed to be too much of a mix of everything I've already seen: a combination of MacMillan and Cranko's Romeo and Juliet and La Bayadere. Symphonic Variations with Rachel viselli, Nicole Starbuck, Elizabeth Miner, Jaime Carcia Castilla, Pierre-Francois Vilanoba, and Guennadi Nedviguine. I prefer the start of this ballet when just the three women are dancing so much more than the end. I don't think the more classical choreography of the men was anywhere near as good as the womens. The dancers seemed to be trying very hard to abide by Ashton's style: low, controlled arabesques and more angular and restriceted port de bras, however in doing so, they were stiff. The port de bras became more soldier like and less classically reserved and conservative. Nicole Starbuck did prover herself as a new soloist and Maime Garcia Castilly demonstrated a clean natural facility and technique that seemed so much less bulky and more refined than that of Nedviguine and Vilanoba. This year Elite Syncopations was accompanied by an onstage band. This was my first viewing of this ballet and I loved it. Muriel Maffre, subing for Elana Altman in the Alaskan Rag was absolutely hilarious. Amanda Schull was adorable in the Golden Hours with Stephen Legate, demonstrating some real stage persona. Pascal Molat in the Friday Night solo was impressive technically, while demonstrating both wild abandon and comic ability. I actually was the least impressed with Julie Diana in the lead, as she seemed to be the least immeshed within her characterization. Congratulations to SFB for a thoroughly commendable job! I am very pleased with the path in which this company is progressing. Rachel
  11. What about the room behind the stage specifically built for the dancer's to warm up in while being admired by their patrons? They said it was a unique design of the Palais Garnier and I'm assuming that round rehearsal room was as wel. I enjoyed the clip of the POB students executing the adage tremendously. What gorgeous dancers! Rachel
  12. Is this the lead of the waltz of the flowers? Rachel
  13. Rachel

    susan Jaffe

    Ms. Jaffe is the director and founder of Princeton Dance and Theater Studio along with Risa Gary Kaplowitz. Rachel
  14. Mr. Johnson, in my experience, I have found that a definited beat of the toe from the back to the front of the knee helps my coordination tremendously. Rachel
  15. The man must have pure lines and clean technique. The tours must land in a clean fifth. I love seeing a very supple plie that allows each movement to flow into the next, as if the dancer was tempting gravity. I like a man to have slim beautiful legs, not overly developed, but long and streamlined. Most important is the man's ability to just stand and look like a prince. Although it is the man's job to present the woman beautifully, I love to see a man who can simply stand in first position and distract me from the ballerina. Ahhhhhh! Rachel
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