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    fan, contributor to criticaldance.com magazine, moderator for criticaldance.com forum
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  1. I took my mother on Mother's Day to see it. Very enjoyable. The dances I found most interesting were These are the Days of our Lives: Michele Jimenez was, as usual, mesmerizing. Fractures: sad and expressive. And the show stopper was Ritual IV, again Michele Jimenez was fabulous, doing oodles of pirouettes just inches away from me. And Jason Hartley and Jonathan Jordan performing a very macho duet all the driving rhythms of African Drums.
  2. The program had all the cast including the changes. Sara Ivan was Michele Jimenez's replacement. IMHO I thought Erin Mahoney was superb in the Balanchine piece and new-comer Brian Corman showed lots of promise. Erin is developing into a true 'Balanchine' dancer with her crisp movement and those lovely long arms and legs. She was also quite good as the Mother in Rite of Spring. Sara Ivan was a bit disappointing, her extensions were good but all the smaller movements were vague and wishy-washy and she looked quite strained. Runqiao Du seemed to be adversely affected by his partner's tensi
  3. Actually I thought the corps were a bit ragged on Thursday night. And Gillian Murphy not quite up to par, is she perhaps slightly injured? Her right foot/leg seemed a little wonky. The highlight of Thursdays performance was Herman Cornejo as Benno, I wish he had some dancing in Act III.
  4. If you saw Herman Cornejo in Le spectre de la Rose at the Kennedy Center last week you would surely agree with me. Wow.
  5. First let me say I adore Christopher Wheeldon, my absolute favorite is "Mesmerics". So you realize what I say is most probably prejudiced. The reviews in the papers seem to be very positive for the most part. I would love to see it. I do hope it comes to DC soon, since I can't get up to NY anytime in the near future. I find Chris' work to be some of the most lyrical being made today. From what I have read the name Shambards is taken from a poem by Edwin Muir (see Star-ledger review 5/10/04) where Muir refers to Burns and Scott as "sham bards of a sham nation" So that perhaps explains th
  6. I too, have to agree with Sarah Kaufman's review, what a treat. For me the most outstanding part of the show was Erin Mahoney. She danced in 3 of the 7 dances, each very different and each was wonderful. But 'tink tank' choreographed by Vladimir Angelov was a real gem and very funny too. Erin absolutely shone in this piece.
  7. Based on what I heard yesterday at lunch in the KC Cafe and during the intermissions, I would say the dance public is getting excited about the Washington Ballet's direction. I enjoy talking to 'ballet' people and the two women I sat with at lunch didn't know a lot about ballet but they had just become interested and have found this season to be exciting and enjoyable. Having recently seen both the ABT and NYCB I think the WB compares very favorably. We have some very exciting and beautiful dancers and, as you say Mike, Septime Webre is proving to be excellent at developing them.
  8. The actual website, Willkemp.org is a fansite dedicated to Will Kemp of Swan Lake, CarMan and soon to be movie fame. Dani does an excellent job of keeping it fun, friendly and positive. She wanted to honor some other outstanding dancers and choreographers, hence the Dancers who make us Swoon page.
  9. For Jason Hartley fans a nice tribute to an up and coming star: Dancers page
  10. BTW "Broken Fall" won the Olivier award. Congrats to Russell Maliphant and the Boyz
  11. DancingGiselle: Jean Battey Lewis in the Washington Times also really liked Ethan Stiefel's "Without Words" ""Without Words" reached its apotheosis in Mr. Stiefel's transcendent solo. A dancer with finely burnished technique, he brings a feral alertness to everything he does. This combination of intensity and refinement made for a riveting performance." I saw his performance of this in the open rehearsal and agree completely that it was 'transcendent'. I think that is why when I saw his performance in "Raymonda" I was so disappointed. I also thought Marcelo Gomes was wonderful too. Such
  12. Well, after all these knowledgeable people talking about the ABT, I feel a bit stupid making my review but here goes... ABT - Mixed Bill Opera House, Kennedy Center Thursday February 5th, 2004 I also saw the open rehearsal on Tuesday afternoon and in the cast was different. There was a buzz going round the crowd about the provocative review by the Washington Post writer Sarah Kaufman. From the sounds of the audience around me during intermissions and at the end, they did not wholly agree with Ms Kaufman's scathing review. Raymonda Divertissements (Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes, after Pet
  13. Thank you for your lovely review chauffeur I saw Baryshnikov last summer at the Columbia festival for the Arts. And I think that at 55, Baryshnikov is still a virtuoso, he just demonstrates his masterly skill and technique in ways that no longer include gravity-defying leaps. Yes I saw him when he was young and fabulous, now he is older and in many ways even more wonderful. His acting ability is truly amazing. His humor and the way he relates to an audience. For me the two most beautiful dances were Opus One, choreographed by Lucinda Childs, music by Alban Berg, "Sonata, op. 1", and In a
  14. Jeannie: Too bad you didn't attend the Sunday matinee. I believe the Cavalier danced more as you would have liked. And the audience was very appreciative. Lots of curtain calls and cheers.
  15. Jeannie, Dani, thank you for your views. It is very interesting to read about the other cast. I wish I could have seen both. In the cast I saw Oberon is the true lover of Titania, and the Cavalier is just a dalliance for Titania.
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