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GeorgeB fan

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  1. Performing Dancing at a Gathering... https://youtu.be/E1TW4ZHQAfU Performing Marco Spada... Base on these clips he's a damn good dancer.
  2. Yeah she seems the most obvious choice. I mean isn't she the most revered prima ballerina currently in Russia? I'm surprise Sylvie Guillem has never been given that title. Which brings up the question... Who exactly decides which ballerina deserves the title "Prima Ballerina Assoluta" and in today's ballet world does that title still carry the same weight that it once did in the past?
  3. ABT performed La Sonnambula back in the 80's. It was filmed with Baryshnikov as the Poet and Alessandra Ferri as the Sleepwalker.
  4. A 2010 video interview Evans did for the McClendon Performing Arts Institute in Atlanta.
  5. Holy F*CK!!! When I clicked on this thread I was NOT expecting this. So sad. My heart goes out to his family and friends. An amazing dancer. RIP.
  6. The difference - as I see it - is when Corella lifted Ferri he simply was using his hands and he was holding her by the waist. When Eagling lifted Ferri his hands was just under her chest and the rest of her torso was resting on his forearms which made it possible for him to lift Ferri with greater support which gave Ferri the freedom to lift up her arms without fear of falling.
  7. Juliet not using her hands in terms of support while being lifted I think has a great deal to do with how Romeo is supporting and lifting her. In the Ferr/Eagling, Cuthbertson/Bonelli, Girkland/Dowell pairings when Romeo lifts Juliet he's not only using his hands and also his forearms when lifting Juliet which gives Juliet a greater sense of support making it possible for her to rise both her arms. At least that's how I'm seeing it.
  8. From what I understand "The Girl Hunt" ballet was meant to mock Gene Kelly's more "high-brow" balletic dance sequences. Personally I loved it because it was very much tongue in cheek. The "Girl Hunt" was never meant to be taken seriously and because of that I was able to enjoy it and Michael Kidd's choreography is terrific. But then again The Band Wagon is a much better movie then An American in Paris despite the fact I do like Paris. But how it won the Oscar for Best Picture over A Streetcar Named Desire and A Place in the Sun is beyond my comprehension.
  9. Why do I get the sad feeling that when it's finally broadcast on CBS all of this is going to be soooooo chopped up in order to save time like they did with Makarova tribute but only far worst.
  10. Hmmmmmm, Villella will host and Mearns will dance. Oh yeah, Villella, I should have thought of him. An excellent and likely choice. Back to George B Fan's hope for "The Man I Love" pas de deux from Who Cares? - Tiler Peck is acclaimed in that role nowadays. Peck was the dancer I immediately thought of when I suggested "The Man I Love." I understand the reason behind the idea of Sara Mearns dancing for McBride but Peck comes closest at resembling McBride as a dancer. McBride was best known for musicality, high-spirit, openness and her sense of Americana...qualities that Peck has. IMO.
  11. I'm soooo thrilled. A superb choice. Here's hoping we get one solid performance {The Man I Love pas de deux from Who Cares?} for example instead of the short collection of dances that was use to honor Natalia Makarova.
  12. I was about to make the same suggestion! From what I understand they haven't perform this classic ballet in years!! Unbelievable. And base on this youtube video of the Dawn variation I think Mariinsky version of this ballet would be wonderful.
  13. I love this remark from Gottlieb's review: "As for the third ballerina, Stella Abrera, Tharp has provided her with a career-making role. She’s been on the second level of ABT casting for far too long; here, she’s dynamic, glamorous, expansive..." So true...so true!!
  14. I was watching the evening news. I heard about the story so I wasn't paying much attention until I saw a photo of James Fayette {husband to current NYCB principal Jenifer Ringer} explaining he was the father protecting his two year old son when he was slashed in the chest by some craze homeless man going on a rampage stabbing three other individuals in Riverside Park on Tuesday, October First. His son Luke was also slashed in the arm but thankfully both father and son will be fine. Here's an article from The New York Post http://nypost.com/2013/10/01/2-stabbed-others-injured-at-riverside-park/
  15. Martha Swope - photographer - when it comes to captivating dance in a single moment whether it's on stage during a live performance, behind the scenes during rehearsal, or at a photo studio no one has ever had a more profound influence on dance photography quite like Swope. IMO she made it an art form. Arlene Croce - critic - founder of Ballet Review, longtime dance critic of the New Yorker Magazine and author of several books about dance, Ms. Croce is one of the towering figures in the art of dance reviews. I think her influence is HUGE. Joan Acocella - critic - yet another gifted and superb writer of dance. Isodora Duncan - dancer - yes she's a legend in modern dance but from the things I've read about her, she left an important imprint on several legendary giants in 20th century ballet. Her freedom of movement, her passion and her style of dancing in which she made it appeared the music was coming directly within herself, and that dance didn't have to beholden to strict storytelling, had a huge influence over choreographers like the Russia's Mikhail Fokine and Britian's Frederick Ashton.
  16. I would also like to add the names of... Virginia Johnson - former principal ballerina with the Dance Theater of Harlem. Possibly the first black ballerina in history to be taken seriously as a classical dancer the world over. Lauren Anderson - outside of DTOH became the first black ballerina to achieve principal status at a major US ballet company - The Houston Ballet. And of course we shouldn't forget Augusta Maywood {1825-1876} America's very first Prima Ballerina to achieve international fame and was one of the great stars of Romantic ballet along side Taglioni, Elssler, Grahn, Grisi and Cerrito. others I would include: Cynthia Harvey - never had the chance to see her perform live but on tape - for me - she's the definitive Kiti in Don Q. Natalia Osipova could take lessons from her and benefit greatly. Kyra Nichols - she was the first dancer I saw live that made me think: "now that's a prima ballerina!" Amanda McKerrow - I loved her in everything she danced. And I believe she was the first American to receive a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow.
  17. That's right - correct. I wasn't sure about SL. Thanks for reminding me.
  18. Oh how sad - at least for us New Yorkers. If I remember correctly the last time the Bolshoi was in New York they gave us Don Q, Spartacus and I believe SL as well. I mean I get it. Those three ballets are beard and butter. First and foremost: money, money, money. Ballet maybe an art form but it's also a business. LOL! I was hoping for La Bayadere. I've never seen a full-length Russian production live before. In fact I would have rather had the London rep altogether here in NY. I would have loved to have seen Laurencia. From what I understand it's rarely performed in the west but in Russia it's appears to be very popular and from the small clips I've seen on YouTube it looks exciting. All that said I can't wait for Bolshoi visit!!
  19. I would love to see this staging at the Met. I watched it on youtube and it was simply wonderful. However ABT has the Makarova verison already in it's rep and most likely they would perform that verison if they ever decide to bring that ballet back - which is marvelous in it's own right. I believe Makarova based it on the verison currently being performed at the Mariinsky. As for Antony Tudor...yes he's a speical brand type of choreographer. I mean you certainly can't perform a full evening of his ballets and expect to have a full house. I mean his best ballets are somber ballets and they're not easily performed. You just can't dance the steps. You have to understand the steps and use them in order to create a moody atmosphere. And no he wasn't a prolific choreographer. He only has a small hand full of ballets that could be regarded as classics or even masterpieces. But in his own unique way he did have a profound impact on ballet and I do think ABT should pay honor to that impact. After all Kevin McKenzie loves saying that Tudor was once the "moral conscience" of ABT. One ballet of Tudor's I would LOVE to see revive is Echoing of Trumpets. I've never seen it but from everything I've read it's regarded as one of Tudor's greatest ballets and it's a pretty large ballet at least by Tudor standard. I think it would be a ballet that would hugely challenge the dancers at ABT and I think many in the audience would love to see that challenge. IMO.
  20. Sadly that was it. I'm going to see Lopatkina clip right now. thanks for the heads up!
  21. Yet another unexpected treasure I just discovered Western Symphony with Diana Adams and Herbert Bliss; Melissa Hayden and Nicholas Magallanes; Allegra Kent and Robert Barnett; Tanaquil LeClercq and Jacques d'Ambroise. It's the entire ballet - ALL FOUR ORIGINAL MOVEMENTS. Better rush to see it before it disappears!! http://youtu.be/_Pm_1ER1azs
  22. O-M-G!!!!! Just when I thought I couldn't love YouTube anymore then I do now...I discovered this!!! La Valse with Tanaquil LeClercq and Nicholas Magallanes
  23. For my money this is the definitive - at least on video - performance of Balanchine's Sylvia Pas de Deux. Martine Van Hamel and Patrick Bissell is simply marvelous. They perform it with such confident authority and easy grace you would have thought Balanchine himself had created the pas de deux especially for them. Pure brilliance.
  24. A photo from Balanchine's The Nutcraker with Maria as the Sugar Plum Fairy. Isn't that Tanaquil LeClercq as Drewdrop?
  25. Maria Tallchief dancing the Waltz from Gaite Parisienne with Frederic Franklin at the Hollywood Bowl in 1954 http://youtu.be/aCuQleG8Ins dancing Les Sylphides with Royes Fernandez http://youtu.be/zz4JC_OEJcM Yes Maria was much more then just a Balanchine Dancer.
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