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leibling

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  1. I saw the first two acts on Friday night (sadly, I had to miss acts 3 and 4 as my little ones were falling asleep), and then the whole production on Sunday afternoon. From the moment Cory Stearns walked onstage in act 1, it was clear that he is an extremely elegant dancer. He seemed to work well with the Richmond Ballet dancers, but his fine-grained movement immediately set him apart. His solo at the end of act 1 was so beautifully executed- soft plies, invisible preparations, seamless musicality. My favorite moment came after that solo, when he kneeled downstage right with his head in his han
  2. I believe that incoming soloist Jovani Furlan danced the Taylor solo when Miami City Ballet presented Episodes a few years ago.
  3. I had the pleasure to attend Richmond Ballet’s production of The Sleeping Beauty over the weekend. It is a production of which the dancers and artistic staff should be proud; rich in details, wonderfully rehearsed and very well danced. The audience, many of whom are long-time loyal fans gave an enthusiastic ovation at the end of the performance, which was the last of a four show run at the Carpenter Theater in downtown Richmond. Richmond Ballet, in many ways, reflects the community it calls home. Much as Richmond is a mid-sized, mid-Atlantic city which projects a modest, refined el
  4. Five that made me want to dance.... 1. Nutcracker- the earliest ballet I remember seeing, and this was a local, civic version (Marta Jackson's, to be exact) 2. Giselle with Marianna Tcherkassky as a guest at Richmond Ballet- her bourees were the most amazingly liquid movements I had ever seen. 3. Paquita- the Cynthia Gregory/Fernando Bujones performance from PBS- not only did she balance forever, but she brought such majesty and aplomb to the role! 4. Theme and Variations-Gelsey and Misha, of course! 5. Concerto Barocco- the marriage of music and movement entranced me, and I fell in lov
  5. I only saw them dance together on video, but I have to add Jacques D'Amboise and Melissa Hayden. Having met both of them in real life, I can imagine that they had a good time together, and it shows in the videos I have seen.
  6. I have many concerns regarding this appointment, and Haglund's post says most of them. However, maybe he will surprise us, and while he may only be 34, Susan McCullogh was also in her thirties when she became dean. However, I think I remember that she had already directed the Pittsburgh Ballet Theater School, and had worked as a ballet mistress for Netherlands Dance Theater by that time (I may be wrong in my memories, so don't quote me!!) I feel as if this appointment is the school's way of trying to attract top tier students, especially since the ballet faculty is a little thin with the recen
  7. The thing about Gaynor Mindens, though, is that they really require a dancer to use their legs properly. The shoe won't look right if a dancer is sitting back on her legs, or relying too much on the shoe to hold her up. A dancer needs to use THE WHOLE LEG in order to acheive the proper line, and while this is true for all shoes, the fact that Gaynor Minden's maintain their shape in the box makes it easier to consistently acheive the proper shape of the leg. Furthermore, I think that each of the five different shank strengths perhaps different plastic on the inside. I believe the shoes I know t
  8. I also just finished Deathly Hallows last night- I felt as if I hab been bewitched as I COULD NOT put the book down. What a terrifc storyteller JK Rowling is- the way the plot kept twisting through every page of the very long book. Yet none of it seemed irrelevant to the story- everything fit into place at the end. What interested me even more were (what I felt to be) the occassional allusions to today's real world problems (a ministry of magic that people don't trust to tell the truth, government conspiracies). I don't know that it was subtle, but I had to chuckle a bit to find myself relatin
  9. Miami City Ballet has a long history of twins and or siblings in the company. For several years, the Modrono twins, Maribel and Mabel, danced, both eventually becoming principal dancers. Now there are the Esty twins, Sara and Leigh Ann, who are both in the corps.
  10. I thought I spotted Elaine Kudo in the middle of picture one- also- Frank Smith is in picture 4 behind the lady in the blue dress. You can see half of his face behind her arm.
  11. I can see the differences implied by "emphatic and punctuated"...there is an old video of Agon with a nearly original cast- Todd Bolendar, Violette Verdy, Diana Adams, Arthur Mitchell. Anyway- there IS a tremendous difference in the way the ballet was danced as opposed to the way it is now danced. It is as if the dancers are dancing the steps without necessarily needing to "figure them out." It is really difficult for me to explain this but... I felt in watching the videos that the emphasis was on the work as a whole, and the mood generated by the combinations of movements with the music rathe
  12. In response to the question about dancers that leave out the hard stuff, well, then what do you think of the ones that insert extra steps and tricks? Is this any more or less appropriate? Some ballets seem to be geared more for that sort of thing- the bravura full lengths, but even so, I can never forget the fact that I want to see a BALLET- not a circus. Even with something like Don Quixote- there is a story to tell, and while the steps are used to display high spirits, etc, I would just as soon seen 32 perfect single fouettes rather than a series of 32 double-triples with flicking fans, etc.
  13. Watch for Marife- I have seen her perform before and she was quite a beautiful dancer.
  14. Another Dance View Critic- Carol Pardo. I appreciate her thoughtfully well-written reviews, which are wonderfully informative while being honest.
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