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  1. This is a terrific thread! I loved reading others' replies about Patricia McBride and Villella in The Nutcracker. I only saw it once as a young teenager but loved it and thought about it for years afterwards. I had the chance to see McBride dance only once in Jewels. Also loved that. So, she was the first ballerina that I really noticed and found breathtaking. I was a rabid Nureyev fan in the 60's and 70's but I was also one who did not "get" Fonteyn. I am grateful for this website for showing me that others felt the same way. I saw them dance together twice, and I always felt that I wanted t
  2. It's December again, and I turned to the Kennedy Center website with hope (but not too much expectation) that a dancer might be one of the honorees. No luck. Then I thought to myself: if I had the power or privilege, which dancer, choreographer, teacher or any other talent connected with the ballet world would I nominate to receive this honor? Since I am a only a fan and do not have the education or insight to come up with names, I'd like to ask the membership of balletalert. Who would be your choice to receive this honor this year? Try not to come up with a name who has already been chos
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    Vishneva's Swan Lake

    drb, Where did you find this? I can't locate it.
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    Vishneva's Swan Lake

    I'll be there too. I'm sure we'll be comparing notes on this board. I have never seen her before and won't prejudge. I'm just happy that I will be seeing one of the major talents of this time. I guess that this is part of the "judgment" that I'm looking for. Because my attendance at the ballet has been so limited in the past few years, I'm not sure what I've bought a ticket for. I assume that any dancer that I see at ABT is superb, but is this one actually one of the "major talents of this time"? Obviously some people who have posted have been disappointed. I am certainly thrilled to
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    Vishneva's Swan Lake

    There are at least two reasons for optimism: Last year, prior to going on as Odile she gave J. M. Carreno a large RED kiss on his cheek for good luck, but timing was too late, as they had no time to completely clean it off before their entrance. Which broke them up, laughing, and they rather messed up the Black swan PdD. Obviously that won't happen again. Also, her partner is to be Marcelo Gomes. They showed an immense rapport last week in Manon: he gave her Hurculean support, as she was still weakened by bronchitis. He could well be the partner she needs in Swan Lake (he has been for ev
  6. I am traveling to NYC next week, and a friend and I have tickets to see Vishneva in Swan Lake. I try to get to NYC every spring to see ABT but missed last year due to ill health. Two years ago, my friend and I saw her in Giselle, and we were very impressed, especially by the use of her arms and hands which, for us at least, was a new dimension that she brought to the part. My friend is an Ananiashvili fan, but I insisted on seeing Vishneva in Swan Lake this year. If I lived in NYC, I'd spend my entire nest egg going to the ballet, but now I have to pick and choose. My friend and I have
  7. Miliosr's account of Kisselgoff's review that chastised Fonteyn for substituting walking for dancing reminds me of how Fonteyn characterized her performances at the end of her career. She said something like, "I don't so much dance as I appear." I guess she might have been "miscast" in a lot of ballets by then!!
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    Monique Meunier

    Someone asked on the ABT thread about Monique Meunier, but no one has answered. Since I was unable to get to NYC for the City Center performances, this was the first time that I heard that she is not on the roster at ABT. I've only seen her on the stage twice, but loved her both times. I'm planning to try to get to NYC for the Met season in the spring. I was hoping to see her. Does anyone know where she is performing? Or if she's still a member of ABT? I thought perhaps if I asked on this forum that the question might be more visible.
  9. Thanks to everyone for your help. I love Malakhov and thought I would see him this summer at ABT. Unfortunately, I hit one of his canceled performances due to appendicitis. At this point, I suppose I must treasure those moments when I saw him at his height. I would love to see him in Spectre, though. Also, this summer I saw Vishneva for the first time ever. She danced Giselle, and it was the most breathtaking and revelatory performance of Giselle I had ever seen. I have nothing of her on DVD. And, hmmmm, as far as the other "great" dancers go, thanks for the input. I thought some
  10. Thanks, Juliet. I will go back to the site. It's one I've never visited before. I looked up the title on amazon.com, and even though they sell it, I couldn't get any more information.
  11. Has anyone seen this video? Can you tell me anything about it? I have a gift card to spend on Suncoast and it's one of three ballet videos in the whole site. The only dancers on the performances that I recognize are Vladimir Malakhov and Diana Vishneva. I'd appreciate some guidance. If it's not worth buying, I'll save my gift card for Christmas shopping! Thanks!
  12. This is why I love this forum. Where else can I hear intelligent conversation by people who know who Lynn Fontanne was? By the way, Lunt and Fontanne made one movie, The Guardsman, and hated the process so much that they went back to the Great White Way and refused to repeat the experience no matter how much money people tried to throw at them. Not that they didn't like the green stuff. Fontanne's explanation? "We can be bought; we can not be bored." For that alone, she deserved an award. Here's to artists who still prefer live performance.
  13. I did indeed buy a DVD of Spartacus and was thrilled by the performances of both Liepa and Vasiliev. Thanks again for all your input. Whatever did we do before videotape and DVD???
  14. I have two DVD's that I love! One is Nureyev's Don Quixote with Lucette Aldous and the Australian Ballet. It is a romp! It was made in 1972 or thereabouts when he was still dancing well. It's well directed and has been remastered so the color is beautiful. It also contains a documentary on the making of the film in an airplane hangar! The other is Makarova and Anthony Dowell in Swan Lake. Both of them are wonderful, terrific dancing and acting. I love her Odette/Odile better than any I've seen on stage or video. I could make a long list, but those are my two favorites.
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