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  1. Whoops! I didn't realize that he was the one who promoted her. Which makes it all the more puzzling why his recent emphasis seems to have shifted to technical bravura.
  2. I have a feeling this is what she's been hoping for for a few years now, considering that her husband is in Boston. Now they can dance principal roles together--how exciting for both of them!
  3. Here is a post that I wrote on the thread about the Swan Lake broadcast that has some relevance to this topic:
  4. It's not just McKerrow who felt this push away from artistic emphasis and toward technical emphasis. This is what Julie Kent said in Round About the Ballet: Q: What direction do you think ballet needs to take in the twenty-first century? A: I hesitate to say what I think--the focus should be more on artistic performance, and less on technique. ... Now Kent wasn't talking about anyone in particular, but I think this quote is a sign that she senses a shift toward rewarding technical bravura, perhaps at ABT in particular, perhaps in ballet in general. Given the recent pattern of promotions
  5. That's actually a little disappointing to hear, though I can definitely imagine how difficult it would be to turn like that post-baby. Irina is the best Odile I have ever seen, and part of it was the way she kept spinning out those turns, all the time with this look that said, "You like this? Well here's more! You like it even better now? Well just one more triple to get you completely dazzled and entranced!" What's more, she is the only Odile I've seen who actually picked up speed with every turn. She managed to whip off all those doubles and triples while keeping her devilish irresistable
  6. Just one more thing that popped into my mind: in the short hair wig, Ferri looks so much like Liza Minelli (at least it seems that way from the back of the orchestra).
  7. There are times in your life when you just feel so lucky to be where you are, doing what you are doing, at that moment. That's the way I felt watching last night's performance. This is the first time that I have seen Manon, and I think it just might be my last time. I fear that no other performance of this ballet could ever match the magic on stage last night, and no other performance could move me the way that Ferri and Bocca did. I can't even imagine two other dancers in the lead roles; it's as if the ballet was created for Ferri and Bocca, and for them alone. They own it. Next to Ferri
  8. I had the great fortune of seeing Diana Vishneva dance the role with Angel Corella last year. While Angel was his normal spritely self, I much preferred Diana's pairing with Malakhov. Both of them are great storytellers and connected in a way that Angel and Diana didn't. Compared to last year, Diana's mad scene has definitely improved. Last year I was like, "She's not mad, she's drunk." This year, she was believably mad. A great highlight for me was the peasant pas de deux by Stella Abrera and Gennadi Saveliev. Either they've practiced this for ages, or they just really connect with each o
  9. That's wonderful news! I'm so happy for her! Does anyone know who her husband is--also a dancer?
  10. What I've always admired about Amanda's dancing is that it feels personal. There is definitely a place in dance for flashy ballerinas who project to the entire audience and bring hordes of people to their feet in excitement. But there is also a place for people like Amanda. When she dances, it feels that she's dancing for you because it's so understated and introverted. That may sound like a paradox, and perhaps I'm not explaining it well. What I mean is that, with Amanda's characters, it feels like a shy and introverted girl is baring her soul, and she's letting you see her in that vulnerable
  11. Please don't get me wrong, I love the fact that there's ballet on public television! I first got interested in ballet from seeing it on television. It propelled me to buy my first tickets to the ballet, and I've been going back ever since. So I hope this showing of Swan Lake will convert some people into ballet fans. I think an underlying 'complaint' of some comments here (including mine) is that this casting decision seems to be the result of 'technical showiness' rather than a true reflection of the artistic epitome that dancers strive for. I don't think it's mere coincidence that the po
  12. Just finished watching it! I'll write my thoughts while they're still fresh in my mind. The corps was better than I've ever seen them before, and certainly better than they were in Sylvia. The second act swans were heavenly! Can I just say again how much I love Marcelo? What a great 'evil'! Now, for the principals. Individually, they're both exceptional dancers, and their styles are both athletic and dynamic. But I saw ZERO chemistry between them. Angel actually had more chemistry with Julie Kent, who is very much his opposite in terms of style. Speaking of Angel, did anyone else thin
  13. I saw the 6/14 performance with Gillian and Maxim and with the pleasure of sitting next to the previous two posters, canbelto and richard53dog (HI!!!). The highlights for me were not the two lead roles, great as the dancers were. Rather, it ended up being the supporting roles that I remember most. Oh Marcelo! The first time I saw him dance, it was as von Rothbart. Now as Orion, he's again proven himself to be a great villain. The evil look in his eye! The deliberate malice in his steps! Oh, and thumbs up to the costume designer for letting us see Marcelo's biceps. Herman Cornejo couldn't
  14. I noticed that Nina's picture and name were not in last night's program. She's still on the website, and there's a note saying she'll be back in early 2006, so I'm hopeful that Nina hasn't decided to stop dancing. Is it normal for ABT to take a dancer's name off the program if they're gone for the whole year but planning to come back? Irina's name is still on there, but her leave isn't as long. Also, Misty Copeland's name was listed in all capitals yesterday in the program, though she's still in the corps, according to the website and the full roster listing in the program. Has there been
  15. Yes! I just got back from it. Here's a review while it's still fresh in my mind: Le Spectre de la Rose: Herman Cornejo, Xiomara Reyes I don't remember much of Xiomara since it's a minor role, but Herman definitely impressed me. This was the first time I've seen him dance in a lead role. I was surprised by how small he is, but since Xiomara is even smaller, it didn't look weird. Herman has quick and nimble feet, but the best part was his double turns en air. For the sequences of two double jumps, he actually did the first double jump in one direction, and then switched directions for the n
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