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Petite_Arabesque

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  1. Marika Besobrasova (Academie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace) passed away last weekend. Her funeral is to be held today in Monaco.
  2. From the NJB website: International Ballet Star Jose Carreno To guest with New Jersey Ballet at Morristown's Community Theatre At Mayo Center for the Performing Arts, Morristown May 17 at 8PM New Jersey Ballet will bring down the curtain on its 2007-08 Saturday night series at The Community Theatre, Morristown, with a program featuring a guest appearance by International Star Jose Carreno. Also on the program, Swan Lake Act II, is one of the greatest works in the classical repertory, and The Life and Death of Spartacus, the tale of the doomed slave uprising against the mighty Roman Empire
  3. I noticed this as well! It seemed to me that more than half of the dancers (corps included) were wearing Gaynors. Having worn them in the past I can vouch that they are comfortable...but they don't let the dancer have full articulation of their feet. On Somova, who doesn't have the extreme arch of some of the other dancers, this was glaringly obvious. While of course dancers have the right to choose their own shoes, I wish more would stay with the traditional Russian shoes.
  4. Natalia-You are NOT alone! I saw the Saturday matinee as well and although Gonchar dances cleanly, she just doesn't do it for me. I can't quite put my finger on it but there is just something very off-putting about her stage presence. Serenade-I was a bit shocked at the variety of body types on stage. I'm not saying it is a bad thing but this being my first time seeing the Kirov, I was expecting a little more uniformity. Having said this, the costumes are NOT supportive enough. The "bouncing" of the more well-endowing ladies was, for me, very distracting. Surely there is SOMETHING that c
  5. I'll admit, as a current member of a ballet company and being long-involved with all things ballet, this article was a bit of the 'same-old, same-old' for me. As has been already noted on this thread, this article isn't particularly ground-breaking or shocking. HOWEVER. While we, as a small population of balletomanes, feel that we have heard this argument again and again, the American population at large has not. The fact is, most of these types of articles appear in ballet-related magazines, websites, etc. So I think we should be happy that ballet, in ANY shape and form, is being subtl
  6. I suppose it wasn't so much that she is tall than it was that she seemed to be such a different body type--leaner than Rojo (not saying Rojo is big, AT ALL!), and, like you say, appearing taller. I think it is highway robbery what the Mann charges. It was very distracting for me to have people getting up and walking around during the performance, let alone the boxes of popcorn prevalent throughout the audience and the occasional car alarm and airplane heard over the music. I imagine that the dancers can get very distracted; I know I would.
  7. Thursday, July 12 Swan Lake-Tamara Rojo, Federico Bonelli Well, the first act of Swan Lake has never appealed to me, and unfortunately it didn't tonight either. I sat patiently through it, and the dancing was fine enough. Act 2 was beautiful for the most part. Corps was mostly together, though I did spot one girl that seemed to forget the choreography/ timing. I did notice that there is a HUGE range of heights in the corps, and one of the four little swans was, in my opinion, too tall. A lot of the corps arm movements were too jerky for my taste, kind of like they were whacking their a
  8. Just wanted to second this, and ask where Ms. Carroll taught you. Also, I see Paul Sutherland in the third photo, left of center. He is hugging someone and has dark hair; he is behind a woman in a short black dress.
  9. A DVD would be WONDERFUL! I hope it's true and comes out soon! -Carmen
  10. Ohhh fandeballet I so agree with you! I saw one of those performances and it was just.....indescribable. I've never felt quite the way I did after the famous pas de trois. I constantly wish I could see that performance again!
  11. Oh my...I must start saving money for tickets NOW, as there are so very many performances I want to see! As a side note, I saw Gelsey Kirland at the gala...sizing up her dancers for Sleeping Beauty, perhaps??
  12. Very sorry to hear that! Hope she gets well soon! As far as the "natural turner" idea....I think usually it's not so much of actually being able to turn, it's more of a fear of turning itself, which gets amplified when one is onstage. And now I'll move on!
  13. I noticed Part's uncertainty at the gala as well. From personal experience I know that if you are not a natural turner, turing onstage can be a really scary thing. And that turn is a HARD turn!! It's definitely 90% mental. Too bad though because she was beautiful otherwise. Funny, the only two times I've seen this classic Russian dancer have been in Balanchine pieces. I really need to see her in something classical, like Swan Lake.
  14. I was wondering the same thing!! Does anyone know anything about it?
  15. Last night was AMAZING. At least on the part of Vishneva/ Malakhov. I hadn't ever seen her dance before and I was totally satisfied (which is difficult!!). And I had only seen him do Lankendem in Corsaire, hardly a lead role, really. This was really one of the best performances I have seen at ABT, because there was actual ACTING, something I don't always see from ABT. I was in the fourth row orchestra and the acting didn't seem contrived or forced....it was natural. And the mad scene...ohh. Not TOO crazy or done up, really convincing for me. I could actually hear her breathing, a fran
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