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Roma

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  1. Pierre Lacotte revived it for the Bolshoi three years ago with Nina Ananiashvili as Aspicia. Petipa's choreography was mostly or completely lost, so this version is Lacotte after Petipa, antique imitation being his specialty. It is a wonderful spectacle, and I believe is about to be taped for French television with Zakharova.
  2. I saw the company both in Princeton and, yesterday, at NJPAC, and it was precisely the consistency of style, which surprised and delighted me most. They have wonderfully pulled up and open upper bodies; the movement has range, attack, breath, beautiful, finished phrasing, and a unified sense of purpose. They look like a company. Perhaps some of the dancers don’t have the polish of an NYCB, but the ballets haven’t looked this alive in ages.
  3. They are also doing Mozartiana and La Bayadere.
  4. The event at Symphony Space is as follows: Wall to Wall George Balanchine This year’s free 12-hour marathon "gift to the City of New York" from Symphony Space will break new ground in our 33-year history of free Wall to Wall concerts. It will focus on one of the great geniuses of the 20th century, who expressed his musicality by creating a new American school of ballet, collaborating with composers from Igor Stravinsky to Richard Rodgers, and building the New York City Ballet, one of New York City’s premiere arts organizations. The day-long program on Saturday, March 20th, from 11am to 11pm,
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    Nadia Nerina

    Yes, but this just screams copyright infringement And it would be wonderful.
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    Nadia Nerina

    re Divert and Sleeping Beauty. I was so intrigued by the idea that there might be a relationship there, I went back to watch the tape of the old Kirov version with Assylmuratova. I am not sure that my eye is sharp enough to clearly differentiate all the fairies by employ, but my jaw dropped when I saw them line up (arms around each other, a corps girl holding “the end of the line” on either side, and two supporting the Lilac Fairy) and then do an arabesque, developpe avant, which is the same exact thing that the women in Divert do (supported by the three men), only in reverse (developpe, then
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    Larissa Lezhnina

    Marc, this is a little off topic, but I was wondering if Pankova is still dancing?
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    Nadia Nerina

    That’s so interesting, because in so many Balanchine ballets, it’s the second soloist, not the ballerina, who is the organizing principle of the work (Tchaikovsky No. 2, both Emeralds and Rubies, Gigue in Mozartiana).
  9. Just what I remember from her performance last summer. Marc, I am green with envy :yes:
  10. Marc, thank you for these wonderful reports. Good to hear Pavlenko is doing so well.
  11. Perhaps Marc will correct me, but I think "ballerina" corresponds to "principal dancer".
  12. Alexandra, Ratmansky is a very interesting dancer. I am far less certain, however, of his merits as a choreographer. I haven’t seen his two latest (and they were hailed as great successes), but I did see about twelve of his works, including “Cinderella”. They ranged from truly awful and amateur (Nutcracker), to just bearable, to watchable. Most lacked structure of any kind and an understanding of how to use stage space effectively (this may come with experience). He is inventive, but not a couturier (most of his work looks like it was made on him, rather then on his dancers), and lacks range (
  13. Ratmansky has said in an interview that he doesn't think classical dance has a future and went on to compare ballet dancers to overbred show dogs. Somehow, I am not optimistic.
  14. carbo, that is what I meant, of course. Sorry, if it wasn't clear.
  15. What I find appalling is the level of cynicism on display. I wasn’t expecting much from the Celebration, may be a few revivals. An all Balanchine season was the height of my hopes. I didn’t for a minute imagine that Martins would suddenly invite those who should be coaching the Company daily to come in for next season. He has no reason. But Stroman, Eifman, the Georgian State Dancers, and his own Sleeping Beauty and abissmal “Swan Lake” “to honor [balanchine’s] classical heritage”… Then again, this is just business as usual.
  16. Saw "Dream" with McKerrow, Belotserkovsky, Lopez on Wednesday afternoon. The more I see this ballet, the more I love it, but on this occasion the dancing itself was less then thrilling. Lopez's Puck is basically Alain in tights. Belotserkovsky was a commanding elf whenever he wasn't dancing. Both men had more affinity for the floor than the choreography requires. McKerrow was somewhat less than queenly, and her dancing was unfocused.
  17. Thanks, KayDenmark:) I think the company doing the work can pick which version they want to dance. The Kirov has the full version of Apollo and the earlier version of Emeralds.
  18. I thought Reichlin was quite wonderful last night. She had a very clear, musical attack, lovely use of upper body, and an adagio color in every step (something I thought was often lacking in Whelan ). I just couldn't take my eyes of her. Tewsley looked better than he did last season, but I think he needs a softer plie (kind of reminded of Korsuntsev) Borree was like nails of a chalkboard to me. I usually try to avoid her, and if that's her personal best, why is she a principal in this company? Stiff and clenched everything. I am very glad that Hubbe is back, but I thought Woetzel's performanc
  19. MCB also gave a performance at NJPAC on Thursday. It was a mixed bill made up of Slaughter, Four Temperaments, and part of Villella's "Neighborhood Ballroom"--"The fox-trot: dancing in the dark". The house was only half-full, which is a shame. If Villella's ballet was a little anemic and a times amateur, it was also harmless. However, I am not quite certain that the best way to attract the ever-elusive "new audiences" to ballet is to show them mediocre works. Slaughter was given a dry and noncommittal performance by Jennifer Kronenberg and John Hall. He especially seemed to be phoning in fr
  20. I'll say it--I thought Petit choreography really was lousy. Granted, I only saw it on tape, but it was at odds with the music (Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony) to such a degree that it made me quite literally queasy. I could only watch it in ten-minute increments, and just barely then.
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