Jump to content
This Site Uses Cookies. If You Want to Disable Cookies, Please See Your Browser Documentation. ×


Senior Member
  • Posts

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by volcanohunter

  1. As @JMcN mentioned, Katherine also blogged about etymology, especially Canadianisms. https://katherinebarber.blogspot.com Today her passing was acknowledged by the National Ballet of Canada
  2. The National Ballet of Canada presents new works by Jera Wolfe, Alysa Pires and Kevin A. Ormsby.
  3. No, the problem is that the distraction is so great that I can't see any other part of her. Think of it the other way around, I remember an American dancer named Andrea Boardman. She had really bad feet. The thing is, I never noticed it until I watched the film of Edouard Lock's Amelia. Lock's choreography is largely stationary, with women being spun back and forth on pointe, and on film, of course, there are lots of close ups, and when I first saw it I couldn't get over how unattractive her feet were: these large, inflexible boats. But I'd seen her dance many times before, and I never realized this. I mean, I saw her in Symphony in C, for crying out loud, and I never noticed, because she made everthing else about her so expressive and beautiful. By strength of personality she compelled the audience to watch her from the waist up. So no, one flawed portion of the body isn't necessarily decisive if a dancer compensates for it.
  4. If "droopy" Emeralds are now a norm, I'd hardly call that dancers making the roles their own.
  5. Farrell was never regarded as a classicist. Many critics, especially abroad, did object to her "exaggerations." Presumably many audiences felt the same way. I didn't "get" Farrell until I was about 16 (when she hit me like a ton of bricks). Prior to that I only saw her deviations. But most dancers aren't great geniuses like Farrell, and that makes their distortions a lot more difficult to tolerate.
  6. Yes, the hands of female ballet dancers today are frequently horrendous and would have some of my teachers spinning in their graves. I'm particularly distressed by the normalization of they might have called "washer-woman hands": leading with the elbows and letting the fingers droop, with no attempt to support the pinky and outer edge of the hand. ("It feels lovely, but it looks absolutely terrible.") Mukhamedov's hands always look like you described, and they make it nearly impossible for me to enjoy her dancing. The "Emeralds" photos aren't the best guide because those dancers are in motion, and the photos can't reflect where the dancers' hands ultimately end up. Although Turazashvili in the final photo is mannered in the extreme, and her hands always look bad. Classical arms certainly aren't angular. Quite the contrary.
  7. I'm very sorry to have to post that one of our members, kbarber, has died. Katherine was delightful. I am very grateful to have known her. Whenever I visited Toronto we would meet for dinner before attending a performance by the National Ballet of Canada. At the opera house she was kind enough to lead me to the patron's lounge to take advantage of the refreshments and the far less crowded coat racks and restrooms. Facebook reminded me that exactly four years ago we attended a performance of Charpentier's Médée, and then I learned that she was no longer with us. The last few years couldn't have been easy for her. Cancer treatment forced her to put her ballet tour business on hold a few years ago, and then the pandemic shut it down yet again. In her mailings she continued to promote ballet streams from around the globe. But I am so sorry she did not live to see the return of live performances or international travel, both of which she loved so much. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Barber
  8. The National Ballet of Canada in excerpts from Ashton's The Dream (Jillian Vanstone, Harrison James, Skylar Campbell), Ratmansky's Romeo and Juliet (Elena Lobsanova, Guillaume Côté) and Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale (Hannah Fischer, Piotr Stanczyk, Harrison James)
  9. Every Soviet-era and post-Soviet production I've seen includes the dance for Cinderella and her Prince. Ratmansky's production also has it, but with completely different choreography. He also retained the Ogre and boys, a weird number with inferior music (which I think explains its usual exclusion).
  10. Ratmansky's premise is faulty. It's entirely possible that had Diaghilev, Nureyev or Robbins been born in the latter 20th century, they might have grown up to behave quite differently. Or you may be correct: today's dancers might have refused to work with Robbins. That dancers today expect and receive better treatment than in the past is a good thing.
  11. It has: https://www.facebook.com/112319735528/posts/10165584253940529/
  12. The Stuttgart Ballet in ballets by seven young choreographers from within its ranks. Available on demand until 22 April.
  13. The Bavarian State Ballet stream is here: https://www.operlive.de
  14. It struck me that the tweet by English National Ballet was virtually identical to the one from the Royal Opera House. But the former hadn't been Scarlett's primary employer, so its response wouldn't have been criticized for being impersonal and generic.
  15. This has been mentioned upthread, but today at 19:30 CEST/1:30 pm Eastern the Bavarian State Ballet will stream Broken Fall by Russell Maliphant, Bedroom Folk by Sharon Eyal and Gai Behar and With a Chance of Rain by the late Liam Scarlett. The program will not be available on demand after the initial stream. https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsballett/productioninfo/paradigma.html Given that, I wish I could post a better link to the stream, since the Bavarian State Opera site is not especially user-friendly. https://www.staatsoper.de/en/staatsopertv.html
  16. I am forced to rely on Google's translation, but the announcement from the Royal Danish Theater appears to make several references to "offensive" and "abusive" behavior. I recall that when Scarlett was suspended by the Royal Ballet, press reports mentioned complaints about drug use and bullying, in addition to the allegations of inapproriate behavior toward RBS students. https://via.ritzau.dk/embedded/release/planlagt-forestilling-aflyses-pa-grund-af-oplysninger-om-kraenkende-adfaerd?publisherId=3885992&releaseId=13619891 Have Scarlett's former colleagues at the Royal Ballet been posting tributes? Admittedly I don't follow very many dancers on Instagram, but I didn't see anything.
  17. After the women's competition, Inès Mcintosh, Bleuenn Battistoni and Nine Seropian have won promotion to coryphée, and Camille Bon and Clémence Gross to sujet.
  18. I'm going to assume that when the Times went to print, no one there was aware that Scarlett had died. The cancelation of a ballet production abroad isn't normally newsworthy outside of specialized publications, but this one had whiff of scandal to it. Evidently, that made it irresistible to the editors. The headline has since been updated to "‘Offensive’ British ballet supremo Liam Scarlett found dead."
  19. Just today The Times had published a story with the very loud headline "Denmark shuns ‘offensive’ British ballet supremo Liam Scarlett" about the Royal Danish Ballet canceling a run of his Frankenstein over misconduct allegations. https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/denmark-shuns-offensive-british-ballet-supremo-liam-scarlett-g6npr6d5d
  20. The Polish National Ballet in Krzysztof Pastor's Romeo and Juliet
  21. Men's round of the promotion competition. Chun-Wing Lam and Jack Gasztowtt promoted to coryphée, Andrea Sarri and Nikolaus Tudorin to sujet.
  22. Don Quixote from the Vienna State Ballet. On demand for about 24 hours. https://play.wiener-staatsoper.at/event/a63fb13b-a75b-43b9-b28d-eb4ce2abe210
  23. Something, perhaps, for the kids. Martin Short tells the story of The Sleeping Beauty, illustrated by footage from the National Ballet of Canada production.
  24. Thank you very, very much for the link.
  • Create New...