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  1. theo

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    About Stella, I just saw her dance the Seven Sonatas PDD with Marcelo Gomes. They were guests of The Washington Ballet and Stella was radiant, sleek, and beautiful. I don't know how much technique that PDD really required but her stage presence was magnetic and electric. I was sitting very close to the stage. Marcelo was naturally wonderful as well, but my point in commenting is that I believe Stella has lots of wonderful dancing in her, if only Kevin would give her more opportunities. I think she would be wonderful as Manon dancing with Hallberg.
  2. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    I attended the Saturday Matinee performance of TWB Welcomes. It's been a hectic few days for me so I'm a little late with my comments. Les Sylphides: The standouts here were Ayano Kimura and Tamako Miyazaki. This is my second time seeing Ayano dance and she does not disappoint. She is also lovely off stage. My husband and I saw her and Tamako in the lobby afterward and gave them a mini round of applause. They were lovely and gracious. Gian Carlo Perez was the male lead, and I really like him, but I feel like he didn't have enough dancing to do. This is also my second time seeing him dance and both times I have felt like I would like to have seen more of him. Tarantella: This was danced by Nichole Graniero and Andile Ndlovu. I was pleasantly surprised with Nichole's performance. I've seen her in supporting roles only and really wasn't expecting much. The last time I saw this PDD the female lead was Jeanette Delgado with MCB. I knew there would be no topping that performance so I came to this with low expectations, but ended up enjoying Nichole after all. Now, Andile is really something else. This is the second time I've seen him dance and he's blown me away both times. He is really buoyant and generally magnificent. I would love to see more of him as well. PDD from Seven Sonatas: Okay, so the dancers were Stella Abrera and Marcelo Gomes. I could just stop there, because simply the mention of those two suggests greatness. And, they were. Stella, Stella, Stella! She was beautiful and absolutely incandescent. There were some folks talking on the ABT thread and suggesting that her technique might diminished; not in this PDD, that's for sure. Just outstanding! Marcelo...how wonderful to see him and he was, of course, magnificent! One of the reasons I took a chance on this mixed bill was that I guessed that Julie Kent would invite Marcelo. I purchased the tickets on a leap of faith, without having any idea that I would see him dance with Stella as his partner, no less. Such good luck I had. Pure Heaven. Thank you Julie!!!!! Swan Lake PDD: The dancers were Katherine Barkman and Rolando Sarabia. I made brief mention of Katherine's performance in an earlier post. I liked her and her partnership with Rolando seemed natural. I enjoyed the way she looked at the audience as if toying with us. At one or two points I thought she might falter, but then she flashed a smile as if to say:"Ha ha! You though I was gonna falter, but I didn't!" Rolando was really on fire. I was so happy to see him in a lead roll. He wash sharp, princely, flashy and glowing. I think the audience actually enjoyed this PDD the most. It got the biggest reaction. I believe this partnership could be a really good one. Finally, Sombrerisimo: This was a flashy piece danced by six men: Javier Morera, Oscar Sanchez, Alexandros Pappajohn, Stephen Nakagawa, Alex Kramer and I believe, Daniel Roberge. He was a last minute substitute and he was great. They all were. I didn't expect to like this piece because I love ballerinas in pointe shoes, but the guys looked like they were having a great time and they made it fun. All in all a great afternoon of ballet, as always, from TWB. Thank you to all of the performers for dancing your hearts and souls out! This is the feeling I always come away with after seeing TWB perform.
  3. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    She was a beautiful black swan today as well. She danced with Rolando Sarabia. They were incandescent. More on this tomorrow. She had nuances that are worth mentioning. Suffice it to say though, that she could very well bring out the best in her partners. She and Rolando were both wonderful, and they weren't even the ones I came to see. It was a lovely surprise....all around. this is such a wonderful company of dancers, Will fill in the blanks tomorrow.
  4. I attended the Saturday Matinee performance of Giselle. My review is short, but suffice it to say that that the Ballet Nacional De Cuba did not disappoint! Sadaise Arencibia danced Giselle, Raul Abreu danced Albrecht and Ely Regina danced Myrtha. Everybody was excellent and the audience was appreciative. Sadly no flowers or special curtain calls for anybody. I never understand this. Is it a Saturday Matinee thing, a Kennedy Center Crowd thing, or is it just a sign of the times? I find it unconscionable that neither Ms. Arencibia nor Ms. Regina got so much as a daisy. About Ms. Arencibia, she was a lovely, soulful and moving Giselle. I found her to be totally believable. About Ms. Regina, in a word, chilling. I was sitting in the second row. Terrible if you want to see feet, but great if you want to see face, and hers was really something else. Every move she made was chilling and I loved her performance. I would not want to meet her in a dark alley, but on the stage, anytime. I thought the corps did a great job. No dropping arabesques during the chugs for this company. I hope they come back to KC sometime in the near future. The last time I saw them before this was in NY in 1998. They danced Cinderella. Way too much time between performances.
  5. theo

    Marcelo Gomes

    Looks like Marcelo is also dancing a duet with Alessandra Ferri at the Bolshoi’s Petipa Gala May 31st/Jun. The link is below (see third page). I got this from the Bolshoi/Petipa Gala forum. Mnacenani provided the original link (Thank you Mnacenani!) https://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/0ce/0ce92a73ccc41b46051dbe8754593b88.pdf
  6. theo

    Veronika Part

    Very Happy for Veronika!
  7. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Boy, I wasn't one for catching details yesterday, was I? Thanks again California for setting me straight.
  8. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Sleeping Beauty may actually be performed at the KC Opera House. We'll have to wait and see when KC actually posts it to their schedule I think. TWB dances in both the Eisenhower Theater and the Opera House. They performed Romeo and Juliet in the Opera House this past February and I thought the company looked really good. I did not feel a sense of smallness. I'm hoping for the best.
  9. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    It's funny, I was really disappointed when I saw TWB's new season, but between what California and Drew have said, I'm starting to think more about it. Bolero does sound interesting and my Husband absolutely wants to see Sleeping Beauty so I guess the new season is "on".
  10. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    California, I stand corrected. I totally missed that! The only twist to the repeat programming is adding guest artists. Interesting, I think (being a little sarcastic). It is kind of strange and I agree, disappointing as well.
  11. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    With the exception of the Nutcracker, I don't believe there are repeats for the 2018/2019 season. Les Sylphides and Bolero were part of the "Russian Masters" program which was performed in October of 2017. That program is not being repeated in the 2018/2019 season. Serenade is actually being performed this month as part of the Mixed Masters program, which is the last program of the 2017/2018 season. TWB is repeating a program titled "Three World Premiers" for the 2018/2019 season, but hopefully it will not be the same three that they recently performed. Otherwise they would not actually be premiers.
  12. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The last time I saw them was in 1998 at City Center in New York. They performed Cinderella. I am looking forward to this one. I will report.
  13. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Drew your points are well taken. I think it's my own personal taste that makes me think of 'popcorn'. Perhaps it's not the right term. Suffice it to say that I prefer a bit more drama. Give me swans, mad scenes, or star-crossed lovers, and I'm there! The story line of Sleeping Beauty just never appealed to me, so I've only gone to see it once live. I saw ABT do the Ratmansky version at KC a couple of years ago. It turned me off to ever wanting to see it again. The music was the only saving grace. I do love Tchaikovsky. For 2018/2019 there are still some full lengths at KC to consider. There is always the nutcracker, and there is the Mariinsky's Corsaire (not a fan of that either, but it's the Mariinsky for goodness sake) and then there's the National Ballet of China's Raise the Red Lantern, the latter of which I've never seen. So the season isn't a total wash. I'm also going to see The Ballet National de Cuba perform Giselle in June, so I can get my dose of drama then.
  14. theo

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Disappointing. I was hoping they might fill in some of the gaping classical holes left open in the abysmally contemporary Kennedy Center 2018-2019 season. Sadly all TWB is doing is Sleeping Beauty. While it may be a classic, IMHO it's a 'popcorn' ballet that makes me want to sleep. They do Nutcracker, but not at KC.
  15. theo

    Gomes and ABT

    Thank you so much Buddy for the report on Marcelo's fine performance. I'm so glad to hear of it. I hope he has many more to come. And Happy three-quarters to you!