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angelica

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    avid balletgoer, avid adult student
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  1. angelica

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Since there are only so many slots for principal contracts, I'm thinking that someone(s) is(are) going to have to retire in order for Brandt and Ternary to move up. That seems to be a cruel reality at ABT, which I only became aware of when Veronika Part's contract wasn't renewed. Is that the situation at most ballet companies?
  2. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    This has been going on for years. Why doesn't the Artistic staff do something about it? I think he was magnificent in Harlequin because he had a face mask on. But if you think Boylston is great, then we obviously have different standards for greatness.
  3. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I've heard that said of Stearns before, but I just can't make my peace with it. I've seen him act brilliantly, with his face broadly smiling, in a studio rehearsal. I would guess that he is naturally shy, and is afraid to show too much emotion on stage for fear it will be seen as over-acting. If he could do on stage what he does in the studio, his face would read to the audience.
  4. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Stearns is very handsome, has perfect ballet proportions, and a beautiful ballet line. I'm going to guess that McK expected that Stearns would develop in the acting realm, which, unfortunately, he has not. I cannot, for the life of me, begin to guess why McK hired Whiteside, although your supposition that it was because he is tall is the only one that makes sense. "actively terrible" is a good description for him.
  5. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Did anyone see Hee Seo's debut Friday night?
  6. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Thank you, canbelto.
  7. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    "...the touching of the nose in second movement of Symphony in C. One move given an extreme accent." I've never heard of this. Could someone please enlighten me?
  8. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Last night's performance was a WOW! I couldn't take my eyes off Shevchenko. In addition to her technical abilities, she displayed tremendous acting skills, from consternation to sneakiness, to pure joy, all done with just the right combination of spices and sense of humor to convey the spirit of this ballet. She exaggerated when the story called for it, e.g., hiding behind the cape; and showed happiness in her bright shining face when the story called for that, as in the wedding pas de deux. How nice to be seeing a ballerina do those 32 fouettes without counting or biting one's nails! A few additional standouts: Katherine Williams as Queen of the Dryads; Kaho Ogawa as one of the flower girls; Nicole Graniero dancing exquisitely in the corps roles. Someone really must take April Giangeruso under their wing and teach her to hold her torso up by her back muscles. The contrast with Kaho Ogawa (and everyone else on stage) was so obvious and mastering that could take her dancing up to the next level.
  9. angelica

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Do they get any stipend in the Studio Company, enough so maybe four of them can share a one-bedroom apartment?
  10. angelica

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    That's a great question. Does anyone know?
  11. angelica

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    I think (hope) that we've weathered the worst of the fallout from the foreign guest artist debacle and the logjam it caused in the ranks--at least as far as the female principals and soloists are concerned. Forgive me if I've omitted someone, but with Shevchenko, Lane, and maybe Teuscher, some of the glaring gaps have been filled in. And with Trenary and Brandt on the rise, we're going to have a fine contingent of female dancers, with some promising corps members as well--Hurlin, McBride, Ogawa, Lavine, for example. However, I'm very unsure about the male contingent. This season was basically the season of Stearns, Whiteside, and Cornejo, but we need more up-and-coming male principals. If Bell is promoted to soloist, and I believe he deserves to be promoted, and Forster and Hoven promoted to principal, that's like putting a finger in the dike temporarily. We need more male principals at the level of our female principals. Calvin Royal III needs to be brought into more prominent roles. Are there some corps men who are being overlooked?
  12. angelica

    2018 Met Season

    Thank you. I don't think I'll get to see either program.
  13. angelica

    2018 Met Season

    Is this the program in which Veronika Part is dancing the role of the ballerina?
  14. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Thank you, fondoffouettes and nanushka, that was exactly my question.
  15. angelica

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Do you think it was intentional that Teuscher travelled forward during her single fouettes? I was a little worried that she was going to fall off the stage.
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