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  1. DeCoster

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    But Mack is only dancing one Ali (a Wednesday matinee). I think it's obvious they are bringing him to the Met to dance Conrad with Schevchenko. Do Scott, Klein, Maloney, or the others you mentioned have the size or the technique to pull off that partnering assignment? I don't think they'd want to try! One doesn't need a big fan base to get a chance on the Met stage in one of these big roles. I saw Cory Stearns debut as Conrad with Dvorovenko when he was a 22 year old corps member who most of the audience was unfamiliar with. He had been practicing the role with Veronika Part and Dvorovenko since Gomes was injured that season, yet some of the partnering was still sketchy. Bell has had a lot of opportunities come his way since Gomes resigned, and think it has a lot more to do with his size and skill as a partner than any fan base. Mack has proven himself as a partner in big roles, and has danced Conrad with the English National Ballet. I'm actually with KM on this one. Excited to see Mack, Shevchenko, Trenary, and Simkin in Corsaire on 6/15!
  2. I agree Misty will be an excellent Pierrette. As others have mentioned, she excels in comedic roles. (She was terrific in Coppelia with Cornejo.) It really doesn't make sense to avoid her in *everything* because she can't meet the intense technical demands of Swan Lake. Although Harliquinade is Petipa, it doesn't make the technical demands on the principal dancers of say a Sleeping Beauty or Swan Lake. Still I loved it so much, and can't wait to see it again. I think much of the genius in the reconstruction is in what Ratmansky does with groups, but it's also just a lot of fun. Gabe Stone Shayer and Cassandra Trenary were my favorite cast (I saw 3) last Spring. I'm surprised he isn't cast on tour. He's tailor-made for this role.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    ABT Fan, I'd love to see On the Dnieper revived too. (I thought I was the only one!) I think only Hallberg and Seo remain from the original lead casts. I also think it would be fun to bring back Bright Stream with this new crop of dancers. Audiences love that ballet. I love the score. I think the Zina role (danced by Reyes, Herrera, and Kent back in 2011) would suit Copeland and Trenary well. And it would be great to see Murphy and Boylston revive the ballerina role. Excited that Harliquinade is likely. I was only able to see one cast (Trenary and Shayer) because I have a small baby to tend to now, and it left me craving repeated viewings. Outside of Ratmansky I'm always keen to see Ashton and Tudor, in particular Les Patineurs, which I've never seen. I think Sylvia would also suit the new crop of principal ballerinas and make sense for the dearth of male principals, since the Aminta role isn't very challenging. Also please ABT management, bring Marianela Núñez back to dance Ashton! I'm not for too many guest artists, but she is one for the ages and a great inspiration to current dancers.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Boylston danced Gamzatti at Mariinsky. Seo danced Giselle, perhaps a year or two later. I think there is some video of both appearances on youtube. Not sure if there was any other coaching.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I was there last night. Boylston was terrific. I think Giselle is one of her strongest roles. She's got mad hops, as they say in the basketball world, and she has really made strides in controlling her tendency to jerk her head and neck with her big jumps. Her leaps, which always soared, now look more effortless with a more relaxed upper body. I think her acting has improved too. There were no technical snafus, and her characterization, especially in the first act, was just wonderful. Strong hops on pointe, lingering balances, and soaring leaps -- yeehaw! Whiteside danced well. I find his Albrecht very haughty and even a bit villainous (particularly when he steals the daisy), which, paired with Forster's somewhat sympathetic Hilarion, creates a weird dynamic for me. I think this contributed to a little lack of magic or chemistry in the second act. I didn't really believe the love story. I wish I could have seen Lendorf with Boylston as I think they would have been magic together in Giselle. Generally speaking, however, I like Whiteside best in Ashton and Balanchine ballets. One criticism: I wish Boylston (and others) would stop "winging" their feet so severely in arabesque, particularly arabesque penche, where it completely breaks the line of the leg. (It's really noticeable if you are not viewing her straight on.) I feel that I may be outside of popular opinion here, as winging is quite the norm, and even expected now. Boylston seems to take it too far, however, where her foot seems almost flexed at times. I'm nit-picking here, as she was pretty flawless otherwise. Teuscher delivered what I thought was a respectable Myrta, but I agree with others it's a work in progress. Excited for her Nikiya! I hope others go on Saturday, as I'm interested to hear your thoughts. One thing I admire about Boylston is her capacity to grow and improve as an artist. I know she has pursued acting coaching independently, and from her Instagram it appears she was receiving coaching in Giselle from Carla Korbes. Something paid off, as she is much better than a few years ago in achieving the slope of the neck and soft arms required of the romantic ballet. Boylston is still not on the level of Vishneva, Ananiashvili, or Reyes (my 3 favorite ABT Giselles), but she's my favorite current ABT Giselle. Admittedly I haven't seen Copeland, but I have seen the rest. Sadly, I think Abrerra could have been great, but injuries have weakened her potential. Murphy lacks the fragility. Lane lacks the jumps (as does Copeland, I'm sure). Seo I need to give another chance, as it's been a few years, but I can't imagine her first act rivaling Boylston's incredibly strong performance.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Thank you for your review NYSusan. I'm glad you were pleasantly surprised by Seo's performance. I felt the same way when I caught her Swan Lake last year. Looking forward to reading everyones' reviews here. I have a small child at home now, so I'm only able to attend five performances this season. I've never seen Boylston's Giselle so I'm giving her a shot this year. It's a pity about Lendorf, but so it goes.
  7. I haven't seen Gisele Bethea on stage this season at all, and between her height and her feet she's hard to miss. Has anyone noticed her?
  8. I forgot about Eric Tamm. I really thought he was a soloist! I recall him partnering Gillian and Stella, so he must have been tall.
  9. DeCoster

    Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    Don't get me wrong, I idolized Ferri growing up -- had her picture from Dance Magazine plastered inside my locker at school. I totally agree with you. And we can choose casts based on their strengths. For instance, I didn't go to Misty's Giselle or Swan Lake this season, but I admired her performances in La Fille and Coppelia, where I thought she managed beautifully both technically and theatrically. Like Ferri, she is not suited to everything she is cast in.
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    Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    Here's just one example that popped up in a quick search, from a 1995 review of Bayadere. http://www.nytimes.com/1995/05/08/arts/dance-review-a-triple-feature-of-la-bayadere.html "Ms. Ferri radiated some of her old luminosity in the "Shades" segment, but her technique here faltered unacceptably for a dancer of her rank."
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    Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    Thanks Helene. Yes, I wasn't talking about current-day Ferri at all, but Ferri in her prime. Her technical weaknesses were well known.
  12. DeCoster

    Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    I would say Alessandra Ferri. She was a weaker turner than Misty.
  13. DeCoster

    ABT 2017 Onegin

    Getting really off-topic now, but there was once clamoring on here for a revival of the Tudor R&J. (I still remember Reyes and Cornejo dancing the bedroom pas de deux when they had the Tudor celebration season at City Center) This is something I'd like to see in favor of the MacMillan production. The Fall season is generally devoted to mixed bills. I thought the current Spring programming was in part due to the size of the Met stage, which seems to demand sets and spectacle. Rooting for Les Patineurs this fall!
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    ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    This is why I only sit or stand in the grand tier or dress circle. I had a fairly nice orchestra seat (row L) that I got through the rush program for Don Q, and I found I still prefer the cheaper seats in the dress circle because of the pitch and the perspective.
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    ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    I think reviews of Seo in Giselle have been favorable, both here and elsewhere. She also danced Giselle with Marinsky ballet. Swan Lake, however, is a different animal (pun intended ;)
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