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Giselle- Spring 09 Season

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Alastair Macaulay wrote a piece summarizing dance in general during the past year, for this weekend's NYT Arts and Leisure section.

"Another loss came wityh the retirement .... of ... Nina Ananiashvili. She went out with memorable performances of 'Giselle' and other ballets; the curtain calls following her farewell performance in 'Swan Lake' were full of laughter and affection. Fortunately, Ballet Theater's spring season at the Met abounded in compensations. The advent of the guest ballerina Natalia Isipova was one: the continuing high summers of the dancers Herman Cornejo, David Hallberg and Marcelo Gomes were others. The glow given off by the whole company in Frederick Ashton's 'Sylvia' was my brightest memory of the summer.... When we look at the dances of Alexei Ratmansky and Christopher Wheelden ...., we can see they're the best dancemakers in ballet today. Yet it's still hard to know quite how good each one is -- especially Mr. Wheeldon .... Does either Mr. Ratmansky's or Mr Wheeldon's work yet have any sure identity as dance theater? ..."

In the same edition, Gia Kourlas also writes about the past year:

"At American Ballet Theater Hee Seo made an auspicious debut as Juliet in July .... Still in the corps de ballet, Ms. Seo marries dramatic radiance with the poetics of classical ballet; her body soars with each step. And as Myrta in 'Giselle' Simone Messmer, who has just been promoted to soloist, capped a strong season with a portrayal full of vigour and clarity, yet never brittle. They are two of Ballet Theater's most riveting ballerinas in the making...."

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