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ABT 2017 Giselle


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And based on her Giselle performance, I could easily add Nikiya and Manon to that canon.  Her evolution, both as a dancer(technician) and most assuredly her acting, has proved that there is an astonishing artist smoldering in our midst.    Her versatility, and dare I say unique style combine to make her  THE number one asset to ABT at this time.  As the story goes, the tortoise won the race!

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38 minutes ago, mimsyb said:

As the story goes, the tortoise won the race!

 

Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves. As we've all seen plenty of times before, widespread acclaim on Ballet Alert does not a successful ABT career make!

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3 hours ago, canbelto said:

Medora, Kitri, Juliet, Lise, are all calling out Sarah's name too ... 

 

Juliet & Lise, for sure. Not so sure about Medora, Kitri, Odette/Odile or Nikiya. Don't care for her pocket Aurora with shaky Rose Adagio. As mentioned earlier, Sarah is, to me, a perfect Romantic specialist, with some sweet soubrettes thrown in (Lise, Columbine, Praline, Swanilda).

 

Different strokes for different folks! I still hope for her promotion to Principal soon. It's not as if Kevin MacKenzie is tallying up our "votes" on BA, LOL!

 

But...

 

Just in case the "ABT powers" *do* tally-up our votes: April Giangeruso for Soloist, please! Loved her Zulma!!!

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25 minutes ago, Natalia said:

 

Juliet & Lise, for sure. Not so sure about Medora, Kitri, Odette/Odile or Nikiya. Don't care for her pocket Aurora with shaky Rose Adagio. As mentioned earlier, Sarah is, to me, a perfect Romantic specialist, with some sweet soubrettes thrown in (Lise, Columbine, Praline, Swanilda).

 

Different strokes for different folks! I still hope for her promotion to Principal soon. It's not as if Kevin MacKenzie is tallying up our "votes" on BA, LOL!

 

I wonder if you saw Lane on an off night during SB, because she's turned in beautiful and non-shaky Aurora's before.

 

I agree she'd be wonderful as Juliet and Lise. I'd also add Cinderella and La Sylphide. Also agree that I don't see her as Kitri. I'm on the fence about the others, but I think she could be a surprise as Medora. In fact, I thought if Kochetkova pulled out of Le Corsaire next week, Lane could be bumped up to Medora and Brandt could replace Lane as Gulnare.

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9 minutes ago, hyacinthhippo said:

Is this a thread about Giselle or Sarah Lane... bye felicia

We got off topic for sure but Lane's Giselle seems to generated a lot of excitement (for me too), and for whatever reason, there haven't been many reviews posted here of the other Giselle performances this season.

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3 hours ago, ABT Fan said:

 

I wonder if you saw Lane on an off night during SB, because she's turned in beautiful and non-shaky Aurora's before.

 

I agree she'd be wonderful as Juliet and Lise. I'd also add Cinderella and La Sylphide. Also agree that I don't see her as Kitri. I'm on the fence about the others, but I think she could be a surprise as Medora. In fact, I thought if Kochetkova pulled out of Le Corsaire next week, Lane could be bumped up to Medora and Brandt could replace Lane as Gulnare.

 

Twice at the Met. "Never again" for Aurora. It wasn't just the tech errors but the scale & perfume. Absolutely not Aurora, Raymonda & similar Petipa classics...but absolutely "Yes!" In Romantic era leads. Stage the complete Esmeralda for Sarah Lane, please!

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I agree with Natalia about Lane's repertory. I just can't imagine her as O/O (will be seeing her anyway because I'm curious), Medora, or Nikiya. Whereas in Giselle I was actually looking at her alot more often and forgot of Simkin and I am normally a die hard Simkin fangirl. 

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2 hours ago, alexL said:

I agree with Natalia about Lane's repertory. I just can't imagine her as O/O (will be seeing her anyway because I'm curious), Medora, or Nikiya. Whereas in Giselle I was actually looking at her alot more often and forgot of Simkin and I am normally a die hard Simkin fangirl. 

 

Just to clarify my points on Lane: it's not as if she "can't do" the steps for Aurora, Raymonda, Odette/Odile. Of course she can. I'm referring to scale, temperament, emploi. Same thing with one of my huge all-time faves from Russia, Evgenia Obraztsova. I adore her Juliet and Giselle but wouldn't spend 10 rubles on her Nikiya, sorry, or even Odette/Odile. But I'm so happy that she made Principal at the Bolshoi...just as I'll be happy as can be once Sarah makes Principal at ABT. It's coming. I feel it in my bones!

 

ps - AlexL, I don't think that Lane is dancing O/O...at least not yet. :)  You might be thinking about this year's debutante as O/O, Devon Teuscher, who is more tallish...did well as O/O in DC earlier this year.

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I actually love Lane's Aurora, and thought she had the best characterization, albeit with a shaky rose adagio, during the Kennedy Center run last year.  I'd love to see her O/O.  But has been said before, different strokes for different folks!

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18 hours ago, ABT Fan said:

 

We can also add Whipped Cream and Coppelia to that list. And, even though it isn't a full-length, she performed Miranda, the female lead in Ratmansky's The Tempest and was first cast.

 

Thank goodness for Ratmansky and his discerning eye!

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A reminder that reviews written by professionals can be discussed in the "Writings on Ballet" forum.  The company forums are for members to describe what we see.

 

Links to other discussion boards are not permitted on Ballet Alert!

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