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Hungarian National Ballet tour to NY, Oct/Nov 2018

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At the Koch, Lincoln Center. Ballets include Don Q, Swan Lake & Van Manen Evening. I was posted to Budapest in the ‘00s and can attest to both the ballet and opera companies’ greatness. Not to be missed, esp Swan Lake and their national opera, Bank Ban.

http://www.opera.hu/

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Has anyone on the board seen Rudi van Dantzig's Swan lake? As someone who prefers a traditional version this is not sounding too appealing to me, we in NY already have 2 bad updated versions.

"While using the traditional story of the Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov 1895 classic, much of van Dantzig's choreography is completely original. "

http://www.shumanassociates.net/artist.php?id=hso&aview=news&nid=9423

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I think the press release is misleading.  It states:

 

"Tamás Solymosi, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, is ballet director and artistic director of the 120-member company. "

To my recollection he was a guest artist at ABT, not a former principal dancer with ABT.  His guest appearance was in a principal role, but  this press release does not accurately represent what his status was with ABT.

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I have not seen the SL ... but I have seen the Company a goodly number of times in Budapest in Oneign; in Anna Karenina; in Le Corsaire, in a Kylian programme and in a Nagy gala celebrating all bits and pieces of their rep.  They did do a segment from the SL in that gala - but as it featured the RB's Muntagirov and a principal dancer from Vienna (which is only an hour away) I doubt that it was even remotely connected to van Dantzig's take.  

I would say they are a competent regional company with a well mannered orchestra of a higher ilk.  (I mean this as a compliment - but want to be realistic.)  I also saw a number of opera performances; a fine production of Queen of Spades and one of the worst Traviatas it has been my misfortune ever to encounter.  I much admired the Eva Marton Singing Contest - but then that had an international roster of competitors.

I am surprised at their sojourn in New York - especially for such a span of time at State Theater (sorry, I prefer to call it as I remember it).  Perhaps I should not be entirely surprised as the opera house in Budapest (and it is a TRULY STUNNING one) is closed for renovations - certainly into next year as far as I recall.  The Erkel Theatre where they are currently holding fort is definitely bland by comparison ... but then - in many instances - what wouldn't be.  

A side note:  Tamas Solymosi's younger brother, Zoltan, danced with the Royal Ballet for a spell - largely partnering (Dame) Darcey Bussell.  He was tall and handsome - as many Hungarian men are.  I don't remember him as being entirely exemplary as a dancer, however.  He now it appears teaches for his native alma mater.  

Hope that's of some help.  

 

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20 hours ago, abatt said:

I think the press release is misleading.  It states:

 

"Tamás Solymosi, a former principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre, is ballet director and artistic director of the 120-member company. "

To my recollection he was a guest artist at ABT, not a former principal dancer with ABT.  His guest appearance was in a principal role, but  this press release does not accurately represent what his status was with ABT.

Something got lost in translation.  Tamas S. was a soloist with the Vienna State Opera Ballet, Austria. His brother, Zoltan, was for several years the partner of Darcy Bussell at the RB in London. 

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Well, the Bolshoi's Igor Tsvirko is now listed as a principal dancer on the company's website and is also listed as dancing in Don Quixote in New York. (I don't know if he will be dividing his time between the Bolshoi and the Hungarian National Ballet or not.)

Something like 25 years ago I saw them dance Don Quixote in their home theater which is, as Meunier Fan mentions, "TRULY STUNNING" -- imagine a sort of "orientalized" Palais Garnier.  I remember the production included a fantastic gypsy dance done by an ensemble of men that was very different from the backbending, anguished gypsy woman of some other versions...I also enjoyed the Kitri, a somewhat hyperextended ballerina named Popova. (The cashier at the box-office had recommended Popova to me when I asked her if she could recommend which cast I should see.) Obviously it must be a very different company now--and I have no idea what production of Don Quixote they dance, but if I were in New York, curiosity would draw me to the theater as well as sentiment. And I definitely wouldn't want to miss Tsvirko's Basilio.

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I'm a big fan of Alia Tanykpaeva, one  of the company's leading dancers who bears some resemblance to her compatriot Asylmuratova.  I saw her dance Kitri some years ago, but although I have a DVD of her in the role dancing with Taranda's company I can't find any clips of her in Don Q. on line.  In fact I like her so much I might even consider going to see her if she should be dancing with Tsvirko.  Maina Gielgud coaches this company, so expect the very highest of standards in anything she has had a hand in.

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Lili Felmery is the Hungarians’ gorgeous young rising star...and she’s a Magyar! Try to catch her in anything. She dances Pas de trois in SL but, IMO, should be O/O soon. Nice interview (&cover) here:

http://www.opera.hu/

Tatyana Melnik is the company’s Etoile of choice as O/O, IMO.

As for Igor Tsvirko...good technician but too demicaractere for my taste to be a compelling Siegfried. Maybe as Basil, with a shortish Kitri.

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added link to Lili’s interview

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Apparently my Russian friend(a former corp of Bolshoi) thinks Tatiana Melnik is a wonderful classical dancer so I will try to catch her performances! 

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