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Just now, ABT Fan said:

Crap. But, I (and I'm sure others) had a feeling that would happen.

Who is going to replace him in Manon? That is only next week, so that may be inevitable.....darn.

They are still showing him in Manon, so maybe he'll be well enough to dance by then?

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3 minutes ago, NinaFan said:

 

They are still showing him in Manon, so maybe he'll be well enough to dance by then?

Hopefully, but since there are only 3 days between what was supposed to be his last Corsaire and his first Manon, I'm wondering out loud. This is his Des Grieux debut, too. Really hope he is well enough by next week.

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After seeing the devoid-of-ballet Jane Eyre last night, I'm feeling a little scarred. I had planned on seeing Manon for the first time next week, but now I feel the need to confirm--is there enough dancing in it? (All I've seen of it is the bedroom pas de deux, pretzel-like partnering I consider "ballet-lite" or "in the style of ballet.") How much meaty classical dancing is in this ballet?

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2 minutes ago, mille-feuille said:

After seeing the devoid-of-ballet Jane Eyre last night, I'm feeling a little scarred. I had planned on seeing Manon for the first time next week, but now I feel the need to confirm--is there enough dancing in it? (All I've seen of it is the bedroom pas de deux, pretzel-like partnering I consider "ballet-lite" or "in the style of ballet.") How much meaty classical dancing is in this ballet?

Personally I don't much like the ballet so I haven't gone in years. But in terms of style it is similar to Romeo & Juliet (just not as good in terms of plot and with more "adult" content)

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24 minutes ago, mille-feuille said:

After seeing the devoid-of-ballet Jane Eyre last night, I'm feeling a little scarred. I had planned on seeing Manon for the first time next week, but now I feel the need to confirm--is there enough dancing in it? (All I've seen of it is the bedroom pas de deux, pretzel-like partnering I consider "ballet-lite" or "in the style of ballet.") How much meaty classical dancing is in this ballet?

IMO, this is a gorgeous ballet, with lots of great dancing.  I've seen MacMillan's Manon many times with The Royal Ballet and ABT and have never been able to get enough of it.  But like any ballet, it is important to get a good cast as that can make or break a performance.  It's is a very dramatic ballet with a bit of comedy as well.   The story line is completely different than Romeo and Juliet, however there are some gorgeous lifts reminiscent of MacMillan's lifts in Romeo and Juliet which fit and add to the drama.    The final scene leaves me thoroughly drained.  Don't miss it. 

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I agree it's worth seeing. There are a good number of highlight sequences. None are quite so great as the R&J balcony scene, for instance, but I find that Manon doesn't have as many portions that drag quite so much. In other words, R&J has higher highs but also lower lows. Definitely don't go in expecting classical ballet — but it is recognizably ballet, which it sounds like Jane Eyre really isn't quite so much.

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27 minutes ago, NinaFan said:

IMO, this is a gorgeous ballet, with lots of great dancing.  I've seen MacMillan's Manon many times with The Royal Ballet and ABT and have never been able to get enough of it.  But like any ballet, it is important to get a good cast as that can make or break a performance.  It's is a very dramatic ballet with a bit of comedy as well.   The story line is completely different than Romeo and Juliet, however there are some gorgeous lifts reminiscent of MacMillan's lifts in Romeo and Juliet which fit and add to the drama.    The final scene leaves me thoroughly drained.  Don't miss it. 

Put me in the group that loves Manon. Can't get enough of it. Four extraordinary pas de deux for the principals and plenty of other dancing. MacMillan reportedly was fascinated with pairs figure skating when he choreographed it and you can see some efforts to emulate that (e.g., throw double twists). I agree about that final PdD -- extraordinary. 

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I've always felt that Manon was much weaker than R&J.  However, compared to Jane Eyre, Manon is a masterpiece.  One thing that is concerning is that its success is highly dependent on the casting.  I'm spoiled by having seen some really great Manon casts in the past, like Ferri/Bolle, Kent/Bolle, Vishneva/Gomes.  Will any of the current casts at ABT measure up?  We'll see.   At the recent YAGP gala, Seo and Stearns did the bedroom pas from Manon.  I hope they've been practicing a lot since then, because based on what I saw both of them needed vast improvement.  They were the dullest couple in the bedroom pas I had ever seen.

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Based on these responses, I will give it a try! Which cast would y'all recommend? On the one hand it'd be nice to see Bolle, but I've found Seo bland in the past. Lane/Cornejo would usually be my choice, but he may not be able to dance by then. Boylston/ Hallberg?

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4 minutes ago, mille-feuille said:

Based on these responses, I will give it a try! Which cast would y'all recommend? On the one hand it'd be nice to see Bolle, but I've found Seo bland in the past. Lane/Cornejo would usually be my choice, but he may not be able to dance by then. Boylston/ Hallberg?

Lane can emote dramatically. Boylston is more of an athletic performer, in my opinion. And Seo can be bland, although in certain roles requiring delicacy and grace she can be good. No one can match Alessandra Ferri, who owned this role, but I have also seen Julie Kent, whom I liked in the role. Bottom line, I will keep my ticket for Lane/Cornejo and hope for the best. Make of this what you will.

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3 minutes ago, CTballetfan said:

Lane can emote dramatically. Boylston is more of an athletic performer, in my opinion. And Seo can be bland, although in certain roles requiring delicacy and grace she can be good. No one can match Alessandra Ferri, who owned this role, but I have also seen Julie Kent, whom I liked in the role. Bottom line, I will keep my ticket for Lane/Cornejo and hope for the best. Make of this what you will.

I think Lane is the best actress of any of the Manons who've been cast. I'm also curious to see her transformation from innocent young woman, at the beginning of the ballet, to a manipulative (and manipulated) courtesan; I think she could pull that off very well. 

Why am I not at all shocked that Stearns and Seo turned in a bland bedroom PDD? It's true that much of the success of this ballet depends on the chemistry between the leads.

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1 hour ago, mille-feuille said:

Based on these responses, I will give it a try! Which cast would y'all recommend? On the one hand it'd be nice to see Bolle, but I've found Seo bland in the past. Lane/Cornejo would usually be my choice, but he may not be able to dance by then. Boylston/ Hallberg?

I'd go with Lane/Cornejo, with my second choice being Boylston/Hallberg.  Yes, Cornjeo may be replaced, but Lane should be absolutely gorgeous in the role.    If Cornejo is replaced (hopefully not), perhaps a young dancer will be given a debut in the role (Bell would be nice). 

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1 hour ago, mille-feuille said:

Based on these responses, I will give it a try! Which cast would y'all recommend? On the one hand it'd be nice to see Bolle, but I've found Seo bland in the past. Lane/Cornejo would usually be my choice, but he may not be able to dance by then. Boylston/ Hallberg?

I have tickets to both Bolle/Seo and Cornejo/Lane. I couldn't miss Bolle's NYC farewell, and I have noticed in past years that he really gets the best out of Seo (who with Stearns is indeed very bland). So I would go with that cast if I were to see only one, especially with the uncertainty of Cornejo being injured.

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Cornejo's name has disappeared from the Corsaire casting, but remains for Manon. Nothing new on his Instagram. Boo-hoo!

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The master calendar on the ABT website is full of oddities currently.  They have retired ABT principal and current staff coach Keith Roberts listed as Prince Desiré partnering both Sarah Lane and Cassandra Trenary.  The Metropolitan Opera website lists Roberts as dancing Carabosse at those performances and Gorak partnering Trenary and Cornejo partnering Lane.  Sloppy!

Update:  Rechecked and the ABT calendar is being updated to include the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse but they have the order of the dancers wrong!

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13 minutes ago, FauxPas said:

The master calendar on the ABT website is full of oddities currently.  They have retired ABT principal and current staff coach Keith Roberts listed as Prince Desiré partnering both Sarah Lane and Cassandra Trenary.  The Metropolitan Opera website lists Roberts as dancing Carabosse at those performances and Gorak partnering Trenary and Cornejo partnering Lane.  Sloppy!

Update:  Rechecked and the ABT calendar is being updated to include the Lilac Fairy and Carabosse but they have the order of the dancers wrong!

They must be in the middle of updating everything because I just looked at the calendar 10 minutes ago and none of this was there. And, if you look at the Sleeping Beauty page, not on the calendar, they have some Bluebirds listed (Shayer), but only for some performances, and no Florine's. It seems like whenever they update their site, each individual update goes live instantly, as opposed to uploading all of the changes (and making sure they're correct) and having them hit the site at once. It's a bizarre system.

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Just now, angelica said:

This isn't in the ballet Romeo and Juliet. It is likely in the suite of dances in Sleeping Beauty at the wedding , including RR Hood, Hop O' My Thumb, etc.

I know this isn't R&J, that's why I said it "takes the cake". Their casting names are all off, but over the past few minutes they've begun to correct some. I'm pretty sure Ahn is doing Bluebird, but for some reason he's listed as Romeo on the Sleeping Beauty page. Major typo.

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19 hours ago, California said:

Put me in the group that loves Manon. Can't get enough of it. Four extraordinary pas de deux for the principals and plenty of other dancing. MacMillan reportedly was fascinated with pairs figure skating when he choreographed it and you can see some efforts to emulate that (e.g., throw double twists). I agree about that final PdD -- extraordinary. 

I hadn't heard that about the figure skating element. Interesting. I have some issues with the ballet, but the scene where Manon gets passed from man to man is just wonderful – summing up the milieu, the status of women, and the character perfectly in dance form.

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On 6/5/2019 at 10:31 AM, ABT Fan said:

Gonzalez has an Instagram story (public facing) showing him in costume and ballet slippers for Jane Eyre last night. Maybe it's a part that has very little dancing (and/or little or no partnering)? If anyone was there and and can comment, (and on the ballet itself, in the Jane Eyre thread...). At least he's not dealing with something serious, it seems.

He said he hurt his shoulder. He's still dancing, just not partnering.

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3 hours ago, DPell said:

He said he hurt his shoulder. He's still dancing, just not partnering.

Carlos did the role of Wedding Vicar in Thursday performance. There was no real dancing involved but he did it well.

 

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