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This discussion of her lightness and very special stage presence brought me back to this video of her in the Dawn variation from Coppelia. All those very special qualities come across, even in an imperfectly recorded video. When you'd open your program and see her name in roles like this one, it always felt like luxury casting. 

 

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So lovely to see all the tributes on social media today from many of Abrera's colleagues. She clearly has very warm relationships with many of them.

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13 minutes ago, nanushka said:

So lovely to see all the tributes on social media today from many of Abrera's colleagues. She clearly has very warm relationships with many of them.

Agree. It still kills me that I (we) won’t be able to give her a proper farewell and see her dance one last time. I’m glad she’s happy that DC turned out to be her last show (according to her recent NY Times interview) but I feel robbed. We all know that ballet is a short, difficult career, but hers has felt especially cruel. In the end, she more than deserved a final performance at The Met in front of her adoring peers and fans and to bow one last time to thunderous applause.

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Stella Abrera is a dancer that I have enjoyed watching since I first began my NYC ballet-viewing... back in 2002. I have seen and enjoyed her in many, many performances, everything from Afternoon of a Faun to In the Upper Room to, of course, Giselle and Lilac Fairy. Her suppleness, musicality, and luminosity make her a treasure. One time a few years ago, I spotted her on the Plaza on a summer evening, holding court (so it seemed) with some well-wishers. In a flowing long sundress and with her hair hanging down her back, she was the picture of beauty and elegance, as she is on the stage. Best wishes in your future adventures, Stella. 

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I found this recording of Stella's Giselle premiere. I'll never forget that performance. If only ABT had a full recording of this performance that they could stream as a tribute. 

 

 

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So moving .... Much thanks for tagging this, volcanohunter ... 

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Thanks for sharing. I teared up watching it. It was a short farewell and nowhere near what she deserved onstage. I saw many Instagram posts from corps members, soloists, principals and former dancers that indicate how respected and loved she is at ABT. I'm sad that we won't see her again on the Met stage and wish her the best, as she will be missed. She has been my favorite since I started going to see ABT.

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1 hour ago, nycvillager said:

Thanks for sharing. I teared up watching it. It was a short farewell and nowhere near what she deserved onstage. I saw many Instagram posts from corps members, soloists, principals and former dancers that indicate how respected and loved she is at ABT. I'm sad that we won't see her again on the Met stage and wish her the best, as she will be missed. She has been my favorite since I started going to see ABT.

I've been wondering, for all of these retiring principals: they won't be able to stay in shape for a major role in spring 2021, but I wonder if they could return for a cameo role (the mother or queen in something?) and then get the applause/flowers/partners at the end. Why not? Our world is upside-down and a little more innovation next spring would be welcome!

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3 hours ago, California said:

I've been wondering, for all of these retiring principals: they won't be able to stay in shape for a major role in spring 2021, but I wonder if they could return for a cameo role (the mother or queen in something?) and then get the applause/flowers/partners at the end. Why not? Our world is upside-down and a little more innovation next spring would be welcome!

That’s a great idea. If I remember correctly, Abrera’s Lady Capulet was one of the best there was. Besides Georgina Parkinson. I would love it if they did something like this.

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30 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

That’s a great idea. If I remember correctly, Abrera’s Lady Capulet was one of the best there was. Besides Georgina Parkinson. I would love it if they did something like this.

That’s one role where I could really imagine it working. In a lesser role I think it might just be too sad/frustrating.

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I’ve thought of something similar such as a short pas de deux in a mixed bill. But even that might be too taxing by next spring . I like the Lady Capulet suggestion better. Is there something like this that would be suitable for David Hallberg? I’d love for Alex Hammoudi to be recognized on stage as well. 

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Hallberg isn’t retiring till next summer (even though he takes up his AD role at the Australian Ballet sooner, I believe) so he should be dancing a lead. I imagine he’ll do Albrecht or Romeo with Osipova as his final show. Hammoudi could also do a character role as a farewell (Tybalt); that’s mostly all he was doing anyway in the last season or two.

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I just wonder if Hallberg will be in lead role dancing shape by next Met season. 2020 has not been a year anyone expected. Like all dancers this year has severely reduced his ability to keep in performance shape and he was already choosing his roles, or at least the number of them in order to care for his body post injury. In any case, I hope I’m wrong because an R&J with him, Osipova, Abrera as Lady Capulet, and Hammoudi as Tybalt (one of his best roles imo) would be incredible. 

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1 hour ago, Barbara said:

...an R&J with [Hallberg], Osipova, Abrera as Lady Capulet, and Hammoudi as Tybalt (one of his best roles imo) would be incredible. 

Now THAT is a show I'd happily pay extra to see next year!

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I decided I had to post this. I’ve never seen anything like it and as a former dancer I can’t figure out how this is possible. Imagine if she’d be allowed to do this at The Met (in any role). The audience would blow the roof off.

 

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20 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

I decided I had to post this. I’ve never seen anything like it and as a former dancer I can’t figure out how this is possible. Imagine if she’d be allowed to do this at The Met (in any role). The audience would blow the roof off.

 

I watched this several times on her Instagram feed this morning. We're sure it's not trick editing? 

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11 minutes ago, California said:

I watched this several times on her Instagram feed this morning. We're sure it's not trick editing? 

Definitely not trick editing. She's been working on it for awhile and posting her progress on Instagram.

 

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Something a little similar is the Music Box Challenge on Yuriko Kajiya's Instagram (there are several videos)

 

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Amazing. Yuriko has a similar technique to Brandt in that they can do unbelievably difficult steps while showing virtually no effort or strain. 

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23 hours ago, California said:

Now THAT is a show I'd happily pay extra to see next year!

Agreed! 

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The day I see this in a stage performance is the day I stop going to the ballet.  

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8 minutes ago, Josette said:

The day I see this in a stage performance is the day I stop going to the ballet.  

Audiences push them to do ever-more difficult "stunts" with our applause and cheers, so I guess I'm not surprised to see this. 

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44 minutes ago, California said:

Audiences push them to do ever-more difficult "stunts" with our applause and cheers, so I guess I'm not surprised to see this. 

My reaction to seeing this was "Is that really beautiful?" Implied answer, No. It does seem exactly like a stunt for an acrobat.

However, most of Brandt's postings show her looking very beautiful, indeed.

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One of the most remarkable technical feats I'd ever seen and wholly within the music was when in a Don Q solo -- and I can't remember in what direction she started -- Vingsay Valdes did a slow develope to arabesque (front or back) on pointe and then slowly returned to passe and then did slow arabesque in the opposite direction, never shifting, and always beautifully upright in carriage.  And unassisted.

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