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soxxy
12-12-2010, 10:38 AM
Great clip, cruisin :)

My fav:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwy6IqHwUVQ

Please don't call her disgusting :shuffle:

Pure chills and goosebumps!

brina
12-12-2010, 02:08 PM
I love Uliana Lopatkina. I think she's one of the best actresses and her limbs are so long! I love Svetlana Zakharova too and think she's an excellent technician. She always dances with such confidence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6xhKxDGWqo

I have watched this clip soo many times. :)

cruisin
12-12-2010, 03:33 PM
Aren't you in NYC? Cuz she is coming there too in May/June 2011.

Lincoln Center? Do you have any more info? I'm in NJ, I can get there easily.

IceAlisa
12-12-2010, 06:43 PM
Lincoln Center? Do you have any more info? I'm in NJ, I can get there easily.

http://www.abt.org/dancers/detail.asp?Dancer_ID=110

On the bottom of the page there are links to performances at the Met Opera. I hope you get to go and tell us about it.

Svetlana looks nice and healthy in that video, brina. Strong, lean and healthy. Thanks for posting, I love seeing their faces up close.

ETA: Next year I am going to see Giselle performed by SF Ballet, hoping and praying that Yuan Yuan Tan will dance the lead. She is the only one worth seeing. :drama:

Anita18
12-12-2010, 10:41 PM
On a separate note, I've heard Vishneva described in many ways, but disgusting hasn't been one of them.
What danceronice is referring to isn't her dancing, but the fact you can see the muscles and tendons in her shoulders. That's frightening. Her dancing is beautiful, but my second thought was "Dear God, I have no idea how she has the energy for this!" I was worried about her health.

I HAVE been that thin when I was ill, and I didn't have the energy to do anything. And yes, I thought I looked disgusting, because I could move my arms and see every muscle and tendon tense in my shoulder.

I think these ballerinas could spare to gain 5 lbs and not compromise their line one bit. At least their tendons wouldn't stick out!

Figure skaters are thin, but at least you can see some muscles in their backs instead of bones. :shuffle:


My fav:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwy6IqHwUVQ

Please don't call her disgusting :shuffle:
That was beautiful, and kudos to the lighting so I don't have to be concerned about how her bones stick out. Because I can't see them in that lighting! :lol:


The modern ballet that I absolutely love are Boris Eifman's productions:

So voidy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jRTIooY98fo
Woo, that IS voidy! :inavoid: Love it!

emason
12-12-2010, 10:49 PM
It is. BTW, Diana Vishneva is performing Giselle in D.C. in early February 2011 at the Kennedy Center. I would love to see this but she is not coming to the West Coast. Go see it and tell us about it! :)

Well, I can tell you about the Vishneva/Vladimir Malakhov Giselle I saw at ABT four seasons or so ago. It was probably the single best overall Giselle I've seen in over 35 years of ballet going. Vishneva's first act Giselle is totally different from any other I've ever seen, in that she does not play Giselle as light and airy and sickly; she plays Giselle as a completely earthly stolid peasant. That makes the transformation to the ghostly Giselle of the second act just amazing. I could not believe I was watching the same dancer. From completely stolid and earthbound she went to absolutely lighter than air and ethereal; I will never forget it.

danceronice
12-12-2010, 11:38 PM
What danceronice is referring to isn't her dancing, but the fact you can see the muscles and tendons in her shoulders. That's frightening. Her dancing is beautiful, but my second thought was "Dear God, I have no idea how she has the energy for this!

Exactly. and beyond that, her arms are awful--the skin looks saggy because that's allt here is, skin and very long muscle. In the la Bayadere photo, she looks a three-pack-a-day smoker on the far side of forty from the combination of emaciation and heavy makeup. (Or like an unretouched current photo of Madonna.) It's hard to concentrate on her dancing when she looks like she's about to drop dead.

Lara
12-13-2010, 01:25 AM
Oh wow - 2011 is going to be an awesome year for seeing Giselle! I just found out that Alina Cojocaru of the Royal Ballet is scheduled to perform at ABT May 28. And technically I'll have vacation just in time for her and Johann Kobborg in London, though that's a longshot financially.

Vishneva sounds fantastic, will definitely try to make it. :)

IceAlisa
12-13-2010, 02:14 AM
:lol: Aren't you forgetting a new Giselle on the scene, Lara? Hint: reigning OGM.

Marge_Simpson
12-13-2010, 06:06 AM
Oh wow - 2011 is going to be an awesome year for seeing Giselle! I just found out that Alina Cojocaru of the Royal Ballet is scheduled to perform at ABT May 28. And technically I'll have vacation just in time for her and Johann Kobborg in London, though that's a longshot financially.

Vishneva sounds fantastic, will definitely try to make it. :)

Lara, you must come to NYC to see my sexgod's farewell performance on June 30. I will be the person in the orchestra with the largest bunch of flowers. :lol:


http://www.abt.org/dancers/detail.asp?Dancer_ID=20

Alina is doing Don Quixote with Jose on May 20.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok5tGKQ1xjc&feature=related
That will give you REAL goosebumps.

I didn't realize we had so many NYC ballet fans here, we should try to organize a meet-up for drinks or dinner in the spring,

IceAlisa
12-13-2010, 06:12 AM
Well, I can tell you about the Vishneva/Vladimir Malakhov Giselle I saw at ABT four seasons or so ago. It was probably the single best overall Giselle I've seen in over 35 years of ballet going. Vishneva's first act Giselle is totally different from any other I've ever seen, in that she does not play Giselle as light and airy and sickly; she plays Giselle as a completely earthly stolid peasant. That makes the transformation to the ghostly Giselle of the second act just amazing. I could not believe I was watching the same dancer. From completely stolid and earthbound she went to absolutely lighter than air and ethereal; I will never forget it.

Sounds amazing. I've seen bits of the White Act by her and she is more ghostly than any other Giselle I've seen. Going to see if I can find videos of her doing the first act.

ETA: Look what I found! Giselle with Vishneva and Malakhov with the Tokyo Ballet in its entirety, excellent quality!!! :swoon:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIAI_u5BI4Q&feature=related

You were so right, emason. Vishneva's Giselle is very earthy and playful and beautifully re-interpreted in the first act. And in the second she is the ghost with the most! :swoon:

Rob
12-13-2010, 05:12 PM
It is. BTW, Diana Vishneva is performing Giselle in D.C. in early February 2011 at the Kennedy Center. I would love to see this but she is not coming to the West Coast. Go see it and tell us about it! :)


I have tickets to the Thursday night, but Vishneva usually performs Tuesday (opening night). Tereshkina usually does Thursday nights. I am thinking about going both nights if I can get tickets.

snoopy
12-13-2010, 06:06 PM
My layman’s two cents on the modern vs classical aesthetic: I think modern ballet totally achieves the never ending movement and fluidity and even perhaps even weightlessness of classical ballet. Where the two differ IMO is that classical achieves ethereal and “not of this world” whereas modern is very much “of the earth” in terms of the contrasting content, choreography and body lines.

Lara
12-13-2010, 06:14 PM
I just checked - Vishneva's Tuesday and Sunday (afternoon fortunately - that'd have to be the one I make). Somova is Thursday and Saturday afternoon. Lopatkina is Saturday night.

Would sure be nice to see all the weekend performances, I've never seen the Mariinsky live before! Maybe I can do Sat night and Sun if I can stay over cheap. But the tickets will likely be $...

tarotx
12-13-2010, 07:03 PM
Here's a link to a video on this thread's subject. I didn't see it posted.

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/40639920/ns/today-today_people/