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kwanfan1818
07-01-2011, 04:38 PM
In other NY ballet news, Michelle Wiles received a big bouquet from Kevin McKenzie after her O/O in "Swan Lake" last week, which is usually ballet-speak for "Last Performance with the Company".

emason
07-01-2011, 04:48 PM
Now I must post random snarks about ABT's lousy SL. IMO, only NYCB's is worse.


Agree that ABT's SL is lousy. Agree that NYCB's is worse, but then again, everything is worse at NYCB.* Their Romeo and Juliet is a horror; did someone forget to tell Peter M. that R&J is set in Verona during a heat wave, not in some frozen Scandinavian outpost, and don't get me started on their twin horrors of sets and costumes. NYCB's set for R&J looks like something out of Spamalot and how can you have a balcony scene with no balcony? Costumes are awful and use every leftover bolt of Marimekko (sp?) fabric in storage since the 60s.

NYCB's Sleeping Beauty is a loser, also; it ties with ABT for awfulness.

*Possible exception to everything is worse at NYCB may be Coppelia. I haven't seen that version in years, but memory tells me it has to be better than that tired nonsense that ABT dragged out a few weeks ago.

kwanfan1818
07-01-2011, 04:54 PM
The NYCB "Coppelia" is great. The first two acts were re-created as a collaboration between Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine based on the same sources as Franklin's, but tighter, with a male solo that Balanchine choreographed for Helgi Tomasson. The third act is entirely by Balanchine, and is full of gems, including the odd "War and Discord" that's a product of all of the musicals and musical films Balanchine did on Broadway and in Hollywood in the 30's and 40's.

It looks a hell of a lot better in the new costumes and designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno for the co-production between Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet that premiered two springs ago in Seattle.

Marge_Simpson
07-01-2011, 04:55 PM
In other NY ballet news, Michelle Wiles received a big bouquet from Kevin McKenzie after her O/O in "Swan Lake" last week, which is usually ballet-speak for "Last Performance with the Company".

I wish Carlos had given KEVIN a big bouquet two weeks ago. Preferably made up of dead flowers and weeds. :mad:

emason
07-01-2011, 05:00 PM
The NYCB "Coppelia" is great. The first two acts were re-created as a collaboration between Alexandra Danilova and George Balanchine based on the same sources as Franklin's, but tighter, with a male solo that Balanchine choreographed for Helgi Tomasson. The third act is entirely by Balanchine, and is full of gems, including the odd "War and Discord" that's a product of all of the musicals and musical films Balanchine did on Broadway and in Hollywood in the 30's and 40's.

It looks a hell of a lot better in the new costumes and designs by Roberta Guidi di Bagno for the co-production between Pacific Northwest Ballet and San Francisco Ballet that premiered two springs ago in Seattle.

Thanks for reminding me about War and Discord; it has been many years since I've seen this production. Next time NYCB does it, I'll go and see how I think it is holding up.

kwanfan1818
07-01-2011, 05:03 PM
I wish Carlos had given KEVIN a big bouquet two weeks ago. Preferably made up of dead flowers and weeds. :mad:
No, a basket of pretty flowers with a snake inside.

(Am currently very bitter about Artistic Directors in general...)

emason
07-01-2011, 05:07 PM
(Am currently very bitter about Artistic Directors in general...)

Is there anyone who is on your good list, or is everyone sucking these days?

Marge_Simpson
07-01-2011, 05:08 PM
I actually like NYCB's SB; at least they have the entire wedding scene, with Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf.

Every company's Coppelia irks me.

emason
07-01-2011, 05:17 PM
I actually like NYCB's SB; at least they have the entire wedding scene, with Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf.


I think what irked me about it was the moment when the prince kisses SB and awakens her. This should be the great emotional aww moment of the ballet, and at NYCB, if you blinked you missed it. It was such an afterthought, it was like why bother.

I agree that NYCB gets plus points for doing the wedding scene.

Where is the Royal Ballet when you need them?

kwanfan1818
07-01-2011, 05:22 PM
Is there anyone who is on your good list, or is everyone sucking these days?
AD's are always going to disappoint people, and I doubt any AD can be universally loved: it's an occupational hazard.

However, I admire Ratmansky for getting out of the hornet's nest of the Bolshoi, and hope he's next in line to run ABT. There are also a number of AD's of smaller companies who I've heard are really wonderful to their dancers and great people. I've also heard good things about Damien Woetzel, who has been running a summer festival in Vail for several years.


I actually like NYCB's SB; at least they have the entire wedding scene, with Little Red Riding Hood and the wolf.
Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf is the best part of the whole production, theatrical genius, and one of the best uses of children, ever. When the production premiered, I remember seeing Zoe Zien; she now dances with Miami City Ballet.


I think what irked me about it was the moment when the prince kisses SB and awakens her. This should be the great emotional aww moment of the ballet, and at NYCB, if you blinked you missed it. It was such an afterthought, it was like why bother.

The NYCB SB is generally taken at such a fast clip, if you blink you can miss a fairy variation. It's stupidly frantic.

Marge_Simpson
07-01-2011, 05:51 PM
This is the only complete SL Act IV I can find on YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL1FA2Wf3n4&feature=related

Here is the RB's Neapolitan dance, I've never understood why Kevin made this into a dance for two men.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORL2V9N5TTg

And here is a REAL Russian dance (not a Von Rothbart dance)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F0RW2gEJqIU

The Bolshoi's Spanish dance (why have no skaters used this music?)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lx0wOJfCx_k&feature=related

kwanfan1818
07-01-2011, 07:32 PM
Marc Haegeman took a series of gorgeous photos of the Obraztsova/Chudin "Swan Lake":

http://www.for-ballet-lovers-only.com/obraztsova-swanlake-2011.html

I found them after being alerted to a photo of Svetlana Zakharova from her gala, top row, third from the left:
http://www.for-ballet-lovers-only.com/bolshoi-zakharova-gala2009.html

Oy, such core muscles!

Marge_Simpson
07-02-2011, 05:37 AM
Interview with Misty Copeland w/ some nice clips (check out her gorgeous feet)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6YSbHa2gSY&NR=1&feature=fvwp

nice article about Jose in TimeOut NY:

http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/dance/1610809/jose-manuel-carreno

beepbeep
07-02-2011, 02:58 PM
Interview with Misty Copeland w/ some nice clips (check out her gorgeous feet)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R6YSbHa2gSY&NR=1&feature=fvwp

nice article about Jose in TimeOut NY:

http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/dance/1610809/jose-manuel-carreno

Misty also doesn't have that stick thin body that most ballerinas have, which is also great.
Thanks for posting these.

Marge_Simpson
07-02-2011, 06:10 PM
Any Boris Eifman fans here? My Russian coworker nagged and nagged me into seeing his company perform, and when I did, I came to the conclusion that the man is a genius. I was so sorry they did not tour here this year.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C0kRbOwjLY&feature=fvwrel