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The Village Idiot
07-11-2011, 09:30 PM
Not NY ballet, but if anyone goes to this, can you please report back?

http://www.fathomevents.com/performingarts/event/giselle.aspx

Sounds strange. :)

Rob
07-11-2011, 09:43 PM
Where did Carlos Lopez go?

Hmm Giselle 3D, might have to do that.

kwanfan1818
07-12-2011, 06:08 AM
I saw "Anna Karenina" tonight in NYC. Vishneva was excellent in a ballet that is not so excellent.

Marge_Simpson
07-12-2011, 06:26 AM
Where did Carlos Lopez go?

Dunno, but I hope he told Kevin to stuff it before he took off.
Hopefully he will update his blog soon and let his fans know what his plans are. Reading between the lines, it looks like he was treated like dirt at ABT.

http://www.carloslopez.org/Carlos_Lopez_Website/Blog/Blog.html

Cheylana
07-12-2011, 07:04 AM
I saw "Anna Karenina" tonight in NYC. Vishneva was excellent in a ballet that is not so excellent.
The choreo/music were not good, or the execution in general was not good? Trying to decide whether to attend any of these performances this week.... thanks!

Marge_Simpson
07-12-2011, 07:29 AM
Come to see LHH tonight and we can meet at intermission. Or beforehand for a cupcake.

emason
07-12-2011, 12:48 PM
Marge S and kwanfan,

I hope you have a great time at LHH tonight. I have come down with a raging cold (too much time in the rain on Friday, I suspect) and can't join you tonight. Boo!

A full report, please.

kwanfan1818
07-12-2011, 03:58 PM
The choreo/music were not good, or the execution in general was not good? Trying to decide whether to attend any of these performances this week.... thanks!
I like Shchedrin's score, except for some horrible vocal music in the scene where she is shunned by society, but it is too bombastic for the ballet. It's right up Eifman's alley.

It's early Ratmansky, and was more ambitious than his craftsmanship and technique at the time, but it has many of the hallmarks of what makes him a great choreographer. Some of the narrative was :confused: and it was a slog in some sections.

The program I'm most glad to see is "The Little Humpbacked Horse". If the casting holds, we'll get the double-whammy of Tereshkina/Kondaurova tonight, and Obraztsova tomorrow afternoon in the role that Tereshkina and Somova (Saturday matinee) will dance. (Obraztsova was great last night as Kitty, but it's a small part.) I don't think I've seen Petushkova in a major role; she does the second lead at the Wed. and Sat. matinees.

I'm not going to be in town long enough to see Kondaurova's Anna -- I would have skipped Lopatkina's -- or the "Carmen Suite"/"Symphony in C". I find "Carmen Suite" dull; I saw a truncated version with Lopatkina and no corps last year at the Cultural Olympiad, but it's worth seeing once. (They didn't bother to print the names of the other three characters/dancers in the program.) I love Shchedrin's arrangement of the Bizet.I don't think "Carmen Suite" is worth enough to choose Vishneva (Riday), and I think Lopatkina, who dances the second movement of "Symphony in C" on Friday night, distorts it. If I were in town, I'd go Saturday night, with Lopatkina in "Carmen Suite" and Kondaurova in the second movement of "Symphony in C". (Casting is the same for all other movements.)

The Friday performance, like last night, has sold extremely well because of Vishneva. The Lincoln Center Festival site (http://lincolncenterfestival.org/index.php/lcf-2011-mariinsky-ballet) shows limited availability, but they're also selling tickets through the Met box office. I know their internet account systems do not speak to one another, and they may have two separate ticket allocations. Last night they didn't sell all standing room sections. (I read that they allocated Dress Circle and one other section to company members.) Family Circle standing room was $30 with fees for phone orders and was sold out last night.



I hope you have a great time at LHH tonight. I have come down with a raging cold (too much time in the rain on Friday, I suspect) and can't join you tonight. Boo!
Oh, no :(. I hope you feel better quickly.

IceAlisa
07-12-2011, 04:07 PM
I've seen Eifman's Anna Karenina and liked it a lot. But to see Vishneva in it would be something else!

As much as I adore Lopatkina, it's hard for me to picture her in the Carmen Suite. How was she?

kwanfan1818
07-12-2011, 04:09 PM
I was very impressed with Vishneva in the Ratmansky. I thought she captured the character in the book.

I was less impressed with the Ratmansky taken in isolation, but it was rather remarkable as one of his first ballets, if not the first, for a major company, and it was a full-length.

Edited to add: I just read that Dress Circle standing room was released early evening last night. Go early, though -- the lines at the Met box office were very long about 45 minutes before the performance. My friend and I tried to go through crowd to get to the lobby and accidentally went into the waiting line, and I'm surprised we were let out unscathed.

DustPuppyOI
07-12-2011, 04:38 PM
Just bought tickets for orchestra standing room tickets by phone for tonight. Despite what the website says, it's $30 (not $22) plus $10 extra servicing/phone charges.

Batsuchan
07-12-2011, 11:08 PM
I have been lurking for awhile in this thread, but I thought I would finally venture to comment! (Usually I save my ballet-postings for elsewhere.)


I saw "Anna Karenina" tonight in NYC. Vishneva was excellent in a ballet that is not so excellent.

Completely agree with you, kwanfan1818!

I'm hoping that tonight's LHH is a little more lighthearted and fun like "The Bright Stream," but no matter what, I am excited to see Tereshkina and Shkylarov!

There was talk about meeting at intermission...?
I would love to meet some fellow ballet/skating fans...if not tonight (kind of late notice), I will be going to all the other performances too (yep, my bank account is not too happy with me right now :slinkaway ).

altai_rose
07-13-2011, 12:23 AM
I saw Diana Vishneva's Anna yesterday as well. I loved Vishneva's interpretation of such a dramatic role. Well, it also helps that to me, Vishneva physically looks like what I always imagined Anna to look like--mature, beautiful with dark hair and pale skin.

The ballet itself--it felt rushed at places and dark and gloomy all the time...

Cheylana
07-13-2011, 01:30 AM
I like Shchedrin's score, except for some horrible vocal music in the scene where she is shunned by society, but it is too bombastic for the ballet. It's right up Eifman's alley.

It's early Ratmansky, and was more ambitious than his craftsmanship and technique at the time, but it has many of the hallmarks of what makes him a great choreographer. Some of the narrative was :confused: and it was a slog in some sections.
Thanks kwanfan!

Cheylana
07-13-2011, 01:30 AM
Come to see LHH tonight and we can meet at intermission. Or beforehand for a cupcake.
If only I could...still at work...ugh :(