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kwanfan1818
11-21-2011, 06:16 AM
Interview with Michelle Wiles in this week's TimeOut NY:

http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/dance/2210859/michele-wiles

Great interview with Wiles. (:cheer2: Gia Kourlas)

Ballet Next sounds like a much more well thought out Morphoses, without the ego.

Marge_Simpson
11-21-2011, 06:36 AM
I liked Morphoses. :(

emason
11-21-2011, 12:55 PM
I liked Morphoses. :(

Liking Morphoses is one thing; liking how it is/was run, etc. is another. Thanks for posting the Wiles interview; I found it very interesting.

Jenny
11-21-2011, 01:45 PM
We are seeing the National Ballet of Canada's new production of Romeo & Juliet this week - it's getting good reviews so far.

We bought the tickets ages ago before the casting was announced, and wouldn't you know it, Sonia Rodriguez is dancing the lead. I swear she's the lead in 8 of 10 ballets we see - the skate gods must know :lol:

Happily she's an exquisite dancer and a pleasure to watch every time - can't wait!

SaSherka
11-21-2011, 02:46 PM
I just saw Romeo & Juliet at Boston Ballet last Sunday. Ioana loved it so much the night before she came with me to see the 2nd cast. I should go to Boston Ballet more often...

ioana
11-21-2011, 02:59 PM
I just saw Romeo & Juliet at Boston Ballet last Sunday. Ioana loved it so much the night before she came with me to see the 2nd cast. I should go to Boston Ballet more often...

I think I might have gotten the better cast on Saturday. I wasn't a big fan of Misa Kuranaga before, but she was brilliant in this -excellent acting abilty without being over the top. Excellent chemistry with Romeo, as well. First time I saw a Boston Ballet production get a standing ovation. And very well deserved!

MorganaLefay
11-21-2011, 04:35 PM
So, did anyone end up seeing the Sleeping Beauty yesterday? My shrewd husband literally kicked me out of the house in the morning, saying I'd regret it if I sleep through and blame him for it. So I made it to 42nd Street--the theater was pretty full (I thought I'd be the only one there). It was a nice experience, eveyone was so supportive of Hallberg:) Zakharova's 1st Act was a bit of an abberation, she looked like a mommy to those young princes (not that she's old, but she was just way too mature for them and quite dismissive of their attentions). However, I really enjoyed her in the second act, especially the end because her lines are so gorgeous and pure! I was nervous for Hallberg (could feel the hate and jealousy coming from the Russian supporting cast), but he was so super princely (eat that haters!) Only the last variation was somewhat botched, but the conductor sort of rushed through it. Other highlights were the yellow (music) fairy--she's so tiny, so neat; the bluebird couple and the redridinghood couple, very cute. The lilac fairy was a bit subdued, but I did not mind her mild, "therapeutical" approach. The green fairy has very short arms, weird body proportions. Carabos looked like a decadent Kabuki actor, I recall him being more grey and ominous when I was little. The costumes were super elaborate--I think they were trying to go after Louis XIV in the first act and maybe late Louis XVI in the second, but it did not always work, bc they kept switching back to Louis XIV--I guess it must be those heavy baroque columns that framed the entire performance! I don't know how I feel about the "Versace" floor designs: at the first look, when the stage was empty, they were really neat, but then they seemed like too much and clashed with the dancers' when they showed a view from above.

Thoughts? (if I am in the wrong thread, pls re-direct me).

beepbeep
11-21-2011, 08:44 PM
So, did anyone end up seeing the Sleeping Beauty yesterday?

...

I did :)

We had a full house over here. I was very surprised, as there weren't too many people for La Esmeralda.
It was ab-freakin-worth the outing, but I had my reservations.
Thought the Prologue was really meh. I can't remember any of the fairies, except for the red one, but that's kind of expectable when you have Maria Alexandrova playing it. One can tell a prima from miles away...
I too thought Zakharova was a bit too mature on the Rose Adagio, but she looked quite youthful for the rest of the 1st act (and, if I were her, I'd run off with prince #4 ;))

2nd act was OK. Thought Hallberg was a little out of place. His non-Russian port de bras really stuck out, not in a good way. Don't get me wrong, he's really good and his lower body lines are beyond gorgeous, but he has a way to go before he fits in the Bolshoi. Of course, it's easy to pick on him when Zakharova is around :P It will be very interesting to see how he develops with the Bolshoi (it's strange to say "develop" for a principal dancer, but there you go).

Third act was perfect. The pas de deux was to-die-for :swoon:. The Bluebird couple was a highlight for me too.

Thought the (new) stage was a highlight too. Really big, with really detailed backgrounds, which required less props. I think this why I really didn't mind the decorated floor, but it would look awful on a smaller stage.

I thought Carabousse stole the show :shuffle:

And what's with Grigorovich's love of wigs?? Between La Esmeralda and Sleeping Beauty, I don't think I saw the real hair if any female dancer...

Sorry this is long and uncohesive, but try to write a review at work with your boss around you :lol:

mackiecat
11-22-2011, 01:02 AM
I'm taking my kids to NewYork jan 4-7th- they both dance ballet-In Toronto, there are periodically master classes. Is there such a thing in New York? I checked the ABT and they don't offer ones. Does anyone know of any?

Marge_Simpson
11-22-2011, 04:08 AM
I'm clueless about classes at ABT, but you might find something here that suits the bill:
http://www.stepsnyc.com/

You might run into some of the ABT or NYCB dancers if you visit; many of them take daily class here; and both companies are in town right now.

Marge_Simpson
11-26-2011, 05:10 AM
If anyone is going to see Ailey this Friday, let me know. :)

There's a nice interview with Alicia Graf in this week's TimeOut NY:
http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/dance/2242743/alicia-graf-mack

SaSherka
11-30-2011, 03:27 PM
Not NYC, but Mikhailovsky Theatre is streaming it's Grand Prix right now (and tomorrow at 10am EST)

http://www.mikhailovsky.ru/live/

Marge_Simpson
11-30-2011, 03:42 PM
Thanks for the link!

Rob
11-30-2011, 08:25 PM
I'm taking my kids to NewYork jan 4-7th- they both dance ballet-In Toronto, there are periodically master classes. Is there such a thing in New York? I checked the ABT and they don't offer ones. Does anyone know of any?

Master classes tend to pop up here when a company is performing or touring and they teach a class onstage or in a theater rehearsal room. Or during a summer intensive.

Joffrey Ballet school used to let children and young dancers come take a class or two for free. I'd call first.

ABT and NYCB schools were always by audition only. Don't think that has changed. I don't recall them ever doing Master Classes in NYC, but they do sometimes at Kennedy Center in DC when they tour.

If you look at the link Marge posted for Steps, David Howard was a big NY dance guru in my day. I took class from him for years - he was one of my top 3 faves in NY. Also, Wilhelm Burmann's class was good. He got a lot of NYCB dancers in the class. I went to school with Kathleen Smith at Washington Ballet, and I can vouch for her technique. The rest are too young for my day, but there are a lot of former ABT etc. dancers who teach there. Steps doesn't require an audition as far as I know.

Depending on what level you are looking for, David Howard also teaches here:
http://www.broadwaydancecenter.com/faculty/faculty_ballet.shtml I can vouch for the technique of Beth Goheen and Liane Plane at this school too. Never took from the rest.

Both Steps and Bway Dance Center have other kinds of dance if they want to try something besides ballet. Peridance is another: http://www.peridance.com/index.cfm You see a lot of repeat teachers.

There is a Alvin Ailey Extension school on W55th and a place called Ballet Academy East on E. 79th or so. Not sure about the open classes there.

beepbeep
11-30-2011, 08:46 PM
And it's online!!

Sleeping Beauty (Bolshoi, 2011) Zakharova/Hallberg (http://balletoman.com/video/707-sleeping-beauty-zaharova-hallberg.html)