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Buzz
09-20-2011, 08:56 PM
David Hallberg is 29 and from S. Dekota and will join the Bolshoi on a permanant basis this coming season. There is a long list of talent flowing the other way but this is the first dancer to head in the opposite direction. Cute little story and good luck to him.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/09/20/a-ballet-first-an-american-to-join-the-bolshoi/

Rob
09-20-2011, 09:00 PM
Oh wow, he is one of my favorites. ABT will miss him, but I guess he'll still perform there some.

ChelleC
09-20-2011, 11:46 PM
Very cool! A friend of mine sent me a text telling me earlier today. :)

Holley Calmes
09-21-2011, 01:29 PM
He's my friend on Facebook and I've been keeping up with him for about a year. He chats on Facebook a lot until recently. Maybe he's had to cut off his Facebook or limit it somehow....lovely, lovely guy.

Edit-Nope-he's on Facebook this morning with this story and lots of comments from friends. Maybe the Bolshoi will allow him to comment on Facebook....

Satellitegirl
09-21-2011, 03:10 PM
Nice :) I'll have to youtube him.

skatesindreams
09-21-2011, 05:38 PM
Here are two clips:

Natalia Osipova & David Hallberg - Giselle
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fUSN9Wpf8U&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePnOyaE7-3I&feature=related

IceAlisa
09-21-2011, 05:54 PM
OMG, I have so many reactions!

1. How adorable is Osipova as Giselle, Act 1? On a scale of 1 to 10, she is about a 20.
2. Hallberg is really good. I can see why Bolshoi would want him.
3. His facial expression reacting to the direction is priceless (first video, about 2:31 mark)
4. :eek: An American at Bolshoi!!!! The sky is falling!!!!! I've always cited the lack of Americans in Russian companies as evidence of Russian ballet tradition's superiority. However, good for Hallberg! :respec:

Satellitegirl
09-21-2011, 06:00 PM
Thanks for the links :) I love Giselle's music. He really has great line and feet.

IceAlisa
09-21-2011, 06:22 PM
So the Russian ballet instructors are singing Hallberg's praises: his maturity despite his youth, his style and body line. One of them said that Osipova and Hallberg complement each other well in this production. Lots of talk about Osipova's jumping and ballon ability, her "flight" or as one youtuber put it, her Natalia Airlines style.

This is actually what I think is a flaw in her her White Act of Giselle: she is too effervescent and bubbly to portray a melancholy spirit. She is just too happy! But still, she is so good. I would have loved to see this production live.

ChelleC
12-07-2011, 05:19 AM
Bumping this up because NYT has an interview with him.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/for-hallberg-a-month-inside-the-bolshoi-pressure-cooker/?ref=dance

Marlowe
12-07-2011, 08:05 AM
OMG, I have so many reactions!

1. How adorable is Osipova as Giselle, Act 1? On a scale of 1 to 10, she is about a 20.

Indeed, she is something to behold. I'm sorry to say that I didn't know who she was until I looked at that clip. She's wonderful! Then I spent hours looking at ever clip of her I could find on Youtube. They will be dancing Giselle and Romeo and Juliet this Spring at ABT in NYC - and I'm thinking I may need to get tickets to Romeo and Juliet.

skatesindreams
12-07-2011, 03:09 PM
There's more about him in the NY Ballet thread:
http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3360801&postcount=294
http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3387886&postcount=330
http://www.fsuniverse.net/forum/showpost.php?p=3388886&postcount=333

IceAlisa
12-07-2011, 06:12 PM
Bumping this up because NYT has an interview with him.

http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/for-hallberg-a-month-inside-the-bolshoi-pressure-cooker/?ref=dance

Great interview! Shocking news about Osipova. I am so glad Hallberg is doing so well there. I wish him all the best.

snoopy
12-07-2011, 11:06 PM
The link at the bottom of the original article says he will be on The Colbert Report tonight.

I am curious as to how a South Dakota boy ended up in ballet.

Lara
12-07-2011, 11:28 PM
I saw Hallberg partnering Alina Cojocaru in Giselle last spring - Congrats to him!