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    Even though I despised tonight's SL, I must say that Polina is a gorgeous dancer.
    I saw her several years ago in Berlin, at the "Malakhov and Friends" gala.
    When I arrived at the theatre I had no idea who the friends might be and I looked at the program to discover Jose was doing "Diana and Acteon" with Polina. I had never heard of her, but she made my jaw drop. For me to take notice of any woman, when Jose is dancing nearly naked, really says something.
    I bought an autographed photo of her (how I wish ABT would sell photos) and just now went and it took it out.

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    I always had a soft spot for Carlos Lopez and I'm more depressed about him than Jose.
    I often write things for my own amusement. And anyone who has read my posts in this thread knows my sense of humor is twisted. So, here is a little piece I did 2 years ago. CL= Carlos Lopez, KM= Kevin McKenzie

    1st Week
    CL: Sir! Excuse me, sir! You haven't given me anything to do in "Corsaire"
    KM: Who the hell are you?
    CL: Carlos Lopez, sir. I'm a soloist
    KM: You are? Oh, I guess you are. But go away. All the parts are cast
    CL: Please sir! I wanna be a pirate!
    KM: Okay, okay. You can do Birbanto
    CL (to himself) It's always the same. Conrad gets laid and I get killed
    KM: Did you say something?
    CL: No sir
    KM: Good. Now go away
    CL (to himself) Aye Caramba!

    2nd Week
    CL: Sir! You haven't given me anything to do in "Sylvia"
    KM: Remind me who you are again?
    CL: I'm Carlos Lopez. I'm a soloist
    KM: Oh yeah. Well, okay, you can be a goat
    CL: A goat?
    KM: Take it or leave it!
    CL: I'll take it. (to himself) Sh*t!

    3rd Week
    KM: I'm sick of hearing you whinge, Lopez. So here, you're doing "La Sylphide"
    CL: Muy bueno! Am I James?
    KM: You? James? Don't crack me up. You're Gurn
    CL: But sir! He's a doofus!
    KM: And so are you
    CL: Please, sir!
    KM: Would you rather do Madge?
    CL: No! I'll be Gurn
    KM: Good. Now go away
    CL (to himself) F*ck!

    4th Week
    CL: Sir, you haven't given me anything to do in "Swan Lake"
    KM: There are no doofus parts in Swan Lake. Go away and leave me alone
    CL: Yes sir. (to himself) Tu Madre!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    This is the only complete SL Act IV I can find on YouTube.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL1FA...eature=related
    Thanks a million for posting this; I sat down to watch 5 minutes just to see what it looked like and, of course, I watched the whole thing. It certainly was a palate cleanser after last night's debacle.

    I think you need to change your contention that Von Rothbart never dances to Von Rothbart usually doesn't dance. He certainly danced a lot in this version.

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    I realized later that was a goof, I was only looking at act IV and didn't watch act III till the next day.
    Von Roththbart USUALLY doesn't dance. And, okay, I have seen SL's where the black swan pdd is a pas de trois with Von R.
    The best SL I ever saw was when the RB was in Philadelphia several years ago, it really hammered home for me how awful Kevin's is.

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    I will refrain from posting my opinion of her dancing, but there is a nice article about Alina Somova in this week's TONY:
    http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-cult...3/alina-somova

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    Her coach used to be her boss's wife, Olga Chenchikova, who was the Odette/Odile in the Emmy-winning PBS broadcast from Wolf Trap in 1986. However, Somova's dancing did not have the classicism or restraint of her coach. From reviews I've read in the last year, it seems like she's toned down her extensions and has gotten better coaching under Tatiana Terekhova.

    (Still hoping to see the originally cast dancers, though.)
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    Bumping it up to ask: if you had to choose between seeing Vishneva or Lopatkina live , who would you choose? I have seen neither live, might have an opportunity, and I have not seen truly exceptional ballet in a long time, and lately really missed it.
    Last edited by dinakt; 07-09-2011 at 03:46 PM.
    improving my ballad- like lines

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    I would go with Lopatkina. I have never seen her live, and I can pretty much see Vishneva anytime she performs with ABT.

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    I've seen them both live .
    Grant you, it was 1998, and Vishneva was a baby

    I think it would depend on the role. Vishneva for the more fire-y roles, Lopatkina if there are any swans involved

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    Thank you for answering! I'll write if it actually happens. My dream is Lopatkina for Swan, Vishneva for Anna Karenina.
    improving my ballad- like lines

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    Not NY ballet, but if anyone goes to this, can you please report back?

    http://www.fathomevents.com/performi...t/giselle.aspx

    Sounds strange.

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    Where did Carlos Lopez go?

    Hmm Giselle 3D, might have to do that.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    I saw "Anna Karenina" tonight in NYC. Vishneva was excellent in a ballet that is not so excellent.
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    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_Lo...Blog/Blog.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    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!
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    Come to see LHH tonight and we can meet at intermission. Or beforehand for a cupcake.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cheylana View Post
    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 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 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.

    Quote Originally Posted by emason View Post
    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.
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    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?
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    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.
    Last edited by kwanfan1818; 07-12-2011 at 04:14 PM.
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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