John Meehan is an old friend so I emailed him told him about the nice things said here about his public speaking. He was pleased. He also says he is moderating another one Sunday and Monday (10/30 and 10/31) at 7:30 with choreographer Larry Keigwin: http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/e...vents-schedule
I don't know his company but it sounds interesting.
I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.
Ballet-related news: Bolshoi to re-open after remodeling. Pics here: http://news.yahoo.com/photos/russia-...143829526.html
"Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."
from Speedy Death
Anyone going to Fall for Dance this week? My friend and I will be there on Saturday night. And very excited about it, as usual !
Is anyone going to see ABT at City Center this Friday?
Let me know, we could meet up beforehand for dinner or drinks.
I did get to two Fall for Dance nights. Far and away of the 8 different companies/pieces that I saw, Lil Buck and his Swan variation were the highlight. No one else even came close and some of the stuff was downright dreadful.
Also saw Morphosis at The Joyce; they did a piece called Bacchae, 70 minutes or so, no intermission. I give Lourdes Lopez credit for trying to keep Morphosis alive since Wheeldon did a flit and dumped her in it, but Bacchae isn't going to cut it. Very repetitive choreo, especially the arm movements at the beginning and they just didn't convey the story at all. Half the time I wasn't sure which dancer was Dionysus and which Pentheus. When the dancers get upstaged by the flute player, you know you are in trouble.
The next live transmssion from the Bolshoi will be on November 20th.
Sleeping Beauty, with Zakharova and Hallberg (!!).
I'll wait; and hope.
However, the last ballet transmission (La Esmeralda) found its way to the Balletoman page a couple of weeks after. The full transmission, in great quality, for download too. Hopefully, it will be the same with this one too
BTW, he has the Bolshoi Grand Opening for download there. Actually, the whole site is more than worth the look if you are looking for full length ballets, music, books, etc...
I saw ABT at City Center last night. Following are my impressions, and impressions they are, since I am in total no teknik regarding dance. I am so used to sitting far back in the Dress Circle at The Met, that sitting in the center of the Grand Tier at CC took some getting used to. It was really was a warts and all evening; I see them sweat, hear them gasp for breath, etc.
They started with Merce Cunningham's Duets and it was a disappointment. The dancers were not comfortable with the choreography at all; everything seemed to take a big effort and there was a lot of executing of steps but not much dancing through if you know what I mean.
This was followed by The Garden of Villandry, choreo by Martha Clarke, Robby Barnett and Felix Blaska and danced by Veronika Part, Roddy Doble and Gennadi Saveliev. All those hours I've spent in the Ice Dance threads here have finally paid off; I practically winced in my seat when Part had to pike forward badly at the waist because Saveliev is simply not tall enough to be partnering her. A year or two ago and I wouldn't even have noticed. I liked the piece itself, but these performers did not do it justice; it was a little too understated and they just didn't pull it off.
Then came Twyla Tharp's Know By Heart ("Junk") Duet danced by Gillian Murphy and Blaine Hoven. This was the best thing on the program, the highlight of the night, and that's some admission from me since I don't like Tharp at all and I'm not high on Gillian Murphy either. However, Murphy's years of experience made her look like a total rock star on stage and she and Hoven dance and sold the piece for all it was worth.
After the intermission came Demis Volpi's new piece, Private Light. I'll refrain from commenting on this. I'll let Marge_Simpson have that honor after she sees it at tonight's performance.
There was a second intermission and then we finished up with Company B by Paul Taylor. I loved it; it's a real send you out of the theatre in good mood piece, but again there were problems. There was near collision at the start and the dancers didn't really sell this with the snap and crispness it needed. Nonetheless, I think they can improve on this with more outings; it's the Merce piece I think that is not going to work in the long run.
OK, Marge, let us know what you think of tonight's performances.
It was brilliant.
I love the re-designed City Center. The auditorium has been redone in aqua, teal, maroon and a bit of avocado green. Sounds ghastly, but looks terrific. The sightlines are better, and there is more leg room. Two thumbs up!
The first piece was Black Tuesday. I'm a Paul Taylor junkie, so I've seen this many times from them. I've never seen ABT do it, so I was pleasantly surprised that they pulled it off well. (I don't think much of ABT's "Company B") Another pleasant surprise for me: Adrienne Schulte is back. She left ABT for ENB several years ago, but apparently is back in the corps. She did the "Slummin' on Park Avenue" bit with Patrick Ogle (aka Tattoo Man) which just sizzled. Roman Zhurbin did the guy with the cigar in "Are You making Any Money" and had me cracking up. He's a total ham...in a good way. And he has amazing biceps.
Herman Cornejo did "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" but he just irks me.
Yes, he has lovely jumps and spins, but he is too short and looks too pretty. He needs to wear his hair shorter, but he probably keeps it the way it is to add some height. He was shorter than all the ladies in this piece, except Nicole Graniero.
Next up was the Volpi piece, "Private Light". I LOVED IT. Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi did the pdd that I'd seen Cory Stearns and Simone Messmer do at the Guggenheim last month. I was under the impression that Volpi made it on Cory and Simone, but Misty and Alex really rocked it....they were HOT. (Rant: When, oh when, is this man going to be promoted to solist?)
Jose Sebastian was in this, I've had my eye on him since I first saw him with ABT II. He gets better every time I see him.
Seen at intermission: Rachel Moore, in dire need of a fashion intervention. She was limping around in red stilletos and a dress that resembled a sofa throwcover.
Last was "In The Upper Room", with a hysterical smoke malfunction. If you've never seen this, the stage is smoky to start with, but is supposed to clear after a few minutes. Well, someone must have gotten too enthusiastic with the smoke machine. About 5 minutes in, the smoke was so thick you couldn't see a thing on the stage, and the audience was starting to cough. They brought the curtain down and started again after the smoke had dissipated.
This is the sort of thing you either love or hate; I'm in the former camp. Cornejo was in this one too, but I tried not to look at him. The man CANNOT PARTNER. He could barely lift Sarah Lane, who is the tiniest lady in the company; when he had to lift Simone Messmer, I kept expecting him to drop her on her face.
Jared Matthews, who I have a soft spot for, was in this and looked totally adorable. He hair was not full of spray the way it usually is, it was long-ish and he looked sort of scruffy, in a "looks like he should be in a boy band" way.
I'm really starting to like Sarah Lane. In the past, she reminded me of something out of "Village of the Damned" with her scary, fake smile, but she was lovely here....kind of effervescent!
This concludes my review.
Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 11-12-2011 at 07:25 AM.