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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    That's one thing I especially admire about Jose. NO role is beyond him

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS54j9YMlnc

    I think this just went to the top of this list as my favorite Giselle ever. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    That's one thing I especially admire about Jose. NO role is beyond him

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS54j9YMlnc
    I didn't want it to end. So hysterical.
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    Watch out, Uliana Lopatkina cuz here comes Vladimir Malakhov's version of the Dying Swan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaRj8...eature=related

    "Nature is a damp, inconvenient sort of place where birds and animals wander about uncooked."

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    Here's an interview with Malakhov--kinda interesting I think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5Xlt...1&feature=fvwp

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    You can never have too much Baryshnikov: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4G0Yl7aZLsw

    and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28DPb...eature=related

    and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KMvO...eature=related


    The mind boggling control, the precision, the artistry, the power...

    They don't make them like that anymore.
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    "Shadowplay" was, without a doubt, the weirdest thing I have ever seen on the stage, and this is coming from a person who has seen the Mats Ek "Giselle"
    All I knew going in was that the piece was based on "The Jungle Book". I expected to like it as it was choreographed by Antony Tudor and I adore all the Tudor works I have seen in the past.
    I can understand why ABT has not performed this piece in 30 years. Tudor was clearly under the influence of hallucinogens when he thought this up. What was Kevin McKenzie on when he decided to trot this out again?
    Perhaps I am just clueless and the true meaning went over my head, but here is a summary and my take on it:
    Craig Salstein, as the Boy with Matted Hair (a total misnomer as Craig has a buzz cut) looked grumpy and/or constipated and sat under the tree of knowledge, channelling "The Thinker". While he was thinking, the Penumbra Arboreals entered and squatted on stage and hung from vines and mocked Craig. I have no idea what a Penumbra Arboreal is, but they looked and acted like monkeys to me. One of them sat behind another, obviously searching for lice, found one, and ate it. Ewww!
    (How degrading to be cast as a monkey! What if your mom was in the audience? What would you tell her? "Oh, I'm the third monkey on the left!")
    Then the "aerials" entered. The aerials were ladies with pointy swim caps on their heads. The swooped around Craig and mocked him. Craig brooded some more.
    Then Cory Stearns entered, as "Terrestrial". He wore baggy gym shorts, a fur cap, and a shirt that bared his manly (?) chest. He seemed to be smitten with Craig, but why anyone would fall head over heals for a chubby guy with a receding hairline seemed to be stretching things. (I could understand if he fell for Jose Carreno ) But hey, whatever floats your boat. Cory stuck his head in Craig's crotch and Craig no longer looked constipated. He did a few pirouettes and went back to sitting under the tree, looking very pleased with himself and/or Cory.
    The monkeys/penumbras came back out and mocked Craig some more and whacked him in the head.
    Then the "Celestials" entered. These were Roddy Doble and Patrick Ogle displaying Xiomara Reyes. They held her up by her inner thighs, which looked quite painful to me. Craig seemed interested and got up from the tree to take a better look. They did a pdd with a hilarious glitch, Craig had to duck his head at one point to avoid being whacked in the face by her toe shoe. Perhaps she was pissed off at the celestials squeezing her thighs? At any rate, she showed Craig what REAL sex was like. Craig looked pleased and went back to his tree.
    Then Xiomara showed her true colors, she liked things rough and took a few whacks at him as well.
    Cory and the monkeys came back on. The monkeys looked happy that Craig had discovered the true meaning of life, but Cory looked peeved that Craig preferred Xiomara to him. He bent down in front of him with his backside facing the audience, but Craig wasn't having any of it. The Celestials hoisted Xiomara by her butt and took her off the stage.
    The end. Someone needs to give Kevin a few whacks and tell him to shelve this permanently.
    I had to clap my hands over my mouth to keep myself from bursting into hysterical laughter. Fortunately there was an intermssion after this piece so I went to the bar. They do not stock brain bleach, so I settled for a glass of wine.
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 05-25-2011 at 08:11 AM.

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    I prefer this Dying Swan
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyqQ-VNnEIQ

    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    That's one thing I especially admire about Jose. NO role is beyond him

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kS54j9YMlnc
    This made my day. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Then Cory Stearns entered, as "Terrestrial". He wore baggy gym shorts, a fur cap, and a shirt that bared his manly (?) chest. He seemed to be smitten with Craig, but why anyone would fall head over heals for a chubby guy with a receding hairline seemed to be stretching things. (I could understand if he fell for Jose Carreno )
    I'm LOL at your review, Marge. It was bad, no doubt about it, and I'm very disappointed as I was really looking forward to this. I love Tudor, but somehow, I had never seen this before, even back in the days when ABT did it all the time.

    However, you nailed the problem with your comment above about Carreno. The Boy with the Matted Hair needs to be danced by someone with charisma and stage presence - think Baryshnikov or Fernando Bujones. Salstein is not ready for this role yet; he wasn't projecting, there was no star power there.

    Also, Tudor is long gone from this world, as are some of ABT's star Tudor interpreters, like Sallie Wilson or Nora Kaye. If any one of these had been around to supervise this revival, it might have been something else all together - or if Cornejo weren't injured and had been able to do the role.

    Now I really wish I had seen this back in its heyday 35 years ago.

    As for the rest of the program, Dumbarton was forgettable - no connection between any of the dancers on stage. It was a ho hum curtain-raiser and nothing more. The last piece, Thirteen Diversions, might have something going for it, but not until they change the lighting. Too much of it was much too dim; I want to see the dancers for god's sake.

    I thought Troika was the best thing of the night- real connection between the dancers, interesting choreography and so on.

    It was great to meet you; I'll see you again soon, I hope.

    Meanwhile I am very out of the loop on dancers getting buzz these days. Who is Vasiliev and what do I need to know about him, since I will be seeing him in Coppelia?

    ETA: If you want seriously weird, subject yourself to Watermill next time NYCB decides to do it again.
    Last edited by emason; 05-25-2011 at 02:02 PM.

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    Ivan Vasiliev is Natalia Osipova's SO, I saw him at the YAGP back in March. He did the Don Quixote pdd with NBC's Viengsay Valdes. They both blew me away. I did hear a few comments that both were over-the-top, but IMO, it was a gala, and the Don Q pdd is meant for showing off. They got the only standing O in an otherwise dull evening.
    Ivan and Viengsay couldn't have had more than a day or two rehearsing together, but they looked like they'd danced together for years. I cannot locate the clip I saw at the YAGP, but here he is with Natalia:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_3Rj...eature=related

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emason View Post
    However, you nailed the problem with your comment above about Carreno. The Boy with the Matted Hair needs to be danced by someone with charisma and stage presence - think Baryshnikov or Fernando Bujones. Salstein is not ready for this role yet; he wasn't projecting, there was no star power there.
    I saw it in the mid 70s with Baryshnikov/Kirkland. There is also some spotty video of Anthony Dowell with maybe Merle Park (I think) from the 60s. Never my favorite but I didn't think it was so weird (but there was a lot of weird being trotted out back then).

    My friends and I call Kevin "the Crypt Keeper" because of his love of restoring old ballets that don't necessarily need restoring. He probably got that from our teacher - she was quite the historian herself.


    More Misha -- The best part of the movie The Turning Point:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlPZSAURSb8
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    More Misha -- The best part of the movie The Turning Point:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlPZSAURSb8
    I loved that movie back in the day, and recently watched an old VHS copy. Still such a good movie, with great acting and great dancing.

    Sadly the only DVDs available right now are used, and very, very expensive. Given all the interest in dance these days, you'd think they'd reissue it - must be caught up in rights or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post

    My friends and I call Kevin "the Crypt Keeper" because of his love of restoring old ballets that don't necessarily need restoring.
    LOL at the Crypt Keeper. However, we have to agree to disagree on restoring the old ballets. This is Ballet Theatre, after all, and I think they need to keep revisiting the theatre pieces from their past. I enjoy seeing the revivals; unfortunately just not this one, and I really wonder how much losing their star, Cornejo, affected the outcome.

    I'm curious to see what kind of a review this gets from the Times - a pan or a crack cocaine I loved it review. Considering there were two world premieres and one US premiere on the program in addition to Shadowplay, there should be a review.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenny View Post
    I loved that movie back in the day, and recently watched an old VHS copy. Still such a good movie, with great acting and great dancing.

    Sadly the only DVDs available right now are used, and very, very expensive. Given all the interest in dance these days, you'd think they'd reissue it - must be caught up in rights or something.
    Do you have Netflix? They have it available as streaming video.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IceAlisa View Post
    Watch out, Uliana Lopatkina cuz here comes Vladimir Malakhov's version of the Dying Swan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaRj8...eature=related

    While we're at it, here's the Chinese men's gymnastics team's version of Swan Lake

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    God I love the Trocks! I've seen them a few times live...and I have all the respect in the world for their athleticism AND their "interpretation." Thanks for that, Marge. That started my day off on the right note! LOVE the little swan on the right end....and the pas de chats that look like pouncing puppies! And the head noodles.....

    My pre-pro company had a young man as a guest male dancer for Nutcracker one year who turned out to be a very big deal diva in another one of those all male ballet troupes. He was just gorgeous when costumed out as a ballerina and had fabulous feet for pointe! What a riot....I should try to find him online and trot him out for you....

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    The Trocks are amazing. They very nicely come to the Joyce in NY every other year at the end of December, which is when my birthday is. My birthday outing with my best friend is always a trip to the Trocks.

    The thing about them that's really wonderful is that they are actually even funnier the more seriously they take the dancing. Some of their best dancers put the rest of the NY scene to shame. They did a Tarantella a few years ago that was better than what City Ballet does; City Ballet's version hasn't looked that good in years.

    Go Trocks.

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    OK, here's the guy who was also our Nutcracker Cavalier, but not dressed like this! Gorgeous legs, eh?

    http://www.zimbio.com/photos/Marlon+Altoe

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    If anyone is going to see Diana and Marcelo in "Giselle" tomorrow and wants to meet up, let me know.

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