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    Thanks Marge!!!!! And yeah, it would be great to finally meet up!

    This is all I could find on the Australian Ballet's Swan Lake description:
    This dazzling version, created by superstar Australian choreographer Graeme Murphy, gives this most classical of ballets a modern twist. Set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score, this spectacular interpretation features a contemporary storyline full of drama, wit and passion.
    http://davidhkochtheater.com/moreinfoAB.html

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    I found this on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocwa_7Can2k

    It looks a bit odd, but no doubt I've seen stranger things on stage before. Like the Mats Ek "Giselle"

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    Hmm...I'm intrigued.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    I found this on YouTube:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ocwa_7Can2k

    It looks a bit odd, but no doubt I've seen stranger things on stage before. Like the Mats Ek "Giselle"
    Come on now, the Mats Ek "Giselle" was certainly voidy!
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    Marge,

    I am going to Onegin on the 7th with a friend. Any chance you could swap to that night?

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    Alas, no. I have a whole bunch of random days off in May and June, but it's tricky for me to get Thursdays off, my regular coworker is usually off on Thursday.
    If you are going to the opera thing, we will see each other on the 5th, right?
    I swapped my Onegin ticket, so now I'm seeing that on the 4th. And I will see NYCB on the 8th.
    Bayadere was brilliant tonight. I will post more tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cygnus View Post
    Come on now, the Mats Ek "Giselle" was certainly voidy!
    I can't argue with that.
    It looks like this version of Swan Lake also has a scene in a lunatic asylum. What the hell, I'll try anything once, so I'll probably check this out. At least I will like the music.

    Open at your own risk:
    It looks like Johhny Weir attended ABT's gala last week. WHAT was he wearing?!

    http://bfanyc.com/home/photo/404451#anchor
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 05-26-2012 at 06:52 AM.

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    Marge I am trying to come on the 4th but I was sick last week and don't know if I can swing the day off. Will know tomorrow or Monday. If I do, lets meet for dinner.
    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 Marge_Simpson View Post
    Alas, no. I have a whole bunch of random days off in May and June, but it's tricky for me to get Thursdays off, my regular coworker is usually off on Thursday.
    If you are going to the opera thing, we will see each other on the 5th, right?
    I swapped my Onegin ticket, so now I'm seeing that on the 4th. And I will see NYCB on the 8th.
    Bayadere was brilliant tonight. I will post more tomorrow.
    Yes to the 5th.

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    Ok, I've decided to check out the voidy Swan Lake. If anyone else is seeing it, what day are you going? I'm working on Friday the 15th, so I can go Saturday (matinee or eve) or Sunday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Ok, I've decided to check out the voidy Swan Lake. If anyone else is seeing it, what day are you going? I'm working on Friday the 15th, so I can go Saturday (matinee or eve) or Sunday.
    What are the dates? My arm might be twisted.

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    I just watched First Position on demand today since my plans to see it in the theater fell through due to Mini Ice's being unwell.

    Anyway, what a great film!!!! Thanks for pointing out it's available on demand.
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    Again, thanks for letting me know about this movie, what a treat for this balletoman!
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    Here are some videos of the dancers featured in the movie:

    Miko Fogarty 1
    Miko Fogarty 2
    Zhao Wan Ting
    Joan Sebastian Zamora
    Gaya Bommer Yemini 1
    Gaya Bommer Yemini 2
    Michaela DePrince--she looks a lot more elongated in the video than in the movie, hmmm.
    Esteban Hernandez
    A compilation of winners, including Aran Bell

    Mind blowing talent.

    OMG. I was just thinking that I want SF Ballet to hire some of the above and voila: Zhao Wan Ting is one of our own! AND I'd noticed her during the Nutcracker performance last year, even mentioned on this thread but messed up her name, must have been thinking of Caroline Zhang.

    But--WHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!! If she is promoted to principal instead of the horrid Vanessa Zahorian, I swear, I am buying season's tickets. Why the hell is she still in the corps????!!!! She is principal material.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Ok, I've decided to check out the voidy Swan Lake. If anyone else is seeing it, what day are you going? I'm working on Friday the 15th, so I can go Saturday (matinee or eve) or Sunday.
    I'm planning on one of the Saturday performances but trying to get my friend to commit before buying tickets. Leaning toward evening, which I figure (hope?) will have fewer children.

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    Before I review the Bayadere I saw on Friday, I have to digress a bit and talk about the presentation ABT did for "Works and Process" at the Guggenheim in April. The topic was "A cast of Characters" and was all about character dancing, and dancing in character. It was moderated by John Meehan, who I have a crush on. He has a lovely voice and is just adorable. He appears very worldly and sophisticated - I can just imagine that he owns a tailor-made tuxedo and knows exactly what wine to order in a fancy restuarant. But at the same time, I can see him in in scruffy jeans, tossing a frisbee around in the park.
    The part I enjoyed the most was a bit he did with Roman Zhurbin. Roman talked about his background (he took folk dance lessons as a child in Moscow) and his affinity for playing different character roles. He did a wonderful demo where he played Lord Capulet, the quality inspector from Bright Stream, the Pasha from Le Corsaire, the High Brahmin in Bayadere, and the "Swamp Thing" character in Swan Lake.
    Lord Capulet, he said, was a chauvanist who enjoyed bossing people around and walked with a heavy, stomping step. The pianist played from "March of the Capulets" and Roman instantly became a stern, flat-footed man who bullied people around. The quality inspector was self-important and walked as if he had just gotten off a horse. Roman now turned into a pompous man that people snickered at behind his back. The pasha was overweight and foolish, Roman became a chubby nitwit with a mincing gait and a greedy, smirking expression on his face. You get the idea. He was wearing practice clothes, but with each change of music, he totally became the specific character and changed his walk, carriage, facial expression, the way he held his arms. Fascinating!

    Now, back to La Bayadere. The dancing was very, very good, but what I really enjoyed was the acting. (I am really appreciating my orchestra seats!)
    Everyone seems to be raving about Osipova's portayal of Gamzatti (not to mention her very fine dancing) and I have to concur. I first saw her when she did "Don Quixote" with Jose, and while I was impressed with her dancing, I felt her acting fell flat. She didn't engage with the rest of the cast and didn't even seen that interested in Jose. (how could a woman not be interested in Jose?!)
    She has really worked on her acting, and it shows. It was hard to look away from Veronica during the betrothal scene, but I kept sneaking peaks at Marcelo and Natalia, at the side of the stage. Solor kept making calf-eyes at Nikiya. Gamzatti was watching Solor, and not at all pleased with the look on his face. She gave him a death stare to equal Scary Babs', and it was if he actually felt her eyes on the back of his head. He quickly turned to her and arranged his face into a neutral expression.
    Veronica was a gorgeous Nikiya. She is so feminine, so lush, and has a vulnerable quality that I found very appealing in this role. She did seem just a tiny bit tentative, but maybe she was lacking in confidence? I'd read that she came off pointe in her previous performance, so maybe she was trying to play it safe.
    Marcelo was a high-handed, haughty warrior when he first entered, but became a besotted man when he saw Nikiya. I have never seen him dance better. Hats off to him for partnering 2 very different dancers and making it look easy.
    Daniil Simkin did the Bronze Idol. This part gave me a pang, because I am so used to seeing Carlos Lopez in this part, and, I'm not ashamed to admit it: I own the tee shirt ABT did one year with Carlos in his bronze paint. (And before anyone asks, no, I don't sleep with it under my pillow. ) ABT should keep Daniil in these parts where he does not do any partnering, he did a fine job except for the fact that he slid all over the stage every time he dropped to his knees. I admit I dislike his style of dancing, but there was something a little creepy to me about seeing him half-naked like that. He is so small and slight, he looked like a prepubescent boy.
    Now, the reason I started off by the "cast of Characters" recap: Roman Zhurbin! He did the High Brahmin to perfection. He was arrogant and could not let anyone forget his exalted status, yet he was truly in love with Nikiya. When he offered her the antidote, I was thinking, "Take it, you fool! He's a good man. Not like Solor, who looks like he's falling for that scheming hussy Gamzatti. Take it, the man loves you!" When Nikiya died, his anguish was even greater that Solor's. I am a bit peeved that nobody commented on Roman's fabulous portayal.
    The corps was a bit ragged but the Shades looked pretty sharp to me.
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 05-28-2012 at 06:06 PM.

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    Marge - thanks for the great review. I agree with you about the Guggenheim presentation; I went the night before you did, and Zhurbin was the highlight. It was fascinating to see him go from character to character in the blink of an eye. Next time I see him in something I am going to pay a lot more attention to what he is doing.

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    So: I saw Bayadere again tonight, against my better judgement, and am thoroughly disgruntled.
    Isabella Boylston replaced Osipova; I didn't groan as most others did when I saw the announcement in the lobby. I like seeing how different dancers interpret a role.
    If I continue to review when I am in this peeved state, it will be nothing but snark. So I will only say this: the dancing was, on the whole, terrific, but it all added up to less than the sum of its parts.
    Is anyone attending the matinee on Wednesday? I was not originally planning to see "Bright Stream" this season, but I cannot resist the temptation of seeing the very handsome Alex Hammoudi.
    I have a ticket for the wacky Swan Lake; I am seeing the matinee. Cheylana, let me know if you end up getting tickets. We can meet up even if you end up at the evening performance.

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    Did anyone have the chance to attend the GKA Elusive Dreams performance over the weekend? I have always been a huge fan of Gelsey Kirkland and am following her students with much interest.
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    La Bayadere is my very favorite ballet; probably not coincidentally, it is the very first full-length ballet I ever saw. This was back in the dark ages (1987 ) when I received a subscription offer from ABT in the mail. I really can't explain why I mailed them my check, I was a punk rocker with jet-black hair and a whole slew of earrings in my ears; my idea of a fun time was putting on my Docs and dancing all night at the Peppermint Lounge.
    But for some reason I took the plunge and bought a subscription; I also realized I'd have to wear something respectable and purchased a skirt and pumps that would pass muster at the Met.
    Marianna Tcherkassky was Nikiya, Ross Stretton was Solor, and Amanda McKerrow was Gamzatti. I was mesmerized. When Nikiya appears at Solor and Gamzatti's wedding, it truly was as if he was the only one that could see her.
    Thus was I hooked on ballet.
    Now, Friday's Bayadere. I wanted to like it; I really did. I am not Herman Cornejo's biggest fan by any means, but I adore Cojucaru, and I had no problems with Boylston replacing Osipova, I have seen Isabella before and like her dancing very much. My quibbles with Cornejo are mainly with his partnering; BUT I had heard he had greatly improved.
    Well, wrong. It's hard for me to get past his height, but I was willing to overlook that if he could partner well and show some emotion. But he couldn't and he didn't. He was the blandest, most disinterested Solor I've seen and lifted both ladies as if he was hoisting sacks of potatoes at the supermarket.
    The pity is that everyone danced so beautifully...when they were dancing alone. Alina's balances went on forever; her pique turns were so fast she was a blur on the stage. Herman's solos were first rate. Isabella was crisp and clean; I was especially impressed with the Italian fouettes. Roddy Doble deserved an "A" for effort with his High Brahmin.
    But everyone danced as if they were performing in a gala, not a ballet. The only characterization that came across was Doble's. When Solor first saw Nikiya, he should have lit up with happiness. Instead I could imagine him saying, "Hi, honey, I'm home. What's for dinner?" Alina did the best she could to act madly in love, but she didn't have much to work off. Gamzatti was just an entitled bitch. She didn't want to marry Solor; she just wanted to get married, period, probably to escape her grumpy father, played by Saveliev. You can usually count on Saveliev to throw himself into a role and create a believable, rounded character (his Hilarion is superb) but he just looked irritated on Friday.
    I didn't see Cornejo or Boylston look at each other even once during their chess game, they both watched the dancing. When Nikiya danced during their betrothal, Herman kept his eyes glued to the floor the entire time. Okay, maybe he meant to demonstrate that he was so torn up over losing her, he couldn't look her in the eye. BUt then,t to hammer that home, he should have sneaked a peak now and then, and then looked away with an anguished expression. Not stared at his feet the entire time as if he was wondering if he'd sewn his elastics on too tight.
    The 3 of them looked bored to tears, and if the dancers don't care, why should I? By Act III I had a total brain disconnect like I did at the ghastly Swan Lake I saw last year. Even Doble looked bored by then. When he married Solor and Gamzatti, I could just imagine him thinking, "Come on, marry her already so I can go backstage and wash the makeup off my face." If I want to see a gala, I'll go see the YAGP. If I'm seeing a ballet, I expect to see a story. Not a random collection of dancers dancing in isolation. When the curtain came down, I wasn't in tears over the doomed lovers, I was relieved that I could go home.
    Ugh!
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 05-31-2012 at 04:44 AM.

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