NYC Ballet Fans, part 2

kwanfan1818

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The Joyce Theater just published its Spring-Summer 2016 schedule, appending to the end of the performance calendar:
http://www.joyce.org/performances/#.VkJ4cmSrRJn

Mostly modern/contemporary dance including Ballet Preljocaj -- Preljocaj's "Le Parc" was the starting point for P/C's Free Dance last season -- but some ballet:

ETA: MCB is on the schedule on the Joyce Theater website overlapping with ABT Studio Company, but the NYT reported that they are at the former NYST, where they are listed on the theater's website, not the Joyce, and the "Purchase Tickets" link on the Joyce website for the MCB page goes nowhere.

Miami City Ballet, April 13-17.
 
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I haven't had time to really check this out, but IMHO almost everything I've seen at the Joyce in the last few years has been great dancers, crap program.
 

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Sarasota Ballet's program won't be -- it's Ashton's "Facade" and "Valses nobles et sentimentales" danced by a company that's making a reputation as being the only place on the planet to respect Ashton style -- but they are the exception. Angel Corella is trying to show that PA Ballet's future is "bleeding edge" (help me now), which, apparently, Neenan, Fonte, and McIntyre are :rolleyes:

At least MCB is bringing an all-Balanchine program ("Bouree Fantasque," which NYCB does not do unless it's an "everything we can find of Balanchine" anniversary, and ABT used to do, "Symphony in Three Movements," which they brought to Vancouver and in which the company :kickass:, and "Serenade," which they did quite well), and a Ratmansky, Scarlett, and Peck program of works created for the company. NYST is a much better venue for them than the Joyce.
 

kwanfan1818

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A friend of mine sent me an email:

"I need a link to those Instagram videos of guys at NYCB dancing Dewdrop in rehearsal."

Does anyone know of any such videos? I assume they were on a dancer's instagram, not the company's where I'm not seeing them.
 

IceAlisa

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Not at all related to NYCB but I am soooo excited about seeing the broadcast of Bolshoi ballets this season. OK, this is somewhat related: I saw Jewels by Bolshoi a few weeks ago and agree that while it was expertly done, the Bolshoi training was a bit in the way of Balanchine during Rubies. But they nailed Diamonds, of course.

Tomorrow I am seeing the broadcast of Bolshoi's Lady Of The Camelias. The music--Chopin--is almost too good, distracting from the dancing. But I am not really complaining, happy to be able to see it. :)
 

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I've been watching a lot of RB videos lately and I'm enchanted with Yuhui Choe. Why is this lovely dancer not an international star?
Here she is guesting with the Korean Ballet in SL - I am in LOVE with her Odile.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kx-hO852FM4
She is great. Can we trade with Royal Ballet? They can have Kochetkova.

Speaking of Black Swans, does anyone know what's going on with Miko Fogarty? She had a lackluster competition at the 2015 Prix de Lausanne and didn't make the final, IIRC. This was also the year where she was looking to be offered a place at a company. Did anything of the sort happen?
 

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Not ballet, but I'll mention it anyway: I saw the film "Creative Domain" last weekend; it follows Paul Taylor's company as he choreographs the piece "Three Dubious Memories".
I once posted that I could not tell if Taylor was just demented, or a creative genius, but after seeing this it's obvious he's a genius.
A fascinating film, and I think even a strictly ballet fan would enjoy it.
 

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Speaking of Black Swans, does anyone know what's going on with Miko Fogarty? She had a lackluster competition at the 2015 Prix de Lausanne and didn't make the final, IIRC. This was also the year where she was looking to be offered a place at a company. Did anything of the sort happen?
Last thing I heard was that she joined Birmingham Ballet as a corps dancer (or "artist" as they call it at Birmingham). This is her Instagram https://www.instagram.com/mikofogarty/
 

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Back from the live broadcast of The Lady of the Camellias. Zakharova was sublime, especially in the 2nd and 3rd acts and I am not even a big fan. :eek: Of course, she is physical and technical perfection but I had this concept of her being cold and she was wonderfully emotional. Just wow, what a star. Her Armand was quite meh OTOH and not worthy of her, Edvin Revazov. So tight and bland, not to mention, technically flawed. Des Grieux (Semyon Chudin) was much better and it was Revazov's fault when they went out of sync. Manon by Anna Tikhomirova was excellent.

OMG THE MUSIC :swoon: I'd say this is one of my absolute favorite choreographies out there. John Neumeier :respec: :swoon: so poignant, so eloquent. What a wonderful afternoon. Can't wait for more! (seeing their Nutcracker, The Taming of the Shrew and Spartacus)

Here's a snippet about the production with Svetlana, Evgenia Obraztsova and two male leads who look so much better than Revazov. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYjG3C2z3lQ
 
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I cannot argue that Simone is a great dancer, but she is known to be incredibly difficult and I know from personal experience, is a nasty piece of work. It is yet to be seen how long she lasts in Miami. That said, the Delgado sisters are some of the sweetest young women you could hope to meet.
 

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Not ballet, but I'll mention it anyway: I saw the film "Creative Domain" last weekend; it follows Paul Taylor's company as he choreographs the piece "Three Dubious Memories".
I once posted that I could not tell if Taylor was just demented, or a creative genius, but after seeing this it's obvious he's a genius.
A fascinating film, and I think even a strictly ballet fan would enjoy it.
:) I love Paul Taylor. His company is one of the things I miss most about not living in New York, dance capital of the world! Paul Taylor is definitely a magical genius, and I can't wait to see this new documentary. Hopefully, it will soon be broadcast on PBS?

There was previously a PBS American Masters documentary about Taylor, entitled Paul Taylor, Dancemaker. Taylor is considered to be the last of the great genius choreographers of the twentieth-century. He is 85 years of age, and I hope he still has many more years of creative productivity ahead of him. He usually choreographs two new dances annually. And last season, his company began a project in which they are bringing back great dances by late great modern dance choreographers, starting with Doris Humphrey.

It was PBS' Dance in America series which first introduced me to Paul Taylor Dance Company many years ago. I will be forever grateful. Taylor is a modern dance choreographer and a former dancer himself. He began his career with Martha Graham's company, and he performed as a guest artist with Balanchine's New York City Ballet. Both Graham and Balanchine were his mentors. Taylor also worked with Merce Cunningham, and then in 1954, he formed his own modern dance company. Taylor's modern dance aesthetic is definitely informed and influenced by ballet as well as by every day gestures, simple movements, modern culture, ancient culture, a panorama of human behavior, and insects. :p A number of his dances are performed by ballet companies, including Airs and Aureole.

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/americanmasters/paul-taylor-about-paul-taylor/719/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0q-ztXxdG_o Aureole, with the Royal Danish Ballet & Nureyev

Probably at the top of the list of my favorite Taylor dances is Esplanade, a classic masterpiece consisting of walking, skipping, jumping, twirling, running, leaping, and falling, along with a strange juxtaposed episode involving a dysfunctional family. But, it all fits the lighthearted and somber music of Bach's Double Violin Concerto exquisitely. Interestingly, Balanchine choreographed a ballet (Concerto Barocco) in 1941 to the same music. Esplanade (linked below) is well worth taking the time to view and enjoy. It makes me want to get up and dance, run, jump and celebrate being alive. I was wondering recently whether the music and the choreo of Esplanade might be inspirational for skating choreographers or transferable in any way to the ice?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qyGWsGl7Ezo part 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnYmdX8hpPE part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PnYmdX8hpPE part 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqQ78i1xsbk part 4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHkciz_yYYI part 5

https://bachtrack.com/review-paul-t...ch-theater-lincoln-center-new-york-march-2015
http://ptamd.org/artists-dances/taylor-repertoire-alphabetically/

Indeed @Marge_Simpson, some of Taylor's creations surely seem to be the work of a demented genius or a magical wizard. Actually, he's a shy, modest, down-to-earth, no-nonsense practical genius who is an astute observer of human behavior. He takes the pain, the despair, the beauty, the joy, and all the commonplace movements and forgettable moments of everyday life and turns it all into something extraordinarily recognizable, uplifting, unforgettable and universal. Read his autobiography, Private Domain.
 
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Marge_Simpson

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"Gossamer Gallants" and "Troilus and Cressida" are definitely demented. (So it's not exactly a surprise that I love both of them)
Esplanade is a work of genius, though, and my favorite piece. In "Creative Domain" Paul stated that this is the only piece that he felt completely satisfied about.
 

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I've missed so much of Taylor's recent work since I moved away from New York, but hoping I can get back to attend a few dates/ performances of his upcoming season this March. The main company and Taylor 2, do tour in the U.S. and around the world, but the traveling is limited with different venues selected each year.

Apparently Taylor and his advisers are looking ahead for what might happen at some point, since this season they have commissioned works from a new generation of choreographers, Doug Elkins and Larry Keigwin. And the initiative that was started last season to bring back works from past modern dance choreographers via guest artists, is also part of the Taylor company's 're-branding process.'

http://www.kansascity.com/entertain...ws/classical-music-dance/article36452817.html
http://www.keigwinandcompany.com/larry-keigwin/
http://dougelkinschoreography.com/

In addition to Esplanade, Airs, and Aureole, my other favorite Taylor dances are Cloven Kingdom, Arden Court, Sunset, Last Look, Equinox, Big Bertha, Company B, Le Sacre du Printemps, Musical Offering, Lost Found & Lost, Speaking in Tongues, Syzygy, Brandenburgs, Roses, Mercuric Tidings, Piazzolla Caldera, Runes. There are so many other more recent dances I haven't had the good fortune to experience yet. I look forward to seeing Three Dubious Memories, and the new documentary about Taylor's creative process in making this work.

Thanks for sharing your love of dance, @Marge_Simpson. :)
 

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