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 Post subject: Your favorites and not-so-favorites for 2003?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 11:07 pm 
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So, now that you've had a few days to contemplate the year that was 2003, care to share your personal top ten wowies and doozies?


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 Post subject: Re: Your favorites and not-so-favorites for 2003?
PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 11:32 pm 
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I'm afraid I've had a lot of 2003 knocked out of my memory tonight by what will undoubtedly be on my top 10 list (or top 5, or top 3...) from 2004: 7 Fingers circus.

Be that as it may, what did stick in my memory were Lorena Feijoo and Joan Boada in SFB's Don Quixote, Akram Khan's Kaash, the Ririe Woodbury Company's Alwin Nikolais: A Celebration, Daria Pavlenko in the Kirov's Diamonds, and finally getting to see Tina LeBlanc again after her maternity leave. I saw her perform the Butterfly in the Waltz of the Flowers in SFB's Nutcracker, but I'm sure I'd have had the same reaction no matter what I saw her in. (This was supposed to be in chronological order, but I'm not sure this is the correct order.)

For an overall event, it would have to be the SFB Nutcracker performance during the blackout.

<small>[ 04 January 2004, 12:33 AM: Message edited by: djb ]</small>


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 11:49 pm 
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I just noticed that this is a "favorite and not-so-favorite" thread. Everything in my post, above, is a favorite.

<small>[ 04 January 2004, 12:49 AM: Message edited by: djb ]</small>


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 3:53 am 
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Favorite:
Agnès Letestu as Giselle, last summer at POB.

Not-so-favorite:
Far too much Balanchine last automn at POB :roll: !

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 Post subject: Re: Your favorites and not-so-favorites for 2003?
PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 5:54 am 
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How about if I add a critics favorites:

'03! Oh My! The Big Apple's Sweetest Bites
By Terry Teachout
Special to The Washington Post
Sunday, January 4, 2004; Page N07
NEW YORK


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...Best new dance: In "Promethean Fire," Paul Taylor used three of Leopold Stokowski's jumbo orchestral transcriptions of the organ music of Bach as the soundtrack for an apocalyptic vision that more than a few viewers with still-fresh memories found jarringly reminiscent of 9/11. Last-minute bulletin: "Promethean Fire" will be televised on PBS's "Dance in America" on Jan. 28. Don't even think about missing it. (Runner-up: Mark Morris's "All Fours.")
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 6:04 am 
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So much to choose from...

My absolute best experience was attending the George Piper Dances rehearsal of "Mesmerics" in London. A truly wonderful experience, getting to see the artistic process, meeting the dancers and Chris Wheeldon.

Yes I agree with Terry Teachout "Promethian Fire" was the best new modern dance. Heartwrenching and glorious. Don't forget to watch it on PBS (a poor substitute for the real thing but still should be great)

Other bests:
The George Piper Dances performance in Washington DC, especially "Mesmerics"
"Sea of Troubles" by Adam Cooper & Co.
"Nocturne Monologue" Danced and choreographed by Jason Hartley
"In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated" by the Washington Ballet


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 04, 2004 10:18 am 
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Wow. Some good feedback already.

BTW, to avoid confusion, I started this topic for fan opinions (I put it in Fun Stuff to encourage, um, irreverence :) ). This other thread in Misc will be used to house links to newspaper articles on the same topic:

<a href=http://forum.criticaldance.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=11;t=001796>Critics' Choice for Best and Worst of 2003</a>

<small>[ 04 January 2004, 11:18 AM: Message edited by: Azlan ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Your favorites and not-so-favorites for 2003?
PostPosted: Mon Jan 05, 2004 10:36 am 
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Another best: Baryshnikov dancing Child's "Opus One" and Elliot Feld's "Mr. XYZ". Showing that Misha is still a virtuoso who continues to develop and expand his wonderful theatrical and interpretive talents.

Amongst least favorites:
The Washington Ballet's performance of "Firebird", although the dancers did their best the choreography was way too distracting.

Mark Morris' "All Fours". Just didn't "do it" for me. I did not care for the music nor the choreography.


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