2nd night impressions … full(er) report to follow, honest
its just that unlike when I see the company at the War Memorial Opera House I have the entire commute back home to try and think up quasi-meaningful stuff to say … I know excuses excuses … southern California CD’ers, help me out here …
“Paquita” – wow! Does the Minkus grow on you? No. But, the dancers were awesome. Yesterday, YY Tan and Vadim Solomakha were just warming up the production. Lorena Feijoo was blazing
tonite. The entire company seemed more on
, as if today was payday. Especially fine were the 4 soloist variations. Kristin Long and Maya Sugano especially full of ballon
. And, who is this new face, the girl with such a beautiful andante line (Sarah van Patten)?
“Damned”: Muriel Maffre continues to evolve. Pierre-Franςois Vilanoba, however, needs to evolve. Its been my observation that in the past the company has tended to alternate cast Tan and Maffre for plum roles like the Siren, the Goddess in “Taiko,” etc. Anybody care to speculate what it might mean having Tan cast as the Princess opposite Maffre’s Medea in the same ballet?
“Sandpaper Ballet.” Face it, Cathy, you don’t just love “Jazz Pizzicato,” “Jazz Legato,” etc you love this entire
work – which is OK by me because so do I.
Vanessa Zahorian is looking especially zinky in Tina Leblanc’s part in “Jazz Pizzicato.” Lorena Feijoo looks unexpectedly right in Leslie Young’s solo in “The Girl in Satin” but I wasn’t sorry to see Young and Catherine Winfield alongside. On the other hand, seeing Julie Diana in “Balladette” (is it "Balladette"?) tonite reminds me that nobody else looks quite right there.
DJB, check me on this: Isn’t Marxist critical theory on the RAD syllabus? ISA's right between frappés and jétes?
Listen, everyday Jeff is at a 400 or 500 level seminar/colloquium class is a Whore-of-Mensa day. If I gave you a bob for every time something perfectly frightful came out of my mouth, you’d be able to float your own ballet company (with enough left over to make even the Board of Directors happy). Over summer I was the only non-history major in a 400 level history, “Senior Colloquium World War I,” and the results were not pretty.
Dance Chicka, I didn’t see Brett Vansickle cast either evening but I’ll be sure to look for him.