I'm reading your reviews in sections, balletomaniac. Although I wasn't fortunate enough to see any of these performances, I have seen enough similar ones by the same artists to feel totally at home with what you are saying.
I generally focus 110% on the lead ballerinas, so my thoughts are mostly about them. After that come the other women and then the men. I guess that's also the way that it's intended. A couple exceptions. Marcelo Gomes -- he's just Cool ! Daniil Simkin -- continues to develop into something quite extraordinary !
Thanks for giving 'All' the artists such fine attention.
Here are a few somewhat different thoughts about the Ballerinas to add to your own. I do agree with much of what you have written about them.
Veronika Part -- "Swan Lake" -- I 'copped' this reference to an article from another forum, which I try very hard not to do, but I really would like to include a quote from it here. To your comment about her Odile -- "And her Odile continues to show steady progress" -- James Wolcott added --
"Wowzah!...Smokin'!...Come to Daddy!...Let's get this shindig started!"
Please read it all if you like. It's a treat !http://www.vanityfair.com/online/wolcot ... rikes.html
Veronika Part -- Aurora ("Sleeping Beauty") -- You wrote -- "Ms. Part uses her arms expressively and lyrically, seemingly stretching every gesture beyond possible limits." I"m not sure what she's doing there but its totally her own and its phenomenal !
Gillian Murphy -- In her "Swan Lakes" (I have seen about six of them) she has also produced some of the most compelling imagery that I have ever seen -- art museums and stage !
Natalia Osipova -- Although everyone (including myself) seems to agree that her technical prowess is 'mind-boggling' there is another quality that I love about her. I've probably said it here a thousand times, but to me she is the 'dancer that never touches the ground' even during her beautiful 'floorwork-footwork'. It's ethereal !
You were so fortunate in what you were able to see this week , balletomaniac. Thanks so much for letting us share this with you !
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