Hi again, Jerry.
I thought that you gave Irina Dvorovenko a very fine description, but after all, a performance is what it is and you may not have seen anything that resembled the performance that I saw. I guess it was the amount of general internet interest in her that I was referring to and stating my strong feeling that she is probably well worth keeping an eye on.
The latest performance that I saw was the benefit for earthquake relief for Japan in Paris, Tuesday, with many mainly European stars. It turned out to be extremely fine as well as a very kind gesture on the part of the performing artists. I've been writing about it everyday since and my posts can be seen here if you are interested. viewtopic.php?f=33&t=34857
Ashley Bouder was there by the way and did just fine. She's everywhere these days and I love her her love for what she is doing. She was the only one from the States. From the Americas, Carlos Acosta was there and he brought the house down with his 'modernistic' performance. He is definitely someone who is going to continue to make huge waves in the world of dance.
Knowing your great and highly justified enthusiasm for encouraging ABT's own artists' development (although ABT is so 'diversified' that it can be sometimes hard to say if some individuals are really one of its 'own' artists), I appreciate your big smile in asking me, in Europe, where the new ABT talent might be coming from. I can't really help you there for the moment. There is so much great talent everywhere and the entire world is so accessible, that it is hard to really say who will wind up where and for how long.
I did see one young dancer in Paris, Olga Esina (Vienna State Opera Ballet, Principal), who apparently was a soloist at the Mariinsky, but unknown to me, who was an unexpected delight and the more I think about her -- a possible future Mind Boggler ! I will also pitch the name of Rolando Sarabia again as a personal favorite for a place at ABT.
Another quick comment about your review, while I'm here. In regard to 'Veronika!!' you used the word 'Instinctive' (actually "Instinctively") though in a different context from what I'm getting at, to describe one of her portrayals. I am always searching for the right words to best describe her generally and "Instinctive" is a new and absolutely excellent one. Sometimes she just seems to have sensory radar on stage. She has every base covered. It's a beautiful and remarkable sense of awareness. I may try to elaborate on this another time.
Thanks for your thanks. It's always great to have sometime to talk to !
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