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 Post subject: American Ballet Theatre Touring Programs 2011-12
PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 2:46 pm 
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In the Chicago Tribune, Sid Smith reports principal casting for American Ballet Theatre's March 22-25, 2012 performances of "Giselle" at Chicago's Auditorium Theatre.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 12:29 pm 
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ABT brings a mixed program of works by American choreographers to Bard College in Annandale, New York, November 4-6, 2011. John Barry previews the programs for the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 23, 2012 1:59 am 
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ABT performed a program of Ratmansky's "Seven Sonatas," Merce Cunningham's "Duets," Balanchine's "Tchaikovsky Pas de deux" and Paul Taylor's "Company B" at the Winspear Opeara House in Dallas on Friday, January 20, 2012. Margaret Putnam reviews the performance for Theater Jones.

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Manuel Mendoza reviews the January 20, 2012 performance for the Dallas Morning News.

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Danna Reubin reviews ABT's Dallas performance for D Magazine.

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Sarah Kaufman reviews the Tuesday, January 31, 2012 mixed repertoire performance at the Kennedy Center for the Washington Post.

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"La Bayadere"

* Veronika Part *

A Remarkable Woman -- Absolutely Remarkable !

In discussing any performance by this woman I really feel that you have to start from the premise that she is on a plane of her own. Her mere appearance on the stage is a phenomenon. Any performance will at least have some elements unequaled by anyone else, absolute gems to be treasured ! This performance had many.

Marcelo Gomes

In his own way, 'out there' almost as far as ! Veronika ! is. As her partner he is the pillar on which she stands.

Stella Abrera -- Gamzatti

Radiant and lovely performer.

Corps de Ballet -- Entrance of the Shades

Magnificent !


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 Post subject: Re: American Ballet Theatre Touring Programs 2011-12
PostPosted: Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:36 pm 
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"La Bayadere"


Paloma Herrera -- Nikiya

A charming innocence permeated everything that she did, and her technical prowess (spins, balances, jumps, etc.) along with a lovely delicacy, made hers a very fine performance.



Simon Messmer -- Gamzatti

I Love This Young Lady -- Just Absolutely Love Her !

She Puts 1,000 % Into Everything That She Does

and, Yes

The Effect Is Absolutely

!! Mesmerizing !!


Cory Stearns -- Solar

He did just fine with some wonderful aerial feats and well as other excellent dancing.


Roman Zhurbin -- The High Brahmin -- He looks just like Rudolph Nureyev.


Corp de Ballet -- Enchanting, some Images of Sandro Botticelli and some of that old ABT fire-on-the-mountain in the final Shades dancing.


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 Post subject: Re: American Ballet Theatre Touring Programs 2011-12
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Simon Messmer

I would first include her in a list of the current great Actress ballerinas. Others that come to mind are Alina Cojocaru, Diana Vishneva, perhaps Natalia Osipova, and definitely Veronika Part, although she is much harder to categorize. Simon Messmer, like Alina Cojocaru, I believe could have a great career as an actress. Alina Cojocaru has expressed her strong interest in this sort of thing.

What makes the actress ballerina special is that she must perform in the context of dance. Her expression must also translate into physical movement and words are never used. Physical expression is everything. All the dancers that I listed above, I believe, excel at this.

As Gamzatti, Simon Messmer was hypnotic. Her facial expression was so into the character, wonderful in every nuance, and nuanced so completely and so appropriately. I was sitting about ten rows from the stage and I still used theater glasses as much as possible to keep track of her every facial gesture. Doing this added greatly to catching every subtlety, and subtlety was as evident and meaningful as her impossible to miss expansiveness.

For instance when she was sitting with her father, the Radjah and Solar, her fiancee, watching Nikiya dance for their wedding celebration, she had several distinct personas, as she looked at her father nobly and correctly, Solar and Nikiya in emotional and psychological dimensions worthy of any great Shakespearian delving into the complexity of extreme human existence.

This translated equally into her total physical expression and specifically her dancing. The dance and the character were Totally Unified.

Simon Messmer is certainly a major phenomenon of the stage, who I hope will be given every chance possible, as often as possible, to shine for us as the Compelling Wonder of Expression that she is.


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 Post subject: Re: American Ballet Theatre Touring Programs 2011-12
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Tonight

"La Bayadere"

* Veronika Part *

As a lady sitting two seats away from me said,

" Awesome ! "


Marcelo Gomes

Great !

Stella Abrera -- Gamzatti

Lovely, lovely dancing !

Corps de Ballet

Once again Enchanting !


And much more....



This Afternoon

Hee Seo -- Nikiya

Lovely dancing.

Isabella Boylston -- Gamzatti

Loved Her !

Captivating ! Vibrant presence, great characterization, magnificent jumps....should have an amazing career !

(She did take a fall at the end of a spin and had to leave the stage. She returned in a few minutes with beautiful Dignity (almost no dancing had been lost) and continued on just fine. The audience was wonderfully supportive.)

Vadim Muntagirov -- Solor

May have stolen the show !

Sailed like the breeze over everyone and almost stayed there !


And much more....


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 Post subject: Re: American Ballet Theatre Touring Programs 2011-12
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In the Chicago Tribune, Sid Smith previews ABT's March 22-25, 2012 performances of "Giselle" with a feature about ballet partnerships.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 10:49 am 
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In the Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss interviews David Hallberg, who will be performing Albrecht in ABT's "Giselle" on Saturday evening, March 24, 2012 at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.

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Sid Smith reviews the Thursday, March 22, 2012 performance of "Giselle" with Julie Kent and Marcelo Gomes for the Chicago Tribune.

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ABT is presenting the premiere of Alexei Ratmansky's "The Firebird" on a program with Christopher Wheeldon's "Thirteen Diversions" and Merce Cunningham's "Duets," Thursday through Sunday, March 29 through April 1, 2012 at Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa, California. Paul Hodgins talks to Alexei Ratmansky about the creation of his new work in the Orange County Register.

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 Post subject: Re: American Ballet Theatre Touring Programs 2011-12
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Hedy Weiss reviews the Thursday, March 22, 2012 Chicago performance of "Giselle" for the Chicago Sun-Times.

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