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 Post subject: Diana Vishneva: "Beauty in Motion"
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:39 pm 
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Lewis Segal's Los Angeles Times review:

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/ne ... &cset=true

Laura Bleiberg's Orange County Register review:

http://www.ocregister.com/entertainment ... costa-mesa


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I saw this show on Sunday, and I agree with Laura Bleiberg's assessment, except I thought Rhoden's piece was derivative. The best part of the show was Pendleton's, and it was disarmingly effacing to see only Vishneva's hands and feet for the first part of his show. Ironically, this was the only thing that really showed her personality.

Rhoden's piece looks like warmed over Forsythe from his In the middle somewhat elevated phase --- it had the clanging percussion, the same styles of exposing costumes, the bare stage with some scaffolding, and the frantic, extreme flexibility tests with off-balance pointework. If he had added a falling curtain, the copy would have been perfect. Ironically, Desmond Richardson was more fascinating and authentic in his solo than Vishneva, and stole the stage from her. This isn't surprising since Rhoden and Richardson work together in Complexions, and it's probably his natural working mode.

Kudos to her for taking the chance with three very different works, but that's why it's called chance: sometimes things just don't work.

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"Kudos to her for taking the chance with three very different works, but that's why it's called chance: sometimes things just don't work. "

I couldn't have put it better myself! I admire her willingness to try very different and new things, and she totally put her heart into it, but I have to agree that most of the program just didn't work. I too enjoyed F.L.O.W. the most, but wished it was "dancier". My bias is that I personally love Diana Vishneva as Giselle, which is the last role I saw her in at the Met, but the dismembered dancing limbs were charming, and the dress of beads were beautiful.

Laura Bleiberg's title of her review, "Ballerina's 'Beauty' thwarted" - ouch! I still think she's beautiful, but putting her in a clown's dunce cap...??? It almost thwarted her beauty.

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Alastair Macaulay reviews the City Center appearance in the New York Times:

NY Times

Tobi Tobias on Bloomberg.com:

Bloomberg.com

Joel Lobenthal in the New York Sun:

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Robert Gottlieb reviews the performance in the New York Observer:

NY Observer


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Hilary Osterle in the Financial Times:

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Did anyone else notice the tattoo on Vishneva's upper left thigh during Dwight Rhoden's piece? Is it real?


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Yes, it's real. We first discussed it here:

http://www.ballet-dance.com/forum/viewt ... c&start=30

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