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Subject: "New York City Ballet Nutcracker" Archived thread - Read only
 
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smw380

21-12-00, 02:40 AM (GMT)
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"New York City Ballet Nutcracker"
 
   I'm not sure how much interest there is in NYCB here, but my son and I made our annual pilgrimage to Lincoln Center tonight for Nutcracker.

It was a big improvement over last year. For one thing there was live music -- the orchestra was on strike last year, so they performed with a tape. And the corps, at least in Waltz of the Flowers, actually managed to approximate a straight line several times! (The disintegration of the NYCB corps is one of the big mysteries of ballet to me. Since Balanchine died, they've become just awful, really sloppy. It's depressing.)

But all in all, it was good. I think this was the first Nutcracker I've ever seen where all the boy guests were played by boys! The Sugar Plum Fairy was Wendy Whelan, who is a very good dancer but not an exciting one. Her Cavalier was Nilas Martins, who can really spin. The Dewdrop was Monique Meunier, and she came across as a dancer who would be exciting to watch in more complicated stuff. One soloist caught my eye, a guy named Arch Higgens. Big, powerful, effortless jumps, and a strong stage presence. It might be worth a trip back to try to see him again.

I will say that the big Sugar Plum pas de deux always gets me a bit misty....Just perfect old-fashioned ballet, with glorious music. It's a fine thing to see.

sarah


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  RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker Bruce Madmin 21-12-00 1
     RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker smw380 21-12-00 2
         RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker eug 21-12-00 3
         RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker Kevin Ng 21-12-00 4

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Bruce Madmin

21-12-00, 06:25 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker"
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   Thank you. Er.. there is interest in NYCB and many of us enjoyed them when they came over to Edinburgh... so reports are nice to see... esp of Whelan, though I have great difficulty in seeing her do a Sugar I have to say.

btw have moved this thread into what's happening because thats where we try and put review type things


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smw380

21-12-00, 12:24 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker"
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   Oops, thanks for the relocation.

NYCB is an interesting company. I was very fortunate to be able to see many, many perforamnces by them during the late heyday of Balanchine/Robbins (late 70s) and so my standards for them are very high. It was amazing to be able to go to the ballet night after night and see one flawless performance after another. They've suffered without Balanchine, which I guess is to be expected, but it isn't just the dancing, it's the scheduling and choice of repetoire as well. I wanted to go back during the regular season, and I just couldn't find a program that looked interesting enough to bother with. There's a flatness about them now, it's like the some of the spark is gone.


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eug

21-12-00, 01:49 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker"
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   I think I am the biggest cheer leader for the New York City Ballet over here. I absolutely adore this company far far more then the Kirov or the Royal. Their emphasise on pure dance and the importance of music really appeals to me.

It really is the thinking man's ballet company with in my view a more intellectual approach to dance as art. Other classical ballet companies (except the Royal) look dated compared to them.

But I did not like their Nutcracker! Judging from the film version it had no dancing in Act 1 and Act 2 was done at such a fast and furious pace that much of the beauty of the dancing was lost.

But I think they also do to much and this is main reason why their corp is so ragged - there is not enough rehersal time given so many different works that need to be performed!


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Kevin Ng

21-12-00, 02:39 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: New York City Ballet Nutcracker"
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   >NYCB is an interesting company. I
>was very fortunate to be
>able to see many, many
>perforamnces by them during the
>late heyday of Balanchine/Robbins (late
>70s) and so my standards
>for them are very high.

I've watched NYCB since the early 1980s.

>another. They've suffered without Balanchine,
>which I guess is to
>be expected, but it isn't
>just the dancing, it's the
>scheduling and choice of repetoire

I agree with you entirely. Somehow the percentage of Balanchine's ballets in the repertory each season has dropped noticeably in the last few years.

> There's a flatness about
>them now, it's like the
>some of the spark is
>gone.

I think so too. I wonder whether Peter Martins really cares about the Balanchine heritage.



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