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Eugene Merrett

01-06-99, 08:12 PM (GMT)
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"Durante triumphs in New York"
 
   Durante had her Giselle premier in New York last Saturday. According to Anne Kisselgoff the NY Times dance critic she “triumphed!” According to Miss Kisselgoff Durante demonstrated her “amazing power of expressive technique” Moreover Durante’s performances was the “hottest ticket” in dance and the theatre was packed (very rare for the Met with its 4000 seats). She also pointed out that her Act 1 variation was packed with more footwork then the other Giselles and she was the only one who finished it on her knee as is traditional. She also comments on her fine allegro work, powerful jumps(!?) and high extensions.
The fact that she sold out the entire theatre is quite remarkable! Somehow I can’t quite see Bruce Sansom generating the same level of excitement if he was debuting with the ABT at the Met. (Sorry Jane I simply could not resist that jibe – I await your flame with dread and foreboding!).

I had tickets for the NYCB at the State Theatre next door and I was tempted to miss the first work (Ballet Imperial) to see the first Act of Giselle. But I left my binoculars in England. The standing room area at the Met is too far back to make it worthwhile without binoculars.

In the Sunday version of the NY Times there was a further article about Durante and her plans. She has an extensive program of lucrative guest engagement including Chile (Dance for Pinochet ?). This would suggest that it is unlikely that she will sign up full time with the ABT.

There was also a really good photo of Durante in the same articles which emphasis her dark exotic features. I wish I could blow it up and frame it. She is one of the few dancers who can look exotic, serious, intelligent or gentle and sweet depending on the role. Compare her Manon to her Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella and you see a very different person I think she is a very beautiful woman.

I think she will be back for the Summer season. She wants to perform and there is little other ballet around at that time of year. Lets hope she does!


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j gordon

01-06-99, 08:13 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Durante triumphs in New York"
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   Do you know how I could get hold of a copy of the review and interview as the internet versions of the reviews of NY Times are pay by credit card unless you see them on the day ? Any clue as to whether she will still guest with RB ?


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Eugene Merrett

01-06-99, 08:14 PM (GMT)
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>>>>Do you know how I could get hold of a copy of the review and interview as the internet versions of the reviews of NY Times are pay by credit card unless you see them on the day ? Any clue as to whether she will still guest with RB ?
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Sorry but I do not think there is any other way of getting a copy of the review unless you pay $2.50 per article. It also will not have the photos! AOL use to have it free of charge and several months of articles easily obtainable.
My guess is that she will do some guest work. The season is too irresistable to such an artistically committed dancer. Also given the very concilliatory tones coming out of her camp shortly after the problems with Sansom would suggest that she wants to let bygones be bygones. Of course it would help if Bruce did leave!!



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Stephanie Heuer

01-06-99, 08:15 PM (GMT)
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   Of course it would help if Bruce did leave!!
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Eugene - do stop it!! I don't even think she is dancing with Bruce this summer. To my knowledge, she is only scheduled to dance with Mukhamedov, Cope and Acosta.


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