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Eugene

06-08-99, 02:41 PM (GMT)
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"New York Ballet Stars"
 
   This is definitely worth seeing - it has some really good evergreens from Balanchine and some fascinating new works.

But the dancing is incredible. American dancers dancers do not have the lush very theatrical style Russian dancers have. But they are stronger, cleaner and more precise. It is like comparing Tchaikovsky to Stravinksy. One might find Tchiakovsky more immediately appealing but Stravinsky is far more intelligent!


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  RE: New York Ballet Stars Jessica Hanner 06-08-99 1
     RE: New York Ballet Stars Kevin Ng 07-08-99 2
  RE: New York Ballet Stars Bruce Madmin 07-08-99 3

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Jessica Hanner

06-08-99, 11:07 PM (GMT)
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   I agree - it was a most enjoyable evening. I particularly enjoyed some of the non Balanchine stuff. The pas de deux for two men (Concerto six twenty two) was lovely. Its strength lay in the fact that it showed the dancers working together rather than just taking part in contorted lifts and supported balances that can sometimes takeover some pieces at the expense of actually saying anything through the dance.

I liked the other new piece "Life Story" but I did feel that the Tennessee William's lyrics that the piece is based on and are sung took over rather. Some people seemed to be listening to the lyrics at the expense of the dancers (and what dancers - Wendy Whelan and Albert Evans).

One last thing - Paloma Herrera, what a revelation. Lovely legs and brilliant footwork.


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Kevin Ng

07-08-99, 04:41 AM (GMT)
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   Did they dance Balanchine's "Allegro Brillante" in the programme? Who was in the cast? I would have liked to see this gem of Balanchine which is not danced as often as his other masterpieces.


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Bruce Madmin

07-08-99, 09:44 AM (GMT)
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   I thought it terrific - much better than last year. NYCB dancers are so scarry and different. I know this, but I kind of forget some of it until I see them again. Lovely to see Rubies again - the Royal had it in the late 80's? Balanchine having fun with himself I think. And glorious Karinska costumes - lovely design and so well made.

And Whelan without tights (in Life Story) is just the most amazing dancer you will see. A good night.

We got some semi restricted view seats at the side of the stalls. For 25 they are not cheap - but still less than the 35 in the main stalls and the view was fine.


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