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Eugene Merrett

17-08-99, 04:25 PM (GMT)
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"Best and worse of the season"
   Jeannie Szoradi started a thread in ballet alert about what she thought was the best and worse of the season. My nominees are as follows

Best (in no particular order)

NDT London visit
RB mixed bill - Rhapsody etc
Yoshida in La Fille
Durante in Giselle
NYCB Swan Lake, Goldberg Variations
PNB Midsummer Nights (more because of the dancing then the actual ballet!)
Aniashvilli in Raymonda and Don Q
Bolshoi - Don Q
NYCB amazing 100 ballet season
Susan Jaffe Don Q ABT (triumph of experience over


Bolshoi - Swan Lake (in a class of its own)
Bolshoi - Sparticus, La Bayedere
NYCB Fanfare, La Valse
RB Mr Worldly Wise Dance Bites (generally)
Bolshoi's Volochova - Bolshoi gain is definetly not the Kirov loss

Please give your best and worse

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  RE: Best and worse of the season Jeannie 17-08-99 1
     RE: Best and worse of the season Kevin Ng 18-08-99 2

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17-08-99, 05:21 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Best and worse of the season"
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   Why, Eugene, I am flattered! You know what they say about imitation.

Best -

Kirov Sleeping Beauty (A-#1 balletic experience of the 98/99 season for me, by a mile! The opening night was probably the happiest ballet-going experience of my life. Everything came together to form four hours of total magic.)

Nina's Kitri with ABT (she really won me over this year; sleeker physique & a tad less reliance on facial expressions than in the past; truly a prima ballerina in my book)

NYCB's Swan Lake, full of beautiful pure dance. Miranda Weese was gorgeous as Odette/odile and in everything else I saw her dance in winter & spring

NYCB's Alexandra Ansanelli & Maria Kowroski in everything I saw THEM dance.

ABT's Ethan Stiefel, better than ever this year & NYCB's Damien Woetzel, as good as ever

General excellence of ABT's corps de ballet.

The progress of the Kirov Academy's recent graduate female "star pupils"--ABT's Michele Wiles & San Francisco Ballet's Vanessa Zahorian. Even more promising is the current "star pupil" at that academy, Adrienne Canterna. (Watch out, world!!)

Worst -

ABT's Anastasia

Kirov's Irma Nioradze's Symphony in C/1st movement and Giselle/Act I (Act II was wonderful)

General sloppiness of the NYCB corps de ballet

I didn't see Anastasia Volochkova this season but Eugene's comments (as well as those of the London critics & fans) come as no surprise to me. I kept wondering when the average ballet-going public would figure her out. Shame 'cause she has a beautiful instrument & was full of potential a few years back. Maybe she'll think long & hard and lighten-up her style & "attack." - Jeannie

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Kevin Ng

18-08-99, 09:41 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Best and worse of the season"
In response to message #1
   I'll skip the worst list, but I'll put down a Best list based on my ballet-going in the past 12 months.

1. Uliana Lopatkina's Odette/Odile partnered by Evgeny Ivanchenko with the Kirov Ballet in Hong Kong last Dec.

2. New York City Ballet's "Balanchine Black and White Celebration Week" in Jan. 99.
-Kyra Nichols divine in "Concerto Barocco", and also in "Liebeslieder Walzer" in the following week.
-Maria Kowroski in 2nd movement of "Symphony in C".

3. Paris Opera Ballet's William Forsythe programme in April 99 - the entire cast especially Nicolas Le Riche in the new "Pas./parts"; also "Woundwork 1" with Isabelle Guerin, Laurent Hilaire, Carole Arbo, and Manuel Legris.

4. Baryshnikov in "White Oak Dance Project" at Sadler's Wells in June.

5. Thomas Edur with ENB - as Prince in "Cinderella" at London Coliseum in Jan., and as Siegfried in "Swan Lake" in Hong Kong in May, and in Royal Albert Hall in June.

6. The 20 year old Svetlana Lunkina's Giselle with the Bolshoi Ballet in July at London Coliseum partnered by Nicolai Tsiskaridze.

7. Darcey Bussell in Mark Baldwin's "Towards Poetry" with the Royal Ballet in July at Sadler's Wells.

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