rosa_cotton: (I Do Believe in Fairies!)
There is love for George MacDonald and his The Princess and the Goblin still!! Just stumbled onto this clip of a pas de deux between Princess Irene and Curdie from a ballet based on MacDonald's fantasy.

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rosa_cotton: (A Step Too Far -- LotR style)
Congratulations Ms. Part!!!!! Finally!
rosa_cotton: (stay here beside you)
SWAN LAKE (Choreography: McKenzie, after Petipa/Ivanov)
February 20, 2009
Kennedy Center Opera House

Odette/Odile - Veronika Part
Siegfried - Marcelo Gomes
Von Rothbart - David Hallberg
Pas de Trois - Yuriko Kajiya, Maria Ricetto, Jared Matthews

Swan Lake is my absolute favorite ballet with a haunting score by Tchaikovsky and a fantastic story. This was the second time I've seen this ballet live, and the first time I saw American Ballet Theatre. The main draw for me was Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes, whom I'd read much about their partnership and had longed to see for sometime.

Part and Gomes were a match made in heaven with a very special chemistry between them. Their partnership was one of kindred artistry rather than dazzling technique. They completely believed in the lake of tears and sold it to me singlehandedly.

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rosa_cotton: (Dreaming of the Night He Danced with Me)
Favorite ballets:
Swan Lake
La Sylphide
The Sleeping Beauty
Theme & Variations
The Nutcracker
La Sonnambula
Don Quixote
Bruch Violin Concerto
La Ventana
A Folk Tale

**Favorite male dancers:
Igor Zelensky
Mikhael Baryshnikov
Marcelo Gomes
Ivan Nagy
Roberto Bolle
Rudolf Nureyev
Andris Liepa
Sergei Filin
Alexander Bogatyrev
Thiago Soares
Charles Jude
Angel Corella
Yuri Vasyuchenko
Ivan Vasiliev

**Favorite female dancers:
Gelsey Kirkland
Yulia Makhalina
Larissa Lezhnina
Veronika Part
Natalia Bessmertnova
Marianela Nuñez
Nathalie Nordquist
Viktoria Tereshkina
Galina Mezentseva
Tamara Rojo
Viviana Durante
Altynai Asylmuratova
Margot Fonteyn
Sylvie Guillem
Darcey Bussell
Natalia Osipova

**Favorite partnerships:

**These lists were created with the help of videos, DVDs, too-short YouTube clips, and articles/reviews.**


Feb. 19th, 2008 10:05 pm
rosa_cotton: (Guide You)
I just found out that today Natalia Bessmertnova, a former prima ballerina of Russia's the Bolshoi Ballet, died after suffering a long illness at age 66. I never saw her live, but her Swan Lake with with Alexander Bogatyrev was beautiful, and I've loved watching that production for over ten years. Also, a few years ago I got her Raymonda (partnered by Yuri Vasyuchenko) and have really enjoyed it.

What a loss for the ballet world. *cries*
rosa_cotton: (Sewing)
Great discoveries have been made today at youtube.

First, I found rare clips of Gelsey Kirkland's dancing. *SQUEE* All I'd seen in the past was her as Clara in the American Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker (1977), which is the only ballet featuring her commercially available on DVD at present. But I found clips of her in the Don Quixote grand pas de deux and Theme and Variations, partnered in both pieces by Mikhail Baryshnikov (who was her prince in Nutcracker; surprise, surprise!). Gelsey is very good in T&V; she and Baryshnikov are wonderful in the pa de deux in the second part. *sighs dreamily* I wish there was more footage of them.

Second, a search that began for the Romeo and Juliet ballet led to my stumbling over clips of Igor Zelensky, a dancer from the Kirov Ballet. (He was Siegfried in one of my favorite Swan Lake productions that I grew up watching and still treasure.) I found him in the whole one-act ballet Paquita (never heard of it before) with the Kirov Ballet, partnering Yulia Makhalina (who was his Odette/Odile in Swan Lake!!!!!). *SQUEEEEE* The entire thing is lovely. Igor and Yulia are beautiful together (in act two of Swan Lake they had me melting into a puddle of mush). The music is very pretty, the set is grand, and the costumes are gorgeous with the tutus in a variety of colors. The first part I especially liked.

If you have read this far I commend you for taking the time to "listen" to me rant and squee. I love ballet. :D
rosa_cotton: (Eric and Ariel)
Swan Lake is arguably the most popular ballet in the world. Its brilliant score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa and Ivanov of the “standard version” are, I believe, two reasons this ballet, over one hundred years old, is still so beloved today.

The story begins as Prince Siegfried is celebrating his twenty-first birthday. The Queen Mother interrupts the party to present her son with a crossbow and remind him it is his duty to marry. Unhappy about this, Siegfried goes hunting. At a lake a swan he is about to shoot changes into a beautiful girl, Odette, Queen of the Swans. She and her companions are imprisoned by the magician Von Rothbart; they are swans by day and themselves between the hours of midnight and dawn. The spell can only be broken if a man swears a pledge of undying love and marries Odette. Siegfried, deeply in love, says he will be this man. At the ball the following night, the Queen Mother commands Siegfried to pick a bride from among the princesses; he refuses. Two strangers arrive. In disguise they are Von Rothbart and his daughter Odile, whom he has made into the very likeness of Odette. Siegfried is duped into believing Odile is the Swan Queen and vows to love her forever. Odette appears at the window, and Von Rothbart and Odile flee the ball in triumph; horror-stricken, Siegfried runs to the lake. The swan maidens are in despair and can do little to comfort their queen. The prince comes and begs Odette’s forgiveness, which she gives. But she is doomed to be a swan forever and casts herself into the lake. Siegfried follows, and their sacrifice destroys Rothbart and frees the swan maidens. Siegfried and Odette are thus reunited in eternal love. (Some versions end with Siegfried killing Rothbart and he and Odette living happily ever after.)

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