Eric Taub, based in New York, is just trying to write about dance and other things, intelligibly.
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Quibbling and Côté aside, these were both terrific performances, bursting with energy …I wouldn’t mind seeing the Canadians become regular visitors to Saratoga
American Ballet Theatre have a new production of Le Corsaire. Eric Taub sees the headline casting of Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev – but was he moved and wowed? Not really…
Along the way, the show strings together some memorably ravishing songs and knock-out dance numbers while having fun…
…Bart’s a gifted and discerning artist, with a deep understanding of the Opera’s heritage and style. Rather than trying to “recreate” the long-forgotten original choreography by Arthur St. Leon, Bart’s made a new work that feels old, as if it had long been a warhorse of the Opera’s repertory, subject to over a century of vagaries in taste and technique, yet emerging today all the richer for the experience, and eloquent of its history.
New York City Ballet – Concerto Barocco, Kammermusik No. 2, Firebird, Symphony in C – Saratoga Springs
After the dreary bombast of Alexei Ratmansky’s recent Firebird for American Ballet Theatre, the Balanchine/Robbins version, with its blessedly shorter score (Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite), heavenly Chagall designs and the great Ashley Bouder in one of her first great roles, was a welcome palliative.
Ten or so years ago, I was watching ABT soloist Gennadi Saveliev dance Lankendem, the red-pajamad slave-dealer in ABT’s nicely condensed Le Corsaire, when he uncorked a step that made my jaw drop.
…so I will just conclude with noting that another depressing thing about the evening’s kitsch-ridden choreography was that it didn’t quite obscure the occasional glimmers of brilliance that reminded us that these men are, indeed, among the world’s best, despite this tawdry presentation.