Bruce Wall Posted May 31, 2018 Share Posted May 31, 2018 (edited) Since there isn't a stream on it - and as many may not have attended it may not be apt - and, as ever, I have little time nowadays doing what I do - I just wanted to say that in the Spring Gala last night the balletic highlights FOR ME were (i) Muntagirov in the Ashton bringing - as he is so gloriously wont to do - heart and soul to each and every step ... and (ii) Naghdi and Hay in the First Movement's close (and I for one can't wait to see both in the whole - and I'll go to every one of their performances) of SinC. Has she EVER looked happier???? Not in my experience. This dazzling artist jumped - nay was released - unto her own natural waters ... aside the brilliant Hay who, as ever now, was buoyed by his own distinctive eminence - and it was as if a cork had been thrust from the most heady Champagne. Would that she could dazzle in more Balanchine. Here's hoping she shall over a long and I'm now convinced glorious career. Agree wholly about Kaneko. She too exhibited an emancipated liberation in the 2nd Movement's finality that was beyond heartening - and that aside Bonelli who - it must be said - simply struggles I fear now in this capacity. There should be a health and safety concern launched in this instance methinks .... (Bracewell - aptly named - will I'm certain come to the humane fore) - as there should with Choe - should she have to dance a full fourth movement which - albeit short - is without exception - challenging (and that's being polite). Sadly she simply does not possess the core strength in order to deliver the speed and (therefore) interpretation that can make it fly, however endearing her smile can on other occasions be. Last night in this capacity it was I fear rather (and understandably) fixed. I think O'Sullivan would be a good candidate. Certainly it would be a rightful testing ground. But - ALL IN ALL - Naghdi flew in her rightful rapture. It was ENTIRELY life-enriching. Edited May 31, 2018 by Bruce Wall 7 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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