MORE ON VERONIKA PART – THIS TIME IN THE PARK AT A LAURA JACOBS READING – AND SWANS AND SWAN DIVES

Thank you so much, you guys, for all the wonderful comments on my Veronika Part on Letterman post, and for the comments on all of my ABT and SYTYCD posts. I’ve been so busy at the Met I haven’t had time to respond to most of them but I really greatly appreciate them!

I am writing my review of the fabulous debut of Hee Seo and Cory Stearns as Romeo and Juliet. And, I also inadvertently snuck in (more on that soon) to see Herman Cornejo and Xiomara Reyes dance the leads last night and will write a bit about that too (they were both much better than the last time I saw them in these roles — Xiomara’s performance was very moving and I loved Herman’s unique interpretation of Romeo).

In the meantime, James Wolcott posts his thoughts on Veronika Part’s Letterman appearance. Also, he spotted her in Madison Square Park at his wife, Laura Jacobs’ reading of her latest novel, The Bird Catcher (which I’m reading now)! I keep missing these Jacobs readings! Probably because I’m too busy lately to read blogs and keep up with all of her appearances, and Barnes and Noble has for some reason taken me off of their events updates list. Anyway, in his post, James Wolcott also identifies the maker of Veronika’s gorgeous Letterman appearance dress, Christian Cota, which Haglund finds in Cota’s collection.

In light of all of my waxing on the swan dives, a contact of Marcelo sent me a photo of his:

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I didn’t see Marcelo’s Siegfried this season (I was making a point of it to see people other than my regulars this time around), so it wasn’t fresh on my mind, but from this picture it looks — wow, breathtaking!

Finally, regarding not the swan dives per se but Swan Lake in general, a new ballet-going friend of mine, author Marie Mutsuki Mockett, has a very interesting post (with lots of videos) about the evolution of Odette. Ooh, and I see she now also has a post on Cory and Hee’s Romeo and Juliet (which I saw with her)!

Today’s the last day of ABT in NY. Sadness! Matinee is David Hallberg and Gillian Murphy and tonight is Roberto Bolle and Irina Dvorovenko. And then, they’re on to LA. for all the celebrity viewings… I hope there are bloggers out there?… I don’t know if Jen and Jolene have time for a trip down the coast.  Ooh, but look, they do have a video of Veronika on Letterman!

2 Comments

  1. Tonya–I had so much fun going to the ballet with you! It was also wonderful to compare notes and have a debriefing at the end and I'm looking forward to next season. Can't wait to see what you write with regard to the many Juliets and Romeos you saw this past week. I'm looking forward to next season; there are so many dancers to check out. I'm hoping Veronika Part performs in something worthy of her gifts so I can go. I'm curious about Simone Messmer, who I missed this season. And of course there are all those boys I missed! Anyway, thanks for all the work you put into your blog this season!

  2. Tonya–I had so much fun going to the ballet with you! It was also wonderful to compare notes and have a debriefing at the end and I'm looking forward to next season. Can't wait to see what you write with regard to the many Juliets and Romeos you saw this past week. I'm looking forward to next season; there are so many dancers to check out. I'm hoping Veronika Part performs in something worthy of her gifts so I can go. I'm curious about Simone Messmer, who I missed this season. And of course there are all those boys I missed! Anyway, thanks for all the work you put into your blog this season!

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