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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

ABT Onegin reviews

Reviews of Cranko's Onegin at American Ballet Theatre:
Alastair Macaulay, New York Times
 "Mr. Gomes, in particular, struck me as the finest Onegin of my experience — his looks and stance carrying all the Byronic suggestions that are right for the part — and the musicality and rich tone of his dancing made every choreographic point register potently... Simply no choreography here rewards repeated viewing."

[If you've never seen Onegin  and are wondering whether you should buy a ticket, don't take Alastair Macaulay's word for it. Go! You'll love it. - Katherine]

Marina Harss, Dance Tabs:

Leigh Witchel, New York Post:
"All the passion in the world can ring hollow if it doesn’t come from the heart. American Ballet Theatre’s opening night Monday of “Onegin” was long on exquisite dancing, but short on feeling."

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  1. Definitely don't take Alastair Macaulay's word on ANYTHING. Unless David Hallberg is dancing, who I think is totally cold and overrated, he usually disapproves. Onegin is a beautiful ballet. Bolle and Kent danced it magnificently last night. The strength of Bolle's partnering was amazing. See it and ignore Macaulay.

  2. Hi David, Thanks for your comment. I agree with you about Macaulay. (Also I haven't really seen enough Hallberg to judge his dramatic ability, but his Albrecht didn't blow me away either.) Onegin is one of my favourite ballets and I have seen wonderful, moving performances of it in Toronto, London, and Stuttgart. It would be a crying shame if anyone were dissuaded from buying a ticket to go and see the current ABT run by reading Alastair's screed.

    1. I saw Onegin on Saturday, June 9th and it moved me to tears! The choreography was amazing, and Dvorovenko was reminiscent of Makarova. Simkin's lines were pure poetry, and Cory Stearns was well-suited for the part. I was absolutely blown away by Dvorovenko's performance. Ignore McCauley's reviews of this ballet and buy a ticket. You won't be sorry - I guarantee!!!