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March 08, 2014


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So great to hear a good report of Gelsey's students. I don't think I've ever heard of Petipa's Cavalry Halt or Perrot's Pas de Quatre.

Off-topic, I recently watched the Kirov's 1989 take on Theme and Variations (thanks, Youtube). I couldn't help but compare Gelsey and Misha's speed and attack to the former's version. The female principals (the video was a mash-up of 2 different performances, I think) danced their solos 'softer' and slower than G; I was also struck by their smiling countenance. Gelsey, to me, came off as more 'mysterious'; not cold, but definitely not demurely smiling Ballerina. Maybe it's just me, but I also found Misha's solos more impressive...

Meg, I love the performance of Gelsey and Misha in T&V. I think it will always be my favorite. She is simply magical.

Hi Haglund,

I've been enjoying your writing and comments of others here for about 2 years. Last night I watched Gelsey & Misha in T&V. It's the most fabulous! Most of the Kirov/Bolshoi renditions of Balanchine seem slowed down and differently accented.

Thanks for a great read!

Peppina, thanks much for reading H.H.

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