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ARTISTRY IN MOTION #25 – Natasha in center floor

 

Fascinating. Natalia Makarova practices in center floor. The video quality is very poor, but we can still see her extraordinary control and balance. Notice how she always “gets on her leg”—she places it accurately and it is absolutely perpendicular to the floor—and therefore the free leg and her torso and arms simply float into position. She knew she had to place her toe and drive down. And notice when she does the pirouette en attitude en dedans how she throws the leading arm and simply “coasts” the turn. It’s mesmerizing.

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #24 – Gelsey in Theme

 

A thrilling performance from the 1978 Wonder of the World. How about the solo-defining pas de chats en tournant? Notice how she works in opposition to the direction and movement. She is the classical example of “ears back” and reaching back so you can move forward. When the music speeds up, she is still ahead of it, fearlessly, even while turning and changing directions. And, does it matter that she had limited extension? Not a bit—she pushes the air with her pointes and phrases her movements so beautifully her movements have amplitude and power. So inspiring! Bravo!

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #23 – Makarova & Dowell in Manon – Bedroom pas de deux

Makarova & Dowell in Macmillan’s bedroom pas de deux from Manon. The longest kiss in the ballet repertoire? They display the sculptured poses that highlight this rapturous music with polished performances that can only come from fabulously successful careers. At this moment in time they are reigning spirits of the ballet stage.

natasha & dowell in manon

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #22 – Darci Kistler & Ib Andersen in Stanley William’s version of “The William Tell” Pas

A joyful experience! Lovely quick footwork with a young Darci showing her fabulous talent. I remember seeing this documentary in fall and at the end Darci is having trouble with the piqué attitude turns, and Stanley very quietly says “toe” (he never said much) and she emphasizes how she places her toe and her body and floats the turn magically. I say this repeatedly in class during pirouettes: toe, toe, toe. Everything begins and ends with the toe.

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #21 – Darci & Damien in Blanchine’s “Nutcracker” Pas

The most glorious music choreographed as only Balanchine could and danced to the hilt by two dancers at the peak of their fabulous powers: Darci Kistler & Damien Woetzel of The New York City Ballet.

D & D Nutcracker

Darci Nutcacker

THE FJ STORY Part 12: Quits Dance, Begins Teaching

Finis talks about his disappearance from the dance world for three years, why he did it, and how he returned to dance as a fledgling teacher and went on to open one of the most successful studios of the 70s and 80s. The 80s were an especially sad time because so many of the men who danced in Cats, A Chorus Line, and La Cage and two pianists, Bill Brown and Phillip Leland, were lost to AIDS.

1969 love not war

 

 

 

1969 Time Mag Cover

 

1969 Yoko & John

 

1969-the-year-that-changed-america

 

Clark Tippett ,  ABT

 

Clark Tippet, ABT

 

Glenn Edgerton, Joffrey Ballet

 

Glenn Edgerton, Joffrey Ballet

 

John Sowinski & Rima Vetter in ALL THAT JAZZ

 

John Sowinksi and Rima Vetter in All That Jazz

Linda Kent, Paul Taylor

 

Linda Kent, Paul Taylor

Mark Goldweber, The Joffrey

 

Pat Miller, The Joffrey

 

Pat Miller, Joffrey Ballet

Shelley Washington, Twyla Tharp

 

Shelley Washington, Twyla Tharp

Stephanie Saland, NYCB

 

Stephanie Saland, NYCB

Susan McGuire, Paul Taylor

 

Susan McGuire, Paul Taylor

Virginia Johnson, DTH, in Giselle

Virginia Johnson, DTH in Giselle

William Forsythe

 

William Forsythe

Wilson Morelli, 1972 classes

 

Wilson Morelli

 

 

THE FJ STORY Part 11: Erik Bruhn

Erik Bruhn—the greatest male dancer of his time—danced with The Harkness Ballet of New York in 1965. I was in the company at that time and got to know Erik quite well during our rehearsal period at Watch Hill, RI. Here are some of my recollections of this legendary dancer.

Erik & Rudi in Cannes 1965

Erik & Rudi in Cannes 1965

Erik & Rudi in class

Erik & Rudi in class

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Erik 1963 by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1963, photo by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1965 by Fred Fehl (2)

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik 1965 by Fred Fehl (3)

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik 1965 by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik 1965 photo by Fred Fehl

 

Erik 1965, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik in Carmen by Fred Fehl

 

Erik in Carmen, photo by Fred Fehl

Erik

 

Harkness Ballet 1965 Erik

 

Harkness Ballet 1965

Harkness Ballet 1965 in Don Q

 

Harkness Ballet 1965 in Don Q

Harkness Erik 1965

 

Harkness Ballet 1965

 

 

 

ARTISTRY IN MOTION #10: Marianela Nunez Rehearses Prince of the Pagoda

Here’s Marianela Nunez (again) of The Royal Ballet, on her birthday, rehearsing “Prince of the Pagodas.” Notice how her movement flows—she has such superb coordination and control—as she displays one beautiful line after another. She’s relaxed, yet focused. Amazing.

marianela and ryochi

Marianela & Ryochi

marianela in front of curtain

 

marianela jazzy

 

THE FJ STORY Part 10: International Touring

With the Joffrey Ballet, Finis danced in Portugal, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Iran, Afghanistan, India, and the Soviet Union (at the Kirov/Maryinsky in St. Petersburg; at the Bolshoi in Moscow; Kharkov, Donetsk, Kiev). With the Harkness Ballet, Finis performed on the French Riviera in Cannes, Nice, and Monte Carlo; and in Spain,Italy, Greece, Germany, Rumania, Egypt, and Africa.

Fille Mal Gardee in India

Fille Mal Gardee in India

harkness poster

June Wilson & Afghani soldiers in Kabul

June Wilson & Afghani soldiers in Kabul

The Joffrey Ballet in the mid East

The Joffrey Ballet in the mid East

Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind

Venice 1968 - Mary & Bob and flying friends

Venice 1968 – Mary & Bob and flying friends

Waiting for the train to Naples

 

Waiting for the train to Naples

With King Hussein in Jordan

 

With King Hussein in Jordan

THE FJ STORY Part 9: One Night Stands

Besides performing internationally with both the Joffrey and Harkness Ballet Companies, Finis Jhung also did “one night stands” throughout the USA. The tours lasted as long as ten weeks, traveling by bus from city to city. Each week Finis usually performed in four or five different cities, where the biggest challenge was always trying to find a place to eat after the performance.

One Night Stands Feast of Ashes

Feast of Ashes

One Night Stands Finis in NIGHTSONG

Finis in Night Song

One Night Stands Harkness Ballet Finis in Variations for Four

 

Harkness Ballet Finis in Variations for Four

One Night Stands Harkness Ballet in TIME OUT OF MIND

Harkness Ballet in Time Out of Mind

One Night Stands Joffrey The Palace

 

Joffrey The Palace

One Night Stands Pas de Dix

Pas de Dix