To celebrate the release of the DVD “Together”–a
compendium of scenes from ballets that the American Ballet Theatre
ballerina shared with principal dancer Fernando Bujones–Cynthia
Gregory is sitting down with my esteemed colleague Joel Lobenthal, of
the extinguished Sun, at the Lincoln Center Barnes and Noble, 7:30 pm this Friday, October 17.
I know from firsthand experience that Joel is an excellent
interviewer–he was the moderator of a Dance Critics Association panel
this summer that included Laura Jacobs and me, and he asked really
engaging questions. He knows ballet history inside, outside, and upside
down, and has followed glorious Gregory’s career from the start.
case you have yet to succumb to middle age, Cynthia Gregory was a big
deal in the ’70s. Because the New York City Ballet didn’t tour the
States, for those of us in the provinces–the SF Bay Area, say–Gregory
in the classical roles of ABT was one of a handful of dancers that
meant ballet to us. As a teenager, I saw her with Bujones more than any
other ballerina. And while Makarova could feel too Russian (i.e., slow)
and Gelsey Kirkland freakily effete, Gregory was large and strong,
dancing with a forthright clarity that never compromised her grace.
Bujones, her regular partner, was heaven–gentle and long-limbed and as
soft in landing as a cat. Sort of like Marcelo Gomes.
Anyway, the conversation should be interesting.
As for live ballet, don’t forget that the San Francisco Ballet is at City Center through Sunday. They’ve brought a couple of Balanchine masterworks, as well as Morris and Wheeldon New York premieres.
of Wheeldon, I have just posted on the second annual outing of his
company, Morphoses: so much better than the first. In fact, so good in
parts that it was like being carried along by the tide. (The paradox of
experience: when you’re really one with it, you’re not in much of a position to accurately record it.)