(Millicent w/ Rio dancers photo Ken Archer)
Much props to Theatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro for keeping their focus on Le Sacre even though the future is unpredictable. And they have had the shit kicked out of them.
Watch Millicent willing Priscilla Albuquerque with her own body. Left side, half way up the frame. See it? How do people like Millicent Hodson and Ken Archer maintain excitement in the rehearsal process? The 1987 Joffrey (and subsequent Joffrey corp) were the jewel of the reconstruction.
I am certain there is frustration and have seen a glimpse but not here with this company. If you were to go to Facebook and look up dancers currently in the corp de ballet, there will be at least one post-show or rehearsal photo of Nijinsky's Sagracao. At least one photo with Millicent and Kenneth. See? There are SIX Chosen Ones in this photo!
From Monica Barbosa, TMRJ: Carlos Cabral, Elida Brum, Carol Fernandes, Aloani Bastos, Rita Martins, Priscilla Albuquerque, Rachel Ribeiro, Samantha Monteiro, Priscilla Mota, Flavia Carlos, Margheritta Tostes, Deborah Ribeiro, Thayara Camellot, Marcella Gil, Viviane Barreto, Renata Gouveie Kraszcuk, Renata Oares, Karen Mesquita, Juliana Valadao, Alessandra do Valle. F
TMRJ is so truly invested in this VERY difficult ballet that it seems all the more cruel for their thread bare government to make such monumental decisions on art and culture.
Keep killing it Rio. You have Nijinsky in the wings and Millicent in your corner.
(And me in the archive.)
How great is this, yeah? Rehearsing with the orchestra - which clearly needs it. Did you ever see the video of Rachel Ribeiro being tortured by the orchestra for 4 minutes! She hung in there I do not know how. Tough girl.
I think these are video of Karen Mesquita and Viviane Barreto (I have had no communication with them to be certain).