Greetings to all "Vintage Lante" lovers. I haven't been over here in a looong time. But after catching up I had a couple of thoughts...well, maybe a few more than just a couple, LOL!
It's that word "vintage" that Caitie so beautifully expounded on that perfectly describes the beautiful pair of talented people that comprises our favorite soap couple that survived for four and a half years. I'd also add that "vintage" is also very descriptive of that which is considered "classic".
It's no wonder that, being a ballet instructor training children in what many believe is a dying art form, I am more than ever aware of just how much of what is considered "classic" is used to build what is current in the dance world. Ironic, then, to see "classic", "vintage" Lante torn down to re-create something that is new but has seemingly nothing (or very little), of the elements, structure and characteristics that made them so special, a couple that was built to weather as many storms as could be thrown in their path.
I draw some comfort that, from my perspective, Dominic has done yeoman's work. His performance in his scenes with Maurice Benard (12/12/13), were a prime example of what is still possible when an actor of his caliber is given material worthy of investment. (It didn't hurt that Kate Hall was the script writer, either.) If I thought that the recast was his equal in talent, ability and presence, I might be convinced that something resembling "classic", "Vintage Lante" would be enough to satisfy my sincere wish to continue to be touched and moved by this fictional couple who so captured my imagination, affection and heart. I guess the joke was on me for thinking this would be something that could be achieved with the current occupant of the role of L.
Julie and Dominic, as a dramatic pairing, were on a level with my favorite Pas de Deux couples, dancers that I continue to hold up as examples, both individually and together, for my students to emulate. For me, they will always and forever be the ultimate portrayers of these "classic" roles. And if that makes me a figure to be mocked, laughed at, or scorned for "living in the past" and not able to "look to the future", well, so be it. The future has it's roots in the past, and as it is with the best dancers in the industry today, there are very few that have gotten to their "future" without building their training on what is considered the "past", namely, "classic" ballet steps and structure.
RC has conciously chosen to bulid his version of Lante with very little that looks to be "classic". That is on him. The recast has chosen to build her version of L as she sees fit. And that's on her.
For me, it will always be "classic", "Vintage Lante" (and by extension, Julie's L and Dominic's D), by which whoever follows will be measured. High standards for acting that match what I ask my students to strive for as dancers. And I don't think asking for something that is excellent is asking for too much....But that's me.....
God bless and have a warm and lovely Christmas/Holiday season....B!