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  2. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    How many recordings of, to stay with San Francisco Ballet, did see "the light of the day", how many of any other similarly sized company? How many recordings did the Paris Opéra release in 20 years? Looking at those recordings one could think the company had for nearly 20 years just one (and a half) female principal (the "half" is for Letestu). Laetitia Pujol appearing on the Giselle DVD was a replacement for injured Aurélie Dupont. You wrote: "I hope Noureev is being filmed for posterity, as Swimmer was not." I responded to this by saying that Swimmer was filmed. For "posterity" and for the use by authorized individuals now. The technical recordings are not necessarily "video captures", not infrequently they are better than the recordings done by people having not a clue how to record dance. Lots of great performances available on Blue-ray and DVD were ruined by those people. Nureev has been filmed too, large portions of the recordings of two general rehearsals were made available to a select body of press critics already in July. Judging from the lack of enthusiasm of the NYT critic who saw the premiere previous night and, I am sure, wanted to be able to heap lots of praise on the work, the prospects of Nureev being a masterpiece don't seem to be very high.
  3. Fee Dragee's gargouillades.

    Back to the Petipa/Ivanov Fee Dragee solo, here's Melissa Hayden-( partnered by Villella)- omitting the sequence altogether @ 8:22. Francesca Hayward-(RB)- doing them quite clearly. Iana Salenko for Burlaka's reconstruction for Berlin's troupe . You can quite see them.
  4. I apologize for the delay. Reality is.... there's not too much to report. The only reason I went was to see this up and coming ballerina in yet another tutu role, but one that I really have never cared too much for. I have always found Cinderella's score too anticlimactic...the very opposite of the basis of ballet "musique dansante", and with very few flashy moments, if any at all. I have never seen the Fonteyn video in its entirety, with Ashton's take, neither Lavrovsky's with Strutchkova, so I might be missing something there. As far as every other version I have seen, including this one, it never truly succedes in arousing enough interest on me. Teuscher danced in a small stage, with canned music and surrounded by non professional dancers, all of them amost teens, so she honestly looked the oldest and the tallest up there, which was a bit weird. Stearns partnered her, at times awkwardly, although I would think they might had just rehearsed the whole thing for the first time probably the very same day of the performance-(the did two). And that's about it. Quite uninteresting, but it has little to do with Teuscher or Stearns and much with the whole thing, choreographically and musically wise.
  5. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    Yes of course there is the video capture done to archive the piece for the performing company, but I can't think of one that has really seen the light of day (so that means little to the public). Here's the NYT review: ‘Nureyev’ Opens at Bolshoi After Delay and Much Speculation https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/10/arts/dance/nureyev-bolshoi-ballet.html I have a feeling Swimmer may reappear for the 2019 SF Ballet season, so I'll definitely be thinking about whether it still holds up. But I wonder if Tomasson will be interested in having SFB perform Nureyev - the San Francisco audience will likely be interested in the ballet's themes.
  6. Saturday, December 9

    An interview with Richmond Ballet's Maggie Small.
  7. Friday, December 8

    The Netflix TV series "The Crown" suggests that the Duke of Edinburgh and Galina Ulanova were lovers.
  8. Friday, December 8

    Sarah Kaufman writes on the final bows of the Suzanne Farrell Ballet.
  9. Friday, December 8

    A review of Miami City Ballet's Nutcracker by Lewis Segal in The Los Angeles Times.
  10. Friday, December 8

    A review of the Brooklyn Ballet's Nutcracker by Alastair Macaulay in The New York Times.
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I seem to recall reading that Farrell was invited back to stage Don Quixote and said no. Farrell may be a splendid coach now but again, in fairness to Martins such was not always the case, apparently. Her company had its ups and downs, and not only because of the limited resources available to her. (Note that I am not disagreeing with the view that it would be great if she returned to NYCB.)
  12. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    The Swimmer was filmed. In many companies every production is filmed, often with multiple casts. Such recordings are not released though, on the other hand the (well connected) professionals have access to them. Otherwise, your observation is spot on. The first time you see it, the Swimmer makes an impression if one is not familiar with this kind of multi-media stage productions. It is not a ballet in the proper sense, it isn't dance theater in the way we know it either. The novelty wears out, however, rather quickly on repeated viewings, especially if the dancers themselves lose their initial enthusiasm, therefore I don't expect great longevity for such works.
  13. Nutcracker 2017

    I was there today and the performance seemed very joyful, upbeat. I went into the performance with some trepidation but left with my spirits restored. Lovett was a radiant SPF, and Phelan a beautiful Dewdrop. And it’s always a treat to see Huxley.
  14. Such a good point that fighting for succession is done. Anyone who has seen a video of Suzanne coach or has heard an interview of dancer's she's coached sees value there. Please bring her back to get that information, before it's too late. Heather Watts is also known as a great coach. She is not welcomed at NYCB as a coach or teacher in the school. Let's get her in there. Open the doors. IMO there is no road back for Martins. Let's acknowledge his fantastic contribution and open the doors.
  15. I feel, too, that people who worked closely with Balanchine and have a track record as stagers and coaches...well, it would be great to have some of them back at New York City Ballet and "Farrell most of all." There is no longer a question of fighting over succession--that's done. Martins won and has more than proved his value as a steward of the company's legacy--this seems to me so, whatever comes out about some aspects of his leadership and also allowing for ups and downs in the performance of any historic repertory whether Bournonville or Balanchine. But if the company's doors could be opened a little wider to the older generation of Balanchine dancers...without disrespecting the people there now and their huge accomplishments...it's hard to believe that might not be a very good thing. I had given up thought of its happening under Martins and since, on the whole, the company has been on a high in recent years, it seemed silly to constantly come back to this point especially since I know there also may be difficulties with bringing in people who may have differing memories of ballets, old resentments or arguments etc. etc. But seeing Farrell's company last year did renew my hope that she might work again one day at New York City Ballet. And if there is talk about changes in leadership, then...
  16. I guess I think of Stafford as in the twilight of her career because she was out a lot with injuries and took a lot of time off after giving birth. This is not criticism of her, but my observation as an audience goer is that she was gone a lot. Since her return, she's been cast infrequently and specifically. She's in her mid 30's, and with all the up and coming talent, I don't expect her rep to expand.
  17. http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/pennsylvania-ballet-christmas-magic-nutcracker-balanchine-philadelphia-20171210.html This article mentions that "Also, DiPiazza and Hussey danced slightly different steps in part of the Sugar Plum pas de deux (Balanchine encouraged changes that worked for each dancer)." Anyone know what those "different steps" were?
  18. Sunday, December 10

    Shaun Walker reviews Nureyev at the Bolshoi: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2017/dec/10/nureyev-premiere-moscow-bolshoi-kirill-serebrennikov-house-arrest The most hotly anticipated and controversial Russian ballet in years has been premiered as Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre finally staged Nureyev, which tells the life story of the dancer. The theatre’s best dancers took to the stage on Saturday night with much of the Russian elite in the audience. But the ballet’s director, Kirill Serebrennikov, was conspicuously absent, having spent the past few months under house arrest.
  19. Sunday, December 10

    Nureyev premieres in Moscow: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/nureyev-kirill-serebrennikov-bolshoi-ballet-moscow-russia-kremlin-soviet-dancer-a8102566.html
  20. Sunday, December 10

    A review of Pennsylvania Ballet's Nutcracker: http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/arts/pennsylvania-ballet-christmas-magic-nutcracker-balanchine-philadelphia-20171210.html
  21. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Just to clarify, I didn't think you were suggesting that. But I did think you (and Olga, in responding to you) were suggesting that it was unlikely he was guilty because of his sexual attractiveness. I'm sorry if I was mistaken — that's why I hoped Olga might clarify, because I knew it was possible that I was.
  22. I for one never thought you were suggesting that.
  23. How I wish I disagreed with your second sentence. But whoever takes over, whether it's soon in response to these accusations or some years (please not too many!) down the road, I hope he or she scours the hills for every one of Balanchine's own dancers still living and willing and able to help and finds them someone and something to coach. I'm dreaming I know, and even if that were practical it probably wouldn't be ideal. But all those stagers for the Trust - I wish they'd all be invited to work in New York. Farrell most of all.
  24. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Generally, "sexual assault" is distinct from "assault" in that it usually does require actual physical contact. As an aside, "battery" does not necessarily require infliction of bodily harm ("offensive contact" can usually suffice), but it does require physical contact with the person or something closely associated to them. So for example, If A threatens B, "I'm going to beat your face to a bloody pulp!!!" and then proceeds to knock B's hat off their head (but not come in contact with B themselves), the threat would be assault, and the knocking off of the hat would be battery. I say "generally" because criminal law is different from state to state, so it always depends on the state in question. Re: the question of the Martins investigation: I think it's important to keep in mind that what is being reported in the media is probably a small fraction of what Barbara Hoey and her team at Kelly Drye are finding, both positive and negative. I suspect there are plenty of folks who would not be willing to speak on record to media, but would cooperate with an official investigation. And I think it's extremely likely that we will never know the full scope of what they uncover. That's basically what happened when Paul Weiss investigated the Gretchen Carlson/Roger Ailes/Bill O'Reilly situation, and I don't expect that it will be any different here.
  25. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    There are so many variables with regard to harassment and abuse that there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer: Constitutional Federal law, state, and local law, explicit and interpreted Precedents Company-/institution-specific rules and guidelines Union-specific rules and guidelines Contract-specific rules and guidelines Professional codes of conduct Plus there are criminal laws, ex: statutory rape laws, vs. civil penalties and lawsuit precedents, and sometimes both (can) apply. (With regard to statutory rape, a number of states have so-called "Romeo & Juliet" laws that use an age formula to determine if statutory rape applies: if the age differential is small enough, then, for example, the 17-year-old dating another 17-year-old isn't charged for statutory rape on their 18th birthday; they may be charged a misdemeanor or fined.) There's no one rule currently that covers all universities: some have no rules about consensual faculty relationships with students, some define it as the same as a reporting relationship, including between a thesis advisor and graduate student, and there are certainly colleges and universities that have rules against it, particularly religious institutions that address relationships outside of marriage. Three young professors at my university married women in my class and the class before within several years of graduation: that was acceptable at my university in the early '80's. The professional organization in the US that figure skating coaches must belong to in order to be considered accredited by United States Figure Skating prohibits at least coach/student relationships, on the same grounds that other organizations and schools do: that the power imbalance is too dangerous for the students. I'm not sure if this is still true, but in 2014 Northwestern University's policy included the following: Plus rules can be in flux and revised; from a 2015 article in Time Magazine about Harvard's change in policy: From the same article, there are rules for dating graduate students are different: This article from 2003 shows that Berkeley had already prohibited "romantic or sexual" relationships between faculty and students over 14 years ago, and it discusses other universities and their policies: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/09/30/national/universities-tighten-rules-on-facultystudent-relationships.html
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  27. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I certainly want to see all those artists fully involved in teaching and coaching, but I don't want to lay the burden of the AD position on any of them. A few, like Farrell, have been running companies and would have had some experience with that (and you notice that she's closed up shop in part because she feels she doesn't want that job any more) -- most of them have not been in administration, and this is not the time in their life to learn that job. Depending on what the board discovers/decides in the next phase, this interim committee may be holding a place for Martins to return, or for a new director to be chosen. If it's a new director, I want it to be someone who has the potential for a long enough tenure to insure the health of the organization. I don't think we'd get that with someone from Martins' generation. I have a feeling that they're still working that out -- remember that the internet makes many of these decisions, which used to happen with a bit more deliberation, occur much more quickly than in the past. The scenery is whizzing by...
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