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  1. Nutcracker 2017

    I've been a short person all my life (even my last name is short -- "Kurtz") . I always wonder what it would be like to be tall.
  2. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    I imagine one could do this homework, and get a sense of the complete budget, but I've never looked at their tax forms and have no idea how they itemize -- most summers the festival presented several different things, and I don't know that their 990s would parse each project. Yes, they've done a great deal of fundraising, and many people have mixed feelings for how that worked, but I don't know that anyone made a great deal of money out of it.
  3. Yup! Your lips to the gods' ears.
  4. Or a really clueless guy, who had no idea how to choose a new "special gift."
  5. It's a new world, but it's getting here in chunks, depending on where you live and what you do. I'm thrilled when people are publically out, but I can certainly understand when they'd rather be low-key.
  6. PNB and The Robbins Centennial

    Dances! And Interplay (I haven't seen it in years and years!). And yes, opportunities to travel for dance...
  7. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    I have no specific knowledge, but I'm willing to bet that it varied greatly from event to event. The Festival was a series of one-off programs, rather than a long-term production. Some companies travel with a great deal of support from their home institution, while others are project by project groups.
  8. Jerome Robbins Centennial

    Heaps of information indeed -- glad to get a heads-up on performances! And if you haven't listened to this yet (Woetzel and Peck at the Kennedy Center), you have it to look forward to!
  9. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    That was such a fraught moment for me -- I didn't realize I'd see him, and there he was.
  10. Which is to say that gay men and women often have the same variety of experience and opinion that het men and women do! It interests me that this conversation (implied violence against women represented by the ballet rep) is being pursued at the same time as the discussions in the bigger world about harassment and aggression. I'm not always a believer in serendipity, but there are times when it seems pretty obvious. There's all kinds of element to this discussion, not the least of which is the fundamental physics of ballet technique, which was developed at a time when male/female relationships were very different than they are today. The technique and the repertory tend to replicate and reinforce those mores, while the world has moved on.
  11. From Artsjournal: (there is much more to the description, but this was especially interesting. compare with similar call for Oregon Ballet Theater) Primary Responsibilities: Develop the company’s strategic plan and its subsequent execution with input from the Trustees. Forge an effective and positive partnership with the Artistic Director and Board of Trustees to ensure the company stays true to its artistic vision while ensuring financial stability. Lead the Pennsylvania Ballet’s development and fundraising efforts to provide for substantial growth in contributed income and in the donor base, providing leadership and support for the active participation of Trustees, volunteers, and staff in donor cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship. Manage a calls portfolio of leading donors to the organization. Assure the financial sustainability of the company through creating and achieving balanced annual operating budgets, ensuring that accurate financial reports are regularly provided to the Board. Develop marketing and audience development strategies to support both earned and contributed revenue and to enhance the reputation of the company. Oversee the company’s Community Outreach programs, working to build our relevance to the community and to increase and diversify the company’s audience and stakeholders. Oversee the Assistant Artistic Director and School Principal to ensure an effective administration in support of the financial stability and growth of the Pennsylvania Ballet School. Work closely with the Trustees to support their efforts, commitment, and leadership. Assist the Trustees in cultivating and recruiting new members. Recruit, develop, inspire and retain skilled and experienced staff members who can help the company achieve its artistic and financial goals. Maintain current knowledge of developments in ballet/arts management, and participate in appropriate regional, national, and international organizations and activities. Increase appreciation of the Artistic leadership Pennsylvania Ballet provides regionally and work closely with the Artistic Director to further its rapidly growing national and international reputation. Be a vocal, proactive advocate of Pennsylvania Ballet, and represent the company’s best interests in civic issues.
  12. yup If you don't want to be the subject of gossip, better not to participate at all.
  13. Keeping Up With SFB Veterans

    Good news for all concerned!
  14. Several mentions of the breadth of Sokolow's repertory -- I hope that they're able to keep a wide variety of the rep in production.
  15. MCB's Jewels October 2017

    "I was disappointed in Lauren Fadeley's Tall Girl. She was the All-American Big Smiling Girl in this role. I much preferred Jordan-Elizabeth Long in that same role. She was more of a femme fatale " That's a distinction that we saw here in Seattle as well -- we've had several dancers approach this part like a cheerleader, but I like to see the connections with Choleric and the Siren in Prodigal, where they use their height as power.
  16. Gemze de Lappe

    Alongside her work with de Mille, de Lappe began her dancing life with Duncan technique, and continued to teach and coach those roles. I had the good fortune to watch her work with that repertory in the 1990s, and it was truly special.
  17. Nutcracker Casting

    Interesting choices of towns here -- in Washington state, only two screenings, both on the east side of the state. In Oregon, nothing in Portland. In California, nothing that I can see close to San Francisco or LA. I'm very glad that smaller communities are getting a look at this, but I'm surprised that they're not screening in towns with a significant dance community.
  18. Nutcracker 2017

    Thanks for the link to the casting -- I'm there for the Sunday 5:30 show.
  19. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    I love Morris, and am very grateful to see his company every year, but the loss of the festival means one less program that is dedicated to big and unusual work.
  20. They tour with the work that the presenter thinks will sell.
  21. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    Damn, this is bad news for dance. While Jane Moss has done some astonishing things in the musical world, she's not really been attached to kinetic arts -- while I can hope for a good outsome, it's a big question mark at best.
  22. It can be really exciting to compare performance within a production, or compare productions -- let us know what you see after such a deep dive in!
  23. I saw bits and pieces of the symposium from various Facebook feeds -- the event looked wonderful and the exhibit as well. It's a major relief to have all of her materials safe in an archive -- many thanks to everyone who put their energy and networking power into the project!
  24. Intro

    And we look forward to hearing what you have to say -- welcome aboard!