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  1. Ratmansky R&J Coming Up - Casting a Mystery !

    Who are Stash, Katya, and Genya, please? Not all of us are on a first-name basis with the Bolshoi Ballet, let alone on a familiarfirst-name basis.
  2. RDB season 2017/18

    I don't think Bournonville lovers are a dying breed, as witness how enthusiastically Ulrik Birkkjaer's small group was welcomed in NY and London a couple of years ago. I am organizing a group trip to Copenhagen for this festival and I had over 70 people who had expressed an interest when we thought it was a Bournonville festival. Only 12 have signed up for the less-Bournonville version. This just reflects Hubbe's vision, I think.
  3. 2016-17 season

    No I was not thinking of a "Binet turkey". The link you gave was not a review but a preview, quoting Kevin McKenzie and ... James Kudelka on the merits of the production. I was thinking of Alastair Macaulay: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/04/arts/dance/04cind.html?8dpc " James Kudelka’s “Cinderella,” on show this week at the Metropolitan Opera House with American Ballet Theater, would be a good idea for a ballet — if only Mr. Kudelka’s idea were about ballet and if only he had the choreographic stagecraft to make good on it. " and Clive Barnes: " But however good the dancing - and however entrancing Prokofiev's score - we're left with the plebian and taste-challenged vulgarity of Kudelka's staging and the sheer banality of his choreography. "
  4. RDB season 2017/18

    That's about the size of it. Apparently Hubbe wants to show the world that the RDB is not just about Bournonville. The 10 days also include Swan Lake (staged by Silja Schandorff and Nikolaj Hübbe) Young Choreographers evening "An evening of modern dance" details TBA and an evening called "Hubberiet" which is like a talk show (in Danish) hosted by Hubbe and featuring guests from other artistic and non-artistic fields. There are supposed to be ballet-related events going on throughout the city, but no info about them till January.
  5. 2016-17 season

    I don't think any other company in the world is asking for Kudelka's Cinderella, are they? It was absolutely trashed by the critics in New York.
  6. Has anyone else had a pushy phone call from ABT? Yesterday I was called by someone asking for a donation. I explained I live in Canada so the friends' benefits aren't in fact benefits for me, and that I supported my local company, the National Ballet of Canada, she said "Well we're a National company too" (not sure how that would be convincing for a Canadian). I tried to say that I support ABT by taking groups from Canada to see it every year but she interrupted. I started to say "sorry..." and she said in an incredulous, what-kind-of-cheapskate-are-you voice "Not even ninety dollars???" and when I said "sorry" again, she hung up on me without so much as a goodbye, thank you for coming to ABT, whatever. I wrote to ABT to complain. Surely people should be allowed to say no to fundraising calls and still be treated with respect.
  7. I loved Chroma... and then every McGregor piece I've seen since then just looks like more of the same. (with ever more impenetrable and pretentious program notes)
  8. Participants have been announced for the Canada All-Star Ballet Gala on Oct 28th at Sony Centre, Toronto: Timofej Andrijashenko, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy Emma Hawes, National Ballet of Canada Isaac Hernández, English National Ballet, London, UK Marlon Dino, Dortmund Ballet, Germany (formerly Bavarian State Ballet) Jurgita Dronina, English National Ballet, London, UK & National Ballet of Canada Christopher Gerty, National Ballet of Canada Maria Kochetkova, San Francisco Ballet & American Ballet Theatre, USA Lucia Lacarra, Dortmund Ballet, Germany (formerly Bavarian State Ballet) Carlo Di Lanno, San Francisco Ballet, USA Anastasia Lukina, Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia Svetlana Lunkina, National Ballet of Canada Evan Mackie, National Ballet of Canada Nicoletta Manni, Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Italy Hugo Marchand, Paris Opera Ballet, France Ludmila Pagliero, Paris Opera Ballet, France Piotr Stanczyk, National Ballet of Canada Dmitry Vyskubenko, Bavarian Opera Ballet, Munich, Germany
  9. 2016-17 season

    I would have loved to see Dronina as Odette. I don't care how tall or short she is. And now she has gone to ENB, with only rare appearances in Toronto. Could there possibly be a connection with her not being cast in Swan Lake, she asks rhetorically.
  10. 2016-17 season

    You may as well wait till casting is announced, even though this is usually only two or three weeks before opening, because at that point there are still usually lots of good tickets available.
  11. Saturday, November 4, 2017; 4:00 PM Fort Wayne Ballet Studios (300 E. Main Street Fort Wayne, IN 46802) To purchase tickets click HERE Sunday, November 5, 2017; 1:00 PM Hudson Library and Historical Society (96 Library Street, Hudson, Ohio 44236) *David Hallberg in conversation with Pam Young, Executive Director, DanceCleveland. Books available for sale by The Learned Owl. Click HERE to RSVP Wednesday, November 8, 2017; 7:00 PM Little City Books @ Mile Square Theater (1400 Clinton Street. Hoboken, NJ 07030) *In conversation with Misty Copeland, principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre. To purchase tickets click HERE Thursday, November 9, 2017; 7:00 PM 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Warburg Lounge, New York, NY) *In conversation with Derek Blasberg, editor and New York Times bestselling author. To purchase tickets click HERE Thursday, November 30, 2017; 7:30 PM Princeton University *A Conversation with David Hallberg. Sponsored by Princeton Tonight and Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Students Also, I have five copies of his book to give away. Click here for more details: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/10/win-copy-of-ballet-star-david-hallbergs.html
  12. This is in the early stages:
  13. When I asked what the Russian for “speed bump” is, I was told it’s lezhashchii politseiskii, which means “lying-down policeman.” Just to point out, the British English word for a speed bump is a "sleeping policeman", which I really doubt they loan-translate from Russian, so this tidbit doesn't reveal anything unique about Russia.
  14. 2017-18 Season

    I was quite impressed by it and could understand the buzz about this dancer, especially considering he was a fairly last-miinute replacement for Matthias Heymann.
  15. 2017-18 Bolshoi cinema season

    Greta Hodgkinson and Aleksandar Antonijevic from the National Ballet of Canada have been in Moscow for the last couple of weeks teaching the Bolshoi the Ratmansky R&J, so I am sure that is the version that will be broadcast. Not that I would pay to go and see it, mind.
  16. Press release from NBOC June 8, 2014 Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada, today announced that the 2014/15 roster will include three new Principal Dancers. McGee Maddox has been promoted to Principal Dancer and Svetlana Lunkina and Evan McKie will be joining the company as Principal Dancers.
  17. Some of you may have heard his handiwork (bowiwork?) during Swan Lake. He was concertmaster for the National Ballet of Canada for a while. I think you will enjoy him. He's on twitter @bowmanviolin What a perfect name for a violinist, eh?
  18. 2017 Fall Season

    What do y'all think about this teaser video for Swan Lake? For me, it's a bit odd. Kinda makes you think it's a ballet about... tiaras (if it's a ballet at all... there's no dancing going on, just the tiaras).
  19. NYCB dancers who didn't go to SAB

    Robert Tewsley joined as a principal from the Royal Ballet in 2002.
  20. 2017-18 Season

    I have some travel tips for ballet lovers going to Sarasota here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2014/05/travel-tips-for-ballet-lovers-sarasota.html
  21. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I am one of the latter! I gave it many chances, but found I disliked it more each time I saw it.
  22. more info and screening dates here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/08/ballet-film-polina-opens-in-usa-august.html
  23. Eva Stachniak, bestselling author of The Winter Palace and Empress of the Night, has plunged into the fascinating life story of Bronislava Nijinska with her latest novel The Chosen Maiden. I have two copies to give away. For more info please see here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.ca/2017/01/giveaway-bronislava-nijinska-historical.html (If referring to the giveaway violates the forum's guidelines in some way, admins please remove that part).
  24. Bronislava Nijinska: the novel

    Author event in New York: Date and Time Tue, September 12, 2017 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT Location The Kosciuszko Foundation 15 East 65th Street New York, NY 10065 United States Free, but advance registration is required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/an-authors-evening-with-eva-stachniak-tickets-36526682290
  25. POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

    Hannah is from New Zealand.