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  1. The Washington Post's perspective piece on the Kennedy Center including expansion, Kennedy - excellence in all disciplines, Johnson - "basic literacy" with access to all, NEA, etc. Comments are also an interesting read.
  2. My post was referencing how history and events are/were used in theatre and literature. The Turkish scholarly article is very interesting. Of course I know Byron doesn't equal the Corsaire libretto.
  3. Thanks for posting. Debra Austin was one of my favorite dancers in NY and Philly-we all loved her performances. Another great dancer I just posted about was Judy Tyrus.
  4. I think Dance Theatre of Harlem did an expanded Corsaire Pas de Deux staged by Karel Shook. The fantastic Judy Tyrus is archiving the company's work.
  5. Byron did not write Corsaire in a vacuum and it sold 10,000 copies the first day. The Mediterranean/Aegean were dangerous and pirate ballets existed since at least 1826. Galzarani and an 1857 ballet by Guisseppe Rota based on Uncle Tom's Cabin: Galzerani&f=false Corsaire, Bayadere, Raymonda, etc should not be removed from repertory but companies should not have dancers in blackface. [ ] . Balanchine's Don Quixote in 1965 had a publication including essay by Auden, excerpts from the 1605 Miquel De Cervantes Saavedra novel, photos, illustrations [woodcuts by Gustave Dore from the 1869 French edition].
  6. Program A Sun- Appreciated Square Dance, Tarantella, Odessa. Rodeo was, as I expected, athletic teams. Costume budget? The lyrical section needed women [lines extended on point] combined with men. The music carried the work. Program B-Sat. Times Are Racing -ruined NYCB run with vibration, variation in sound/mix, horrendous decibel levels higher than Thurs. The KC had nothing on the website about earplugs and they should have been passed out on entry for free. Surreal that this was NYCB ... "Mr. Peck’s taste in, and response to, contemporary music seem the weakest aspect of his generally formidable talent."
  7. I was at Program B Thursday/Sat. Midsummer tutus in the lobby display case? Rhapsody is wonderful music. The waist height skirt, high neckline, and peblum were not flattering on all dancers. Four Temperments was Balanchine, Hindemuth, Sanguinic- Mearns and Scheller-both with solid partnering. Experience overshadowed by what should have been 5 minutes of throwaway... Times Are Racing -Thurs was fun but too long-again Peck needs an edit button. The metro escalator was making particularly loud electronic noises and sounded like part of the score. Too much was simply static but the later portion had better, more distinctive segments like the hollow percussion. "... matching Dan Deacon’s electronic score with youthful impulse and vigor." Where/why were they exhibiting youthful impulse and vigor? Reviewers seem to enter the realm of politics and angst. What? They congregate to party and all are happy through out. J Peck replaced Ashley Isaacs so I assume he was the large guy [brown underarmour type shirt with dark jeans] in dance offs with Stanley [white tank-teens call a wife beater- with jeans]. Others also wore standard teen clothes: tall guy BBall shirt & athletic shorts, girls cut off jean shorts, JV overhall guy [enjoyed his dancing], Suozzi purple cut off arm t shirt /w/ shorts, etc. What was the costume budget?
  8. What about Egor Geraschenko? Bolshoi?
  9. I see via internet search that la Scala was engaged and oddly not listed but is on the linked pdf update 7-26-16. The full calendar, all genres, all venues has lots of open slots. IDK.
  10. Press release 2016-17 links to a pdf showing the addition of La Scala in late July to it's category International Dance: The full calendar 2017-18 has empty dates. Check ticket sales at venues. Mik? La Scala? You get ABT Nutcracker-the KC has gone regional since any Nut sells and presents an opportunity for companies to perform at the KC that would not produce revenue to justify a booking.
  11. Principal=Lane+Teuscher-Vishneva-Semionova. What about Part who is rarely cast and 40ish? Bolle? Gomes dances less frequently so ABT needs another tall side strong prince [ie pilfered Lendorf]. Increased opportunities for Forster and Hammoudi. ABT features Copeland in many engagements and there was magic on stage with Baca. Levels above corps should be dancers who are distinctive in their work. NYCB has 3 levels which works for it's repertoire. ABT has more complex repertoire and would benefit from a 4rth level: Shayer, Stewart, Royal, Davis, Hurlin.
  12. KC Open Rehearsal tickets [no donor presale] are now on sale for Mariinsky La Bayadere [and ABT Whipped Cream]. That contract expired in 2012 so I'll binge watch the Mariinsky La Bayadere regardless of cast. This annual engagement is a handshake deal. Is this a who decides what we see issue? The undersold Ballet Across America should have resembled Woetzel's Vail or Benois. Annual ballet "anchor tenants" at the KC: booked Mariinsky/ABT/NYCB, site rental WB, phased out sponsored Farrell. Thanksgiving Nutcracker is now regionals. 2017-18 season includes Cuban's Don Q/Giselle. Old but good article on the KC:
  13. I live in the DMV and frequent the KC. Last fall we came out of 2 shows-Eisenhower and Opera House- and could not hear anything conversational. I don't remember if it was rap or hip hop. I actually got a test and have the hearing of a Doberman on guard patrol. Has the KC cut back on NSO and Opera for other stuff also?
  14. I was wondering why WB didn't have a matinee where I could buy tickets. It was decided to make it free as part of the celebration. As per the KC no tickets for anything but the concert hall shows-those are also free but you wait in line that day. Only things to pay for on Sat the 27th are 6,9 pm Shear Madness and 7:30 WB. Food is not free. WB matinee is first come first served with no assigned seats as of now. 1:30–2:30 p.m. The Washington Ballet Watch dancers prepare in an open ballet class 3:15–4 p.m. The Washington Ballet Frontier, a new ballet inspired by JFK
  15. How long is Odessa? The runtime for the actual dancing for the KC2 seems very short. Do you think they'll add a 4rth short piece? Rodeo costumes look like rugby uniforms and men's/woman gymnastics while the sneaker looks like underarmour.
  16. I saw her perform several times in the eighties including Les Sylphides and Rose Adagio. Ms Gillian Murphy has posted a beautiful video on Instagram of Kolpakova and David Hallberg. Love ABT.
  17. Companies also should sell tickets. The Ballet Dance Across America at the KC was undersold and a fill in was a Peck piece. Tickets also became cheap. A few years ago at the KC NYCB did 2 programs: 1. Serenade, Agon, Symphony in C; 2. Symphonic Dances, Pictures at an Exhibition, This Bitter Earth, Everywhere We Go. Splitting the Balanchine on this Kennedy Center 2017 trip should improve sales.
  18. I've also noticed the shift in programming. I was considering going Monday to see the Abrerra-Gomes but ... I also enjoyed getting early access to the very limited Open Rehearsal tickets-now all have to wait for the sale to the general public. 2013-2014 was a very good year Is it really the same theatre? Bolshoi Ballet - Giselle [ the last G I 've seen had a super cast of Zharkarova, Hallberg, Tsvirko, Allash]; Mariinsky Ballet Swan Lake; ABT mixed bill After Effect, The Dream, Don Quixote; NYCB Jewels and mixed bill; Boston Ballet; Pennsylvania Ballet with Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Joffrey Nutcracker; Suzanne Farrell Chaconne and Mozartiana.
  19. My favorites were ABT's Baryshnikov [ Wolf Trap with Tcherkassky], Shlyarov [dress rehearsal with Shapran], and ABT's Cornejo video. Note the variation in costumes from ABT to Mariinsky etc. Having seen the same dancer go full out with and without the Mariinsky costume - headdress and more body suit floral appliques- the ABT costume and the lack of the headdress are my favorites for capturing the essence of the poem. Baryshnikov with ABT : These 3 are not androgynous in the role but to me exemplify the poem. There's a video of Baryshnikov with Fonteyn and again he doesn't come off as androgynous. That Mariinsky run I also saw Kim and Latypov . Kim was androgynous.
  20. Thanks for posting the ticket discount. It's not the political or economic climate in DC but the programming. There are plenty of locals to fill the opera house plus you see random tourists in spring and summer.
  21. I came upon nice interviews with C Stearns and D Teuscher. They appeared at a Ballet festival in Russia.