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  1. Have you seen the Mariinsky's Rite? I saw it multiple times. The Chosen One dances to death. 12+ in St Petersburg. Pavlenko as the Chosen One and Gergiev conducting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvVKWapctX4
  2. The AfteRite issue is the program juxtaposition with Firebird and no notification pre-purchase. ABT should have saved it for fall at Koch. Mariinsky Rite was pagan, tribal, elaborate costumes, and the ritual sacrifice obscured by action. Age12+ https://www.mariinsky.ru/playbill/repertoire/ballet/le_sacre_du_printemps Le Parc is age 16+.
  3. Another fact about AfteRite has emerged in a review. Dancers appeared urgently onstage and Ferri had a hood placed over her head and was beaten : https://www.ft.com/content/c7323370-5db1-11e8-ab47-8fd33f423c09 Scherr wrote about the woman hooded and beaten and Macauley the children killed in a gas chamber. Tickets sold with no content notice. This program juxtaposition is more egregious than the POB Balanchine's Agon with the Eurotrash roll around in the dirt gratuitous baring Rite. Eurotrash is Eurospam when it reaches the USA like the KC's Goldberg and NDT. Did the gala gross or net 2 million? For the philanthropy class at the gala [it is the season], ABT had AfteRite, fun toe tap, and commedia dell'arte. Same net for Harlequinade paired with toe tap + season teasers like Bayadere Grand Pas, Don Q pdd, etc. ABT's cost for AfteRite? Underwriting sponsors? https://www.forbes.com/sites/bettinazilkha/2018/05/22/powerfully-creative-american-ballet-theatre-spring-gala-raises-nearly-2-million/#78b538a44499 : "After that, I need a drink," was overheard many times on the way to dinner
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    2018 Met Season

    Brilliant film by Hurwitz was shot at Alder Manor/WB Thompson in Yonkers. Thompson was from Alder Gulch in Montana-went to Exeter later US envoy to Russia Kerensky years. [Kent's R & J photo shoot was National Cathedral in DC.] https://www.instagram.com/p/BiW3nnJHFvH/?taken-by=mister_rom
  5. The Mariinsky will perform at City Center [1 of 8 companies] in fall 2018. https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Balanchine/ Fantasy program Mariinsky: Tsch Pdd, Symphony in C, +? . Balanchine Nutcracker excerpts? Chronological list to view Balanchine pre 1965: http://balanchine.com/category/chronological/
  6. 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.
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    2018 Met Season

    Hopefully Hallberg does a Purple Rothbart with Teuscher-Stearns. Thanks for the new cast link that ABT added after the site launch. Lincoln Center shows nothing at the Met for ABT and was surprised when a friend also brought it up during casual chat. If ABT rents the Met with it's ridiculous no Sunday matinees, 3800 seats v Koch 2586 [1214 difference=a third theatre] it deserves a master calendar link.
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    Ballet & feminism

    Ayltinai Asylmuratova is AD at Astana Opera Ballet. Millipied danced with NYCB, got a gig doing choreography for a film within the confines of Swan Lake, and now left to his own volition you get the rep at LA Dance Project. Dupont's programming choice's include this: https://www.operadeparis.fr/en/season-17-18/ballet/romeo-and-juliethttps://www.thelocal.de/20160913/berlin-ballet-furious-at-political-appointment Farrell did great work on a shoestring. Peck and Copeland [M/F] were not as good with programming Ballet Across America... Replacement products for Farrell because they are women? Net loss. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/kennedy-centers-2018-2019-dance-season-takes-a-sharp-contemporary-turn/2018/03/08/3b972e00-2248-11e8-a589-763893265565_story.html?utm_term=.620b3959348d "Kennedy Center has lost a female-led company — the Suzanne Farrell Ballet, which folded this season — but it’s gaining appearances by Companhia de Danca Deborah Colker, the Brazilian powerhouse contemporary company, and the Chicago-based Lucky Plush, led by Julia Rhoads. "
  9. The audience does not care which "who decides what we see" runs a Mostly Mozart, Lincoln Center Festival, or books a venue, the bottom line is what is performed at Lincoln Center. Summer 2017 included Jewels [NYCB/Bolshoi/POB] plus the Bolshoi Taming of the Shrew. Lucinda Childs and Mark Morris are replacement products for audiences in summer 2018. Total programming is 5 instead of 7 weeks. 30 years ago in summer of 1988 this was at Lincoln Center: https://www.nytimes.com/1988/09/01/arts/kirov-to-dance-in-new-york-after-25-years.html?pagewanted=all Woetzel at Juilliard [a Lincoln Center institution] does something sensible with Alicia Graf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0zm9jhsjIc Geffen pledged 100 million to be released in stages for the renovation of the now Geffen Hall. Was the first stage 15m for the name buyout? https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/03/arts/music/lincoln-center-geffen-hall.html?action=click&contentCollection=Arts&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=EndOfArticle&pgtype=article Lincoln Center is part of NYC's Cultural Institutions Group, a subset of Cultural Affairs. NYC [Mayor De Blasio] is not committing significant new funds for established world class institutions in Manhattan. Everything occurring on the LC "campus" should be listed. Segerstrom and Kennedy Center master calendars update to include all events on site. http://www.lincolncenter.org/calendar/?genres[]=554b6eceaeeffbc679642821&dates[]=2018-05-16T04%3A00%3A00.000Z&dates[]=2018-07-28T04%3A00%3A00.000Z&dates[]=2018-08-28T04%3A00%3A00.000Z NYCB at Koch is listed but May 16 is a dark Met Opera House? No it's ABT. "No events with those filters are currently scheduled. Please check back soon"
  10. This company has a USA tour from LA across to the east coast from May to June 2018. Shows are Don Q and Sleeping Beauty. Cities, cast, and dates are at: https://www.balletofukraine.com/tickets
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    Washington, DC - Spring 2018

    Nor is the great music. I prefer a dancing Lilac throughout SB- for me the music fits Lilac in the last act. What does Martins use? What's his rose adagio lift? NYCB Program 1&2. Stafford and his team are doing an excellent job. Each Zak/Tch PDD cast was spectacular. I wish NYCB did Tch PDD each year at the KC like Ailey does Revelations. Symphony in Three Movements -one secondary pink leotard was a visual distraction behind Peck and the Thursday sub for Adrian DW in the final section was seamless for me. 4/1/18 Robbins' Four Seasons was a great performance. It's baffling why the Kennedy Center has NYCB 2019 doing a Peck honoring Robbins rather than an actual Robbins masterpiece, Dances At A Gathering. There are 2 new works I'd love to see staged on NYCB. Both are by Ailey dancers who are relatively new choreographers: Jamar Roberts "Members Don't Get Weary" [with some pointe extending lines] and Clifton Brown's "Menagerie." Obviously they have drawn from their experiences. Has Peck whose costumes distracted from the quality of the work [too extreme] but he did exhibit more refinement. Not a jumbled hot mess. Was that a function of the composer? Good criticism buried in an opinion piece... The Washington Post put a negative spin on a great show and erroneously calls the Zakouski slide a throw to the ground. https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/new-york-city-ballet-after-the-fall/2018/03/28/30077c42-32a2-11e8-9759-56e51591e250_story.html?utm_term=.bf24d644aea1
  12. I didn't see it but do like the strings in the beginning from YoYo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zbq5b-NRvmg The program is international so I expected a good WP review. This was a co-commission with the Kennedy Center and Discalced, Inc. (Mark Morris Dance Group) got a $60,000 NEA grant in 2016. What does Acocella mean by " like a Russian tenor" singing comparison? https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/11/13/mark-morris-azerbaijani-epic
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    Washington, DC - Spring 2018

    Any advice on Tsch PDD casts? Ramasar [not appearing], Ulbricht, Adrian DW, Hyltin, don't have Tsch PDD in their rep?
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    Yuan Yuan Tan Barbie doll

    Decades ago multiple Star Wars action figures were [or re-]released. I found myself attempting to get them for my children for Christmas and battling collectors at Toys R Us. Some actually tried to pilfer stuff out of my cart. Based on prior history I would be buying the Copeland and Tan Barbies. Children would love Barbie clothes like Ratmansky's Praline, Tea Flower, or Czar Maiden. At one Kennedy Center performance a little girl with her family exclaimed Barbie when the blond Kolegeva made her entrance.
  15. Open rehearsals sell out and they are now in subscriptions: San Francisco, ABT, Maryiinsky. San Francisco is at the KC near Halloween. Perfect time to book Frankenstein. TWB did Cranko's Romeo & Juliet at the KC for 2018 Valentine's Day. Happy audience, great sales in the Opera House. ABT often programs mixed bills and a full length. Instead... The Kennedy Center is marketing the year of the woman in 2018-19 programming. I assume it will use whatever is by women from SF Unbound even if SF chooses not to include those works as 4 out of 12 possibilities in it's fall season. Companies led by females, Colker and Rhodes, don't replace the body of work presented by Farrell. Net loss. The KC should designate the Washington Ballet as the official ballet company of the KC. Programming decisions by Kent. I hope BAA is a Vail /Ulbricht/Boylston or gala format instead of a troupe. NYCB at the KC also has unknowns and despite the rich rep is bringing Reisen [a woman], a total TBA, and bizarrely a TBA Peck honoring Robbins Centennial instead of an actual Robbins' masterpiece, Dances At A Gathering. Each season Ailey does the signature classic Revelations. I wish NYCB did an annual Tch PDD [short] as a signature piece on a mixed bill.
  16. There is an active thread under NYCB with discussion on weight, bulk, body mass, etc. http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/topic/43291-winter-2018/?page=23&tab=comments#comment-396219 . The line needs to be drawn on partnering/casting when dancers are put at unnecessary risk for injuries like hernia, back, etc. See Kenneth Laws and Cynthia Harvey, Physics, Dance, and the Pas de Deux, Schirmer Books, New York, 1994. http://www.hep.uiuc.edu/home/g-gollin/dance/dance_physics.html Amazon Prime "Backstage Behind a Paris Ballet" [about 2006-2013]- Lopatkina creating friction with what appears to be a rectangular grater-more surface and rougher finish than a hardware file. The physics professor at Pennsylvania Youth Ballet in Carlisle PA http://discovermagazine.com/2008/the-body/11-the-physicist-who-figured-out-ballet
  17. Hamilton is at the Kennedy Center summer 2018 and today was the 1st presale for members. It automatically directs you to findfast and you can't pick your seats. The KC limited the available subscription tickets. The whole KC website is redirecting to the Hamilton waiting room which now has over 64,000 in the queue. Very annoying since I can't do anything else. Anyone seen Hamilton?
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    Watching the Olympics

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    Watching the Olympics

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    Romeo and Juliet at the KC

    Links: https://www.instagram.com/p/BevxftVBSWh/?hl=en&taken-by=thewashingtonballet , https://www.instagram.com/p/BfTEbbyDvec/?taken-by=1984baki The Lee and Perez cast was mesmerizing. I loved the Cranko R&J done by TWB from costumes including the red cloaks for the ball to sets/staging [giant sun]. Set utilization for choreography is extremely effective: balcony scene [Romeo climbs footings, lifts Juliet over the railing, series of lifts to reach the stage], climbs down a wall to the crypt, multi-level food fight, cape flowing on UL set, table in fights.
  21. Add to those Magic Flute, Sleeping Beauty[Balanchine Garland], La Sylphide [Bournonville 100k from the NEA for Martins staging], Symphonic Dances got polite applause, Zakouski [Kennedy Center repeat for spring 2018]. It has been staged at Royal Danish Ballet [Nikolaj Hubbe AD and original cast at NYCB] and Bavarian. https://www.pgfusa.org/award-winners/view/Margaret-Tracey/ 15 minutes and 2 dancers. Some adjustments on SL tempo and perhaps since Stafford negotiated the slap in R + J... Some minor changes in costumes/choreography [same "team" for R&J] , redefining Romeo. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/06/25/old-and-new-2 Juliet walks down the stairs from the balcony- Romeo just stands there. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/arts/dance/review-romeo-juliet-peter-martins-new-york-city-ballet.html "What on earth impelled Mr. Martins to make Romeo suddenly wrap Tybalt’s head in his cloak and stab him repeatedly in the back? " Romeo entering the crypt is in anguish over Tybalt-blood on hands. The dance at the ball is done with child like skipping and other characters present [private encounter in McMillan and Cranko].
  22. Some casting changes but it worked. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2018/01/31/review-american-ballet-theatre-ratmansky-robbins-millepied-wheeldon-kennedy-center/ . Symposium is a men's Balanchine's Serenade. The potential strike was resolved in time for the tour averting of a vacant KC Opera House. Staff was affected by the recent govt shutdown [seniority got the reduced available hours] so some could be out as much as a significant 2+ days of pay. https://www.facebook.com/notes/the-john-f-kennedy-center-for-the-performing-arts/kennedy-center-plan-for-federal-government-shutdown/10156068376058147/
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    Maria Alexandrova

    Alexandrova's hair is short so no bun. An indicator of her status is grand allegro on diagonals. On each side she and Lantratov go in one group of 2 while other groups have more people and are usually men or women.