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  1. 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? Tue., Mar. 27 eveningZakouski: M. Fairchild, De LuzTschaikovsky Pas de Deux: T. Peck, *T. AngleWed., Mar. 28 eveningZakouski: *Woodward, *Mejia Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux: Bouder, Finlay Thu., Mar. 29 eveningZakouski: M. Fairchild, De Luz Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux: *Reichlen, *Catazaro
  2. 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.
  3. 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. Instead... Open slot for BAA gives hope for a PA Ballet Swan Lake or other classic May 28 through June 2, 2019. The PA 2018-19 season ends with a run May 9 -12th. ABT often programs mixed bills and a full length. I hope BAA is a Vail or gala format instead of a troupe.
  4. 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
  5. 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?
  6. Watching the Olympics

    Papadakis/Cizeron's Le Parc on Ice is genius. My fav performances in this Olympics were Zagetova, Medvedeva, Savchenko/Massot, and men's finals of Hanyu and Fernandez. NBC's live streaming of every skater for the Olympics enabled me to see a common denominator even among non-medal contenders. The coach-ie Orser [perfect combo of music, choreography, costume for each skater]. The NYT has a tech graphic for historic skates and a 2018 scoring spreadsheet https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/sports/olympics/womens-figure-skating.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=second-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news Lipinski and Weir were amusing and the outfits fun with the Hunger Games esthete. Weir's comments were often on point. Diplomatically called one's skating complacent. Another was "She skated to AC DC. She didn't skate to Carmen." His comment didn't track with quality scoring. Noted they see other skaters using music and want that but none were Witte or Thomas. "140 is a very good score. 150 and up is Russians."
  7. Watching the Olympics

  8. Romeo and Juliet at the KC

    Links: https://wtop.com/entertainment/2018/02/washington-ballets-romeo-juliet-hits-kennedy-center-for-valentines-day/ , 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.
  9. And Magic Flute appears to have Balanchine influence. SB has the Balanchine Garland. La Sylphide is Bournonville [100k from the NEA for Martins staging]. Symphonic Dances got polite applause. Zakouski is a 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. Adjustments [costume, set, tempo] on SL and perhaps since Stafford negotiated the slap in R + J... Baffling choices for sets/costumes [same "team" for SL], incongruous comic moments, redefining Romeo, etc have existed since 2007. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2007/06/25/old-and-new-2 Juliet walks down the stairs from the balcony garage roof - 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. McMillan is lush , Cranko realistic. These costumes are Renaissance light while Tybalt/Romeo [modern Peter Pan]... The dance at the ball is done with child like skipping and other characters present [private encounter in McMillan and Cranko].
  10. Some casting changes but it worked perfectly. https://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2018/01/31/review-american-ballet-theatre-ratmansky-robbins-millepied-wheeldon-kennedy-center/ . Tue., Jan. 30 cast showing PDD: Serenade after Plato's Symposium: Cirio, Hoven, Royal, Shayer, Simkin, Whiteside, Teuscher/Hammoudi Gomes Thirteen Diversions: 1st PDD=Abrera/Forster, 2nd PDD=Boylston/Ahn Gomes, Lane/Gorak, Brandt/McCune Zhang Serenade After Plato's Symposium and Thirteen Diversions are new classics. KC has a FB live Q & A with Boylston and Whiteside [fav is Symposium, "boisterous"]. Symposium is the men's answer to Balanchine's Serenade. Novel idea-adapt KC honors and add it to the mixed bill. Fortunately the potential strike was resolved in time for the tour plus impacts of a vacant KC Opera House were averted. 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/
  11. 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.
  12. The reality is NYCB has status with NYC while ABT-Ballet Theatre Foundation- is simply one of hundreds of entities that might receive tax dollars as grants from the Cultural Development Fund
  13. KCB to perform at Kennedy Center

    Interesting. The Thanksgiving Nutcracker at the Kennedy Center always sells well and this gave that Midwest small company a chance to perform at the Kennedy Center. The company had to front the costs for transportation and lodging then gets reimbursed by the Kennedy Center . http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/music-news-reviews/classical-music-dance/article137172923.html
  14. 2018 Met Season

    Nice thing about Bayadere is it's a twofor - Nikya and Gamzatti. The Bolshoi Bayadere was kindly pointed out as being on Amazon Prime in the Mariinsky KC thread. Watching on TV isn't the same immersive experience. The Gamzatti role is significantly different in Act 1. What does ABT's Gamzatti do in Act 1? Thursday's a precursor to the weekend hence the cache but that doesn't mean all can see the entire show. I've seen people arrive late [M/T-F] and leave early [M/T-Th]. Our subscriptions are for shows all can attend 100% and not for anything we anticipate becoming cheaper. There's always an audience buzz on opening night and on Saturday night. ABT met 2018 Wed/Sat matinees have some casts I'd target [ie Giselle Lane/Simkin]. Tell me about Ahn. Any video links?
  15. http://www.postandcourier.com/features/american-national-ballet-in-charleston-releases-dancers-plans-additional-changes/article_ffee92e0-b8fb-11e7-b737-47af396fc9cd.html McDaniel, who resigned earlier this month. "But between being hired in June and arriving in September, that group shifted. That left us dancers with new management that had never seen us, and were confused about what to do with us." He adds that for the first pay period, the dancers were paid in cash. Their second check came from a company in New York City.
  16. 2018 Met Season

    As I peruse the Met calendar I have my annual question. Why no Sunday matinees at the Met? Koch, Kennedy Center, etc have Sunday matinees, closed Mondays. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/15/arts/music/metropolitan-opera-attendance-slightly-better-still-bad.html?_r=0 The KC fills the house on Sundays for ABT.
  17. NYCB has had a summer residency at Saratoga since 1966 that will be 1 week again after 1m loss on the 2017 season. https://saratogatodaynewspaper.com/today-in-saratoga/pulse/item/7425-spac-announces-2017-successes-2018-initiatives-and-explains-reasons-for-condensed-nycb-season "80 percent of New York City Ballet ticket buyers purchase tickets to only one performance, and 11 percent buy tickets to two performances, Sobol said. Only the remaining 9 percent purchase tickets to 3-plus NYCB shows." Saratoga paid these performance fees to NYCB on tax returns: 2015=1.850m. 2014=1m.
  18. http://www.postandcourier.com/features/new-ballet-company-to-take-root-in-charleston/article_9fdc011c-7dff-11e7-bc81-37f4d812c596.html
  19. More https://www.broadwayworld.com/article/Recently-Inaugurated-American-National-Ballet-Fires-23-Dancers-Ahead-of-Planned-Merger-20171026 .
  20. I saw my first Jewels [Farrell with D'Amboise] before I ever saw Swan Lake and the first Swan Lake did not remind me of Diamonds. Review Diamonds for these in addition to SL: Bayadere [iconic pose is in Diamonds] plus elements of Raymonda [hands on hip, pas and couples, etc.]. Suzanne Farrell was a dancer I watched for totality of movement in the music like Kondaurova or another Mariinsky dancer Zlatinech. She took risks and could have an introspective, soulful quality. I'd love to see her Tzigaine performed by Skoryk maybe with Amelishko.
  21. I loved the production and casts: Tereshkina - beautiful, in love as equals despite her station in life. Tragic. Conniving Gamzatti never doubted her victory. Kondaurova - vibrant lower class woman used by a handsome warrior in an ongoing dalliance. He was fine with his lovely Gamzatti. Skoryk - vulnerable and the heroic Solor was passionate about his Nikya. Kolegeva was a flamboyant upper class woman forced on an anguished Solor. Fouette phrasing and thrust emphasized her perceived win.
  22. Interesting similarities in choreography for Madaveya and Prodigal. Bayadere looked as fresh as the 1929 Balanchine Prodigal Son which I do not think is dated, and mime contributes to the flow of the narrative dance. The Washington Post concluded the Mariinsky Bayadere is "stylistically epic, if only fitfully accomplished... given the sum of the experience, the Mariinsky didn’t exactly leave the impression of an artistic superpower." https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/the-ballerina-who-fights-back-in-la-bayadere-she-wont-be-manhandled/2017/10/18/fc0ee978-b41d-11e7-99c6-46bdf7f6f8ba_story.html?utm_term=.db410ca4b55d#comments . Full company brilliant technical and artistic execution= WP "two were jewels in a production that otherwise felt artistically slight." Leads analogous to guest stars in a regional Nutcracker? Props=WP geegaws. Imperious High Brahmin=WP bored. People gasp with delight at the elephant=WP laugh. Another reviewer takes queues from MacCauley deeming the 2nd act a ludicrous pageant as well as 60% of Bayadere trash. http://ionarts.blogspot.com/2017/10/mariinsky-ballet-returns-with-curious.html . “It has to be said that La Bayadère is not exactly a work for the ages.” Fact check 1877 and 1941. Other reviews have divergent opinions: https://www.broadwayworld.com/washington-dc/article/The-Mariinsky-Ballet-Stages-LA-BAYADERE-20171019 , http://dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2017/10/19/review-mariinsky-ballet-la-bayadere-kennedy-center/ , and https://dctheatrescene.com/2017/10/19/mariinsky-ballets-la-bayadere-stunning-thrilling-review/ . "One leaves the theater elated by the Mariinsky’s sheer concentration of talent, effort, and artistry."
  23. Matthew Bourne "The Red Shoes"

    I saw it twice. Curiosity wasn't the driver-different people saw it on the Kennedy Center schedule, invited me, and weren't available for the same show. Show 1 was opening night with Gomes/Shaw. We could follow the plot and the lifts were just part of choreographic emphasis. In 9 days I saw 3 pieces telling a story-Prodigal Son, Red Shoes, Bayadere. All had pointe, lifts, various genres of dance. Red Shoes is cast dependent and show 2 was the only plot confusion.
  24. Wed cast did OR. The Mariinsky brought the elephant [Yermakov was fun-waved to the crowd and did an arm pedal when it went backwards], sleighs, litters, and the tiger. The show is longer than the listed run time-applause and there was a end of show type of standing ovation after Act 2. Orchestra was great conducted by Gavriel Heine. ON/OR casts: Nikya- Tereshkina /Skorik Solor-Kim /Yermakov Brahmin-Kulaev Gamzatti-Matvienko /Kolegeva Magdeveya-Popov Warrior-Baimuradov Idol-Tkachenko /Baibordin. Students from Kirov Academy. Slave-Belykov /Beloborodov D'Jampe-Ostreikovskaya, Selina Manu-Nagahisa /Martynuk and Nagahisa [ran twice]. 2 students from Kirov Academy with Nagahasi ON/OR. Dance of Bayaderes- Ivanova, Mikheikina, Asaben, Gimadieva Grand pas-Yalinich, Guseinova, Smirnova, Chereshkevich, Solovyov, Beloborodov Indian-Belik, Yenikeyev, Demchenko/ Lebedeva, Matyshev, Lopatin Shades-Martynuk, Selina, Lukina /Ivanova-Skoblikova, Ivannikova, Nagahisa Lead shade-Svetlana Ivanova [?] The 32 shades were perfect. OR was first tier so shade patterns were clear. At one point they are in lines DS to US -arabesque and arms in first forming a linking pattern like diamond shaped lace where they almost touch.