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  1. I haven't either, and I've been looking for her every time I go. I wonder if she is injured?
  2. Might have to make a trip down 95 to see R&J. I've never seen the Cranko version.
  3. I'm excited to see the new Ratmansky work. I have enjoyed all of his works set to Desyatnikov.
  4. I don't disagree that the current ABT principal roster has its weaknesses, and I completely understand how people who have been following this company for many years (especially those that lived through the golden era of the 80's to early 2000's) feel those weaknesses much more than I would. But the way out of this is not through short term one night only guest artists every night, as a few folks on this board seem to yearn for (though I'm not against having one or two per season.) Why would any young talent want to go to a company where they know the chances of promotion are so slim and that outside artists will dance all of the coveted roles? Think of how much ABT has lost from this policy (Jared Matthews, Simone Messmer, Yuriko Kajiya, Sterling Baca, Maria Riccetto to name a few). No other company in the world operates in such a manner (with guest artists dancing almost more than their own dancers). And while I understand, as a balletomane, why it was awesome to see these world superstars in NY on a nightly basis, I strongly believe it is one of the reasons why some might see the company as "struggling" right now. ABT needs to go through some growing pains to get back on track. I believe I have made my opinion known, so I'll stop posting about it and let it go. Besides, I'm veering us off topic.
  5. I'm not trying to be disrespectful here, just trying to understand... If you've been going for many years and have not liked what you've seen, why do you still attend? Wouldn't it be better to not give money to companies that you think are putting on subpar work?
  6. So you've seen 3 maybe 4 bad fouetté sequences and that's enough to dismiss all US dancers as lacking technique? Ok, then. Not sure what else to add, except perhaps a recommendation to skip the US companies and wait for the European companies to come touring. Personally, I've seen some amazing and some not-so-great performances from dancers trained all over the world. Not going to pigeonhole an entire system over some fouettés.
  7. Unrelated to Swan Lake, but i will be quite sad if i cant see her Nikiya one more time. Glad i got to see her O/O twice this year (DC and NY)
  8. I don't think the majority of yesterday's audience would agree with you regarding Stella's performance yesterday, as she received a loud standing ovation from the crowd. And while I agree that one is unlikely to grow from a pure technique standpoint once they have reached principal status, I completely disagree with your viewpoint that one can't grow artistically as they perform a role repeatedly. Many of ABT's dancers have gone on the record (and it has been discussed and published) that one of the downfalls of ABT's guest and scheduling policy, is that they only get to perform a role once a year (if that) and that it hinders their artistic growth. This is your opinion and I'm not really sure what it has to do with Stella or this topic. Just because ABTs principals had a rought time with the fouettes during the Swan Lake run doesn't mean that US dancers lack technical ability. You can't judge an entire group by one company run. I don't know if the US system is the best way to train a ballet dancer or not, but I know there are plenty of technically secure US trained dancers out there.
  9. Maybe the ABT principals are not "star material" because they lost all of their developmental years while guest artists were coming in and taking their opportunities. Stella was lovely yesterday (personally she blew me away, but to each their own), but she debuted in this role at the age of 39, when she should have debuted in her 20's. That is on Kevin McKenzie. And for those who say they don't know who will dance Tatiana next year without Vishneva and Ferri, how about ABT continues to fix past mistakes and gives some of the opportunities to their soloists? So they don't have to go back to bringing in tons of guest artists??? I know this disappoints those who only want to see Russian artists on ABT's stage, but honestly, what company in the world relies entirely on guest artists?
  10. Oh my, I am a sobbing heaving wreck right now. Stella was amazing and heartbreaking. And for the first time, I saw real passion from Cory Stearns, he blew me away! And I don't even have the words for Gorak and Trenary. Honestly, that's the best I've ever seen Stearns or Gorak. Will write more when I get back to Philly, but BRAVOOOO!!!!
  11. Count me in the minority, but I still like Onegin and Manon (and R&J), especially when they are danced by dancers who can handle the acting/characterizations. I will forever remember Vishneva's and Gomes' Manon performance (Vishneva's 10th anniversary performance). Plus, as a relative newb to the ballet world (about 5 years now), I think that something like R&J or Manon may be more accessible to the public who has not seen a lot of classical ballet versus something like...Sleeping Beauty. While I completely adore Sleeping Beauty now, five years ago I couldn't say that. I am super happy to hear the Stearns/Abera pairing went well!
  12. I love that solo. And Cassandra does it beautifully.
  13. I only saw Semionova once, but like others have posted, I didn't really find her performance to be inspiring. Though I remember her being a technical marvel (she held Odile's balance for a very long time, without wobbling, and had no trouble with her fouettes) I didn't see two distinct characters emerge with Odette and Odile. Basically I felt nothing emotionally. Some would be aghast at the thought, but I would prefer to see Boylston (even though I agree with the criticism about her arms and hands) over Semionova. But that is what makes this site, and art in general, great. We all have different tastes!
  14. This will be my first time seeing Onegin, and I will also be seeing Stearns/Abrera on Saturday. I was supposed to see Vishneva/Gomes but I got stuck covering call. Now I'm wondering if I should find someone to cover me so I can see Vishneva/Gomes. I don't want to make the trip in twice in such a short period though, so that would mean missing Abrera.