JumpFrog

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  1. NEA

    You know it actually does make me feel a little better dirac thank u! Here is to hoping this will be a mere blip in our countries history . .
  2. That is so true pherank. So much of leading a ballet company is managing precisely this. I have found it most impressive when directors find a way to nuture and give opportunity to up and coming dancers while also respecting and utilizing the more senior ones. It's hard to keep the changing of the guard from happening all at once. It probably won't ever be seamless. It's a tricky balance requiring intelligent leadership.
  3. Yes, Pinocchio - the only ballet being performed at the moment. Hopefully the mixed program will be better.
  4. Did anyone actually see this? I'm just not sure I'm willing to spend that much on something I know I have very little interested in. Feeling a bit down at the current offer of ballet to see in Canada during the coming year.
  5. NEA

    The more I read about Trump the more I need to remind myself that a vast portion of the population voted yes to him and his policies. The fact that the majority (it appears) supports a cut and more probably and elimination of the endowment for the arts is terrifying. I am completely lost on how to even attempt to fix that. How does anyone prove the value of art?
  6. Sounds like it was the result of reasons similar to any other industry (as it should be). Sometimes you are at the right place at the right time and sometimes a particular time calls you somewhere else. Saw the company perform during a long weekend to see the Celine show. Wishing all the best to all there. Hoping all dance companies continue to choose leadership based on who is best for the role at that particular time.
  7. What is up with San Francisco and promotions lately? I just wish I could be there 😭 Saw DeVivo in a Caniporoli work a few years ago and was impressed. Saw Frantziskonis as Olga and was also quite taken. Bravo to both.
  8. NEA

    I agree -- thank u for this. We have to fight this all together.
  9. Well I have had a few days to let my experience of seeing this ballet settle a bit and as I look over my notes scribbled on a plane ride back to Canada I can't help but notice that almost all my writing is in all capitalization lol. I'm not sure that I have ever felt so lucky to be part of an audience as I was when seeing Artifact by BB. I'm not sure I've even been in audience that was so engaged with attention from beginning to end. Even before the lights went down the feeing in the auditorium was electric. Everyone was truly excited for what was about to happen. And it was superb. If I had to narrow down one feeling that I think explains just why this work is so powerful I think I would say it is because there is such a clear and deep feeling of purpose throughout the whole thing. What blows my mind is that there is no story per say. It is an abstract work involving much high octane physical dance yes but also spoken word and very theatrical feeling moments as well. But every moment is so carefully constructed and full of intention. Every performer is so engaged and present and clear. I'm terrible at explaining myself but I just think it is such a gift to be able to make a work that speaks so clearly. And to do it without a well known story or characters to me is genius. I have so rarely aside from the masters obviously seen a work so exquisitely constructed. So layered thoughtful and explicit in what it is trying to do. It never wanders it never waivers and I think this is a testament to the performers as well. I am sad not to have had a chance to see it multiple times. It is one of those experience that almost requires repeated viewing. There is so much to take in so much to savor and layers to explore. If anyone else saw it I would love to hear your thoughts on the curtain in Part 2. It was the only moment I felt I couldn't crack. All in all Having William Forsythe there is an enormous coup for BB. They should be proud. They are putting on work of WORLD CLASS quality by the best people. BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO 👏
  10. I will for sure sandik. Too bad you won't be able to make it. We are only making it by the skin of our teeth and almost entirely thanks to air miles 😂
  11. Indeed a smart cookie. I have so much respect for dancers able to get academic credentials at all let alone while dancing lol. To be a dancer requires intelligence absolutely but academic smarts is imo just a different thing. For someone to have an ability for both is really rather amazing. A great future ahead of her I think.
  12. Fantastic. Congrats to all. What an exciting time and company. Can't wait to see Artifact soon. I've been looking forward all year.
  13. I'm not really sure what to make of this programming. There is just so much that are repeats? I am excited for Emergence because I saw it in Seattle and really enjoyed it. Always good seeing the company a piece was made on dance it. I love Sleeping Beauty and will be curious as to how the production compares to others. Would love to one day see the POB dance it as referenced earlier. Havent seem Nijinsky but have seen enough of his other work to assume it will be very very long and very very serious. I feel like I just saw Winter's Tale and don't particularly want to see it again. I refuse to suffer through the art gallery ballet one more time but find hope in the Peck work. I find his stuff thoughtful and musical. The Robert Lepage looks quite interesting as an idea at least and I've heard more people than I can count claim Four Seasons as a masterpiece. Definitley won't be getting season tickets. Will prefer to just purchase tix for the small amount I haven't seen or I think looks good.
  14. This conversations is so interesting to me. I recently had a similar one with a close friend who is a major opera and ballet fan. There seems to be an increase in what some would call "gimmicky" (while others would claim "inventive") choreography these days. I can't help but think back to the major choreographers of the last century and all they did with the human form. I think audiences are growing a bit sick of certain gimmicks that choreographs use under the disguise of being inventive. For example props that don't add anything, lighting as referenced above, or even choice of venue ("Lets present this ballet in a train station..won't that be so inventive and unique"). I think it is one of the reasons I enjoy Peck's work. I'm not a huge fan but I have to say i respect it. Same with Ratmansky. It's thoughtful and inventive and uses the human form in a way that I think speaks to audiences. If more people could trust the human body and all it's limitless potential I think we would see better work. But not enough do. So it's all projection screens and site-specific work in a non-traditional performance space. As Miranda Priestley said so succinctly "Groundbreaking".
  15. So happy for this. Enjoy him onstage so much. Congrats to Angelo.
  16. Excellent news. Can't wait. Also hernando's hideaway thank you for your write ups. I agree with much of what you see especially the glitter tanks on the men in Pas/Parts. However pherank I too saw Pas/Parts last year but actually really enjoyed the music. I found it inventive. I just love his choreography. I wish I could see it more but I'm in Canada most of the year and they don't do much. Le sigh.
  17. They seem to do a fair bit of midseason repertoire editing here. Odd. Is that every season? Did anyone actually see this piece? I hope it's not like that gala work from last season or the art gallery installation 😬 Can't wait for Tarantela though. I here the mcgregor piece is basically chroma with darker lighting.
  18. http://national.ballet.ca/Meet/Join-Our-Team/Career-Opportunities/Job-Postings/Associate-Artistic-Director
  19. This is such exciting news! Well spotted mom2. I also agree with sandik that this is both great for him and great for the company. He was a wonderful dancer and is a very gifted choreographer. I particularly love all he did in Portland. I think he will be a formidable leader for this company.
  20. Well, things are now starting to make sense.
  21. I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season. I finally got a chance to see the Nutcracker here and was totally mesmerized. I think years of seeing not so good versions had set my standards so low that seeing such a treat of a production you have here just blew my socks off! I loved it. Only thing lacking was that I didn't get to see the dancers I had hoped to. Oh well. I saw Lunina and McKie who really aren't my favorite at all. They both looked a little shaky in the grand pas - especially her solo and foetee turns from the corner but other than that the show was wonderful. I also noticed a bit of what others have about the battle scene and was wondering as watching it if it might have to do with the size of the stage. As in maybe the theatre it premiered in was different in measurements and so the sets might be somewhat squished now. Anyway it was just wonderful and the show I was at appeared to be completely sold out and very responsive. Interesting link posted above from the Art Gallery of Ontario volcanohunter thank you for sharing it. Vanstone seems remarkably down to earth which is refreshing. I heard she is a splendid SugarPlum. There seems to be a real connection between the ballet company and art gallery here. Is the art gallery the countries national one also? Happy New Year all!
  22. So happy to see Karapetyan back. Also I have tended to assume that when dancers are scheduled for less performances than you would think it could be because they are working back from injury and don't want to take on too much too soon. But I suppose in this case yes its simply because they are guesting elsewhere. I'm also hoping for some debuts of new talent
  23. I personally find it amazing when hearing of dancers continuing to dance when pregnant at any stage let alone perform something like Balanachine at four months. I suppose everyone's pregnancy is different but woah that's incredible
  24. So volcanohunter just to be clear, I'm guessing you don't like the Nutcracker? I'm still so excited to see it here because now apart from you I've heard nothing but good things. Funny enough I heard from a dancer himself in the troupe here that Kudelka is one of the most musical people he's worked with. Gos to show you won't please everybody! I would love to see the film you mention. Is it viewable online?
  25. It seemed for a little there I couldn't find anyone who actually went to the event but I enjoy reading this write up thank you Ms. Sum! http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2016/12/on-the-shoulders-of-giants.html