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  1. That's everything we've been able to recover, again with gratitude to @angelica, and with our sincere apologies to anyone whose post we've lost. A note that the discussion of the recent promotions is continuing in this thread: http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/42247-nycb-winter-2017-promotions/ Also a belated welcome to @variated. It's always great to read a visitor's impressions of our home companies.
  2. ebruary 19, 2017 at 3:19:43 PM EST (notification date) @Emma posted: Russell Janzen has been promoted to principal and Sara Adams, Harrison Ball, Emilie Gerrity, Joseph Gordon, Unity Phelan, Troy Schumacher and Indiana Woodward to soloist. Congrats to all! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/19/arts/dance/city-ballet-has-a-new-principal-dancer.html
  3. February 19, 2017 at 3:15:52 PM EST (notification date) @canbelto posted: Per Cameron Dieck's instagram, Unity Phelan has been promoted to soloist: http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/index.php?app=core&module=system&controller=embed&url=https://www.instagram.com/p/BQtG5pCgCDq/?taken-by=camerondieck So has Emilie Gerrity: http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/index.php?app=core&module=system&controller=embed&url=https://www.instagram.com/p/BQtKFe6lDOL/?taken-by=joaquindeluz Not sure who else was promoted. Congrats Emilie and Unity!
  4. February 14, 2017 at 4:33:40 PM EST (notification date) @Emma posted: I'm hoping soon! If I recall correctly, the last large group promotion was during Sleeping Beauty. Let's see if history repeats itself.
  5. February 14, 2017 at 4:04:29 PM EST (notification date) @cobweb posted: So I see! And now she's listed on the website as this year's winner as well (although they've misspelled her name, missing the "s".) I'm surprised! I was assuming Indiana Woodward, or, with Miriam Miller doing the Siren and Lilac Fairy, her. But it's all good. I wonder if promotions will be announced soon. There's so much talent, it's a little troubling to think that so many amazing dancers will spend their career in the corps. If Woodward and Unity Phelan wind up being long-term corps members, I would be really troubled.
  6. February 14, 2017 at 3:59:23 PM EST (notification date) @Emma replied: It's publicly listed on the invitation for the Annual Luncheon.
  7. February 14, 2017 at 3:59:23 PM EST (notification date) @sonatina1234 replied: I am pretty sure it is Claire Kretzschmar?
  8. February 14, 2017 at 3:59:23 PM EST (notification date) @cobweb posted: Thanks to all for the answers to my questions about the netting and the title translation! I'm not sure if the news about this year's Levin Award honoree is official or not. When do they make the announcement?
  9. February 13, 2017 at 6:04:57 PM EST (notification date) @cobweb posted: If anyone hears official news of this year’s Levin Award, please let us know!
  10. February 14, 2017 at 12:20:52 PM EST (notification date) @nanushka replied [in response to cobweb's second question]: I've always thought that aspect of the title refers to the fact that not only Aurora but her whole isolated world falls asleep and that a forest of sorts grows up around them. I forget where, but I recall finding the latter detail in one telling of the story. (And I think it used to be evoked in the Gelsey Kirkland ABT production, where former attempted suitors were shown hanging dead on the vines.) This is all based on inference and foggy recollection, though, so may well be mistaken.
  11. February 13, 2017 at 6:11:32 PM EST (notification date) @Kathleen O'Connell posted: If I recall correctly, the netting over the orchestra is there to reduce the light from the pit so that it doesn't interfere with the projections.
  12. February 14, 2017 at 3:01:31 PM EST (notification date) @Jane Simpson replied, It's also standard at the Royal Opera House in London, and can catch more than just props - in the hunting scene in Sleeping Beauty one night a few years ago, David Drew was playing the Prince's tutor and in the bit where he is blindfolded and twirled around he became disoriented and walked straight off the front of the stage. He was, let's say, no longer either young or slender but the net held him and he was hauled back on stage and the performance went on. I believe he used the back-stage tannoy in the next interval to apologise to the orchestra for giving them such a fright - could have been avery unpleasant accident without the net!
  13. February 13, 2017 at 5:23:37 PM EST (notification date) @kbarber replied: I would have thought that netting over the pit is safety netting to prevent stuff (swords etc.) rolling or flying off the stage onto the musicians. A safety net is standard practice in Toronto.
  14. February 13, 2017 at 3:07:09 PM EST (notification date) @abatt replied: I thought the nettting over the orchestra pit related to the projections on the scrim. Without the netting, the light in the orchestra pit would interfere with the projected images.
  15. February 13, 2017 at 2:40:38 PM EST (notification date) @E Johnson replied, I assumed the netting was to try to hold back some of the dry ice/mist during the vision scene so the instruments would stay in tune until intermission.