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  1. Helene

    Coppelia 2018.

    It's very difficult to establish anything dramatically in that time, particularly since it's an active moment, with no chance for a meaningful pause, a sad glance, or dignity. Whether the audience reacts in the same philistine way as the locals is a combination of what the dancer has established in the first two acts, especially where he sells his soul and/or psyche to conjure that spell, reflected so perfectly in the music, and the audiences themselves, especially as they anticipation of the wedding celebration free of eccentricity.
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    Ratmansky's Paquita

    My question is whether there are laws that they cannot be sold if the state-subsidized companies don't have the space or inclination to keep them. If there are no such laws, then, of course, the question is why they didn't sell them, since renting them out would require space when they were returned.
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    Coppelia 2018.

    Except for the male solo in the first act -- created for Helgi Tomasson -- the first two acts we created from Balanchine's memories from the Mariinsky and especially Danilova's memories from the version she danced with the Ballet Russe as the Swanhilda of her time, filled in by Balanchine. Those acts are both very Swanhilda-centric, including her interplay with Franz and Dr. Coppelius. It's the basic story: Act I is the set-up, with Franz courting Coppelia, Swanhilda's nose out of joint, Dr. Coppelius creating a doll he thinks he can bring to life, the group dances, Swanhilda's friends, ending with the boys roughing up Dr. Coppelius leaving Swanhilda and friends to find the key to the studio. Act II is the break-in to Dr. Coppelius' house, a few of his other dolls, Dr. Coppelius casting a spell to make his doll come alive -- the spell music is amazing -- Swanhilda's impersonation of the doll, Franz's arrival, and the sham exposed. Act III is a Balanchine original. It's the wedding day for all of the young couples: they show up in the square and the mayor gives them a sack of coin to start their new lives. Dr. Coppelius enters with his worse-for-wear doll and the mayor gives him a sack of gold. Solos for Dawn, Spinner, and Prayer, and the Dance of the Hours for a soloist and a corps of young girls for all variations. The War and Discord Divertissement, which always reminds me of the retired guys who wore togas and sandals and handed out flyers to Caesar's Palace: it's like Mel Brooks does Vegas. Pas de deux is music Balanchine lifted from "Sylvia" and which he'd used before. Big ending. There are some short videos that may give you a taste: These are short clips from PNB's co-production with San Francisco Ballet; the costumes and sets you see will be different. Spinner is in the black and white dress. This is a terrific video from San Francisco Ballet with thoughts from Judith Fugate, who staged the work for SFB and PNB -- a fantastic Swanhilda at NYCB in her time -- and some of the Principal Dancers:
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    ABT gala

    James Whiteside interviewed Kevin McKenzie for his podcast "The Stage Rightside" the week before the Gala, and one of the topics they discussed was the works in the gala. https://stagerightside.libsyn.com/kevin-mckenzie-on-directing This is a not-to-miss episode for anyone interested in ABT. At the end, Whiteside announced that next week's episode would feature an interview with Michelle Dorrance.
  5. Rosie Gaynor writes about Margaret Mullin in the August 2011 issue of "Dance Magazine"; PNB posted a link to the online version on its Facebook Page: On the Rise: Margaret Mullin She is wonderful, and I'm glad she's being recognized.
  6. Helene

    Current Dancer News

    Leta Biasucci is graduating from Seattle University with a degree in Arts Leadership: http://www.seattlespectator.com/2018/05/24/ballerina-graduate-leta-biasucci-ends-six-years-su/ Congratulations to her .
  7. Helene

    "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    I quite agree with ABT Fan: I, too, got the impression as the documentary progressed that she was coming to terms more with a transition from being a full-time company member, and I saw nothing desperate about her wanting to continue in contemporary works. I don't think older dancers should be erased as they grow older. Whelan may teach, but she's already proven herself a stager to respect when she came to Seattle to stage Ratmansky's "Pictures at an Exhibition." From all public accounts, the dancers, unsolicited, raved about her preparation and sensitivity in the studio and felt it a privilege to work with her.
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    Allison DeBona

    I thought there was already a thread for Allison DeBona, but information about her is on different "Breaking Pointe," and podcast threads, and I've decided to create a dedicated thread. DeBona was just interviewed for Michael Sean Breeden and Rebecca King's podcast, "Conversations on Dance," and the interview gives a nice update on what she's been doing since and some background on "Breaking Pointe." http://tendusunderapalmtree.com/allison-debona-ballet-west-breaking-pointe/ She's been tweeting clips of different dancing she'd like to highlight from the following Twitter account; she refers to Art with Alli in this interview: https://twitter.com/artwithalli
  9. Helene

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I don't know if there are any rules/laws about selling productions that have been created with state money. It's also possible that a large company would not want anyone to see another company use sets and costumes and have reviewers and audience associate the original company with them. In North America, it is common enough for companies to sell productions or parts of productions once they've decided to take them out of active rep.
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    Allison DeBona

    Alison DeBona tweeted this wonderful news:
  11. PNB just published a piece by Benjamin Griffiths on its blog, and it features Karel Cruz, Jonathan Porretta, Lucien Postlewaite, Jerome Tisserand, Kyle Davis, and Dylan Wald: https://blogpnborg.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/the-men-of-pnb/
  12. Helene

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    Regardless of how expensive the costumes look to observers, the company spent $$$$ on Paquita using very fine materials, and it is unlikely that they'd invest that kind of money to reproduce the production again.
  13. Helene

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    A reliable source for whether the sets and costumes have been destroyed.
  14. Helene

    Ratmansky's Paquita

    I thought many of the Paquita costumes lovely. Chacun a son gout. I'm sorry they are lost. And I consider Ratmansky a reliable source.
  15. Helene

    2018 Spring Season

    I agree with Croce, but although I know it's coming, the second costume change always gets me, a conceit I love anyway. Christopher Wheeldon came to make a work on PNB, and he was only able to come for two of a planned three-week period. He said that it was better that he'd had only two weeks, because he would have spent the third week revising, and not for the better. "Goldberg Variations" always seemed to me to be overthunk. My favorite part of the ballet was listening to Jerry Zimmerman play it. I never heard Gordon Boelzner, about whom Joseph Mazo quipped in "Dance as a Contact Sport" that -- as a result of Robbins having worked and rehearsed it so many times with so many versions -- Boelzner played it more often than anyone since Goldberg.
  16. Thrilled to hear Sheku Kanneh-Mason's playing, too:
  17. I loved the dress: it was meant to look constructed and of a piece with some of her other choices. Her mother looked amazing, and I loved the color of the Queen's coat and hat. Edited to add: I'd missed most of the news, and just read in Anthony Lane's article in The New Yorker that Markle's veil was embroidered with the national flower of each nation in the Commonwealth. And I loved the contrast of her second, reception dress: https://www.today.com/style/meghan-markle-stuns-2nd-wedding-dress-day-t129378 One of the tabloids near the checkout of my local QFC proclaimed that she is pregnant and thrilled to become a mother, lol.
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    Paul Taylor names successor

    This is wild news! I wonder if it had been Balanchine instead of Kirstein who wanted Joseph Duell to succeed Balanchine, if that would have happened. I understand that the institutions are very different, but I wonder if anyone would have fought Balanchine on this.
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    Kolpakova, Makarova and the Cold War.

    Sorry, my mistake. It was the late '80's. I'll correct that.
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    Kolpakova, Makarova and the Cold War.

    According to the NYT article, she came to the US at Baryshnikov's invitation. It was the late '90's '80's.
  21. Helene

    Kolpakova, Makarova and the Cold War.

    The Panovs didn't defect: they applied for exit visas to Israel, which was an entirely different political ball of wax.
  22. Helene

    2018 Met Season

    ABT tweeted this delightful photo with the link to the casting announcement:
  23. I prefer the hybrid version where the caller only calls the Wilde solo. This version may only be in my head, but I don't care.
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    2018 Spring Season

    Re: deleted posts. Official, public-facing sources only.
  25. Captions provided by Companies are for their own photo vaults they make accessible to the media. Whether they outsource this to their PR agency I would think depends on the company. I don't know if when the press takes its own photos, they are given guidelines on how they must caption*, but did they outsource captions for their own (NYT) photos to ABT's/Copeland's PR agency? That would be a stretch, even if Copeland's/ABT's joint PR agency wrote ABT-sourced and -owned photos in their vault. *For example, if it's in a dancer's contract that they must be listed in the captions if in the photo, this would be a guideline, although I don't know if it's enforceable if the photos don't belong to the Company.
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