kfw

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
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  1. Yes, the email checkers should be unceremoniously ejected during intermission. But suddenly leaning over can block the view of the person behind you, and all but the faintest whispers can be heard if not understood. Any movement or noise is bound to be distracting, especially at a climactic moment.
  2. At the climax of a dark and moving ballet, at a moment of great poetry and mystery, an audience member cracks a joke. When did this become acceptable behavior?
  3. Interesting. I've seen a few of their rehearsals at the Kennedy Center, dating back to a Giselle with Amanda McKerrow, and I don't remember multiple casts.
  4. Yes, that's all I meant. Teuscher (I'm pretty sure) in the prologue, then Boylston with a bearded prince I didn't recognize, then Copeland and Cornejo in the pas, then Teuscher and Gomes after intermission.
  5. Well this afternoon's rehearsal was a little odd, but I'll say this: that Isabella Copeland-Teuscher sure can dance!
  6. dirac's memory is correct. In Arlene Croce's Gorey interview entitled The City Ballet Fan Extraordinaire, published in the NY Times in 1973, Croce quotes him as saying that He goes on to mention "the single greatest performance I ever saw:" Adam rehearsing Swan Lake: Writing that after seeing almost every performance for 17 seasons, he can visualize the entire repertory, Croce quotes him as saying Also, in a 1984 Boston Globe piece entitled The Perfect Penman, Richard Dyer mentions Gorey Both articles are found in Ascending Peculiarity: Edward Gorey on Edward Gorey.
  7. Joan Accocella has an article about this book in The New Yorker online entitled simply Balanchine Teaching.
  8. Would have been funny, yes, but it's one in a list of writers whose stock has not fallen, and whose work he says he himself been reading and absorbing.
  9. Coming from a critic today it might have been. Not coming from a reader of a certain age. LOL. A coupla weeks, I guess. Drew, I agree.
  10. Thanks, choriamb. Peck was the dancer I pictured in the Makarova role.
  11. i doubt the Committee would be put off of rock stars because one of the most famously private and mysterious didn't show up. In any case, his gracious, if not exactly intellectually ambitious, acceptance speech is here.
  12. I'm not sure that's true, pherank. He seemed pretty thrilled to win a Grammy for Time Out of Mind, and he gave a long speech last year when he won the Musicares award. But who knows. Anyhow, the Wall Street Journal quoted a "distant cousin" of his last week who Ill-manned and rude indeed, I'm sorry to say. I can understand him feeling uncomfortable and award as big as the Nobel, but there were other ways of handling his discomfort. Bravo to Patti Smith.
  13. Hah, that's great! And you must still have your program too. I saw the two following performances as well that year, and was knocked out by just about everything (it was my first time seeing NYCB or any Balanchine). Most vividly, I remember Baryshinikov in The Prodigal Son.
  14. I agree. It fits the ballet and the season, and for me it's part of the experience. Mothers on cell phones, not so much.