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  1. I've seen it only on videotape and would love to see it in the theater. Here's a clip of New York Theatre Ballet rehearsing it in a staging by the much missed Kyra Nichols. Thumbs up to Les Noces. Thumbs down to Dybbuk.
  2. Remnick's a former Moscow correspondent for the Washington Post and wrote a book entitled Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire, so the Bolshoi scandal was bound to interest him regardless of his degree of interest in or taste in dance. As for Acocella, in an ironic was she is being a critic by not writing about what she finds uninteresting. But I agree that she's going about it in the wrong way.
  3. I've read that Kent was not at her best in that clip. Can't remember where it was.
  4. Salon has a piece on changes in music coverage at the Times and what it means for jazz that sheds some light on the paper's thinking about arts coverage in general.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. Well this afternoon's rehearsal was a little odd, but I'll say this: that Isabella Copeland-Teuscher sure can dance!
  10. 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.
  11. Joan Accocella has an article about this book in The New Yorker online entitled simply Balanchine Teaching.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Thanks, choriamb. Peck was the dancer I pictured in the Makarova role.