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  1. I went to the Saturday Afternoon performance. Venus Villa did not dance. Ayano Kimura Danced the part of Giselle and I must say I enjoyed her performance very much. I think she came across as being sincere and believably vulnerable. She was beautiful in both acts. I liked Jonathan Jordan better in act II. I thought he pulled of the 'dance till you drop" pretty well. He was believable. Tamas Krizna danced Hilarion and I enjoyed him as well. Francesca Duarte was a stern and solid Myrta. This was my first time seeing the Washington Ballet dance, and I thought the production was very nicely done. The whole company looked good and danced well. And yes, there were dogs on the stage! The sight lines at the Eisenhower theater are pretty good. I was in the 4th row (H) on the aisle to the left facing the stage. I could see everything including feet. All in all a very enjoyable afternoon at the ballet. I hope Julie Kent is able to do more of the classics with this company and bring them to the Kennedy Center.
  2. I got so caught up in the highlights of the Saturday Matinee that a forgot to voice my one complaint: The Bows. The entire cast never came out and I thought that was a shame. There were also no flowers. Veronika certainly deserved them! Entirely too brief and understated in my opinion.
  3. Stand outs of the Saturday Matinee (In my Humble Opinion): VERONIKA! As I mentioned in an earlier post, she was absolutely beautiful! She commanded every moment she was on the stage. She IS O/O! I find myself almost without words describe it. To try to say more would spoil it. James Whiteside. I felt that he was trying to be an attentive partner. He seemed very concentrated on being there for Veronika. I didn't sense a chemistry between them just yet, but I saw him try to gaze at her and I'm not sure she noticed it. I felt like she didn't expect it and therefore was not Looking for it. I found his approach to some of the movements interesting. I am not proficient with ballet terminology so I won't attempt to describe some of the steps that caught my eye. At certain points he seemed to think, stop, move. I was sitting in the fourth row so I could really see him working. Not in a bad way though. He just seemed very thoughtful about the way he moved. Calvin Royal! OK, I really liked him a lot. He shines. He moves beautifully and elegantly and he also commands the stage. I hope he does get promoted soon. Katherine Williams - She danced beautifully and had an infections smile. She made me feel happy. Cortney Lavine - She was the Spanish Princess. It's not a big role, but I thought she sparkled. Christine Shevchenko - She was the Italian Princess. Again, not a big role but there was something very 'present' about her. I saw her in Sleeping Beauty last year. She was the Diamond Fairy for my performance. She seemed to have a whole other way about her this time though. Much more elegant. Gabe Stone Shayer - In the Neapolitan Dance. He was a burst of energy and such fun to watch; a joy actually. Jamie Kopit - She's got a nice comedic side to her. I can always pick her out on stage. And finally...THE SWANS! They were really a pleasure to watch. Excellent performances for all of them! Brava! Thank you ABT for a truly enjoyable afternoon!
  4. Yes she was!! Absolutely beautiful!!
  5. As far as the orchestra is concerned, if you want to see feet, then you should be no closer than the 4th row. If you're not a tall person, then I would suggest attempting to grab an aisle seat. Otherwise you could be squirming around tall heads to try to get a view. Just to the left or right of orchestra center is okay too. You still get a near center view from the 3rd or 4th seat in on the side rows. Kennedy Center also offers a 'virtual' tour of the theater. You can access the tour from the "Visit" tab on the homepage. You can also get an idea of the view from a particular section if you access the seating chart when attempting to buy a ticket. If you access the “let us chose for you” link you’ll see a view of the Opera House with the seating chart next to it. Hovering over a particular section gives you an idea of the view.
  6. From time to time I search for dancers that pop off the grid. I found this today. It looks like Simone Messmer will be dancing in Catskill Ballet Theater's Nutcracker.
  7. Thanks Batsuchan. I've never been to that website before. I'm going to check it out!
  8. Thanks little-junkie!
  9. Hi Batsuchan Sorry for the double post. I'm lousy with the "quote" thing. I'm wondering how you were able to get to the "Fond Farewells" gallery on ABT's website? I can get to the gallery via the link you've included but I can't get to it any other way?!
  10. Hi, so I haven't been to City Center for very many years. Back in the early 90's I would sit in the front row and I was able to see everything, including feet, despite the fact that I was looking up a little. This year is a big B'day for me, and my gift to me is to trek up to NY from DC to City Center. I wanted to do this mostly because City Center is (used to be I guess ) one of those cool more intimate places that you can/ could sit right in front, unobstructed and see feet, faces and every other nuance. And of course, you get to see some up and coming and/or lower profile dancers perform. Win, win and win! So my question is, even though I might be looking up, will I still be able to see the bottom half of the dancers including feet? I would appreciate it if anybody could shed a bit more light on the seating after renovations. My concern with the balcony is that I will not be as close as I would love to be. This is my pure indulgence! Replies are very much appreciated!
  11. Of course I meant "corps" not 'corpse" Bedtime for Bonzo.
  12. Didn't want to forget: Roddy Doble was a fun High Brahmin. He was replacing Roman Zhurbin. The audience appreciated him, as did I. The real reason I had to add to my previous post though, was because I could not let it alone without mentioning Aaron Scott as the Bronze Idol. "Silk Explosion" is what comes to mind. He was explosive, yet smooth as silk; graceful, strong and....oh so shiny!
  13. Quick thoughts about today's matinee (Sat) with Seo, Muntagirov and Boylston. It was an enjoyable performance. The audience truly appreciaed Montagirov, and I was among them. He’s a guest artist, and you could kind of tell that he hasn’t quite mixed in yet; but he had a lovely charm about him, and you just couldn’t help but love him. I thought he looked a bit like Stiefel from a distance. I hope he dances more with this company. I think he and ABT are a good fit. The ladies were also lovely. I think Hee is a lovely Nikia in the making. I enjoyed her performance, but I feel like there's more in her. It seems like she could almost be on the verge of letting go, but hasn’t quite yet. She got better and better as the performance progressed. I think Isabella is a great Gamzatti. She was a bit unsteady in the first act, and eventually fell and appeared to be visibly injured. I was sitting in the 4th row a bit to the left and could clearly see her limping as soon as she got up from her fall, and as she continued off stage. It was hard to watch. I thought.....”Oh... they will have to replace her”. But no, she came back like a trouper and did very well for the rest of the performance, in my opinion. It was almost as if the fall was her signal to relax and let loose. The audience seemed to appreciate her "Moxie" in taking a fall, and coming back without once losing the regal "Gamzatti" persona. Brava! I was with my husband today. He’s been pretty good about accompanying me in the past few years. When Isabella fell and the first act came to a close, I don’t think he knew what to make of it all. I whispered in his ear, “the best is yet to come”. I’ll tell you what, when the curtain rose and the shade came out, he was memorized. I thought the corpse did an admirable job, and so did he! Let us not forget the lovely, lovely soloists. Today, for me, Sarah Lane stood out among them all. I’m interested to hear what other people thought.
  14. Bart, I actually turned it off after the darned bees and right after Mother Gigogne appeared. Sounds like it was a good idea. I know babies cry, but punching them is absolutely out of the question!