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  1. 2017 Spring Season

    Casting is up for week one. Maria K. to lead the second movement of Symphony in C. https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB_Casting_April-18-23-2017_lobby.pdf
  2. Biopic of Matilda Kshesinskaya

    Here is an Op Ed from yesterday's NYTimes which discusses the subject biopic, but more broadly talks about cultural repression under Putin. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/opinion/artist-putin-russia-serebrennikov.html
  3. ABT 2017 Met season

    I think national affinity, ethnic affinity, and racial affinity all contribute to the decision of some ticket buyers to purchase one performance versus another, or to attend at all. That's true not only of ballet, but of theater and other art forms too.
  4. ABT 2017 Met season

    Kochetkova was brought in to partner with the short male dancers at ABT- Cornejo and Simkin. With Simkin joining the Berlin company, and Cornejo approaching retirement, Kochetkova's usefulness may be scrutinized more closely in the next season or two. Moreover, they now have Lane as a principal, with Trenary and Brandt having the potential to also move up the ladder. These factors make Kochetkova less essential as the "go to" partner for the short guys. Kochetkova is Bolshoi trained, and that may be a factor in her favor if the Russian audience turn out for her performances. She is quite popular at SFB. What ABT really needs is another tall male principal.
  5. ABT 2017 Met season

    I'm expecting both Boylston and Abrera to continue as Gamzatti. Teuscher is very well suited to do Nikiya, and I hope she gets the role. I think they might deem Abrera as too old to debut as Juliet. I hope they allow Lane or Trenary to debut as Juliet.
  6. 2017 Fall Season

    For me, R. Fairchild's most stunning and memorable performance was in Who Cares with Tiler Peck. Many people could do the steps, but when those two danced to "The Man I Love", there was enough electricity to power all of New York City. So sad that we will never see that again. Other Robbie Fairchild roles that suited him perfectly were Slaughter and Thou Swell. Although I did not like The Times are Racing, his tapping pdd with Justin Peck was a highlight. I'm glad it's preserved on video (the video that was shot in the subway). Duo Concertant would indeed be a very fine closing ballet for his departure. This is a big loss to NYCB. Robbie had a large fan base from his appearance in American in Paris, and I think he brought new audiences into NYCB.
  7. ABT 2017 Met season

    SL is also a very difficult and technically challenging role. The difference is that in SL, McKenzie allows Copeland (and others) to make whatever adjustments /changes/modifications they want in order to get through the role. I'm not sure how much adjustment Ratmansky would permit in his reconstruction of SB. In any event, Copeland's audience shows up even if she is cast as Florine, rather than Aurora.
  8. He will continue to dance with ABT during their Spring seasons at the Met https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/arts/dance/daniil-simkin-joins-staatsballett-berlin.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront&_r=0
  9. 2017 Fall Season

    I suspect that in addition to the stated reasons, his split with Tiler Peck probably also played a role in this development.
  10. Robert Fairchild leaving NYCB

    Catazaro seems to be "next in line" for promotion among the men, and Fairchild's departure moves up the timetable. He gave some lackluster performances last season. I hope he can make a great success out of his debut as Siegfried.
  11. ABT 2017 Met season

    Ferri had trouble with the choreography of Nikiya back when she was younger and stronger. That's why it never became a signature role for her. She certainly could not do it now. I agree with the above post that it's time for the Ferri Comeback Tour to end, at least at the Met. It's great that she is having new works created on her to suit her current level of ability, but she should stop resurrecting her old roles of yesteryear. If McKenzie is only inviting one guest artist a season, I can think of a long list of ladies I'd prefer to see over Ferri.
  12. Robert Fairchild leaving NYCB

    I'm sad about this development, but I cannot really say I'm surprised.
  13. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I think Part's brother lives in London.
  14. The NY Times Arts preview section states that the ABT 2018 spring season at the Met will include seven full length ballets plus one mixed rep program. The mixed rep program will include a new ballet by Wayne McGregor. The season is as follows: Giselle Don Q Bayadere Swan Lake R&J Whipped Cream Harlequinade Ratmansky Firebird/New McGregor https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/08/arts/dance/dance-listings-for-the-fall-season-and-beyond.html
  15. 2017 Fall Season

    If I could only see one SL, it would be Mearns. Of the four ladies at NYCB who have previously appeared in the role, she has the deepest understanding of the role. I agree completely with cobweb about Bouder in SL. She can spin like a top, but there was no fluidity in her movement. I also agree w. nysusan about Reichlin, with the added comment that Reichlin did not pay much attention to her arm positions. But who knows - maybe practice makes perfect and these ladies will surprise me during the upcoming run.
  16. 2017 Fall Season

    The casting is quite a departure for NYCB. Martins has only been casting medium to tall ballerinas as O/O in SL up until this point. Casting "short girls" in the role like Megan and Tiler is a new path at NYCB. Where is Robbie Fairchild in this casting news? He is in New York. (He will be appearing at the Chita Rivera Dance Awards ceremony in Manhattan on Sept 11.) He has done Siegfried before, and he has become an audience favorite. And yet he is not cast. I had a feeling Jared Angle would give up the role of Siegfried. The technical demands of the solos are too much for him at this stage of the game.
  17. 2017 Fall Season

    That's Sara Mearns in the ad, isn't it?
  18. 2017 Fall Season

    Tiler Peck's Instagram indicates that her SL dates are Sept 27 and Oct 1.
  19. 2017 Fall Season

    I agree w. Kathleen that NYCB's tendency to cast only black dancers as Rothbart (a character role, not a dancing role) is offensive. I hope that the trend does not continue when it is revived this fall.
  20. Roster in Review - 2017

    Of course this is only a practice video. However, you can see that she is traveling to her right a great deal. Better to do neat singles or doubles that are under control than to travel into the wings during an on stage performance. She's young, so she will probably be able to improve with practice and coaching.
  21. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/25/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballet-designers-fall-fashion-gala.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront She will become a ballet mistress at NYCB.
  22. Krohn Retiring On Oct 7, 2017

    We don't know how old Ask LaCour is because he didn't have his entire career at NYCB. However, I think LaCour may be older or at least the same age as Jared Angle. I think DeLuz, who danced with several other companies prior to NYCB, is around 40 or 41.
  23. Fall 2017 Season

    Cirio was listed as one of the principal dancers who would appear for the Fall season in the June press release. Perhaps he is injured?
  24. 2017 Fall Season

    Someone posted a few weeks ago that Tiler Peck was rehearsing SL under Ratmansky's coaching. Perhaps she will also debut in SL. Fingers crossed. Given that they are doing two consecutive weeks of SL, I guess they felt the need to train some new people in the lead roles. I wouldn't be surprised to see Lauren Lovette also debut in the lead. Assuming Bouder is cast again this season in SL, I'm guessing that this may be her final run of the role. She is the oldest of the O/O's performing the role at NYCB. Catazarro missed his debut chance during the last run due to injury, so I'm sure he will be one of the new Siegfrieds.
  25. 2017 Fall Season

    Thanks for the info canbelto. I hope this means that Tiler Peck will also debut as Odette/Odile.