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  1. abatt

    2018 Met Season

    Osipova guesting with ABT in Giselle. MARK YOUR CALENDAR! https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/26/arts/dance/american-ballet-theater-spring-season-wayne-mcgregor-alexei-ratmansky.html
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    2018 Spring Season

    NYCB's spring season will include a new ballet forty minutes in duration which features reconstructions of the choreography of 8 Broadway musicals "closely associated with Jerome Robbins (that Jerome Robbins directed or choreographed). It's part of the Robbins centennial celebration. Sounds exciting. Some dancers of NYCB will take on singing roles too. It would have been a perfect project for R. Fairchild. Too bad he's leaving. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/arts/city-ballet-to-celebrate-the-broadway-side-of-jerome-robbins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront
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    2018 Spring Season

    Forgot to mention that I loved Miriam Miller in the third theme of 4T's. More please. Looking at the casting for the next few weeks makes me realize the abundance of talent in the company. Very much looking forward to seeing important debuts for Phelan, Gerrity and others. A few bold face names are missing from upcoming casting: Harrison Ball, Ashly Isaacs and Georgina Paz. Are they all on the injured list? correction: I see Georgina is doing West Side Story next week. Glad to see her back on stage.
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    2018 Spring Season

    For me, the clear highlight of both Tuesday and Wed evenings was Maria Korowski. She was outstanding in Concerto B. on Tuesday and as the lead muse in Apollo last night. Elegance, grace and refinement are the best adjectives to describe her dancing. She and Russell Janzen look spectacular together in Concerto B. I thought Chase Finlay looked better as Apollo than in the winter. He is becoming more and more comfortable in the role, and he didn't seem as winded as he did during the winter season. However, he still has a lot of work to do in Agon. His performance with Reichlin in the Agon pdd was completely lacking in tension and excitement. This is the blandest Agon couple I've ever seen. Agree with everyone that DeLuz and Peck were thrilling Tschai pas.
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    2018 Spring Season

    Maria Korowski's belt once came undone on stage during one of the leotard ballets. She tried to ignore it, but it was not possible, so when she was near a stage wing she took it off and quickly threw it into the wings.
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    2018 Spring Season

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/22/arts/dance/megan-fairchild-swan-lake.html Here was the article. It does not give his name, but provides some general info about Megan's boyfriend, where they live and how they met.
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    2018 Spring Season

    There was an article about Megan and her boyfriend in the NY Times a few months ago.
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    2018 Spring Season

    Great news. So glad she was able to navigate her way through the Veyette betrayal and find happiness. I guess this means that she will not be dancing with DeLuz at his farewell in October. She was his most frequent partner.
  9. I would love to see the RB's Mayerling. I wonder if there is any plan to visit NYC
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    2018 Met Season

    Boylston was doing Gamzatti for a few years, and she was good in the role. I don't see her a Nikiya at all. I saw Boylston's Giselle last year, and I thought it was technically very strong. She excels at jumping and spinning. However, she is not a lyrical or dramatic dancer, so that aspect of her performance was less satisfying.
  11. Tiler Peck was the only female principal dancer who did not appear at R. Fairchild's farewell in October. Draw your own conclusions as to whether R. Fairchild was "open abut his preferences" with her.
  12. La Sylphide and Sleeping Beauty to be revived next season. New choreography is discussed in the attached article. Not much other substantive info revealed. The article is mostly about the trials and tribulations of planning the season by the interim directors. Oh, and the search for Martins' replacement is in the "early" stages. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/16/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballet-new-season.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    It makes sense to raise the price of the lowest priced tickets, although in the aggregate I'm not sure that price increase really amounts to much in terms of the company's overall financial health. However, in the past I've seen many, many NYCB programs on tdf, so they have trouble selling the high priced tickets for many programs. Increasing the prices doesn't seem to make sense for the higher priced tickets. Oh well. I guess even more tickets will end up on tdf or at the half price line across the street at the Atrium.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Notice that there is also no new Troy Schumacher ballet next year either. He was getting a new ballet almost every fall season the past few years under Martins.
  15. Thanks for clarifying re the Garrett Smith / Jensen piiece.
  16. In addition to Pharaoh's Daughter, Smirnova was scheduled to also perform a modern work premiere. Neither of the works that she was supposed to perform stayed on the schedule. They added Tiler Peck to the show. She did the Fascinatin Rhythm solo from Who Cares. They also added Whitney Jensen. Whitney Jensen and a partner whose name escapes me did a modern pdd. I don't have my program so I can't identify what it was. I thought last night's gala was weak compared to prior years (in terms of the Stars of Today segment). Daniil Simkin brought out his solo routine to Jacques Brel songs for the millionth time.
  17. When I read the Post account, I got the impression that it was the presenter that made the mistake regarding the visa problem, and the presenter was attempting to deflect blame by vaguely blaming it on an anti Russia policy. At the gala last night, the host, Hoda Kotb, said that Smirnova would not appear due to a last minute problem with her visa. No specifics were provided, though. Tissi was not mentioned at all. When I opened my program and saw that Smirnova was supposed to dance the pdd from Pharaoh's Daughter, I nearly cried. I love that ballet and it has not been danced here in the US for quite some time.
  18. Well, let's hope that Natalia Osipova has all of her paperwork in order for her scheduled Giselle at ABT next month.
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    2018 Met Season

    they were rehearsing Don Q pdd in the video posted by Boylston
  20. Kimin Kim works for the Mariinsky, but he was allowed entry. He's here (as evidenced by rehearsal video posted by Boylston) and will appear at the gala. Why was he allowed in, but not Tissi or Smirnova?
  21. Kimin Kim was allowed entry. He's here and will appear at the YAGP gala tonight. Was Kim's application different from the ones submitted for Tissi and Smirnova? My interest in this gala just went WAAAAY down. Smirnova's absence is a substantial loss.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Prices are increasing for next season. I see that the lowest priced ticket is now $35 plus facility fee. For the past few seasons the lowest price point was $30 plus facility fee. It appears that every ticket price point has increased. Looks like the interim AD's really like Bigonzetti. In addition to bringing back Oltremare, they are also reviving his In Vento.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    The NYTimes called Amar's performance in Carousel "electric". I'm guessing that he is going to be nominated as best supporting actor in a musical when the Tony noms are announced next month. I don't think we will see him back at NYCB during the Fall season or Winter seasons.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Justin Peck was apparently in charge of some programming. I think that might explain why Times are Racing appears on 3 programs. Yes, actually, it is very popular. Although I'm not a fan of this ballet, I thought it looked much less exciting without Robert Fairchild. Ashley Isaacs doesn't have the charisma to pull off R. Fairchild's role.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Jewels returns. Excellent. DeLuz's retirement is on the final day of the fall season. Program TBA, but it looks like they are reviving Prodigal, Other Dances and Fancy Free around that time. Any or all are likely for his farewell.
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