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HEY :lol:

does anybody have a clue what to expect for the met season in NYC?? :(

i know gossip is not allowed in here but i guess a gathering of knowledge is okey??

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Thanks for reading our rules and your comment on gossip ;) This kind of guessing is okay!

I honestly haven't heard anything. We'll be sure there will be a lot of full lengths, but other than that, the season hasn't been announced.

Two new ballets that have been announced is a new production of Raymonda (by Anna Marie Holmes and Kevin McKenzie) and a new ballet by William Forsythe.

Dale, Mary, others? Any news?

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Raymonda is listed as Choreographed and Staged by Anna-Marie Holmes after Marius Petipa as well as Directed and Conceived by Anna-Marie Holmes and Kevin McKenzie. Just to line it up, so to speak.

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This will be the same production that Ms. Holmes recently staged in Helsinki. Initial word-of-mouth is encouraging. :(

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Do we have to worry that Bertrand, Beranger, Abdal Rachman have 14 solos apiece?

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They are also doing Mozartiana and La Bayadere.

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:yes: I have been authorized to say:

". . . that a friend of yours saw the new Raymonda in Helsinki and says it is a beautiful, traditional production that does justice to the choreography and score. It will look terrific on ABT."

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If they will really do Mozartiana,i hope they will do it right by asking S Farrell to stage it.

Hey Carbro and Alexandra, maybe someone at ABT looks at the our ballet wishlist after all.

Joe

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:shhh: Uh-oh, Joe! You shouldn't have planted that idea in my head. I could easily turn dangerous. Too tempting.

:wink:

But let me just suggest that maybe it's time to give Don Q a little rest. :wink:

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From a reliable source: American Ballet Theatre's Met season will include Theme and Variations, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Ballet Imperial in a tribute to Balanchine.

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I thought Ballet Imperial was an earlier version of Theme and Variations. :)

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No, Ballet Imperial was done for a pre-NYCB Kirstein/Balanchine company and was later reworked as Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2. Theme was made on ABT. Later, for NYCB, Balanchine choreographed the other three movements of Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3, and Theme became the final movement of a ballet of that name.

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I'm pretty excited because ABT sets the Ballet Imperial with a few more bits of the original pantomime - not as close to the version set on the Royal Ballet (and brought back eventually after another revival at the Royal) - but still different enough from the version at NYCB (which I love in its own right). It's important to have both versions performed on a regular basis. I hope that is the production allowed on stage rather than conforming it to Balanchine's "last version."

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I hope your reliable source is as reliable as you say, Dale.

Remember a couple years ago, ABT had planned a Stravinsky program that morphed into the Tchaikovsky program? :shrug:

And I hope, yes I do, that ABT gets the Trust's blessing to continue performing its version of Imperial. The Last Version is not necessarily the One-Size-Fits-All version.

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Kudelka's Firebird was cancelled due to money problems. I believe they were all set to go, the mailings even had Herrera in a Firebird costume on the cover. But I agree, I hope things don't fall through. I had been hoping that ABT would dig into its rep. and revive their reconstructions of Symphonie Concertante and Bourre Fantastique. It would have differentiate ABT's tribute to Balanchine from others - given the public something it can't get across the plaza. And maybe things can change for the better, ballets can be added too (one hopes).

Has anybody received the subscription mailing? It is supposed to be available in October. Maybe it will be at the City Center theater during the season.

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Dale

Did your source mention anything about Mozartiana which was mentioned by Roma as one of the Met saeson offering?

Joe

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No. It was said that the Balanchine tribute program will "include" Theme, pas de deux and Ballet Imperial. There's always hope. But as I said, we might find out officially any day now when the Met mailings are released. I will look into it further.

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The Mozartiana information was from a very reliable source, though as has been said, things do sometimes change.

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In the ballet world, that's the favorite snack. Hot leek with Reliable Sauce. :)

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So if the program turns out to be (hypothetically speaking, of course) Theme, Mozartiana, pdd, Ballet Imperial, that's all-Balanchine and all-Tchaikovsky program. (Or would it be Imperial, Mozartiana, pdd, Theme?)

All great, important ballets, and I'd love to see how Mozartiana fits ABT, but over all, the program is (I mean, would be) a little (actually, a lot) too rich for my taste. I'd have opted for a leotard ballet in the program.

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After seeing the lovely "Divertimento No. 15", i was hoping that they would revive Mr B's other Mozart ballet, "Symphonie Concertante"but i'll settle for "Ballet Imperial"( w/ Gillian Murphy??).

Joe

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Dale,

Any news on the Met season?We usually get the Met season brochure at this time or am i imagining it?I hope the delay is not related to the Movado funding or to the search for "international-class" ballerina.

Joe

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I heard, that the Balanchine evening will consist of Ballet Imperial, Symphonie Concertante, and Mozartiana. :jump:

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And will Veronica Part or Monique Meunier be allowed to dazzle us in Farrell's role in Mozartiana, as their talent would seem to dictate?

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