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MCB tour in the NY Metropolitan area

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Just a quick "heads-up"... MCB will be in the NY area starting April 28 and 29 at the Tilles Center on Long Island, (28- Dances at a Gathering, Fancy Free; 29-Piazolla Caldera, Donizetti Variations, Nine Sinatra Songs) April 30th at SUNY Purchase (Dances at a Gathering, Stravinsky Violin Concerto) and May 2nd in Princeton at the McCarter Theater (Dances at a Gathering, Stravinsky Violin Concerto).

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Those are great opportunities for people in the Metro NY area to see the dancers that bart, Jack Reed, Justdoit, and flipsy have been talking about in the recent threads in the Miami City Ballet forum.

For those of us on the other coast, it would be great if you could attend and give us your impressions of MCB :)

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dirac has posted, in today's Links, John Rockwell's NY Times review of the MCB programs at the Tilles Center in Nassau County.

I took the liberty of changing Liebling's title for this thread (removing the future tense), so that those who have a chance to see Miami in the NY metro area can report if they wish.

Here's the LINK to the Rockwell review:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/05/01/arts/dan...r=1&oref=slogin

He makes a number of excellent points. Here are just a few:

Despite the shallowness of the Tilles Center's stage, it was nice to see a touring company offering recently prepared, lovingly rehearsed showcase performances. Local ballet companies (and orchestras, too) rightly complain about being unfairly judged against visitors all spiffed up for their special occasions. But the contrast between repertory routine and a company honed to its best can be refreshing.

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The tour repertory dwells on the past because that is what audiences and presenters want, perhaps, but also because Mr. Villella has been scrupulous about presenting such masterpieces, in many of which he danced himself, in the best possible light. That is partly a question of strong coaching, seeking out the best experts wherever they might be found, partly a matter of his ensemble of dancers and partly a matter of care and the opportunity to focus on particular ballets within a limited season.

What do you think?

P.S.: dufay has started a new thread for the MCB performance in Princeton. Here's the Link:

http://ballettalk.invisionzone.com/index.p...=0entry180877

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