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#181 California

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:14 AM

(I'm not sure if the priority exchange also applies to the "Create Your Own" subscription option. Maybe someone else here knows.)


I haven't yet received a brochure for the 2013 "Take 3"/"create-your-own-make-3-or-more" series, but in the brochure for 2012 it does say that ticket exchange privileges are available.

The main problem with the exchange option is that you have to be able to get to New York to go to the box office. They will do a mail-in exchange, but you don't have any say about particular seats that way either. (And, of course, you have no input on seat selection when you order a subscription either.) I called them last year and asked if I could do a telephone exchange in the week before single sales, so I could say which seat(s) I preferred, and was told "no." I don't know if the exchange privilege includes asking for different seats in the same section at the same performance and it's not clear from the brochures if that's included.

As far as I can tell, the per-ticket cost of a subscription is no cheaper than just waiting for single sales, at least before "dynamic pricing" kicks in down the road.

On the bright side, I pounce on-line on the first Sunday in April when single seats go on sale and have never had any trouble finding lots of great seats to choose from, even for the most in-demand performances.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:23 AM

There is no savings whatsover in being a subscriber. In fact, when you factor in the handling fee for the subscription, it actually ends up costing a little more per ticket than just buying at the box office. Yes, the priority exchange only works its magic if you can actually get to the box office window during the priority week. I hardly ever buy singles on the internet site because the per ticket handling fee is, in my opinion, a waste of money. I'd rather spend the money on tickets than fees.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:03 AM

The TBA Swan Lake's were just posted:
http://www.abt.org/c...rtdate=6/1/2013

June 20: Murphy and Whiteside
June 22-mat: Kent and Gomes

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 06:20 PM

That's strange. Why did they wait so long to post Kent/Gomes. Also new is Osipova's partner in Syliva will be Cornejo. I wonder who will be in A Month in the Country.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

That's strange. Why did they wait so long to post Kent/Gomes. Also new is Osipova's partner in Syliva will be Cornejo. I wonder who will be in A Month in the Country.


I'm waiting for the casting of Symphony in C. Anyone know?

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 06:45 AM

That's strange. Why did they wait so long to post Kent/Gomes.

At first, it looked like her R&J on the previous Saturday night, June 15, might be her retirement performance, as she had nothing else on the schedule that season. Would they do a retirement at a Saturday matinee of Swan Lake? Seems odd, but perhaps that's still a possibility.

I also wondered if the delay had anything to do with deciding who would get to dance with Gomes and who would partner Whiteside's debut in the role at ABT - Murphy or Kent.

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:20 PM

Also new is Osipova's partner in Sylvia will be Cornejo.


Wasn't supposed to be Vasiliev...? Agghh..!! Posted Image I hope at least she stays. That's another planned trip I decided to do, and I don't want it to be another Vishneva/Nikiya-no-show-frustrating-experience...

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 07:25 PM

The Sylvia casting on the ABT site used to list all three leads Sylvia, Amita and Orion). Now they are only listing 2. Vasiliev is Orion, but they are just not listing the casting for that character on their website right now.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:00 AM

Oh well...whatever. I take Sylvia any time over the Scarlets, Wheeldoms and Ratmanskys Miamian experimentations, so I will go no matter who dances it, even if Somova substitutes Osipova at the last minute.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

Somova may be the go-to whipping girl, but she's not on ABT radar.

Ashton's "Sylvia" is a lovely ballet.

Although neither Vasiliev nor Cornejo is a Somes type -- Somes was the original Aminta -- Cornejo has an elegance and polish that Vasiliev has not, in my experience, and this casting makes much more sense than a Vasiliev Aminta.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:49 AM

California wrote:
At first, it looked like her R&J on the previous Saturday night, June 15, might be her retirement performance, as she had nothing else on the schedule that season. Would they do a retirement at a Saturday matinee of Swan Lake? Seems odd, but perhaps that's still a possibility.

I don't think Julie's going anywhere. As Mrs. Barbee she is firmly in place until such time as she decides not to be.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 12:23 PM

I don't think Julie's going anywhere. As Mrs. Barbee she is firmly in place until such time as she decides not to be.


She was born in July 1969, so she turns 44 this year. Some great dancers stayed around much longer, but it can (sometimes) be painful to watch...she does seem to be dialing back on her rep -- no Sleeping Beauty's or Sylvia's next spring, e.g.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:00 PM


I don't think Julie's going anywhere. As Mrs. Barbee she is firmly in place until such time as she decides not to be.


She was born in July 1969, so she turns 44 this year. Some great dancers stayed around much longer, but it can (sometimes) be painful to watch...she does seem to be dialing back on her rep -- no Sleeping Beauty's or Sylvia's next spring, e.g.


But that's ok! Dancers that age can still please many fans...many will be go see them as old followers, while new generations can take a glimpse at older schooling. Then, they can also be lovely in more lyrical-less technical ballets. They are also usually more into developing a refined interpretation that can supply for the lack of technique. I applaud the 40 plus ballerinas onstage.

Although neither Vasiliev nor Cornejo is a Somes type -- Somes was the original Aminta -- Cornejo has an elegance and polish that Vasiliev has not, in my experience, and this casting makes much more sense than a Vasiliev Aminta.


True, but it's the fact that Osipova and Vailiev seem to work so great together...challenging one another to great levels of pyrotechnics that their performance is sooo exciting...

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:06 PM

I don't think it's crazy to have a discussion about when she's retiring, especially since before the SL announcement she was only down for two ballets at the Met (though it's not hard to imagine she will be cast A Month..). She obviously won't be forced out, but I think we will see her retire in the next year or so. She might be waiting for a particular ballet to cycle through the rep, in order to have a last chance to perform it. Kevin has generously acquired a lot of vehicles for her to keep her engaged and wanting to dance, so that has been the one nice thing about this portion of his tenure.

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 01:08 PM

I don't think it's crazy to have a discussion about when she's retiring, especially since before the SL announcement she was only down for two ballets at the Met (though it's not hard to imagine she will be cast A Month..). She obviously won't be forced out, but I think we will see her retire in the next year or so. She might be waiting for a particular ballet to cycle through the rep, in order to have a last chance to perform it. Kevin has generously acquired a lot of vehicles for her to keep her engaged and wanting to dance, so that has been the one nice thing about this portion of his tenure.


Why not Giselle, if it comes around...? It seems de rigueur to do Giselle as a female farewell...


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