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#31 atm711

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

-- you won't go wrong seeing Korbes dance Terpsichore in the Balanchine program and Nakamura/Moore in R&J.




Thanks Helene---that's exactly what I have tickets to see........hopefully there will be no after effects of the coming blizzard ........

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:11 PM

Remember that sets will have to get there as well. I certainly hope Nemo is friendly to the east coast and all the snow is cleared away quickly. The Groundhog already announced an early spring, this is no time to be fashionably late.

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Posted 08 February 2013 - 03:17 PM

Remember that sets will have to get there as well. I certainly hope Nemo is friendly to the east coast and all the snow is cleared away quickly. The Groundhog already announced an early spring, this is no time to be fashionably late.


Indeed -- they close their run of R&J here on Sunday around 5 pm, and have to be ready to go in NYC the following Friday evening. Sets are travelling by truck, and there are several mountain passes in the West to navigate, even before they get to the Northeast!

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 11:34 PM

If it weren't for that final curtain call, most of the costumes could have been packed before the end of the last act, since the corps is wearing black capes for the funeral procession.

Updates on the PNB dancers' progress:

From much earlier today

On the plane. Just dodged a 2.5 hour delay. Now it's just 40 minutes. Be there soon NY


From three hours ago

And we are here! Hello nyc! pic.twitter.com/eUyrlAfk\


And,

Get ready for a whole BUNDLE of NYC On Tour webcasts! Starting tomorrow: http://ow.ly/i/1uoGk


Doug Fullington flies out tomorrow with the 60 members of the orchestra. Over 200 people are on this trip!

#35 Helene

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 02:46 PM

Update from Peter Boal via Twitter:

Crew re-routed to Baltimore, no bus for the musicians, sets are in Iowa, and we open tomorrow night. As they say in Seattle, "No worries"


Doug Fullington told us in the pre-performance Q&A that they've made arrangements to rent drops in NYC if the sets don't arrive in time for Wedneday. PNB is doing the truncated "Apollo," -- there are no stairs to heaven or birthing platform -- "Agon" and "Concerto Barocco" are no-set friendly. I would guess that PNB was able to ship the Balanchine triple-bill costumes ahead.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:50 PM

Peter Boal's latest Tweet:

Impressive studio run-through of #ConcertoBarrocco today. Curtain rises on #PNBAllBalanchineprogram in 24 hours. Can't wait.


No word about the orchestra yet. Fingers crossed.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:54 PM

I would guess that PNB was able to ship the Balanchine triple-bill costumes ahead.


they could put those costumes in their carry-on luggage. Probably one person could handle it all.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:45 PM

They got there in one piece, including the musicians!

Here's a photo that PNB just tweeted of a curtain call after "Agon"

https://twitter.com/...3839104/photo/1

I'm Posted Image to say I can't tell who three of the corps women are from their photos. I'm assuming all are as listed in the PR casting.

From L-R:
Either Chelsea Adomaitis, Jessika Anspach, or Leah O'Connor -- probably O'Connor
Emma Love
Elizabeth Murphy -1st Pas de Trois
Jonathan Porretta -1st Pas de Trois
Kylee Kitchens -1st Pas de Trois
Batkhurel Bold - Pas de Deux
Lesley Rausch - Pas de Deux
Jerome Tisserand - 2nd Pas de Trois
Maria Chapman - 2nd Pas de Trois
Andrew Bartee - 2nd Pas de Trois
Either Chelsea Adomaitis, Jessika Anspach, or Leah O'Connor
Either Chelsea Adomaitis, Jessika Anspach, or Leah O'Connor -- probably Adomaitis

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:04 PM

It's Anspach to Bartee's left.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:23 PM

Then it must be O'Connor to the far left and Adomaitis to the far right. I was confused by O'Connor's height relative to Love, but she may be doing a deeper plie at that point. Also none of the three have dark hair in their official portraits, but that also could be the lighting.

Thank you for the ID!

#41 Helene

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:53 PM

Tour video 1:



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Posted 14 February 2013 - 10:43 AM

PNB dances "Apollo" in a smoother, more musical, more flowing, and less linear way than I've seen others perform. Seth Orza is wonderful. His interpretation is less rude and seems a bit more mature and confident than others. The muse of poetry was truly wonderful in this version. Terpsichore by Carla Korbes was so natural; she is like a woman and a girl at the same time. This was the best performance of this ballet that I have ever seen.

"Concerto B" presents a beautiful piece of music by J. Sebastian Bach. I bought my ticket just to see this. However, the spacing was off and some of the dancing seemed a bit sloppy. B. Bold starred in this piece, as well as the pdd in "Agon", which really confused me. He is round, not angular, and does not seem to have the appearance of a strong line. Last year, I saw NYCB's Maria K in "Agon" and she epitomized the role, but her lines did not come across in PNB's version. However, I enjoyed seeing the interplay of chaos and order, as well as the expression of the music in the dance.

Jerome Tisserand received a lot of applause, as did the New York company alumni, Carla and Seth. Bold was greatly appreciated by the audience, too.

The top level was virtually empty, shamefully. The sight lines in the balcony are far superior to the orchestra, where I had trouble seeing in the past, even from the second row. One of the reasons I waited to buy a ticket until the last minute was my belief, based on sitting in the orchestra in the past, that seeing the stage at City Center was difficult, and the online seating charts did not advise how many great,upper level tickets were available.

For the most part, the musicians were excellent, especially in the Bach piece.

No one from the theatre or PNB made any announcements, comments, or speeches. This created a bit of a feeling of distance, especially after reading so much about this company and its outreach efforts.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:54 PM

More from PNB's Facebook Page:

Jean-Christophe Maillot is in the studios with us today and tomorrow.

New York is about to see a new kind of Romeo and Juliet!


The photo is of William Lin-Yee being lifted by the two acolytes. I think that's Andrew Bartee on the left in the image in the mirror.
https://www.facebook...58443951&type=1

New York will see Carrie Imler's comic timing, acting skills, and full commitment to a character on Sunday when she performs Nurse in "Romeo et Juliette," but, sadly, they won't get to see this:



Imler's in black, Adomaitis is in the red leotard, and Angelica Generosa is in the back to the right.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 03:58 PM

From the PNB Blog: Sarah Ricard Orza's impressions from the audience of the All-Balanchine program last night:

http://blog.pnb.org/...ence-sarah.html

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Posted 15 February 2013 - 03:23 PM

I saw the first night Balanchine program and NYCB should beg, borrow or steal Carla Korbes. What a wonderfully mature artist--they are so few and far between here at NYCB. Seth Orza's Apollo has much to learn yet from Peter Boal. I read somewhere that Orza said he was studying the role by viewing tapes of Martins---he has the perfect mentor in Boal, who understands the role so well. (I am biased---Boal is my all-time favorite in the role)

I, too, detected opening night jitters from the Company. It should all disappear when they learn their Balanchine can be topped by no-one......


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