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Kennedy Center Honors 2012 - Natalia Makarova honored

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I second that! And, great to see that they're honoring a dancer this year. I think a Swan Lake ppd (especially the Black Swan ppd) would be an appropriate on-stage tribute for Markarova.

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I second that! And, great to see that they're honoring a dancer this year. I think a Swan Lake ppd (especially the Black Swan ppd) would be an appropriate on-stage tribute for Markarova.

I agree...or Other Dances, which was created for Makarova & Baryshnikov by Robbins (the latter two being past KC Honorees).

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I second that! And, great to see that they're honoring a dancer this year. I think a Swan Lake ppd (especially the Black Swan ppd) would be an appropriate on-stage tribute for Markarova.

I agree...or Other Dances, which was created for Makarova & Baryshnikov by Robbins (the latter two being past KC Honorees).

Yes - that would be terrific too!

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Wonderful news, indeed. Strange to see Buddy Guy and Led Zeppelin both honored in the same year, but maybe the idea is to highlight the connection.

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Congratulations to Natalia for such a prestigious award! Her years of hardwork and dedication continue to be recognized by not just the ballet world!

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Related to the KC Honors, some rather disturbing news about alleged bad behavior by KC Director Michael Kaiser, when speaking to the head of the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts during a phone call:

http://nbclatino.com...rs-controversy/

Also - the NHLA subsequently demanded an apology from Kaiser:

http://news.yahoo.co...-101500153.html

The incident was reported on the 24th but this morning there is news that Kaiser has indeed apologized to the recipient of his nasty words (the president of the NHFA, Felix Sanchez). Just heard on CNN International so not sure how big is this news on US TV.

This is quite sad to me, as a Latina, because I've had nothing but admiration and respect for Mr. Kaiser in the past...great arts leader and huge balletomane to boot. The original issue -- that people of Latino heritage are being exclused from the KC Honors -- doesn't bother me as much as the way that Kaiser expressed himself on the phone. I would have expected more from the leader of a major arts institution.

By the way, in addition to Chita Rivera and Placido Domingo, the 2 Latino honorees cited in the articles, isn't Edward Villella also Hispanic/Latino? If so, the count is three -- not a huge count still but better than just two!

Sorry to place here - admins, please move to more appropriate thread, if there is a general thread on the KennCen Honors. I searched for a while but could not find. This was closest match in subject.

p.s. No disrespect to wonderful Makarova and all of the other honorees this year!

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Maybe. Hey, I always used to pronounce the name "Vi-ye-ya' as if it were Spanish. Little did I know. (ha-ha) And then he moved to Miami - the capital of Latin America. (wink)

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Congratulations to Natalia Makarova, whose career as a dancer, stager, and ambassador for ballet certainly merits this award. I love the idea of honoring distinguished immigrants from all parts of the world. They bring their talents to this country, succeed personally, and then use their talents and opportunities to enrich others everywhere.

Regarding the sub-topic of the relative lack of Latino representation among the KC's honorees, I agree that this is unfortunate and needs changing. In the wake of the telephone incident, I suspect that next year's list will have a better balance.

However, based on everything I've heard about Michael Kaiser, this incident is as untypical as it is bizarre. Losing control in such a manner is, for a public figure, unwise. Of course apologies are in order. As a former practicing historian,however, I would love, however, to know precisely what was being said by both parties immediately before this outburst. Context does matter, especially when it comes to understanding human behavior and judging it.

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However, based on everything I've heard about Michael Kaiser, this incident is as untypical as it is bizarre. Losing control in such a manner is, for a public figure, unwise. Of course apologies are in order. As a former practicing historian,however, I would love, however, to know precisely what was being said by both parties immediately before this outburst. Context does matter, especially when it comes to understanding human behavior and judging it.

As unfortunate and inappropriate as Kaiser's language was, I think it's understandable in that he felt he was being called a racist.

Kaiser told The Washington Post last week that he had felt upset during the conversation because he understood Sanchez to be insinuating that he is a racist.

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David Hallberg's website indicates that he will be participating in the Dec 2 Kennedy Center Honors performance. I wonder what he will perform, and who his partner will be. Does anyone know?

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If the ballet on view will be Other Dances, then Hallberg's likely partner will be Murphy.

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Tiler Peck was in DC attending Kennedy Center-related events, which is usually a good sign that a performance is part of the plan, especially when the Secretary of State invites a person to dinner.

https://twitter.com/...108036220170241

Beyond grateful!
http://instagr.am/p/SuOcGDmLSQ/

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I sat next to the mayor of Chicago!
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David letterman
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Kennedy honors!
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Me and my baby on the balcony of the Dept of State building
http://instagr.am/p/SuK2zamLfn/

No rep clues, but Hallberg tweeted:

Ms. Julie Kent and I waiting in the green room backstage at Kennedy Center/DC.
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and

This was a secret from Natasha until now! Dancing for Natalia Makarova
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Honors tomorrow night. So happy to pay tribute to this icon.

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I sat next to the mayor of Chicago!

aka former dancer...

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Thanks!!! Any pic, new, ... about Ángel Corella?

Did he dance Giselle's second act pdd with Alina Cojocaru?

Thank you!

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I believe the State Department dinner was Saturday night and the program at the Kennedy Center is Sunday night, 12/2. It's typically broadcast in late December. I'm wondering if Baryshnikov will participate in some way.

David Hallberg has been sending out lots of Tweets about the dinner:

David Hallberg@DavidHallberg

Fellow tights wearing friend, Stephen Colbert toasting Honoree winner David Letterman. pic.twitter.com/f0ADK6yD

1h 03de90a09a221a993b6ba93fb7723a62_normal.jpeg David Hallberg@DavidHallberg

Arrivals band on the red carpet. pic.twitter.com/SAiOosLQ

1h 03de90a09a221a993b6ba93fb7723a62_normal.jpeg David Hallberg@DavidHallberg

State dinner hosted by Hillary Clinton with mom as my date! pic.twitter.com/Gymw2OVZ

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Sara Mearns had posted on her twitter page that she is in D.C. too. Thrilled to read that she is in rehearsal for Swan Lake for the NYCB Winter Season.

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I believe the State Department dinner was Saturday night and the program at the Kennedy Center is Sunday night, 12/2. It's typically broadcast in late December. I'm wondering if Baryshnikov will participate in some way.

Apparently it will be shown on cbs on Dec. 26th.

http://www.cbs.com/shows/kennedy_center_honors/about

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I believe the State Department dinner was Saturday night and the program at the Kennedy Center is Sunday night, 12/2. It's typically broadcast in late December. I'm wondering if Baryshnikov will participate in some way.

Apparently it will be shown on cbs on Dec. 26th.

http://www.cbs.com/s...er_honors/about

Thanks for the reminder!

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Does anyone know if this is live streaming this year? I think it has in the past, and I know parts of segments have been cut for the CBS broadcast.

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