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#61 tutu

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Posted 15 October 2013 - 12:43 PM

(Code is valid for Orch B and Orch C seats.)

 

Oof. I paid $47 for the far (and I mean far) left just yesterday. Wish I'd waited one day for better sight lines at a lower price. wallbash.gif



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 01:09 PM

 

(Code is valid for Orch B and Orch C seats.)

 

Oof. I paid $47 for the far (and I mean far) left just yesterday. Wish I'd waited one day for better sight lines at a lower price. wallbash.gif

 

 

It might be worth just paying the $25, and selling one of the tickets you have (or get a friend to come along).  ;)



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Posted 15 October 2013 - 07:28 PM

 

 

Oof. I paid $47 for the far (and I mean far) left just yesterday. Wish I'd waited one day for better sight lines at a lower price. wallbash.gif

 

 

It might be worth just paying the $25, and selling one of the tickets you have (or get a friend to come along).  ;)

 

 

I've done just that—which means I have a spare ticket.

 

I don't think I can sell it at this point, so do any BTers want a ticket to tomorrow's show? PM me, and I'ill be happy to drop off at box office for will call.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:00 PM

 

 

 

Oof. I paid $47 for the far (and I mean far) left just yesterday. Wish I'd waited one day for better sight lines at a lower price. wallbash.gif

 

 

It might be worth just paying the $25, and selling one of the tickets you have (or get a friend to come along).  ;)

 

 

I've done just that—which means I have a spare ticket.

 

I don't think I can sell it at this point, so do any BTers want a ticket to tomorrow's show? PM me, and I'ill be happy to drop off at box office for will call.

 

 

You could watch half the program in one seat, and the rest in the other seat - two different viewpoints. Just an idea. But if one location is clearly superior to the other, I suppose there is no need for that.

 

In any case, have a great time at the theatre, Tutu.



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 12:33 PM

I checked the website for tickets for tonight and only a handful of $99+ tickets seem to remain, but the fourth ring is not open.  How likely is it that the fourth ring will open or cheaper tickets will become available?



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Posted 16 October 2013 - 01:50 PM

When I tried to buy student tickets today (sold out), they told me they wouldn't be selling the 4th ring or doing standing room. Frustrating (especially for those of us who missed last night's $25 deal), as so many of the performances have so few seats left!



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 09:06 AM

It was wonderful to have SFB back in NYC for a visit.  I enjoyed trio very much.  The costumes and scenic design are very attractive.  For the most part I enjoyed the choreography, except for the cliche-filled pas de trois adagio section.  Maria Kochetkova was particularly impressive.  Ghosts by Wheeldon was interesting to a point, but not among his best works.  However, Yuan Yuan Tan's central adagio was gorgeous.   I couldn't stay for Borderlands.  It was good to see so many balle talkers there!



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:53 AM

It was wonderful to have SFB back in NYC for a visit.  I enjoyed trio very much.  The costumes and scenic design are very attractive.  For the most part I enjoyed the choreography, except for the cliche-filled pas de trois adagio section.  Maria Kochetkova was particularly impressive.  Ghosts by Wheeldon was interesting to a point, but not among his best works.  However, Yuan Yuan Tan's central adagio was gorgeous.   I couldn't stay for Borderlands.  It was good to see so many balle talkers there!

 

Thanks for your impressions, Abatt - It's a shame you were not able to stay for the entire program. Borderlands is 180 degrees from Ghosts, as I recall - it does show off the dancer's abilities to move in increasingly non-traditional, unpredictable ways. (I saw Borderlands a couple of times last season with I think Suite en Blanc first, and Robbins' In the NIght second, and Borderlands was a crazy finish to the program. But the SFB dancers pulled things off in impressive and believable fashion.) Of course, if you're not a McGregor fan, then you probably did yourself a favor.  ;)

 

I hope you get the chance to catch one of the other programs as well.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 11:59 AM

I already know from seeing McGregor's works at NYCB and Royal Ballet that I don't like his choreography, so I have no regrets about missing Borderlands.  I'm seeing tonight's program too.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:10 PM

I already know from seeing McGregor's works at NYCB and Royal Ballet that I don't like his choreography, so I have no regrets about missing Borderlands.  I'm seeing tonight's program too.

 

I have more of a problem with Mr. McG's music choices - loud electronic music played out of a P.A. system doesn't work for me. But, there are definitely plenty of people of who have responded positively.

 

Tonight's program should be more to your liking - and 4 pieces! That should feel like a full evening.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 12:47 PM

I already know from seeing McGregor's works at NYCB and Royal Ballet that I don't like his choreography, so I have no regrets about missing Borderlands.  I'm seeing tonight's program too.

 

You didn't miss much, if you have time you can see for yourself why you were glad you missed it the first time.  I don't know why RB holds him in such high regard, I hope there will be no more commissions from NYCB.   ABT, stay away from him, please.

 

Orchestra thru 3rd ring looked pretty full last night but 4th ring was padlocked.  I don't quite understand NYST/SFB ticketing strategy for this tour & don't know how many audiences were turned away because of the closure.  4th ring was not available initially for the POB tour but was eventually opened for all performances.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:07 PM

I don't like McGregor's works because they seem empty.  There's lots of strenuous pulling and stretching of limbs into extreme positions, but no real choreographic content. 



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:42 PM

Another topic on this board talks about the universality of body movements.   I am interested in other people's interpretation of McGregor's choreographed movements, and similar movements of modern ballet choreography, particularly of the arms.  I withhold my interpretation at this point to avoid influencing any response.  



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 01:48 PM

I don't like McGregor's works because they seem empty.  There's lots of strenuous pulling and stretching of limbs into extreme positions, but no real choreographic content. 

 
With you on this one. Choreography with extreme extensions, in the kind of early Forsythe vein, can be really interesting (see David Dawson), but in a lot of places Borderlands seemed like it was playing on the kind tropes that really emerged about 15 years ago—extreme extensions, rolls through the torso, "O-ing" and "U-ing"—without the underlying structure / innovation that would make the movement compelling. 
 

Gorgeous dancing for the McGregor, though; the dancers seem quite comfortable in the movement vocabulary. And there were moments that did feel choreographically complete, particularly towards the very end.

 

Trio was pleasant enough (though, abatt, I'm with you on the clichéd second movement). Looked like it was full of tricky technical moments, but corps and soloists alike breezed through them. Loved Ghosts, and loved Sofiane Sylve in Ghosts, and was reminded in several places of Carousel

 

Was impressed throughout with the dancers: all (especially women) seemed really strong technically, able to adapt to different styles with aplomb. Looking forward to Cinderella next week!



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Posted 18 October 2013 - 05:03 AM

Program A - I loved Wheeldon's romantic, moonlit GHOSTS, especially the dancing of Yuan Yuan Tan in the central pdd. Also quite impressive was the powerful Sofiane Sylve in the pas de trois with two men. Not the greatest Wheeldon but, hey, at least it's no commercial-pandering like ALICE or CARNIVAL OF ANIMALS!  Just as in the DC tour last year, I enjoyed Tomasson's TRIO, although, amazingly, I missed not only Vito Mazzeo (now dancing in Italy) in 2nd movement but also preferred Frances Chung (in DC last yr) to the overly-coy Kochetkova, even though the role seemed tailor-made for MK. Chung has the sharper technique, which I now can appreciate better after seeing MK.

 

All I can say about BORDERLANDS:  It would make a fine commercial for Fruit of the Loom underwear.

 

Program B (last night) - In general it was a very long program...not because anything was bad. Quadruple bill of four substantial ballets. I adored the Ratmansky, FROM FOREIGN LANDS, which is a playful pastiche on 19th-C 'character ballet' dances...a special treat for Bournonville lovers, who'll recognize several paraphrases and motifs from some of the Dane's ballets, such as Napoli, Ventana, Far From Denmark, etc. No surprise - Ratmansky danced with RDB in his youth! Morris' BEAUX was a colorful romp for nine males, with wonderful bright (happy) designs by Isaac Mizrahi. Possokhov's CLASSICAL SYMPHONY was the huge surprise of the night. Beautiful inventive choreography for an ensemble of 14, led by the effervescent Maria Kochetkova & -- now on my list of great dynamo-dancing men! -- Hansuke Yamamoto. Audience went crazy for both. The evening ended with Liang's SYMPHONIC DANCES, a pretty 'mood piece' in orange and yellow chiffon for the ladies. Yuan Yuan Tan absolutely in her limbery element, with a plastique that is 2nd to none in the world.

 

p.s. Yamamoto seems awfully familiar. I know the name and may have seen him before...perhaps with Tokyo's NNTBallet?




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