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AOL On: Cityballet.comexecutive produced by Sarah Jessica Parker


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#1 California

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 01:58 PM

You can sign up for notification when this new video series goes "live" on the AOL On site: http://on.aol.com/cityballet

 

It seems to be free, sponsored by Citibank.

 

Parker was at the NYCB Friends Luncheon last February and showed some clips of this very interesting series about the lives of NYCB dancers. (As readers of this site know, of course, she is a member of the NYCB Board.)



#2 Helene

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:01 PM

I wonder if it's geo-blocked, because when I click the link, the URL resolves to on.aol.ca and a message that the page cannot be found, and when I try to correct the URL (change ".ca" to ."com") it won't let me.



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Posted 10 September 2013 - 02:10 PM

I wonder if it's geo-blocked, because when I click the link, the URL resolves to on.aol.ca and a message that the page cannot be found, and when I try to correct the URL (change ".ca" to ."com") it won't let me.

Darn! I wonder if there are copyright issues with the other content on that site. I found out about it from an NYCB Twitter:

 

New York City Ballet @nycballet 19m

The city.ballet. AOL On showpage is live. Subscribe for latest news incl official launch date: http://cityballet.com  pic.twitter.com/TDqk3sWV5Y



#4 Paul Parish

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Posted 10 September 2013 - 10:01 PM

I saw the trailer, Helene -- it came through in California. Very sketchy, some nice flashes of rond dejambes,  a pirouette with a VERY turned-out passe, Darci teaching, some of the boring things dancers say.... Doesn't mean the series won't be good. 



#5 Helene

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 01:10 AM

Thank you for the recap, Paul.

In this case, the "ca" is for Canada :)

#6 kbarber

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:29 AM

I wonder if it's geo-blocked, because when I click the link, the URL resolves to on.aol.ca and a message that the page cannot be found, and when I try to correct the URL (change ".ca" to ."com") it won't let me.


I had the same problem (from Toronto) linking to the URL given on NYCB's facebook page, but when I try this one, it works"
http://on.aol.com/sh...887470/episodes

However, it tells me to click "Subscribe" if I want to be alerted when the first episode is available and I can't find a
"subscribe" button anywhere.

#7 cinnamonswirl

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Posted 11 September 2013 - 10:34 AM


However, it tells me to click "Subscribe" if I want to be alerted when the first episode is available and I can't find a
"subscribe" button anywhere.

 

 

It's an itty bitty link under the text, next to the Facebook and Twitter badges. (I spent a long time looking for it too.)



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:20 AM

The episodes are now up:

 

http://on.aol.com/sh...isode/517995636



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Posted 04 November 2013 - 12:25 PM

I've been watching this from Europe and it's coming in fine. I'll do something that I normally wouldn't. I'm writing this without yet seeing the ending. The reason is that I don't want to rush through any of it so that I can comment. This is a very sympathetic and comprehensive documentary that I would definitely recommend viewing.



#10 Helene

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 07:44 PM

NYCB has been re-tweeting up a storm about it.



#11 Amy Reusch

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 10:09 PM

I feel like it is all about the human interest and sociology of dancing... I don't see much love of a phrase of choreography beyond 7 counts, but then maybe that is true of dancers? That they love the dancing more than the dance itself?

However, those short bytes of dance are extremely appetizing... Very well put together and very watchable...

I'll keep my fingers crossed that some future episode goes beyond the artistry to the art.

#12 Helene

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 11:04 PM

What gives the impression that they don't like long phrases? If it's what is shown, that's more an issue of editing.



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Posted 05 November 2013 - 02:49 AM

NYCB has been re-tweeting up a storm about it.

 

Rave comments, totally justified, about a *Heart-Warming* series.  flowers.gif

 

https://twitter.com/nycballet



#14 Amy Reusch

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 05:45 AM

Yes, I meant the editing... masterful editing, truly, the show is eyecandy throughout,... I am sure there are dancers at NYCB because of the fantastic repertoire... We have heard it elsewhere... Maybe this was about introducing us to the dancers and the next will show more than a quick glimpse of the repertoire that inspires them? This could almost been about some other company. I saw plenty of dancing but not much dance... And this talented creative crew could give us that beautifully when they decide they want to do it. Maybe they were working within legal limits of how much choreography vould be shown?

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Posted 05 November 2013 - 07:13 AM

Does anyone know what kind of license they have to show choreography - especially Balanchine's and Robbins'? It's possible that they're keeping these clips short because they're not allowed to show more.




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