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#61 lmspear

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:08 AM

During this period ABT used children in Petruchka, La Sylpide (in the reel) and in Etudes. SJP could easily have been on stage with ABT in that capacity and I wouldn't put it past a fashion, entertainment, or human interest reporter to be uniformed enough to assume and report that she was a company member.

#62 dirac

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Posted 21 November 2013 - 11:36 PM

And then there was the Paul McCartney score to attract aging baby boomers writing their wills.

 

 

Oh, I expect some of those superannuated types may already be regular balletgoers, hobbling out to see the company (admittedly hard to see through the cataracts) when not taking meetings with the estates and trust guy, even when music by the Cute One isn't on the menu. :)

 

I've seen some, not all, of the new series. It seems to hit all the usual marks pleasantly enough and I enjoyed seeing the clips of dancers in class. Truly the beautiful people. Martins comes through well as he often does in interviews. It would be nice to hear more from ballet masters and mistresses and perhaps SAB faculty as well  but perhaps I just haven't gotten far enough into the series.

 

People new to the ballet might actually benefit more from a few episodes of "Breaking Pointe," for all its flaws, if only because the longer form permits the conveyance of more information and because the tone is less bland. I'm not sure how interesting these bits and pieces would be for me if I weren't already interested in ballet and curious about today's NYCB.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 12:44 PM

I've been watching this series with interest and I'm very surprised at how insecure Megan LeCrone seems. She's one of my favorites and I hope she becomes more secure doesn't just worry constantly "what Peter wants."



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 12:54 PM

I've been watching this series with interest and I'm very surprised at how insecure Megan LeCrone seems. She's one of my favorites and I hope she becomes more secure doesn't just worry constantly "what Peter wants."

 

Megan LeCrone was promoted from corps to soloist in February of this year. Was this series filmed before then?



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 12:59 PM

 

I've been watching this series with interest and I'm very surprised at how insecure Megan LeCrone seems. She's one of my favorites and I hope she becomes more secure doesn't just worry constantly "what Peter wants."

 

Megan LeCrone was promoted from corps to soloist in February of this year. Was this series filmed before then?

 

 

I believe after, because she talks about becoming a soloist and getting paranoid because as a soloist, she dances less and she's always worried.



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Posted 22 November 2013 - 01:08 PM

 

 

I've been watching this series with interest and I'm very surprised at how insecure Megan LeCrone seems. She's one of my favorites and I hope she becomes more secure doesn't just worry constantly "what Peter wants."

 

Megan LeCrone was promoted from corps to soloist in February of this year. Was this series filmed before then?

 

 

I believe after, because she talks about becoming a soloist and getting paranoid because as a soloist, she dances less and she's always worried.

 

 

 

 

 

I've been watching this series with interest and I'm very surprised at how insecure Megan LeCrone seems. She's one of my favorites and I hope she becomes more secure doesn't just worry constantly "what Peter wants."

 

Megan LeCrone was promoted from corps to soloist in February of this year. Was this series filmed before then?

 

 

I believe after, because she talks about becoming a soloist and getting paranoid because as a soloist, she dances less and she's always worried.

 

 

Thanks, canbelto, I'll have to go back to those clips. I guess she's worried that she won't become a principal. 



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Posted 11 April 2014 - 12:55 PM

A second series is going to be produced.

http://www.pointemag...s-second-season



#68 volcanohunter

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Posted 04 November 2014 - 12:43 PM

Season 2 is up:

 

http://on.aol.ca/sho...allet/518489147

 

ep. 1 - Corps Story
ep. 2 - A Choreographer's Story: Troy Schumacher
ep. 3 - Peter Martins
ep. 4 - New Beginnings: Sara Mearns
ep. 5 - Ballet Masters 
ep. 6 - New Steps: Alexei Ratmansky
ep. 7 - Where We Come From: Ashley Bouder
ep. 8 - Staying in the Game: Chase Finlay 
ep. 9 - Company Romance: Lauren Lovette & Chase Finlay 
ep. 10 - Inspiration
ep. 11 - Veterans
ep. 12 - The Performance



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Posted 04 November 2014 - 05:01 PM

I watched a few and they have been very enjoyable - perhaps even better than the first season for me.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 11:18 AM

I was particularly gratified by the segment on the company's ballet masters. It's something that's usually given short shrift. In general, I thought the dancers in this series came across as less nervous and neurotic than they had the first time around. It's understandable why first-year corps members would harbor more anxiety than some of their colleagues, but those interviewed for the "Veterans" segment seemed to talk about the prospective ends of their careers with equanimity.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 12:37 PM

I was particularly gratified by the segment on the company's ballet masters. It's something that's usually given short shrift. In general, I thought the dancers in this series came across as less nervous and neurotic than they had the first time around. It's understandable why first-year corps members would harbor more anxiety than some of their colleagues, but those interviewed for the "Veterans" segment seemed to talk about the prospective ends of their careers with equanimity.

 

I agree - the Ballet Masters segment was a nice addition, and like you, I found these segments to be more relaxed (less angsty) than the previous season's offering. This is what Breaking Pointe should have resembled.



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Posted 05 November 2014 - 07:33 PM

... but those interviewed for the "Veterans" segment seemed to talk about the prospective ends of their careers with equanimity.


I wonder if part of that comes from watching Wendy Whelan's preparation for retirement -- it's been such a public process.

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 08:32 PM

Yes, I wouldn't be surprised if her example helped reassure them that retirement from New York City Ballet was not the end of the road. Since the dancers interviewed are successful performers by any measure, very far from anxious young apprentices wondering whether they'll be offered a contract, and people who have proven that they can cope with the high demands and stresses of their jobs, I suppose they have reached a stage of being able to live in the present and enjoy each working day. I would also guess that the aches and pains accumulated over 15 or 20 years of performing have convinced them that they wouldn't want to do this job forever anyway.

 

I enjoyed some of the short "bonus" clips, including Lauren Lovette's description of ballet hands, since the Balanchine "claw" remains a point of contention. The clip about pet dogs was adorable, of course. I especially liked the interview with physiotherapist Marika Molnar, because I immediately thought of her appearance in Natalia Makarova's Ballerina series almost 30 years earlier. I was very moved by this woman spending so many years helping injured dancers get back on stage, unseen by the public, but vitally important.

 



#74 Kathleen O'Connell

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Posted 06 November 2014 - 02:28 PM

Lots to enjoy in Season 2. And if you've made it this far in the thread, you know what I'm going to give the production team kudos for: the simple, matter-of-fact caption "Craig's Husband." 



#75 Amy Reusch

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Posted 08 November 2014 - 05:54 PM

Beautifully shot... Have only watched the corps episode so far... I hope they bring out the art as reason for being in the episodes I haven't watched yet... Competition can be found anywhere, take up running if that's your soul's inspiration...but Balanchine & ballet... There's so much more to it than "winning"... The first episode is so well shot, and cut, that surely Art will come out on top very soon?


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