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#16 Helene

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 04:55 PM

Unless some dancers were filling in for taping or Dress, Foster, Eames, and Griffiths were cast in the "Emeralds" Pas de Trois, not the leads, and not always with each other in the PdT.  We have the leads from 2006 and 2009 pretty well documented here.  Foster also danced in "Rubies." 

 

I thought that looked like Korbes in "Diamonds."  Maybe Bold partnered her in Dress?

 

sandik:  do you remember there being unusual casting in the Dress Rehearsal for "Jewels?"



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 05:53 PM

 

 Also, Moor's Pavane looks like Olivier Wevers, not Stanton.

 

 

I think you're right -- it's Wevers as the Friend, with an odd haircut.



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 09:24 PM

Yes, Foster/Eames/Griffiths danced the Pas de Trois.  The leads aren't onstage in this particular clip selection.

 

I think the Emeralds and Rubies footage is from 2009, while the Diamonds footage is from 2013.  I want to say that Bold stepped in for dress rehearsal with Carla due to Karel being injured, but I'm not positive about that.



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Posted 14 February 2014 - 11:06 PM

Oh, yes, that's before the two female leads enter the second-to-last movement and is danced by the PdT dancers and the second couple's man.  Thank you!

 

That makes sense for 2013 footage, since Cruz's injury before "Diamonds" meant no performances for Korbes first weekend and Gilbreath second weekend -- Peter Boal said in a Q&A it was a back injury -- and then Korbes was injured and didn't dance after first weekend.  She was scheduled originally to dance in the Encore excerpt with Seth Orza, but Imler danced instead.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

I have the 2014/15 renewal brochure, and Rep 5 lists Swan Lake instead of R&J.   So has the asterick "subject to change" been invoked?

 

Apparently yes, because the PNB website now lists Rep 5 to be Swan Lake.  

 

i can't say I am disappointed, because PNB has some stellar Swan Queens.  I look forward to La Imler's "swan arms".  Was it chosen because SL redux projected to sell better than R&J redux?  



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 03:43 PM

Without letting any cats out of any bags, I can say that most changes that happen at this point in the process have at least something to do with budget concerns.  It's likely not about projected ticket sales per se -- both R&J and SL sell very well for this company.

 

Like many companies, PNB starts to sell their subscription renewals before they've completed their budgeting for the upcoming year.  Some presenting organizations (like On the Boards in Seattle) have been able in the past to include TBA items in a subscription appeal, but that's becoming less common.  I still see it in theater companies, and in some single works on a mixed rep bill in dance companies, but it's not as common as it used to be.  It's easier to sell a known commodity than a question mark.



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:05 PM

PNB owns the sets and costumes for both "Swan Lake" and "Romeo et Juliette," though.  If ticket sales aren't an issue for either, I'm not sure why the swap would be between these two works. RetJ uses fewer students and no guest artists.  The big expense -- although not as much as in the PNB premiere -- will be "Don Quixote."

 

RetJ has sold well for PNB, but 2015 would have made it the fourth time shown in seven years (2008, 2009, 2013, 2015), with the Balcony Pas de Deux included in the 2011 "Love Stories" program.  



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 04:51 PM

I don't know what the artist fees are for Maillot and Stowell.

 

Just guessing -- R&J might cost more to run for stagehands -- it's a trickier set with internal cues.

 

Any more speculation?



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 09:29 PM

maybe feedback from subscribers after the initial announcement for Rep 5 R&J wasn't so positive?  Also I think PNB rents out the R&J sets (Atlanta Ballet), so maybe they want them back for 2015 and there are time conflicts?

 

One of us could be brave and contact PNB and just ask.  :)



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Posted 09 March 2014 - 09:46 PM

The word right now is "budget" -- no further words available, at least as of last week.



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Posted 12 March 2014 - 12:26 PM

Meany Hall just announced their 14-15 season, and Lyon Opera Ballet is bringing their production of Forsythe's Steptext April 16-18 -- with PNB's Forsythe evening in March we'll have a nice big helping from that repertory!




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