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Robert Fairchild in An American in ParisIs he taking a leave from NYCBALLET?


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#1 CTballetfan

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Posted 02 August 2014 - 07:07 PM

I read that he is scheduled to open in Paris in winter and then bring the role to Broadway in spring. Does that mean he will not dance with NYCBALLET in fall, winter and spring seasons? If so, do you think he will return to ballet?

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 08:19 AM

He's taking a leave of absence from NYCB for this show; I think for a year. There was a recent article in the NY Times about it which I can't link here since I'm pecking this out on my iPhone. I can't imagine he'd leave ballet. I'm sure he'll be back after the show ends or after his contract is up.

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Posted 03 August 2014 - 09:19 AM

And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway.   A public service in deed.  



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:46 PM

And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway.   A public service in deed.  

I hope you are right, but I have decidedly mixed feelings about two of the best American ballet dancers--which is to say, two of the best ballet dancers in the world--taking off a year (or even a little less) to do Broadway.  Peck and Fairchild are a big part of NYCB's current "renaissance" with fans and critics (I say "renaissance" because even Martins' naysayers have been taking note of how well the company is dancing) and ballet careers are short and unpredictable. Nor am I persuaded Broadway is the best way for them to develop as ballet dancers, even though they will presumably learn a lot from these projects.

 

Obviously, they want to do the shows and I wish them all success etc.. I may even try to see at least one (though with limited budget for ballet trips to NY, I usually prioritize...well, ballet), but I have very mixed feelings about seeing Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck depart for Broadway even temporarily.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:03 PM

 

And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway.   A public service in deed.  

I hope you are right, but I have decidedly mixed feelings about two of the best American ballet dancers--which is to say, two of the best ballet dancers in the world--taking off a year (or even a little less) to do Broadway.  Peck and Fairchild are a big part of NYCB's current "renaissance" with fans and critics (I say "renaissance" because even Martins' naysayers have been taking note of how well the company is dancing) and ballet careers are short and unpredictable. Nor am I persuaded Broadway is the best way for them to develop as ballet dancers, even though they will presumably learn a lot from these projects.

 

Obviously, they want to do the shows and I wish them all success etc.. I may even try to see at least one (though with limited budget for ballet trips to NY, I usually prioritize...well, ballet), but I have very mixed feelings about seeing Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck depart for Broadway even temporarily.

 

I don't think Tyler Peck is taking anywhere near a year off from NYCB.  Who knows what will happen, but so far the production she's in is slated for Kennedy Center at the moment, and she'll just be missing Nutcrackers.  As I said, who knows.  Megan Fairchild is taking more time than that off for On The Town.  I know she's not as popular as T. Peck, but she does a lot of difficult ballets.  Maybe it all will translate to a lot of opportunities for up and coming dancers.



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

 

 

And just think of the new audiences that will potentially follow his (and Tiler Peck's) happy NYCB return just a tad up on Broadway.   A public service in deed.  

I hope you are right, but I have decidedly mixed feelings about two of the best American ballet dancers--which is to say, two of the best ballet dancers in the world--taking off a year (or even a little less) to do Broadway.  Peck and Fairchild are a big part of NYCB's current "renaissance" with fans and critics (I say "renaissance" because even Martins' naysayers have been taking note of how well the company is dancing) and ballet careers are short and unpredictable. Nor am I persuaded Broadway is the best way for them to develop as ballet dancers, even though they will presumably learn a lot from these projects.

 

Obviously, they want to do the shows and I wish them all success etc.. I may even try to see at least one (though with limited budget for ballet trips to NY, I usually prioritize...well, ballet), but I have very mixed feelings about seeing Robert Fairchild and Tiler Peck depart for Broadway even temporarily.

 

I don't think Tyler Peck is taking anywhere near a year off from NYCB.  Who knows what will happen, but so far the production she's in is slated for Kennedy Center at the moment, and she'll just be missing Nutcrackers.  As I said, who knows.  Megan Fairchild is taking more time than that off for On The Town.  I know she's not as popular as T. Peck, but she does a lot of difficult ballets.  Maybe it all will translate to a lot of opportunities for up and coming dancers.

 

With Stroman involved I have been assuming the producers of Little Dancer have their eye on more than a short run at Kennedy Center--though who knows, and who knows what it means for Peck...?   



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Posted 13 August 2014 - 06:05 PM

Robbie Fairchild will probably miss the entire season.  As noted above, whether Tiler Peck misses the  entire 2014-15 season will depend on the reviews for her show.  As of right now, no other theater is putting on Little Dancer after the KC.  A future life for the show, if any, will depend on the reviews. There are plenty of shows that die out after the KC initial run, but I'm sure they are hoping for a Broadway run if the critics are kind.  

 

As for who might be the beneficiary of Tiler's absence and Megan's absence, I have a feeling we will see Lauren Lovette debut in some important roles.  Also, if Scheller is back, she will probably get some of these roles. 

 

Most interesting, with Robbie apparently out of the picture, who besides Chase Finlay will dance Apollo?  Will Martins give it to a newbie like Russell Janzen, or will he use a principal?  

 

On a tangent, will we see a Mearns debut in Mozartiana or T&V?



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Posted 04 September 2014 - 08:12 AM

As a huge fan of musicals, I commend these classical dancers for stepping out of their comfort zones. Apparently they feel that the time lost  in their short classical dance careers is worth it in order to experience another type of artistic fulfillment.  

 

Broadway gypsies probably don't see their field of dance as a waste of anyone's time, even a classical dancer's. Not all Broadway dancers are frustrated classical dancers. Some folks actually prefer show dancing. 

 

Baryshnikov danced other forms of dance during his prime years and seems to have no regrets. 



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Posted 10 September 2014 - 09:12 AM

Robbie Fairchild will probably miss the entire season.  As noted above, whether Tiler Peck misses the  entire 2014-15 season will depend on the reviews for her show.  As of right now, no other theater is putting on Little Dancer after the KC.  A future life for the show, if any, will depend on the reviews. There are plenty of shows that die out after the KC initial run, but I'm sure they are hoping for a Broadway run if the critics are kind.  

 

As for who might be the beneficiary of Tiler's absence and Megan's absence, I have a feeling we will see Lauren Lovette debut in some important roles.  Also, if Scheller is back, she will probably get some of these roles. 

 

Most interesting, with Robbie apparently out of the picture, who besides Chase Finlay will dance Apollo?  Will Martins give it to a newbie like Russell Janzen, or will he use a principal?  

 

On a tangent, will we see a Mearns debut in Mozartiana or T&V?

 

I am sure we will see a lot of Lauren Lovette this season. Her promotion to principal seems imminent. 

 

I think that Adrian Danchig-Waring may have danced Apollo on the Japan tour. It might also be interesting to see Amar Ramsar or Taylor Stanley in the role.




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