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First week's casting is up

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Casting is up for the first week of rep.

Lots of debuts....

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And here it is:

NEW YORK CITY BALLET

PRINCIPAL CASTING FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 7-12, 2003

TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 7, 7:30 PM [Quinn, Fiorato]

SYMPHONIC DANCES: Borree, Hübbe [F]

IN G MAJOR: Nichols, Neal [Grant] [Q]

WESTERN SYMPHONY: 1st Movement: *Somogyi, Martins, 2nd Movement: *Ansanelli, Evans,

4th Movement: Kowroski, Woetzel [Q]

WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 8, 8 PM [Quinn, Moredock]

SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS: Whelan, Tinsley, A. Stafford, Soto, Gold, Houston [Q]

VESPRO: Kowroski, Ansanelli, Fowler, Marcovici, Millepied [Moretti, Rickards, Regni]

FANCY FREE: Woetzel, Gold, Houston, McBrearty, van Kipnis, Krohn, Robertson [M]

THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 9, 8 PM [Fiorato, Kaplow]

RAYMONDA VARIATIONS: Ringer, Neal, *Keenan, Edge, Hanson, Riggins, A. Stafford [K]

MORPHOSES: Whelan, Ansanelli, Soto, Woetzel [FLUX Quartet]

SYMPHONIC DANCES: Borree, Hübbe [F]

FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 10, 8 PM [Quinn]

IN G MAJOR: Nichols, Neal [Grant]

MORPHOSES: Whelan, Ansanelli, Soto, Woetzel [FLUX Quartet]

THE INFERNAL MACHINE: Taylor, *Ramasar

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SYMPHONY IN THREE MOVEMENTS: *Somogyi, Tinsley, A. Stafford, Evans, Gold, Higgins

SATURDAY MATINEE, JANUARY 11, 2 PM [Quinn, Fiorato]

SERENADE: Kistler, Taylor, Kowroski, Askegard, Fayette [Q]

LE TOMBEAU DE COUPERIN [F]

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PAVANE: Nichols [F]

WESTERN SYMPHONY: 1st Movement: Somogyi, Martins, 2nd Movement: Ansanelli, Evans,

4th Movement: *Sylve+, Hübbe [Q]

SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 11, 8 PM [Fiorato, Kaplow]

RAYMONDA VARIATIONS: Ringer, Neal, Keenan, Edge, Hanson, Riggins, A. Stafford [K]

VESPRO: Kowroski, Ansanelli, Fowler, Marcovici, Millepied [Moretti, Rickards, Regni]

SYMPHONIC DANCES: Borree, *Tewsley [F]

SUNDAY MATINEE, JANUARY 12, 3 PM [Kaplow, Moredock]

SERENADE: Kistler, Taylor, Kowroski, Askegard, Fayette [K]

MORPHOSES: Whelan, Ansanelli, Soto, Woetzel [FLUX Quartet]

FANCY FREE: Millepied, Ulbricht, Higgins, Edge, *Rutherford, Krohn, Robertson [M]

* First Time in Role

+ Guest Artist

PROGRAM AND CASTING SUBJECT TO CHANGE (12/31/02)

To request press tickets please call Beth Klusacek at (212) 870-5690

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According a headline on the NYCB website yesterday (though I can't find any other info. about it), Kipling Houston is retiring after the 1/8 performance.

-amanda

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Well, good luck to him. He's certainly been there long enough .

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Isn't Houston the last active male dancer who danced under Balanchine? Jock Soto joined right before Balanchine died, of course, but he's really a Martins dancer.

Speaking of Soto, I see that Amar Ramasar is debuting in the role Soto created in Martins' "The Infernal Machine."

Am very happy that Ramasar is getting a chance to shine - I'm a fan, and have been following him since his SAB show - but I am bit worried that NYCB's worrisome policy of "the black guy role" (ie, the Arthur Mithcell role in Agon, to which Albert Evans and others have subsequently been limited) may be supplemented by the "Indian guy role," ie Ramasar will start getting all Soto's old parts.

Granted, there are some very nice parts in there, but when will Martins get a clue and figure out that the dark guy can also be cast as the Cavalier, the Prodigal Son, or Apollo?

I wish NYCB could learn to see dancers just as DANCERS, instead of paper-doll color-types. A lot of other companies learned this lesson a long time ago.

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FYI re:Ramassar

I read in a magazine (Pointe?)last season that he was originally cast in The Infernal Machine, but was unable to do it for the Gala, so Soto took on the part.

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Kay — I think you're right about Houston being the last male dancer to have worked with Balanchine . . . unless you count Peter Boal, who was of course rehearsed by Balanchine for the Nutcracker Prince. :)

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Thanks for the info, flo. Maybe I'm wrong about the Soto-Ramasar connection - in fact, I rather hope I'm wrong.

At any rate, I will happily eat my words - literally print them out and eat them - the day Ramasar gets cast in a danseur noble role.

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