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  2. Natasha Sheehan

    She's very food obsessed and growing thinner and thinner. There are a constellation of circumstances, evidenced on her Instagram, that put her in danger for ED. If, as an outsider, I see it then I know that people who live and work with her can. I hope that AD steps in and protects this beautiful young talent. IMO ballet companies too often turn a blind eye. They sure as hell step in when someone takes one step over the line in terms of gaining weight but they just wait, and wait if someone is becoming too thin. I actually think that there was an issue with another young talent at SF who faced some ED and eventually left. . .. Feel free to disagree. I could be overreading. . . Just my opinion. Hope SF Ballet reads this.
  3. Yulia Stepanova

    Alexandrova danced in London on Monday together with Lantratov, Krysanova and Chudin also appeared. It would be nice if she can arrange guest appearances to make up for her home company's neglect.
  4. Today
  5. Roster in Review - 2017

    I'll drink to that!
  6. Roster in Review - 2017

    Maria Kotchetkova's picture and bio are gone from the ABT website - IT glitch or victory for common sense?
  7. Yulia Stepanova

    Yes, so far that's one performance in six weeks. Maria Allash has been given one Street Dancer and one Gamzatti. Nina Kaptsova is faring a bit better.
  8. Yulia Stepanova

    By the way, Alexandrova will be performing in the Bright Stream on Oct. 28.
  9. Jewels: 22-23 Sep and 28 Sep-1 Oct

    I went to the dress rehearsal tonight and enjoyed Jewels more than any other time. The new production is so beautiful! The skirts in Emeralds and Diamonds have amazing movement quality. The colors/hues for Diamonds I found particularly fresh and current yet still based on tradition. I'm excited to see it up close this weekend!
  10. Casting is up for second weekend: https://www.pnb.org/season/17-18/jewels/ Here is the link to the downloadable spreadsheet: Jewels Casting Weeks 1-2 21_Sep_17.xlsx There aren't any "*" indications of debuts, but there are new casts in second weekend: Emeralds Verdy couple: Leah Merchant (who danced with Steven Loch last time Emeralds was performed) and Joshua Grant (Thurs/Fri) Emeralds Paul couple: Emma Love Suddarth and Miles Pertl (Thurs/Fri) Emeralds Pas de Trois: Elle Macy, Madison Taylor, and Dylan Wald (Thurs/Fri) Rubies Tall Girl: Cecilia Iliesiu (Fri) Diamonds Couple: Sarah Ricard Orza and William Lin-Yee (Fri)
  11. Natasha Sheehan

    I'm worried about her, too.
  12. Natasha Sheehan

    Why are people worrying about her? Her instagram looks fine to me...
  13. Yesterday
  14. Natasha Sheehan

    The "Faces" piece shows great depth for a young dancer. Clear potential. I follow her on Instagram and I think that Helgi needs to slow her down and shelter her some. She appears to be under pressure.
  15. Natasha Sheehan

    She is lovely and smart. I worry a little about her.
  16. Limon Dance Company

    From the latest Limon Foundation newsletter: "In his second year as Artistic Director, Colin Connor continues to expand the Company’s already eclectic repertory by commissioning works from talented rising choreographers and giving them the opportunity to create work on the renowned Limón Dance Company. Connor chose Adam Barruch, Rosie Herrera, and Yin Yue for their strong evocative movement and their dynamic use of rhythm, gesture, and music. Their unique contemporary visions and commitment to socially conscious dance will carry our tradition forward, ensuring thought-provoking, powerful works that will resonate alongside the Limón classics." Colin Connor is also choreographing a new work for the company's women. Based on Facebook and Instagram posts, the Limon repertory for 2017-18 looks like it will include The Moor's Pavane, Suite from A Choreographic Offering and The Unsung. It does look like the old policy of first Ruth Currier and then Carla Maxwell of programming classics from the modern dance and even ballet repertories has gone by the wayside. That's a shame as the company had made very productive use of such revivals as Kurt Jooos' The Green Table, Lar Lubovitch's Concerto Six Twenty Two, Anna Sokolow's Rooms, Antony Tudor's Dark Elegies and the solos of Daniel Nagrin.
  17. 2017 Fall Season

    A few years ago I took a cousin to what I think was his first ballet, the POB's Giselle. After the first act I apologized to him for not explaining the mime in advance, but he'd figured out most of it on his own. Later I heard from his horrified Wagnerite parents that he came home and declared that he preferred ballet to opera because, for one thing, he didn't have to spend the entire evening reading titles. He found the stage action self-explanatory. (Smart boy.)
  18. 2017 Fall Season

    The synopsis in the playbill tells the entire story. No need for supertitles. More informative would be some instruction on the meaning of certain gestures used in mime. Certain gestures are clear enough even for the first timer, but many mime gestures do require explanation to be understood by the casual ballet fan. I learned more about mime gestures a number of years ago at a pre performance lecture at ABT.
  19. Building New Ballet Audiences

    Getting back to this, as I just finished a report for a Fortune 100 client where we recommended more cultural involvement, given that their target audience shows an interest in the arts and cultural engagements have historically been very effective for our B2B clients. My personal opinion on the Kennedy Center Honors show is that 1) awards shows are on the decline overall and 2) the type of performers reflects the trends in culture. I think as time goes on you will see less of a presence from the performing arts as it is going to be hard for someone to make an argument that, say, Peter Martins had as large of an impact on American Culture as Madonna.
  20. 2017 Fall Season

    I've sometimes wondered why we haven't seen a production of one of the classics with supertitles that could explain the mime sequences in detail. Hardcore balletomanes would object of course, but I think novice audiences would find the addition an ehancement. You wouldn't have to explain to your friends ever again that Odette told Sigfried the story of the curse that she's under.
  21. 2017/2018 season

    The cast list for the first livestream, Corsaire is up. Medora: Olga Smirnova Conrad: Igor Tsvirko http://www.bolshoi.ru/performances/198/roles/#20171022180000
  22. Tuesday, September 19

    A review of the Royal Ballet in Hull by Siobhan Murphy for DanceTabs.
  23. 2017 Fall Season

    Oh, it took me at least a decade to figure out how to watch a story ballet! In my early ballet-going years what I thought I wanted was all dancing all the time; since I'd cut my dance teeth on leotard Balanchine and Merce Cunningham, I couldn't imagine why anyone would want to clutter up a dance stage with all that other stuff. It took me a while to understand what the form's various conventions were and why they were important. By the way, I think one of the sweetest examples of mime is when the little Nutcracker Prince recounts his battle with the Mouse King to the Sugarplum Fairy and her court. A good Sugarplum makes sure we see that it's the most thrilling battlefield report she's ever received.
  24. Thursday, September 21

    A review of English National Ballet in 'Giselle' by Louise Levene in The Financial Times.
  25. Thursday, September 21

    Sara Mearns talks about dancing in Matthew Bourne's "The Red Shoes."
  26. Thursday, September 21

    The Royal New Zealand Ballet announces its first season under artistic director Patricia Barker. In brief,
  27. Thursday, September 21

    An obituary for Barbara Ann Smith, who has died aged 76.
  28. Thursday, September 21

    Syracuse City Ballet moves into new digs.
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