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  2. Certainly, I saw more opera at the Bastille today and am going to San Carlo in Naples on Tuesday. On a sour note, poster Gnossie was concerned about my safety in Paris after a recent terror attack, I'm fine but this morning my travelling companion was attacked by a gang of women outside the Opera Garnier and although unhurt was robbed of a substantial sum of money. The most troubling aspect was that the police are aware of these people and say that they operate from the same spot everyday, but as the justice system is overloaded, they let them off with a caution. I keep valuables in a concealed body belt when abroad and in over forty years of travelling to Paris haven't had a problem, but as it seems these robbers are a a constant threat in that location, take care my fellow travelling ballet watchers.
  3. Buddy

    Maria Kochetkova

    Lovely picture, Pherank. Thank you. She has her dress shoes on. Already ahead of the game. Don't think that her face has changed much. Good for her.
  4. LadyBubbles

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Lane? Don't you mean Trenary (the lead maiden for last night's show)? I'm pretty sure Lane didn't dance at all this week.
  5. pherank

    Maria Kochetkova

    A very rare photo of Masha with her relatives in Russia: https://www.instagram.com/p/BjSbxkChLNX/?taken-by=balletrusse
  6. CharlieH

    2017 -- 2018 Season

    Terioshkina is a magnificent Raymonda...the current best a the Mariinsky with the possible exception of Novikova, who has already been filmed in the lovely Vikharev recon. at La Scala. Hence, I’m delighted that Terioshkina will now be professionally filmed in this ballet. As for the Mariinsky’s representatives in the tv competition...”no comment” as Gnossie says.
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  8. Gnossie

    2017 -- 2018 Season

    Raymonda is a maiden in distress, Raymonda, Countess de Doris, is happily waiting for her wedding, waiting for her fiancee to come back and then it's almost kidnapped just to be saved at the last minute, definitely not princess Aurora and definitely not Nikiya. Fine if you enjoy Terioshkina's dancing, I can't stand it and consider it a serious offense to classicism. Of course there is not only ONE way of playing Raymonda and the Mariinsky has several great classical ballerinas who can offer very diferent, rich, nuanced and appropiate portrayals, there is not ONE way of playing Raymonda but there is a pattern that should be followed because Raymonda IS a princess, she's not Nikiya, she's not Gamzatti and she's not Kitri. What Rudolph Nureyev said of Raymonda only shows his ignorance towards the libretto. But that is the only direction in which the pendulum is swinging at the Mariinsky : Towards the destruction of classicism and good taste. Yuri Fateyev has achieved that.
  9. Drew

    2017 -- 2018 Season

    I can’t agree with you about Tereshkina. (And I’m also not sure everyone agrees that Raymonda has to be “delicate.” Nureyev once said Raymonda was a “bitch” — in any case she is not simply Aurora 2.0.) I don’t think Tereshkina dances like a “delicate” Princess OR a “bitch” — In D.C., in October, I found her a great classical ballerina who brought tremendous plasticity, musicality, and authority to Nikiya. I don’t think video always captures the nuances of her dancing or the intensity of her stage presence which were also very evident when I finally saw her dance a classical ballerina role live. Raymonda is a different role from Nikiya, but all those qualities matter to it. I would be happy to see Tereshkina’s Raymonda. I believe dancers can be miscast...but I don’t believe there is only one way to dance great ballets. For my taste, that would be swinging the pendulum too far in the other direction.
  10. The company has also announced that Jenna Roberts is leaving. Her final performance will be as Juliet on Friday 29th June. https://www.brb.org.uk/post/news-dancer-departures-1718
  11. Northern Ballet commissioned Cathy Marston to create a production of Jane Eyre in 2016 to tour in smaller theatres. It was critically acclaimed, so much so that it has made up the bulk of the Spring tour this year. It sold to more or less full houses at Sadler's Wells last week. On Monday the Company announced that Cathy Marston has been invited to create a new ballet based on the life of Queen Victoria which will be premiered in March 2019 and will tour the UK extensively in the Spring. Details here: https://northernballet.com/media-releases/2018-05-24/world-premi-re-announced-for-2019
  12. Gnossie

    2017 -- 2018 Season

    Arte is airing a live performance of Raymonda on Monday 28 May starting at 16:00 London time (19:00 Petersburg time). Terioshkina as Raymonda and Xander Parish as Jean de Brienne. Gergiev conducting. What a TRAVESTY of a casting. In which world is Terioshkina a delicate princess? And Parish as Jean de Brienne? No comments.
  13. Yes, thank you, Mashinka. The name Thiérrée rang a bell - James is the grandson of Charles Chaplin (and the great-grandson of Eugene O'Neill). I remember reading that Chaplin had high hopes for Victoria, James' mother, wanted to make a movie with her, and was disappointed when she literally ran off to join the circus. But I digress. If you would like to write about the Orfeo in the Other Arts forum, hint, hint.....
  14. cubanmiamiboy

    Coppelia 2018.

    I Cuba Coppelius shows up in the wedding furious, but he's given money to compensate for his broken doll and he leaves in good spirit. People bid him farewell in a good way.
  15. DanielBenton

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    My first goal was to see the Brahms-Schoenberg; and Tchaikovsky Suite No.3 is good too, so I am not bereft.
  16. NinaFan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    I would hope that they would let you exchange the ticket. I realize that casting and programs are subject to change, but this was only published a little over a month ago.
  17. Helene

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Re: removed posts: "I saw a photo" is not a citation. Provide a real source, or don't post info about dancers.
  18. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I’ve been going to ABT performances pretty consistently since well before 2012 and can’t recall any time Lyle wasn’t in the company since he first joined.
  19. aurora

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I assume the comparison is not based on her suicide but on her being forced to decide which of her children to save (her "choice").
  20. its the mom

    2018 Met Season

    Sometimes, as you know, dancers are nursing injuries and feel it is better to pull out of certain performances to save themselves for others. I think we saw that last week with Trenary who did not dance the peasant pas in Giselle, but danced this week in McGregor's piece and Firebird (I think.) Nursing injury is quite common during Met season, I would think.
  21. fondoffouettes

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I don’t believd Lyle has ever left the company. He was in the corps of the Boston Ballet from 2010 to 2012 before joining ABT. Maybe you are thinking of Sean Stewart, who left ABT for six years and then rejoined? Duncan Lyle has always struck me as a fine dancer, though many of his featured roles have been character roles. I’m glad to see him getting this opportunity in Firebird.
  22. Vs1

    2018 Met Season

    He was pictured at the gala
  23. I have never seen lines like last night at the met. Full house, sold out ,many children. Copeland was fine as firebird . She's not Nina though. This year the birds look more like golden cockerels ( or woodpeckers or pigeons) and maidens like zombie puppets. Was the a white scrim there ( like neumeiers Sylvia) at the beginning before? Music was very slow. Shocked how good Duncan Lyle was. Why did he leave or come back? Choreo no chAllenge to Cornejo but awkward on Lane with all the flexing and thriller puppet nightmare motions. Could have been better rehearsed . Rite was better than expected. The girl knows the decision was made already rather than stumbling upon it. Didn't hear the pounding in the music pronounced. Maybe those things changed some of the horror or terror. Devon did protest though. I don't know what anyone else expected of her. The written program was odd ,incomprehensible, and pretentious though. I was too high to see the set described in the program - I saw a curtain only. Was there something else? Reminded me of s. king's zoo a bit as well as Gitmo or a drug war, not the sacrifice of Christ. The individual sacrifice was shown but the group's sacrifice was not depicted. Had they already lost their humanity? i don't know why being part of the chosen people is considered a privilege.
  24. That's why I found the comparison odd
  25. NinaFan

    Allison DeBona

    Yes, the series focused quite a bit on their relationship
  26. nanushka

    2018 Met Season

    Yes, definitely true. I meant to write, "ABT's new Ratmansky Harlequinade with Copeland" — thinking that there might be, for that at least, a variety of constituencies (those interested in a prominent new Ratmansky work, those interested in a new Petipa reconstruction, those drawn in by the charming ad campaign, those interested in Copeland, etc.) who might fill the house a bit more, at least for the (originally scheduled) Copeland performances.
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