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  2. Friday, November 17

    An obituary for Girish Bhargava. Related, from 2016.
  3. I, too, was hoping for a miracle. Didn't happen. This is just a crushing, crushing loss. The angels are nudging each other and asking where he got that breath control. Thank you for posting the news, volcanohunter.
  4. Thursday, November 23

    A review of the National Ballet of Canada in "The Winter's Tale" by Denise Sum for danceviewtimes.
  5. Tuesday, November 21

    A report on Marcelo Gomes and Sarasota Ballet at the Guggenheim's Works & Process by Mary Cargill for danceviewtimes.
  6. Thursday, November 23

    A story on Pacific Northwest Ballet's Mother Ginger by Moira Macdonald in The Seattle Times.
  7. Wednesday, November 22

    A Pacific Northwest Ballet Nutcracker photo gallery.
  8. Thursday, November 23

    A review of the National Ballet of Canada in "Nijinsky" by Michael Crabb in The Toronto Star.
  9. Thursday, November 23

    Diana Vishneva presents her fifth festival of contemporary dance.
  10. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    Madison Keesler made a nice video of her trip back to SF for a visit while she was working with the English National Ballet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vGmPIBEGqhM There are brief glimpses of Koto Ishihara, Myles Thatcher(?), Dores Andre, Sasha De Sola's dog Tilly, and others. Madison also has a number of ballet related "tips" videos that she is posting to her website.
  11. Favorite SFB Short Video Clips

    FYI: Erik Tomasson has stated that he is looking into getting permissions so that he can offer limited edition prints of the various UNBOUND photos. He won't know for sure about this for a few weeks though.
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  13. Nutcracker 2017

    I've been a short person all my life (even my last name is short -- "Kurtz") . I always wonder what it would be like to be tall.
  14. Nutcracker Casting

    A very cute article about the two girls playing Marie: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/arts/dance/nutcracker-young-dancers-new-york-city-ballet.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdance&action=click&contentCollection=dance&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
  15. 2017/2018 season

    I noticed the Costa Mesa dates are no longer listed on the Bolshoi website. It seems this may have been cancelled.
  16. Nutcracker 2017

    The Seattle Times has run a story on Mother Ginger, with quotes from Miles Pertl and Joshua Grant that include trade secrets, and there's a short time-lapse video of the skirt being assembled: https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/dance/mother-ginger-a-big-crowd-pleaser-in-pacific-northwest-ballets-the-nutcracker/ I think I want drywall stilts for life in general.
  17. Ratmansky Romeo&Juliet Premiere Wed 22 Nov

    Thanks for your repoerts on this production. I think Taming of the Shrew showed that in the right role Krysanova can make a great dramatic impact. (At least it showed me...others may already have known.) I hope Lantratov’s injury does not interfere with the upcoming Nureyev premier...perhaps he is being extra cautious.
  18. Stanislavsky Ballet's 2017/2018 season

    Suite en blanc in full: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHbPmfpVoz0 Suite en blanc continues to be a popular programming choice for the current and former Paris Opera Ballet etoiles directing companies in Europe. In addition to Laurent Hilaire programming this for the Stanislavsky, (now ex-director) Charles Jude programmed it this fall at the Bordeaux Ballet. The Rome Opera Ballet (directed by Eleanora Abbagnato) will perform it in the new year (w/ Roland Petit's Pink Floyd ballet!) and Nicolas Le RIche has announced that the Royal Swedish Ballet will be performing it in 2018-19 (w/ a new work by Jeremie Belingard!) And in other news, a promo for the Balanchine/Taylor/Garnier/Ekman mixed bill: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaN11KDbH94
  19. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    Neither its 990 nor its audited financial statements provide sufficient detail to determine how much Lincoln Center, in its capacity as a presenter, paid in performance fees to any particular artist or company. Per its most recent 990, expenses associated with its performance programming activities totaled $37.9 million for the year ending 6/30/16. That amount includes the performance fees paid to artists and companies (about $14 million) as well as the cost of things like operating the theater, promotion, and the like that can be allocated the the shows Lincoln Center itself puts on -- e.g. Great Performers, Mostly Mozart, White Light, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Midsummer Night Swing, and the Lincoln Center Festival. The revenue from these activities totaled $11.8 million, so you can see the gap that needs to be covered by grants and donations. Lincoln Center's audited financial statements parse things a bit differently (of necessity - the way they have to present things to the IRS differs from the way they have to present things according to current US financial accounting standards). But if you compare page 4 of the financial statements with pages 9 and 10 of the 900, you can get a 60,000 foot view of what's going on. PS: Typically, presenters pay artists and companies a fee to perform. The presenter is on the hook for covering the fee and the cost of running the theater; the company is on the hook for covering things like its own artists' salaries, travel expenses, etc.
  20. Ratmansky Romeo&Juliet Premiere Wed 22 Nov

    Here is mnacenani's curtain photo:
  21. I saw Once On This Island the other night: http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2017/11/once-on-this-island-rip-dmitri.html
  22. When I got tix for this 3+ months ago I thought I would be seeing something Ratmansky created new specially for the Bolshoy. Being a newcomer to classical ballet I did not know this production had premiered in Canada in 2011 - if I had known I most likely would have given it the thumbs down. I am dead against the great classics being "updated" or "reinterpreted" to start with, and something created for another company which surely doesn't have the human and financial resources of the Bolshoy being transferred to the Bolshoy ???? That said, ex post facto I am so glad that I got tix and made the day trip - not because this "reinterpretation" is imho something unmissable, but because due to this I discovered what a GREAT artist Katya Krysanova is. She surprised me beyond anything I expected, though I have great respect for her art. Juliet is imv a very special role, requires great characterisation : I fell in love with Russian classical ballet after seeing Vishnyova and Shklyarov live just once, and dropped my decades long quest for opera. Before last night I had seen Katya live five times at the Bolshoy, twice as Kitri, once as Mehmene Banu and twice at galas. Her performance last night means I will be actively tracking her scheduling, imho she was great, great, GREAT. Now, Ratmansky's R&J tracks the Prokofiev-Lavrovsky original we all know, another me-too product. I am not well qualified to review choreo or execution but will write what I think regardless, our learned members can fill in any gaps. I found the ensemble scenes in Acts 1 and 2 rather meaningless, uncoupled from the story and not very imaginative. Am not sure but I thought the music of Act 1 was cut in some places (performance lasted 3 hours sharp wit two intervals). The moment Katya appeared I immediately sensed that I was in for a big surprise - last week we were talking about how a great artist can capture you in 10 seconds and imho Katya is in this class, excellent execution, characterisation, oozing self-confidence which makes one think she would never put a foot wrong, and she doesn't !! Lantratov was good as Romeo but not great for me : Shklyarov is my default Romeo, Ovcharenko coming second. Tsvirko as Mercutio was excellent, got big applause at the curtain calls. Some plus and minus points : the balcony scene starts with Romeo dancing solo with Juliet looking down from her window above, in a replication of "Juliet's Balcony" (!) in Verona and I found this imaginative : Juliet is supposed to be a 15-year-old teenager and it would take some enticement to make her come down, then on the pdd is good but so is the original and Macmillan's. On the other hand, the priest joining the dance in the second act PdT I found quite in poor taste and a real spoiler - the originator/s had better taste surely. But the real letdown and spoiler is the finale : it's as if in 2011 someone told Aleksey : "end it quickly otherwise we will go into overtime !" . This ending will not make anyone cry, but Lavrovsky's can and does ..... how do I know - takes one to know one. Lavrovsky's ending for me is the definitive version, requiring great characterisation and technique. Here it ends in crash-bang fashion, no famous overhead lift, no choreo, no nothing. Judging by the number of camera crews in the hall before the performance started the glitterati and politicos of Maskva must have been well represented. The New Stage where this R&J was staged is so nice : much smaller than the Historic Stage but excellent comfortable seating and excellent sightline wherever one is seated. Excellent interval finger food and drinks : can't imagine going to opera or ballet without this . Will post this now and add anything else which comes to my mind later as PS. A photo : https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DPQzuapXcAo-Of3.jpg:large PS : what an injury or other mishap-prone staging ! Daily casting has again changed for the remaining performances, with Katya and Vlad dropping out. Tomorrow Genya will dance as originally cast but with Belyakov. Lantratov is said to be injured. Current casting : https://www.bolshoi.ru/en/performances/4008/roles/#20171123190000
  23. PNB and The Robbins Centennial

    I got a heads up that I forgot that the PNB's French will include participation in the Festival's Robbins week:
  24. POB 2018 US tour cancelled

    I imagine one could do this homework, and get a sense of the complete budget, but I've never looked at their tax forms and have no idea how they itemize -- most summers the festival presented several different things, and I don't know that their 990s would parse each project. Yes, they've done a great deal of fundraising, and many people have mixed feelings for how that worked, but I don't know that anyone made a great deal of money out of it.
  25. Nutcracker 2017

    After stalking the site today to no avail, I just got a heads up that Week 2's casting is up: https://www.pnb.org/nutcracker/ Link to downloadable spreadsheet: Nutcracker 17_11_22.xlsx Five couples dance Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier for the first time this Nutcracker season, and four new for 2017 Dewdrops.
  26. Very interesting about the video length being decided well in advance. The WBD rehearsals of new works may have real historical significance one day, so I hope those videos don't disappear entirely into a black hole...
  27. World Ballet Day Live - 5 October 2017

    It’s complicated But all that also to say that the length of the highlights video is decided well before the livestream occurs and is not up to the video editor nor decided entirely by the company. Rights holders often don’t want full versions up, and many dancers also don’t want unedited rehearsal and class footage online.
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