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  2. cubanmiamiboy

    New Royal Ballet Swan Lake

    I know, and you are right. But those productions are fairly new. For decades generations of ballet goers-(mainly in Russia)- have grown up looking at a happy Odete being changed into human form for the Soviet finale. We're talking about elderly, who have never been able to watch the much thoughtful and spiritual original ending. On the contrary, NY'rs have been able to permeate themselves with the idea of redemption in the beyond, which like Giselle and Bayadere, carries quite a much substantial and beautiful message than the Soviet insults. I hope that more and more productions of SL and who knows...even maybe Bayadere can rescue back their beautiful endings.
  3. Mashinka

    New Royal Ballet Swan Lake

    So do I.
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  5. Ashton Fan

    New Royal Ballet Swan Lake

    I have to say that I find the praise for the new Swan Lake incomprehensible and assume that it is a combination of relief that we no longer have to look at the Sonnabend design; relief that the production is no worse then it has proved to be; indifference to the text being danced as long as there is lots and lots of pointe work and an obsession with novelty for its own sake. By the way both Zurich and La Scala have the Ratmansky reconstruction of Swan Lake in their repertory so ABT is not the only company to have a production using the original ending.
  6. Helene

    Keeping Up With...

    Barry Kerollis has been teaching and choreographing, and he wrote an article for "Dance Magazine" about teaching adult students: https://www.dancemagazine.com/adult-ballet-classes-2573959042.html
  7. Jarred Drozd

    Hi from a pianist with CD

    thanks a lot Jarred
  8. Helene

    Hi from a pianist with CD

    Welcome to Ballet Alert!, Jarred. We are an audience site, and while there are some teachers and dancers/students among us, we're not really your target audience. I think you're looking for our sister site, Ballet Talk for Dancers: http://dancers.invisionzone.com/ If you scroll to the bottom of the site, you'll find a "contact us" link that will allow you to send a message to their Moderators team, so that you can ask them if it would be appropriate to post.
  9. Fleurdelis

    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    That of a lame duck
  10. When there is official news of which company Tedaldi will join, please post it.
  11. Jarred Drozd

    Hi from a pianist with CD

    Hi, I just wanted to post to let teachers and dancers know about my Classical piano CD for Ballet classes, I don't know if this is the right section to post it, and it's a plug but some people might find it useful. I am on CDbaby a little bit on Itunes. I'm not including any links yet, moderation please let me know. Thanks
  12. ABT Fan

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    No, but the taller male principals are already dancing with the taller women: Abrera, Murphy, Teuscher, Shevchenko, Seo, Boylston (she dances with short and tall men). As much as many of us complain about Stearns and Whiteside, they're workhorses and can't possibly take on more to partner the shorter ladies, since as you mention the other tall guys are really not available much. I think they've given up on Hammoudi and Gorak, and now have their sights on Royal, Ahn, and Bell, though Ahn/Bell aren't anywhere near principal level yet. McKenzie better spend his summer "break" doing some serious shopping. They have no choice but to bring in some new hires or at least more guest artists to fill the holes.
  13. fondoffouettes

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    I do really like how Act III runs right into Act IV without an intermission. I just wish there were some way they could handle the scenery changeover so that the swans wouldn't have to dance in front of a curtain. But maybe that's just not possible. I'd almost rather have them treat the music as an interlude, with no dancing, rather than have the swans do that blah choreography in front of the curtain. (They cut most of that section fom the Murphy/Corella DVD, which says something.) On the upside, I'm glad ABT doesn't include the interpolated music that I think Petipa added to Act IV (I seem to remember it being in the Ratmansky reconstruction). That music doesn't sound like it belongs in the score, and the addition of extra music and dances really defuses the tension for me. I prefer the ballet to be brought to a swift and dramatic conclusion. But I guess the problem is that if you do take an intermission before Act IV, the act would feel really skimpy without those extra dances. I wouldn't even mind if the forgiveness pas de deux, or whatever you would call it, were cut from Act IV. But at least that music comes from somewhere in the original score (I forget exactly where). For me, Act IV as composed by Tchaikovsky is sheer perfection and could work so well dramatically without any interpolations. Does anyone know if Act III ran right into Act IV, without pause, in the 1877 version? I know the 1877 version is irrelevant for staging the Petipa, but I'm just curious whether the composer originally intended the acts to be experienced together.
  14. LadyBubbles

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Yet another precious one gets away. Honestly, I don't blame him. I thought his post was very diplomatic and I applaud him for that. Big loss for ABT (and for us), but I have to say that ABT had it coming. Hopefully they'll start showing more respect to their artists from now on. I doubt it though. And yes, short women can be partnered by tall men, but a very large gap isn't desirable either. I even remember Bolle talking about it. He mentioned in an interview that he was fine dancing with shorter women in a ballet like R&J, but that it was better to dance with a taller partner in ballets like Swan Lake, etc. It can be done, but it's not necessarily ideal.
  15. spinning2night

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    SAME. I need a moment to process Cirio leaving, but huge respect to him. I did find it odd that his promotion didn't seem to reflect in the roles he was dancing with ABT... Don't get me started on Bacca...UGH, that one HURTS. (and need I mention Matthew Golding?) What has Gorak's workload been this Met season? If I'm not mistaken, wasn't he dealing with some injuries the past few seasons...and I feel like the board/world has been pretty quiet on him since. It's going to be interesting to see how ABT balances out their principal and soloist rosters and workload moving forward. The male/female composition in both is really offset to one side (principals: 8 women, 3 "full-time" men + another 3ish, soloists: 3 women, 7 men). I don't doubt that the male soloists have ability, but it's not like they've really had the opportunity to step up (minus Hammoudi, but that's going to be a pretty bland bunch of principal men)...I personally would love to see Blaine Hoven get a chance?? -- how has his season been going???
  16. fondoffouettes

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Well, short women don't necessarily need to be partnered by short men, but there's definitely going to be shortage of male principals in general, with Bolle seemingly saying goodbye to ABT this season, Lendorf constantly injured and Hallberg dancing a much-reduced load. I don't really see anyone in the soloist rank who is likely to be promoted this year. It would be a real sign of desperation if they promoted Hammoudi. I wonder if ABT's interest in grooming Gorak for principal roles will be renewed.
  17. ABT Fan

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    As Cirio states, he'll get "to dance more roles", and I doubt that ONLY means in a diverse rep, though I'm sure that's part of it. He was probably told that he'll get a principal's load, unlike what McKenzie had him doing. I am very happy for him but I will miss him. This is a big loss, and especially for the short females at ABT. Simkin won't be around much (at least not full time) next year when he goes to Berlin, so who is going to dance with Lane, Brandt, Trenary, Copeland besides Cornejo??? Shayer will probably get promoted this year, but I don't see him ready to take on the big roles like Albrecht, Siegfried, etc.
  18. vagansmom

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Cirio is doing what I wish some of the women at ABT had done. Young, talented artists that are underused lose technique. My hat is off to Cirio for recognizing that he needed to take his future in his own hands and go where he'll get to dance a lot. Who knows? Maybe ABT will finally realize his worth and pay him big bucks to guest for them.
  19. ABT Fan

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Nothing to that effect has been stated, by Cirio or ABT, that anyone has seen yet. However, I'm going on the assumption (as I think others are too) that since he missed ABT's fall and Nutcracker season (and I think one leg of their January tour) when he was just a guest artist with ENB, we can expect the same if not more of an absence when he becomes a full-fledged company member next season. Maybe he'll still dance full-time at the Met, if he remains with ABT, but either way he won't be with us year round and I see that as a big loss. The male principal roster was already in trouble before this. Who knows, maybe this decision of his is motivated by his desire to be closer to his long-time girlfriend in Norway. But, I imagine we'll hear something official sooner rather than later. Edited: I see I was typing at the same time others noted that he's leaving per his Instagram. Crap.
  20. vipa

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    How do the number of performances compare between ABT and ENB, does anyone know? It could be that the number of times to get out on stage makes a difference.
  21. fondoffouettes

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    It’s a nicely worded explanation, but does ENB present a lot of new rep each season? Four-fifths of their 2018-2019 season is dedicated to full-lengths that are also done at ABT in some form. The mixed program of new works is a repeat from a previous season. Maybe ABT’s taste in choreographers has been questionable at times, but they have definitely been trying to premiere more new works. Maybe Rojo has told him they have lots of new works planned for the future.
  22. angelica

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    As I've said somewhere else on this board, I think Ratmansky's next task should be to bring Acts 1 and 4 in SL up to the level of Acts 2 and 3. The opening of Act 4 is really a snooze-fest, as I believe someone said above. And those heavy costumes in Act 1 don't really go too well with dancing around a Maypole.
  23. Kaysta

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Cirio confirmed he is leaving ABT on Instagram
  24. vagansmom

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    The ones that got away: Jeffrey Cirio, Sterling Baca.... I'm personally heartbroken over Cirio. Saw him in Whipped Cream and loved him. Hated that he was relegated to partnering Copeland because her audiences are there for her, not whomever she's dancing with. I felt like he didn't stand a chance of truly being noticed.
  25. Laurent

    Vaganova Academy Graduation, 2018

    What condition was she in?
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