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RUKen

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    I'm a fan who also takes dance classes
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  1. https://www.ballet.org.uk/blog-detail/promotions-new-dancers-joining-company-2018-19-season/ This was posted on the ABT forum because Jeffrey Cirio is becoming a principal at ENB (it is unclear if he will also continue with ABT).
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    I attended the dress rehearsal on Tuesday. I've seen a couple of DRs each of the past 12 or 13 years, and I cannot remember a previous one that had so many corrections called out by the rehearsal director (not Kevin McKenzie) sitting in the orchestra seats. Most of these were directed at the corps (and also the supers); a couple of times she made them repeat a sequence. In the last act, with about twenty minutes remaining in the rehearsal, she asked the conductor to stop and repeat a piece of music so that another performer (in the Gamzatti role, I believe) could do the dance. The conductor began to argue with the director; she told him to just follow the instructions. After exclaiming that they would run out of time, he gave in (and the third act was completed before 5:00). All in all, I perceived more tension among the performers than usual, and some of the wobbles that have been commented on from the early performances were also noticeable in the rehearsal. The spring schedule this year is like it always is, with one big story ballet after another, but this week in particular (so far) the company seems a bit under-rehearsed.
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    2018 Spring Season

    "Coppelia" is the doll's name. That's a different (and much smaller) role.
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    ABT launches new website

    The pdf hasn't been updated yet with the cast changes that were announced during the last 12 hours or so.
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    ABT launches new website

    Just below the calendar is a link that reads: Download the Spring Season performance calendar with full casting. If you click on that, you'll see the casting for all of the performances.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    ABT has to fit its NYC schedule into the available time at the Metropolitan Opera House and the formerly-known-as State Theatre. The Met is occupied from late September through mid-May by the Metropolitan Opera Company. There are a couple of open weeks in the fall at the State, so ABT has a fall season there.
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    Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Actually, there are sound recordings of Fred and Adele singing Gershwin songs from the Broadway shows. Look for the Astaire CD titled "Puttin' On the Ritz".
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    Pushy fundraising calls from ABT

    The thresholds for the donor levels have not been lowered; they are currently the same as last year's. They are going to be increased in 2018 to the substantially higher levels--they are trying to entice you to renew now rather than wait until next year.
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    Fall 2017 Season

    Cory Stearns is now scheduled to perform Other Dances with Isabela Boylston on the 27th. Lendorf has also been replaced in Plato on the 29th, though I'm uncertain which dancer is taking his place.
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    Fall 2017 Season

    The ABT site shows Boylston/Shayer dancing the Ratmansky premiere (Songs of Bukovina) on October 20th and 21st. Lendorf is still (as of this minute) scheduled for Other Dances on the 27th and Plato on the 29th.
  11. Artistic Director Douglas Martin has choreographed and created the libretto for Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, which was premiered on April 21st and 22nd in Princeton, NJ, by his company, American Repertory Ballet. Links to three reviews of this ballet are below: http://criticaldance.org/first_impression/american-repertory-ballet-pride-and-prejudice/ http://www.princetoninfo.com/index.php/component/us1more/?Itemid=6&key=4-26-17arb http://www.njarts.net/dance/elizabeth-darcy-dance-pride-prejudice-debuts-ballet/
  12. When it happened during the intermission, I recall that Novikova interrupted her monologue to say "spasibo" (thank you) to Vaziev, which suggests that the shoulder touch was a signal that she was expecting.
  13. There are a lot of variables. Sometimes all of the lead dancers will rehearse as if performing, and sometimes one or more will just mark their dances (especially if coming back from an injury or if they are in the performance that night). Sometimes there are people on stage in warmup clothing instead of costumes (presumably because their costumes are being repaired or altered). Sometimes a stagehand will wander onto the stage to move a prop. Sometimes (actually, often) you will hear instructions from a rehearsal director being given to the performers onstage, while they continue to perform (and you may see a brief acknowledgement of the correction from the dancers). Usually (as stated above), the different acts are performed by different casts, and sometimes after an act has been completed a pas de deux will be danced by a pair who are not otherwise in the rehearsal. If you are not too picky about seat selection, your best option may be to watch the rehearsal and then decide if you want to see more of one of the casts that has just rehearsed or if you'd rather see the whole thing performed by a different cast. You can go right to the box office after the rehearsal has ended.
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    Macaulay on NYCB

    I've just started a new thread with a review of the New York Theatre Ballet performance by Jerry Hochman.
  15. http://criticaldance.org/first_impression/new-york-theatre-ballet-titans-nymphs-a-faun-and-a-cat-oh-my/ "While the program was undeniably interesting and each dance well-executed, individually it was a mixed bag – which is not a criticism. When you take chances, as Byer does, a mixed bag is a successful evening."
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