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  1. 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".
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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/
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Macaulay on NYCB

    I've just started a new thread with a review of the New York Theatre Ballet performance by Jerry Hochman.
  9. 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."
  10. Bolshoi in New York - 2017

    According to the New York Times article published November 30th about these performances, only POB will dance Emeralds, and the Bolshoi and NYCB will alternate between Rubies and Diamonds.
  11. The Winter's Tale in NY

    Casting has been posted: http://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2016-17-Season/Winters-Tale-Lincoln-Center-2016 The link is a bit problematic (though you can get to it by clicking through the NBC website), so here is the list: CastingLeontes Piotr Stanczyk (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Evan McKie (July 29 at 8:00 pm) Guillaume Côté* (July 30 at 2:00 pm) McGee Maddox (July 31 at 2:00 pm) Hermione Hannah Fischer (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Jurgita Dronina (July 29 at 8:00 pm) Sonia Rodriguez* (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Heather Ogden (July 31 at 2:00 pm) Perdita Jillian Vanstone (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Elena Lobsanova (July 29 at 8:00 pm, 31 at 2:00 pm) Rui Huang (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Florizel Naoya Ebe (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Francesco Gabriele Frola (July 29 at 8:00 pm, 31 at 2:00 pm) Skylar Campbell (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Polixenes Harrison James (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Brendan Saye (July 29 at 8:00 pm, 31 at 2:00 pm) Félix Paquet (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Paulina Xiao Nan Yu (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Svetlana Lunkina (July 29 at 8:00pm, 30 at 2:00 pm) Tanya Howard (July 31 at 2:00 pm) *Debut
  12. Natalia is correct regarding the proper name for the company in 1895 and throughout the 20th Century; Macaulay, however, uses "Mariinsky" as the name for the company that performed Swan Lake in 1895 in St. Petersburg. There is no evidence that the writer is referring to the post-Soviet company when the review mentions the "first Mariinsky version" and the "vast resources" of the Mariinsky. The error is Macaulay's use of the name, not aurora's interpretation of his intent.
  13. Also, January 10: Garden Theater, Princeton, NJ (http://princetongardentheatre.org/films/ballet-carmen-viscera-afternoon-of-faun-pas-de-deux )
  14. i just wanted to offer a correction to this comment--Stella Abrera's Giselle performance at the Met was on May 23rd; Natalia Osipova's performance was on May 28th. Abrera was replacing a different injured dancer (Polina Semionova?), not Osipova.
  15. ABT 2016 Met Season

    The October 16, 2014, announcement of the 2015 spring season for ABT included the following: Guest Artists for the season include Semyon Chudin, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Maria Kochetkova, principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet, Denys Nedak, soloist with the National Ballet of Ukraine, Marianela Nuñez, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet, Evgenia Obraztsova, principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet, Natalia Osipova, principal dancer with The Royal Ballet and Olga Smirnova, leading soloist with the Bolshoi Ballet. So having Ms. Ferri as the only guest artist on the schedule at this point is a big change from last year, even if the situation is subject to change.