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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    former student, avid fan, once fantasized about being a critic
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  1. 2017 Fall Season

    I've sometimes wondered why we haven't seen a production of one of the classics with supertitles that could explain the mime sequences in detail. Hardcore balletomanes would object of course, but I think novice audiences would find the addition an ehancement. You wouldn't have to explain to your friends ever again that Odette told Sigfried the story of the curse that she's under.
  2. Carmen de Lavallade has announced that she will skip the White House reception. https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/08/17/arts/kennedy-center-honors-trump.html
  3. If he's accepted the award he'll be at the theater. The White House portion of the event is a small reception with the honorees and their personal guests, mainly a photo-op. The big social event of the weekend is a banquet at the State Department.
  4. They haven't gotten around to Mark Morris, Bernadette Peters, Emmanuel Ax, Frank Langella, Cynthia Gregory . . . I could go on ad nauseum. Here's the link to past Honors web site https://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/specialevents/honors/ You can find the list of honorees by selecting "History" from the drop down menu in the upper right-hand corner. I'm looking at this on my phone and it may display differently on other devices.
  5. Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    Throwback to last year. http://courtney-lavine-avons-new-fragrance-2412905089.amp.html There might be potential for a thread on ballet and perfume/cosmetics/fashion.
  6. Joy Womack

    Ditto. One trait of hers that has bothered me since her student days, is a lack of gratitude or even recognition of the role others had in nurturing her talent. According to Joy, her teachers all recognized a remarkable talent and loved her, but were in no way responsible for her achievements. But I don't recall seeing any quotes from professionals in the field, including her teachers, that confirmed these claims. This is the impression I formed from the coverage of her time at the Bolshoi Academy. She projected a sense of entitlement beyond reason. As the years have gone by and prima ballerina status has eluded her it actually seems she was delusional. As a professional dancer it's obvious that she hasn't learned how to play well with others.
  7. I witnessed one case of good natured booing recently; it was a tribute to the effectiveness of the characterization rather than a comment on the quality of the performance. It was at a Washington National Opera showing of Madame Butterfly and Pinkerton was such a cad that at the curtain call booing was very clearly heard mixed in with the applause. Luckily the tenor got it and played along with the crowd and it felt very appropriate for the old fashioned melodrama.
  8. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    There is the unfortunate possibility that the donations are given and board memberships sought by some individuals for social standing rather than love of the art. There is a danger that they are unaware or uncaring about the differences between good governance of "for profit" and "non profit" organizations. The distinction between "buying" and "giving" is irrelevant to them. Balanchine and Lincoln Kirsten established a culture at NYCB where the needs of the artistic personnel were more important than the desires and whims of the donors.
  9. Veronika Part

    I can see her having a career as a guest artist, but I doubt that there are prospects for a new home company.
  10. Veronika Part

    Was Ashley Tuttle the first to ABT ballerina to be treated this shamefully?
  11. Fall 2017 Season

    Once upon a time, when the theater had it's original name, I saw Farrell and Martin's do Other Dances. They were wonderful.
  12. Nana, I just noticed a typo in my original post. The article dates from 2011 rather than 2001. I'm sorry for throwing off your math.
  13. I wanted to double-check my memory. A quick Google search didn't mention a promotion to soloist, but I did find this 2011 article in Pointe Magazine, which does short interviews with Tamm, Hoven, and Hammoudi, labelling them the next potential star danseurs of ABT. The Next Guys of ABT
  14. And I'm still missing Eric Tamm, who left the company before getting out of the corps