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    Seating Advice at the Met

    I haven't been there recently enough to have a specific recommendation, but if you wander slightly north on Columbus Ave. there is a more of a residential neighborhood feeling to the area and lots of restaurants.
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Sophie's suicide was years later in the US.
  3. The beige pump theory: shoes that match your hosiery--or flesh tone if going bare legged--elongate the leg. It's the application of the matching tights and pointe shoes practice applied to real life.
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    2018 Met Season

    I imagine hearing this with a Marlon Brando reading of the line: Stellaaaaaaaa!!!!
  5. The Washington National Opera"s contribution to the Bernstein centennial celebration (including Denyce Graves as the "easily assimilated" old woman). The Kennedy Center is offering tickets for $45 for orchestra seats for the performance of WNO: Candide in the Opera House on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 and Saturday, May 12 at 7 pm. Tickets are regularly as high as $179 in these areas. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call (202-467-4600) or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "296958" See you at the Kennedy Center! WNO: Candide Happily ever after has finally met its match. Music by Leonard Bernstein / Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler in a New Version by John Caird / Lyrics by Richard Wilbur with Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Leonard Bernstein In English with Projected English Titles Production from The Glimmerglass Festival Part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration Embrace a sunny outlook and everything will be OK, right? Not so in Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, which annihilates any notions of hope with its dizzying display of human depravity and catastrophic disasters. When young Candide's marriage proposal to a baron's daughter doesn't quite go as planned, this naïve student of optimism is thrust into an eye-opening odyssey across lands near and far, discovering the horrors of existence at every turn. War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today. Performance Timing: Act I - 76 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 63 min. Candide: Alek Shrader Cunegonde: Emily Pogorelc The Old Lady: Denyce Graves Pangloss/Voltaire: Wynn Harmon Conditions: Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Service fees may apply. Restrictions: Offer valid on all remaining orchestra seats for the performances of Washington National Opera: Candide on 5/9 & 5/12 only
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    Latest Upgrade Complete

    We can never thank you enough for shepherding this process along, Helene.
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    2018 Met Season

    Thank you, Volcano Hunter. I don't remember reading or seeing anything about his plans regarding a return the Bolshoi after his rehab in Australia.
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    2018 Met Season

    Is Halberg going spend any time at his first second home in Moscow?
  9. The local DC news reported a line of real live KenCen members who skipped work, bypassed the internet and went to the physical box office. The line stretched from the box office to outside and around the building. KenCen will also have the daily lottery. Nobody knows how many tickets were held back for sale to the general public in late March. After that still unannounced date, your only way to get tickets from the official vendor (aka the Kennedy Center) is to randomly check with the box office for newly available tickets. These tickets would be those donated back to the box office because the original buyer can't use them and doesn't care to resell them individually or tickets that were withheld from sale by the production for whatever reason. You will need mega karma credits for this option.😰
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    ABT in Chicago, Feb. 21-25

    The DC performance was exquisite.
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    Romeo and Juliet at the KC

    Since Coffee, Tea, and Cocao are featured so strongly in Whipped Cream, I'd like to see Ratmansky do a 3 act follow-up called Caffeine, set in a specialty shops, say a 1950's Greenwich Village coffee house, an imaginary Russian Tea Room with dancing samovars, and a chocolate act set in a gourmet shop or the Hershey's factory. It could be an abstract work. A Jewels for foodies.
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    Potential Strike By ABT Dancers

    I look forward to reading the posts from anyone who gets a chance to see them in DC week.
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    Potential Strike By ABT Dancers

    They've got a picture of the ABT corps in Swan Lake posted with the article now.
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    Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Galina Ulanova or Allegra Kent in anything.
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Per the SAB website there were no dormitories until the Rose building opened in 1991. https://sab.org/school/history/the_1990s.php There was zero formal supervision when Watts and Kistler were 16. Often, dancers who were underage became emancipated minors so that they could sign leases and contracts. They could also board with local families or mom could move cross-country to set up housekeeping with the dancing teen. I have vague memories of reading a few articles that looked at how child labor laws affected ballet companies and theater in general. Ballet seemed to receive some kind of pass due to tradition and mystique, avoiding criticism or changes that would prevent underage dancers from being treated any differently than their legally adult colleagues.
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I guess this would count as collateral damage: Martins set the example for young dancers in the company and the children in the school of how to treat people who report to you. It will be buried somewhere in their memories that it is acceptable to bully and throw tantrums.
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Interesting article, same topic but the players are judges and their staffs. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/jurisprudence/2017/12/judge_alex_kozinski_made_us_all_victims_and_accomplices.html?utm_content=buffer4a46b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    The cases of alleged physical assault and coercion being discussed in this case and the others made public in recent weeks are over 25 years old, which does not lessen the yuck factor. How do we create an environment where young people can feel safe and confident enough to stand up for themselves before decades have gone by. As a child you're taught to be on guard around strangers not those you come into contact with during your regular daily activities (i.e. relatives, clergy, teachers, coaches, doctors). In an ideal world we would be able to identify and oust the predators before they reach the overripe dirty old goat stage of their lives.
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    Final Kennedy Center Performance

    Discounted tix available for tonight and both shows on Saturday!!! They want bodies in the seats. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $25.00 for all remaining orchestra seats for the performances of Suzanne Farrell Ballet on Thursday, December, 7, 2017 at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 1:30pm & 7:30pm in the Opera House Theater. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "280398." Suzanne Farrell Ballet Discount Forever Balanchine: Farewell PerformancesDec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. & Dec. 9 at 1:30 p.m. (Program Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions.) Chaconne (Gluck/Balanchine)Tzigane (Ravel/Balanchine)Meditation (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine)Gounod Symphony (Gounod/Balanchine) Special treat for Thursday, Dec. 7 attendees: Ms. Farrell will be presented with the Pola Narenska Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance. Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. (Program Timing: Approximately 2 hours, including two 20-minute intermissions.)Gounod Symphony (Gounod/Balanchine) Tzigane (Ravel/Balanchine)Meditation (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine)Serenade (Tchaikovsky/Balanchine) Program subject to change."The wit is Balanchine's, but still nobody communicates it better than Ms. Farrell… she understands rare secrets of time and space."--The New York Times This season, we celebrate the culmination of our own ballet company led by the beloved muse of choreographer George Balanchine. Throughout her career as a dancer, Suzanne Farrell created and redefined many of the great roles of the Balanchine canon. Since 2001, her company has revealed unique insights into "Mr. B's" works, drawing out their musicality and nuance as no one else can. The farewell program is a pageant of favorites, all handpicked for their special meaning to Ms. Farrell. Staged last year by the company with new costumes to accentuate the revelatory choreography, Gounod Symphony intertwines one delightful pattern after another. Two short works on the program were specifically created for Ms. Farrell: the pas de deux Meditation, the first ballet Balanchine made on her; and the gypsy fantasy Tzigane, which begins with a mesmerizing five-minute solo. Finally, two large-scale ballets will alternate programs, showcasing the range of Ms. Farrell's deep connection to Balanchine's ballets. The 27-dancer Chaconne is a sublime suite of dances from his stagings of Orfeo ed Euridice, featuring an expansive main ballerina role that was created for her. And the seminal 26-dancer Serenade is the first ballet Balanchine made in America, which includes the "Dark Angel" role that, years later, became Ms. Farrell's first solo as a dancer. up.. TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER “280398” (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 |
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I think Justin Peck has potential as AD (but he still seems soooo young). I like the way he's been portrayed in profiles and interviews over the last few years and the current company members appear to trust and have confidence in him.
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    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    For me there has been a dark cloud hanging over Martin since the dropped domestic violence charges early in the Martins-Kistler marriage. No judgments or proof of anything, just a sense of foreboding for years.
  22. One of the free daily performances that is livestreamed. Honors Tribute: Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet 11/29/2017 at 6:00 PM Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet is a celebrated leader in the world of dance education, honors past Kennedy Center honoreeGeorge Balanchine with a performance from some of his most famous ballets. Excerpts include Who Cares?, Western Symphony, and dances from George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker®.Featured Artist(s) Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet http://www.kennedy-center.org/video/performance/64245