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  1. 2017 Fall Season

    Does anyone else find this puzzling? Yes, he's a great coach, he's worked extensively with NYCB, and I'm sure he's familiar with the various traditional SLs. But why not lean on a great ballerina, like Kopalkova or Jaffe or Makarova? Although I wish he were rehearsing her for his reconstruction, that seems unlikely.
  2. Cut-backs in the NEA Dance Touring program haven't helped either. This is also another reminder that the cut-backs in PBS programming (Dance in America and Live from Lincoln Center) are even more unfortunate. DVDs and live-streaming help fill in the gaps, but note that we're mainly seeing European and Russian companies that way, not the American troupes. I have appreciated the live-streaming of some PNB events recently and wish other companies could figure out how to do that.
  3. If you word search "state arts" there are quite a few references to the state arts councils. New York was the only one that pre-dated the NEA itself. With financial incentives from NEA, all the states (and territories) eventually established them. Nancy Hanks was a great promoter of the importance of state and local arts agencies. (So sad to see the picture of the Old Post Office on the cover of that report -- such a wonderful historic building, beautifully restored, re-opened in 1981 as the home of both Endowments, and named in honor of Nancy Hanks.)
  4. Jackie, of course, had a lot to do with that, but she wasn't alone. There was also a major study by the Rockefeller Foundation of the need for Federal support of the arts and humanities in the early sixties. This led to the establishment of the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1964 and the renaming of the National Cultural Center as the Kennedy Center. All this was wonderfully bipartisan, by the way. And we shouldn't forget the leadership Eleanor Roosevelt showed in the 1930s with the Works Project Administration which put artists on the Federal payroll. A wonderful history of this era: https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/nea-history-1965-2008.pdf
  5. But this is my favorite -- a brief rehearsal clip of Tiler Peck in Tchaikovsky PdD
  6. Clips from the second gala night, on Saturday:
  7. We could, of course, broaden more -- children of famous people, children of people, people...drug problems are frighteningly widespread and have been for a long time. The wealthy do have an advantage of being able to afford better care to cure their addictions than most.
  8. Why So LIttle Massine?

    Very helpful, volcanohunter. Thank you! I'm pretty sure that Robbins said long ago that seeing the Joffrey's Parade revolutionized his own thinking about ballet. It would be very interesting to see a revival of that one. I saw an exhibit of Picasso's costumes for Parade at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia in 2016, but the Barnes seems to have removed their press releases on this. I don't recall if they were reconstructions of the costumes or the actual ones and who has custody of them. Here's a news article on them: http://www.mcall.com/entertainment/arts/mc-picasso-barnes-philadelphia-great-war-20160323-story.html
  9. Why So LIttle Massine?

    Interesting question...I realized I couldn't think of a single ballet by him, but found Gaite Parisienne on the ABT page. Didn't they do that a few years ago with lavish new costumes and it was something of a flop? I wonder how much has survived of the others, either in notation or film. http://www.abt.org/education/archive/choreographers/massine_l.html
  10. Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    I confess to enormous exasperation that the two Woetzel programs on Robbins are at the same time as Mariinsky performances! Couldn't they do one of these at a time that wouldn't conflict -- maybe Friday late afternoon or Sunday early evening? http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/MSDWA
  11. Nice video clips of the weekend performances:
  12. Roster in Review - 2017

    In the first act of Onegin at the Met, when a jumble of corps men as peasants come on with different tricks, there was one corps member who did the aerial walkover, but I could never identify him. When you read the detailed bios for a lot of these dancers, many seem to have some gymnastics in their background as children.
  13. It's also not in the Denver Public Library nor the University of Colorado or California State University Libraries (although CSU has her cat book!). If the organizers of the Guggenheim program are smart, they'll find a way to get some copies made up for sale at the program and also through on-line ordering. The trick, as noted, is finding out who owns the rights now.
  14. Roster in Review - 2017

    Here's Salstein teaching last class at the Met season -- he had them finish with cartwheels. He does seem like he's quite experienced at teaching. (Note that Hallberg skips the cartwheel.) He also taught the company class on stage for Friends in June.
  15. Mariinsky in London 2017

    No kidding! I've always been amused that willis and sylphs survived the Soviet regime, but not heaven. But atheistic communism wasn't really a well-worked-out anti-theology. The main goal, I gather, was to crush the influence of organized religion in Russia. When rebellion struck in Poland and later the entire eastern bloc, it was religion that seemed to be one of the major driving forces to demolish communism.