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About Josette

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Former dancer, avid balletgoer
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    Los Angeles
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  1. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Thanks, Dirac. All this is about is my wishing that I had seen Astaire on stage, as various of my relatives and their colleagues did in London and New York, including Adele. I don't know why I can't have my thoughts based on what I have been told from first-hand spectators in and out of theatrical business and what I have read, without being chastised! But more power to you! I will respectfully no longer participate.
  2. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    I have read that too and I don't take it seriously! Astaire also would say that Adele was younger than he. I have no concept of "most raw talent" or what might have been had she not married. I have also read from his contemporaries that he was a major, esteemed star on his own and not at all secondary when working with Adele in London and New York. Who can say whether Adele had his musicality or could compose as he did or play the piano as well as he (see "I Don't Dance, Don't Ask Me" from Roberta) or choreograph or had his work ethic? Keine Ahnung! All I know is what I see Astaire do. Love him!
  3. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Well, that's quite true, pherank, about Adele! I was watching "I'm Old Fashioned" from You Were Never Lovelier, when I realized Astaire was at the untouchable top of my list of dancers. I think I would prefer to see him dance solo. Actually, I would be happy just to have seen him walk across the stage.
  4. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    atm711 - I'd love to hear your thoughts on Maria Tallchief!
  5. SFB 2018: Sleeping Beauty

    Dores Andre danced a perfectly beautiful Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker in December. Her carriage and port de bras were very ballerina-like, her dancing musical and precise. I was more than pleasantly surprised, as I can't recall that I have seen her in a tutu since she was promoted to soloist.
  6. MCB Program II. All Robbins.

    Great photos! Thank you, cubanmiamiboy! (I love Stravinsky, by the way.)
  7. MCB Program II. All Robbins.

    I have only seen The Cage in the taped version shown on TV some time ago with Heather Watts and Bart Cook, and found it compelling and brilliantly executed. Loved the music. I also am looking forward to seeing it on stage as danced by SFB in March.
  8. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    atm711 - Thanks so much for your insightful description of Marie-Jeanne.
  9. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Fred Astaire
  10. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Maria Tallchief most of all but followed closely by Alicia Markova, who I am certain would have become my idolized favorite.
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    I saw Kirkland dance an exquisite, uniquely waiflike Giselle with Baryshnikov and, several years later and before she went to the Royal Ballet, a pathetically executed solo in The River by Alvin Ailey (maybe she was just miscast), and in Tudor's The Leaves are Fading, where she was not dancing well at all in a role in which she should have been breathtaking. After reading her first book, I figured these two disappointing performances were during her period of addiction. [As to a different acclaimed ballerina, I saw too many performances by Alessandra Ferri where she was ill-at-ease on-stage and attempting choreography beyond her technical capability. Dancers can have off-nights, presumably, but I saw too many of Ferri's. Fortunately I saw one of her last Juliets before her first retirement (second retirement pending) and could easily understand why she was so loved.]
  12. Congratulations to Jim Sofranko and all the best to him in this exciting new work!
  13. Valentine Colasante was named ├ętoile of the Paris Opera Ballet after a performance of Don Quixote on January 5, 2018! Congratulations to this dynamic ballerina on her promotion!
  14. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    You don't need to have litigation for a liability issue to arise: should SAB be on notice, i.e., have knowledge of a teacher's or director's having or suggesting sexual relations with a minor student or some form of inappropriate behavior, a liability issue for SAB could arise; a lawsuit is not required to put SAB on notice. [I am not stating here that Martins was doing anything inappropriate as I have no first-hand information on that matter.]
  15. Merry Christmas 2017

    Thank you, Helene - I just saw your Christmas greetings as well. Love the pointe-shoe wreath! Wishing you and all Balletalerters all the best in this new year.