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  1. 2018 Met Season

    Yes, I meant I don't try to navigate anywhere from the new main page. I go immediately to the old site and navigate from there. It's always the very first thing I do. (I should really just put it in my favorites bar, I know...) For instance, trying to look up dancers from the new main page is awful, because the photos are huge and the names aren't visible unless you hover over a certain photo, so trying to find a particular corps member whom you know by name but not by face is annoying.
  2. 2018 Met Season

    Agree. I always go immediately to the old site, which at least is moderately navigable.
  3. 2018 Met Season

    Only the main page was redone then. The inner pages are all the same as before. Clicking on "Visit the Full Site" in the upper right-hand menu takes you back to the old website exactly as it was.
  4. 2018 Met Season

    I would expand the point and suggest that ABT has done a poor job in cultivating patrons, period. Their marketing — as many on here have noted in many contexts — is generally pathetic. Even just hiring a few really good, forward-thinking marketing professionals and investing in a less embarrassingly out-of-date website could make a huge difference. Or just look across the plaza and steal a few ideas! It makes me so sad and frustrated, thinking of what this company could be with stronger vision and leadership.
  5. A complete copy of Levine's suit against the Met is available on the Times website. Very interesting reading.
  6. Hallberg Replaced By Shklyarov For Manon !

    IMO when one is at Shklyarov's level, "stopped developing" isn't really a major concern anymore. He's there.
  7. Washington, DC - Spring 2018

    Agree completely. All three women would be very tempting options, and all three men are potentially not ideal.
  8. Marcelo Gomes

    They may be wedding rings, or they may just be rings signifying commitment. Lots of couples have lots of different ways of adapting the traditions.
  9. There are more details about Levine's alleged behavior in the '60s and '70s in this article in The Boston Globe. If true, he is a monster. And now, it seems, for the first time in his career, people are not showing him the deference he apparently feels entitled to.
  10. 2018 Met Season

    Does anyone know if any publicly available information (e.g. planned or canceled public appearances, social media postings, etc.) makes it clear whether Hallberg was planning all along to travel to Australia between his Royal Ballet appearances in Giselle and Manon? It seems unlikely, but possible, that he was, and if he wasn't, that could suggest the possibility that he made the trip specifically to get further rehab — which would seem to belie the idea that his injury was a minor one.
  11. 2018 Met Season

    The duds do seem particularly unsegregated this season, don’t they?
  12. 2018 Met Season

    Dancers vary a lot in how much they express their struggles (and other personal matters) on social media, but I don't recall much that I'd label complaining. From those who do express feelings that could be labeled as negative, it's more along the lines of "Oof, today's going to be a tough one" or "Time to power through" — those sorts of things. I've never noticed such comments to be more numerous in the lead-up to matinees, but if so then its the mom's explanation seems likely. (NYCB dancers, even principals, not infrequently have to perform back-to-back, evening followed by matinee — even, as recently with the final two performances of the Stravinsky-Balanchine program, in the same roles.)
  13. ABT Swan Lake in Singapore

    Judging from numerous Instagram posts and stories, it looks like the company's accommodations in Singapore are significantly nicer than those in Detroit, and that the dancers enjoyed a day off exploring and relaxing after their long travel. If anyone is in Singapore, it'd be great to read any reports on Christine Shevchenko's Odette/Odile this Sunday — her role debut, I believe. Excited to see her in this at the Met in June!