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  1. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I’ve been going to ABT performances pretty consistently since well before 2012 and can’t recall any time Lyle wasn’t in the company since he first joined.
  2. nanushka

    2018 Met Season

    Yes, definitely true. I meant to write, "ABT's new Ratmansky Harlequinade with Copeland" — thinking that there might be, for that at least, a variety of constituencies (those interested in a prominent new Ratmansky work, those interested in a new Petipa reconstruction, those drawn in by the charming ad campaign, those interested in Copeland, etc.) who might fill the house a bit more, at least for the (originally scheduled) Copeland performances.
  3. nanushka

    2018 Met Season

    I would have thought that ABT’s new Ratmansky Harlequinade would have drawn a broader and rather different audience than NYCB’s Harlequinade, but perhaps that explains it.
  4. nanushka

    2018 Met Season

    Interestingly, as of this afternoon, the Sat eve Copeland performance looked no better sold than the Fri eve non-Copeland performance — at least in orchestra.
  5. nanushka

    Coppelia 2018.

    Hmm, it doesn't seem very unusual to me. He did the same thing in Swan Lake. Balanchine seems to have been a bit more interested in male virtuosity than Petipa; he was choreographing for Tomasson; and Saint-Léon created Franz as a role en travesti, so filling in that gap (actually two gaps — a variation each in Acts I and III, I believe) probably seemed a quite natural move. Great clips. McBride, who created Balanchine's Swanilda, has coached at least some of the lead dancers for this run.
  6. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Surely they were intended to evoke the smooth, light peaks of cream whipped by hand in a bowl, no? — as opposed to the "crinkly" stuff that comes from a can.
  7. nanushka

    Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    I wasn't talking only about principals. I follow many dancers, from corps up to principal, on social media. And I don't think being nervous and having low morale are really the same thing. Being in the lower ranks must surely have its pressures, no matter the situation. I just haven't picked up on any sense that the company morale is particularly low these days due to the absence of an AD. Of course, that doesn't mean that it isn't, out of my view (which is quite limited).
  8. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I'll be curious to hear how Teuscher does in the role. I've liked her a lot in some things, but I don't know that she has anything near Ferri's strengths in these particular aspects of her work. I appreciated your very detailed and illuminating report, FauxPas, and will be curious to read if you have any further thoughts on second viewing.
  9. nanushka

    Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    Just from what I’ve seen on social media and onstage, I don’t get a sense that company morale is flagging, at least for now. On the contrary, they’ve seemed in very good form and very good spirits since the December drama passed. And I would not be surprised to see the interim team move forward with promotions. The fact that it’s a team, not an individual, I suspect makes that more likely and more viable.
  10. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I agree. I haven't seen it, and won't this year at least. I understand the concerns about the lack of a content warning — and including something like that in the promotional materials and in the program would seem an easy fix. What I don't understand are the suggestions (by no means coming from everyone who has expressed objections — but the various objections have at times seemed to me to get conflated in this discussion) that the mere portrayal of the gassing death of a child (or any other person) is in and of itself objectionable and inappropriate, that it does not belong in a ballet, that it does not belong on the Met stage, etc. Because that means of death was prominently used in one of history's worst slaughters, does that render it out-of-bounds in dramatic representations? That's intended as a genuine question, not rhetorical. I'm curious to know how that case would be made.
  11. nanushka

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    One difference, of course, is that Stiefel's hair was visible onstage as part of the performance. (To clarify, I'm not defending the remark — just drawing a distinction.)
  12. nanushka

    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    Right, makes sense. I was wondering if unmannered might be a synonym for what he meant.
  13. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Giselle

    It strikes me that there have been numerous comments on a variety of dancers' low extensions throughout this thread.
  14. Now that Alastair Macaulay has published his first big piece on this year's ABT Met performances — a "critic's notebook" on Giselle — I thought it might be interesting to open a discussion on his coverage this season. Reading the article, I was struck by the degree to which he sounded at times like a director "giving notes"; the dancers, if they were so inclined, could read this to learn exactly what tweaks Macaulay thinks they should make to their performances — or even to their physical appearances. This is nothing particularly new from him, I realize. But this particular article seemed structured largely as a series of suggestions for the dancers, with paragraphs on Osipova, Hallberg, Lane, Simkin, Cornejo & Copeland, and Whiteside & Boylston. Macaulay, I suspect, does not share the memorably stated opinion of another prominent dance critic (though I forget which! — anyone recall?) that dancers should not shape their performances to critics' desires. I was also curious about this sentence in the paragraph partly on Misty Copeland: Any thoughts on what he might mean by unspoiled? What would the opposite of that be? (Obviously, spoiled — but in which particular sense?)
  15. Thank you so much for sharing this, Kathleen! I've only encountered Terkel through reading his book Working, though I knew he'd been a broadcaster as well. I really look forward to listening around in the archive.