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  1. nanushka

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Fang is also dancing Mercedes (and, hopefully, the Queen of the Dryads — though it's been said on another thread that Cassandra Trenary is apparently rehearsing the latter, though she's not listed as Mercedes on any dates) for the Tuesday and Thursday Don Qs. (As background, last year Luciana Paris was listed for a Mercedes, but Veronika Part danced QofD that night.)
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    Speaking of that pirouette-attitude turn combination from the Black Swan variation (mentioned re: Shevchenko on an earlier page of this thread), Gillian currently has an IG video story up of her doing it after class as a triple-quad! She writes that it's "the most attitude(s) I've ever had."
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    New Royal Ballet Swan Lake

    And “those in the business” is similarly vague. I shared the first question.
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    2018 Met Season

    Ah, got it. I thought that was a bit later.
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    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    There's also a difference between "intentional" and "anticipated." She may well have known that, given the current state of her technique, she was likely to travel forward and so made accommodations for that, but that's different from intentionally choosing to travel forward.
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    2018 Met Season

    Anyone know what Hallberg might be rehearsing for here, which is perhaps why he pulled out of Whipped Cream? Edited to add: This is the only thing I see coming up for him there. Seems early for rehearsals, though.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    See above, from the first post on this discussion thread. I don't think there's any indication that Trenary is leaving ABT.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Wow. He has not really been carrying (i.e. allowed to carry) a very full principal load while at ABT, but if he leaves the company, or reduces his commitment, this would still be a hit, given the current state of the male roster.
  9. 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?)
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    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    It certainly sounds like they cared quite a lot, once they saw it. I wonder if what Macaulay is really expressing when he writes (rather scornfully, it has always seemed to me) of "balletomanes" who "care more about dancers than choreography" is in fact mere frustration at the "basic ignorance" of those in the audience around him who have tastes (be they narrow or broad) without also having the requisite detailed knowledge of ballet history and terminology to describe or justify exactly what those tastes are. (I personally wouldn't use the term "balletomanes" to refer to those who have a "basic ignorance" of the art they are purportedly manic about — but that's just another point on which he and I differ, I suppose.)
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    There is a single post by @Ilovegiselle about it on the previous page of this thread.
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    Sarah Lane

    I wonder if there's been a trade-off: in a season with so many dancers' debuts in leading roles and with two new ballets, the coaching staff may have been spread rather thin, and so they weren't able to prepare as many younger dancers for roles such as the three shades, the peasant PDD, the SL PDT, etc. Not an excuse (many on here have criticized the company for its rather shallow coaching roster), just a possible explanation.
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    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    That precisely illustrates the point I was trying to make: Again, I’m not talking about knowledge. Macaulay’s term was care. “Appalled” suggests they cared very much. The dancers whom ABT fans (or balletomanes) obsess over during R&J week are often not the same ones they obsess over during Swan Lake week or Don Q week. The difference? Choreography.
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    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    I understand what you're saying about ABT fans in particular, but I also don't think knowledge of choreography and interest in choreography are the same. I think even fans who don't know a lot of/about choreography are still very much aware of it in their experiences of performances, and care about it and have an interest in it. And I think such fans are likely to talk about the dancers more, partly (largely?) because of that difference between perception and knowledge. (We tend to talk about things that we both perceive and have a vocabulary for; but we can care very much about things we only perceive, even if we don't have the vocabulary to talk about them.)
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    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    Based on a good number of years of the same, I disagree. I still don’t understand why an interest in casting should indicate an interest in one more than the other. And do you mean to suggest that balletomanes and ABT fans are synonymous? Or are you making a point solely about the latter, not the former?
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    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    Macaulay's latest is a "Critic's Notebook" on a number of this week's R&J performances. I've never understood what the basis is for his frequent claim that "Balletomanes care more about dancers than choreography." (He often states it as if it's not a claim at all, but a definition.) I consider myself a balletomane, and I care deeply — and, I think, equally — about both. If his point rests on many balletomanes' obsessive interest in casting — well, casting involves two elements: a dancer, and a role. (And in ballet, a role is in large part, though not exclusively, defined by its choreography.) Personally, I care about casting because I have preferences for and interests in seeing certain dancers perform certain choreography. Perhaps his idea is based on the known aspects of word's late-19th century usage. I don't know enough about those to say, but if that's the case he might clarify that he's using the term in a particular historical sense. On a separate point, I raised my eyebrows at his use of the adjective crippled, then raised them higher at his subsequent use of the noun form. One doesn't often see those words used anymore in publications such as the Times. Perhaps he was evoking the time of the ballet's premiere, but his sentence did not at all make that clear to me.
  17. My point was precisely that I am making no assumptions, in either direction. It is simply not the case that I have made the assumptions you are attributing to me here. Please read what I have written. You'll see that I never said Johnsey had not experienced an identity crisis or that his 20-pound weight loss was not a problem. I simply try not to post guesses or assumptions — especially pathologizing ones, on sensitive issues such as gender identity and eating disorders — about dancers whose lives I do not know in detail.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    How was Devon’s upper body flexibility? Some found it lacking in Bayadère. I don’t imagine her as a Nikiya or Juliet, though I’ve found her quite good in many other roles.
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    Seating Advice at the Met

    I agree with Drew's ideas about seating. Boulud Sud, right across the street, is quite good.
  20. When guesses run contrary to readily available information, when they are based on a misapplication (or overly narrow application) of terminology, and when they involve pathologizing others, I personally think they are best avoided.
  21. This is what the originally linked article said: There was no indication in the article, I believe, nor in any other source, that Johnsey did indeed intend to transition. In any case, "transitioning" can involve a lot of different things — including or not including surgery, hormones, etc. Trans people "transition" all the time without surgery. (And again, so far as all public accounts I've read suggest, Johnsey does not even consider himself to be "trans.") From Wikipedia: There is simply no basis whatsoever, as far as I am aware, for the assumption that Johnsey has "gender dysphoria" or that he intends to undergo surgical genital alteration.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    At the performance I attended it did, actually. They got it all onto the rug in time. I was just nervous because I knew how treacherous it could be for the dancers if they didn’t.
  23. Where and when did Johnsey say he plans to "transition," much less to undergo that sort of surgery? And why is assuming that the former includes the latter being "liberal"? As @sandik points out above, "people who identify as transgender" — of whom Johnsey is not one, I would emphasize — "may do all kinds of things as they discover more about themselves, or they may do nothing." I believe you are simply incorrect, both about Johnsey's stated intention to transition and about his "talking about having surgery" of the sort you describe. (What he privately plans to do, or what his private "crises" may be or may have been, we of course do not know.) If you have evidence to the contrary, I would be interested in seeing it. (The title of this discussion thread is "Chase Johnsey leaves Trocks for wanting to transition," but I don't believe that was ever a wholly accurate description of what the initially quoted articles actually said.)
  24. nanushka

    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Yes! I thought/felt that very same thing!
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