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  1. This just received from Ellen Bar, about Ballet 422: Cinematographer and documentarian Jody Lee Lipes crafts an intimate, fly-on-the-wall documentary offering a rare peek into the highly-guarded world of professional ballet. The film shadows Justin Peck, the 25-year old choreographer of the New York City Ballet, as he undertakes the Herculean task of creating the companys 422nd original piece while simultaneously fulfilling his role as a Corps de Ballet member. Lipes chronicles Pecks creative process from its embryonic stages to its highly anticipated premiere, quietly observing as he balances a roster of musicians, designers, and dancers from this famed institution. Ballet 422 is a powerful celebration of the skill and endurance of Peck and his fellow NYCB dancersas well as those who remain hidden in the wings. BALLET 422 premieres at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival We are very excited to announce that BALLET 422 will have its world premiere in Documentary Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 19th! Thank you to all of our donors and Hatchfund supporters - this couldn't have happened without you! Sneak Peek at the Soho Apple Store - Saturday April 5th, 3:00pm Director Jody Lee Lipes joins a panel with four other TFF directors at the Tribeca Film Festival Sneak Peak, an annual event featuring never-before-seen clips and conversation with directors of the most highly anticipated premieres. Screening Schedule and Tickets Click HERE to access the Tribeca Film Guide and see the full BALLET 422 screening schedule: http://tribecafilm.com/filmguide/53208a16c07f5df7d20003af-ballet-422?utm_source=Opus+Jazz+and+Ballet+422+mailing+list&utm_campaign=f85cd3515a-B422_at_TFF_first_email4_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d5474de98a-f85cd3515a-75267917 Tickets go on sale for American Express card holders on April 8th at 11:00am Tickets go on sale for downtown residents on April 13th at 11:00am Tickets go on sale to the general public on April 14th at 11:00am Click HERE for more information on where and how to buy tickets to see BALLET 422: http://tribecafilm.com/festival/tickets?utm_source=Opus+Jazz+and+Ballet+422+mailing+list&utm_campaign=f85cd3515a-B422_at_TFF_first_email4_2_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d5474de98a-f85cd3515a-75267917 Thanks for your support and hope to see you at one of our screenings!
  2. Manuel Legris announced on his facebook page that he will step down as AD of Vienna State Ballet when his contract expires in 2020.
  3. The National Ballet of Canada’s 2018/19 Season Touring The Dreamers Ever Leave You & The Man in Black & Emergence July 3 – 4, 2018, Großes Haus, Hamburg, Germany Paz de la Jolla & Apollo & The Dream January 31 – February 2, 2019, National Arts Centre, Ottawa Fall for Dance North Festival Paz de la Jolla October 2018, Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto Fall Season Anna Karenina North American Premiere A Ballet by John Neumeier November 10 – 18, 2018 Inspired by Leo Tolstoy’s great prose masterwork, John Neumeier has adapted Anna Karenina in a two-act ballet set in present day rather than the 19th century, with music by Tchaikovsky, Alfred Schnittke and Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam. The work of a great literary artist meeting the imagination of a great interpretive choreographer, Anna Karenina is an unforgettable ballet experience. Being and Nothingness & The Dream November 21 – 25, 2018 Choreographic Associate and Principal Dancer Guillaume Côté’s Being and Nothingness, is inspired by Jean-Paul Sartre’s landmark philosophical work of the same name. Frederick Ashton’s The Dream, based on A Midsummer Night’s Dream, is one of the most universally admired ballet adaptations of the playwright’s work. Holiday Season The NutcrackerDecember 8 – 30, 2018 The beloved holiday classic, The Nutcracker, choreographed by James Kudelka, with sets and costumes by Santo Loquasto and lighting by Jennifer Tipton, sold out for the past three seasons and returns for 26 performances in 2018. Winter Season Paquita & Apollo & The Sea Above, The Sky Below March 1 – 3 and 20 – 21, 2019 Marius Petipa's Paquita dazzles with the panache and exoticism of 19th-century classicism and is a breathtaking example of technique. George Balanchine’s 1928 ballet, Apollo, almost singlehandedly established a new aesthetic that brought the language of classical ballet into a modern context, merging the past with the future in a way that would alter the conception of ballet forever. Choreographic Associate Robert Binet’s pas de trois The Sea Above, The Sky Below captivated audiences when it was performed at the 2017 MAD HOT BALLET Gala. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland March 7 – 17, 2019 Few children’s texts are as unique and have left such an imprint on the culture as Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Christopher Wheeldon brings his distinctive and imaginative sensibility to the work, creating a theatrical celebration like no other, with score by Joby Talbot, designs by Bob Crowley and lighting by Natasha Katz. The Thirteenth International Competition for The Erik Bruhn Prize March 23, 2019 See the future stars of ballet in one night! Dancers from companies around the world compete, performing classical and contemporary works. Summer Season Physical Thinking Two Company Premieres William Forsythe Programme The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude & Approximate Sonata 2016 & The Second Detail June 1 – 8, 2019 William Forsythe, provocateur, poet and master of anarchic beauty, has extended the reach of modern dance as few other contemporary choreographers have done. The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude is a short, but fiercely demanding work created in 1996, demonstrating the bracing excitement of pure classical technique. Approximate Sonata 2016 is more subdued Forsythe, a reflective assemblage of pas de deux, set to a hushed, minimalist piano score by Thom Willems. The Second Detail, an astonishing work that was created for The National Ballet of Canada in 1991, is in many ways quintessential Forsythe – slyly mischievous, athletic and, above all, exhilarating. MAD HOT BALLET Gala June 12, 2019 The Merry Widow June 19 – 23, 2019 A frothy blend of comedy, romance and the delights of the Parisian Belle Époque in all its splendor, The Merry Widow entertains at every step. Based on the 1905 operetta of the same name by Franz Lehár, The Merry Widow, premiered by The Australian Ballet in 1974 with the great Dame Margot Fonteyn in the lead role of Hanna Glawari, entered the repertoire of The National Ballet of Canada in 1986. Venue: Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 145 Queen Street West, Toronto
  4. kbarber

    Is Bournonville Still Alive?

    According to my count on the RDB website today there are 17 graduates of the RDB school in the corps de ballet.
  5. nice for you guys, not so much for us!
  6. also, Frola and Emma Hawes will be sharing their time between NBOC and English National Ballet, like Jurgita Dronina.
  7. The full lineup has been announced: https://www.filmlinc.org/daily/dance-on-camera-festival-2018-lineup-announced/
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    Seating Advice at the Met

    For a quick, healthy, and inexpensive meal, I just discovered Bonmi http://eatbonmi.com/ on 62nd between Columbus and Amsterdam (across the street from the park alongside the Met). Vietnamese sandwiches and bowls.
  9. Here are my 2019 trips. Please click here: http://toursenlair.blogspot.com/2018/06/tours-en-lair-ballet-holidays-2019.html
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    Seating Advice at the Met

    I found Boulud Sud overpriced for what you get. Before the theatre they force you to order their three-course prix fixe for $65, which when you add something to drink and tax and tip is getting perilously close to $100. I also really like Le Pain Quotidien for a more casual meal.
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    2017-18 season

    unlikely, I would say. They usually tour just one production at a time.
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    Seating Advice at the Met

    For dinner I like the Atlantic Grill W 64th just off Broadway http://www.atlanticgrill.com/venues/near-lincoln-center/ They have a $49 three-course pre-theatre prix fixe http://www.atlanticgrill.com/menus-and-food/
  13. just posted on her FB page I will be leaving San Francisco Ballet after this season. Unbound festival will be my last shows with the company. I’m very lucky and grateful for the career I had with San Francisco Ballet. I want to thank the dancers I shared the stage with, all the choreographers and teachers that I worked with in the past 11 years who made me the dancer I am now. I’ll be forever grateful to Helgi for putting his trust in me, for taking a risk and giving me a principal contract. Thank you to the people in the audience for coming to see my performances and supporting me. Thank you to everyone who helps to make this company a special place. The time has come for me to move on to other opportunities. I don’t know what my next big step is going to be but I’m excited to see where it takes me.
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    UNBOUND 2018: A Festival of New Works

    Those are the five I would have chosen, though I did like the Welch piece (but it went on a bit too long). Did they say which ballets will be on which programs? I particularly want to know about programs 2 and 3.
  15. This happened just this very minute. Live feed on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/kglteater/videos/?ref=page_internal
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    The Green Table

    how do you know that an "aging audience" "demands comfort"? Seems like a pretty ageist assumption . I was just in San Francisco for Unbound. Looking around at the audience, it was pretty much the same proportion of white hair as at most ballet performances, and they responded VERY enthusiastically to everything.
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    RDB 2018/19 Season

    not sure how it can be judged a "horror" when it hasn't even been created yet.
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    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    Genius at Play | September 6–16, 2018 Interplay Music by Morton Gould Choreography by Jerome Robbins Fancy Free Music by Leonard Bernstein Choreography by Jerome Robbins Glass Pieces Boston Ballet Premiere Music by Philip Glass Choreography by Jerome Robbins The Nutcracker | November 29–December 30, 2018 Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by Mikko Nissinen Full on Forsythe | March 7–17, 2019 Artifact Suite Choreography by William Forsythe Music by Johann Sebastian Bach, Eva Crossman-Hecht World Premiere Choreography by William Forsythe Blake Works I North American Premiere Choreography by William Forsythe Music by James Blake Coppélia | March 21–31, 2019 Music by Léo Delibes Choreography by George Balanchine Cinderella | May 10–June 8, 2019 Music by Sergei Prokofiev Choreography by Sir Frederick Ashton Rhapsody | May 16–June 9, 2019 ELA, Rhapsody in Blue World Premiere Music by George Gershwin Choreography by Paulo Arrais Yakobson Miniatures Choreography by Leonid Yakobson Rodin Music by Claude Debussy, Alban Berg Pas de Quatre Music by Vincenzo Bellini Vestris Boston Ballet Premiere Music by Gennadi Banshchikov Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2 Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreography by George Balanchine
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    Ballet & feminism

    I think the point that most people make about women directors is not that they don't exist, but that they don't exist for the most part, at MAJOR companies, even though many of those were founded by women. NBOC, ENB, and Paris Opera are currently (and recent) exceptions. So up against all the Charlottes and Memphises and Sacramentos, there are the following MAJOR companies run by men: San Francisco Pacific Northwest ABT Boston Houston Birmingham Royal Bolshoi Mariinsky Hamburg Stuttgart Berlin Dresden Munich Dutch National La Scala Vienna Czech National Australian NYCB (well, we'll see...) and maybe major-ish, or less well-known but nonetheless big companies Scottish Northern Ballet Sarasota Arizona Polish National Estonian National Hungarian National Toulouse Bordeaux Compania Nacional de Danza (Spain) etc.
  20. those aren't the people who participated in the survey, they're the ones who signed the petition complaining about the leaking of the survey.
  21. I was just at an event with National Ballet of Canada's New Zealander Principal Dancer Harrison James, who recounted that at the beginning of his career, after graduation from San Francisco Ballet's school, he was offered a job by SFB but his work visa was refused. (yep, New Zealand ballet dancers, one of the great threats to the USA). So he joined the Royal Winnipeg Ballet instead. No problems with Canadian immigration.
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    2018 Met Season

    That looks promising . 6-8 weeks is the standard time it takes to heal from breaks etc.
  23. Oh come ON!! Mathieu Ganio? Mathias Heyman? etc etc.
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    Neumeier's Nijinsky on DVD/Blu-ray

    off topic about Nijinsky DVD but on topic about Riabko... last year I was at a Hamburg Ballet performance of Neumeier's Shakespeare Dances in Vienna. I was in the second row and at one point Riabko came and stood on a little extension of the stage over the orchestra pit. I literally could have reached out and touched him. (No I didn't!!!) Major fan girling going on in row 2!!! Have been a fan of his since the first time I saw him, in Neumeier's Sleeping Beauty about 15 years ago.
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