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NinaFan

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  1. NinaFan

    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    Thank you so much for all of the information! I am looking forward to seeing The Sarasota Ballet, and also delighted that I will also be seeing Marcelo!
  2. NinaFan

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    Bell/Teuscher R&J - What a spectacular performance! Bell is a natural born Romeo with his boyish good looks, but that is just the icing on the cake. His dancing, emotion and acting were exquisite! I loved him from the moment he walked out on the stage to mess around with his two buddies. He has wonderful chemistry with Devon who was a glorious and very lovely Juliet. Like Bell, Devon shows great emotion in her acting. They were so convincing that I could not stop myself from crying during the last scene which was extremely heartbreaking and beautiful. Gabe Shayer was a superb Mercutio, as were Luis Ribagorda as Benvolio and Hammoudi as Tybalt . The entire supporting cast were really outstanding, which made for an exceptional performance. The audience gave an immediate standing ovation and I was hoarse from screaming by the time we left. The first time I saw Bell was when he guested in an Eglevsky Nutcracker when he was about 13 or 14. He danced a number of different roles, and at the end of the performance they had a Q&A with the dancers. My husband and I were able to move up to the front row for the Q&A. Aran seemed so shy! We knew he was going to become an extraordinary dancer someday, and feel privileged to have attended his first major role at ABT. We’re looking forward to his Von Rothbart next week, but really can’t wait to see him cast in more lead roles! I certainly hope Kevin promotes Aran and Gabe to soloist in the next few weeks. Gabe is way overdue, and Aran has already proven that he needs to be fast tracked.
  3. NinaFan

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I’m looking forward to Bell's debut as Romeo tomorrow as well as his Von Rothbart next week. I saw him in both of his Harlequinade roles last week and like many others on BA, I have been watching him as a corps dancer since he was hired. He seems to have a lot of “front row” corps roles this season, and I was hoping that he was being groomed for larger roles. It never occurred to me that he’d get a Romeo. I wish Lendorf had not missed his Romeo along with the entire season, but at least Aran is getting a chance in a principal role. If Aran is anywhere near as good as corps dancer Harrison Coll's debut as Romeo (NYCB), then we've got a real up and comer in Aran.
  4. NinaFan

    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    We only have tickets for Saturday, so it looks like we'll be seeing the "special" program. I agree that it would be nice if Graziano is arranging Ashton divertissements....but who knows.
  5. NinaFan

    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    I saw yesterday’s matinee with Simkin and Brandt. I thought the ballet was very cute with the costumes and acting top notch. As already mentioned, there is not a lot of dancing in the first act, but they made up for it in the second act. The kids were cute, and danced well, but I thought they were used way too much. We came to see ABT professionals, not the school. There were loads of kids and school groups in the audience, so maybe this is a good introduction to ballet. All of the leads were great. Simkin was fabulous, funny, buoyant in his jumps, and he partnered Brandt well. Brandt was adorable, danced exquisitely, and her hops on pointe were terrific. It’s difficult to believe she learned the ballet on such short notice. Hee Seo danced well and Hammoudi was very funny. I would like to see him in some other funny character roles, such as Gamache. I’m looking forward to our second cast of Shayer, Trenary, Shevchenko and Hoven.
  6. NinaFan

    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    Last night was absolutely spectacular. Kimin Kim has amazing spring, height and gorgeous soft landings. Hee Seo was quite lovely and very well suited for the role of Nikiya, and I thought they had very good chemistry. Gillian’s Gamzatti was terrific as always. The Kingdom of the shades was beautiful and the corps did themselves proud. I wasn’t able to stay for the third act, so I don’t know how Gorak did as the Bronze Idol. Did anyone see it?
  7. NinaFan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    I would hope that they would let you exchange the ticket. I realize that casting and programs are subject to change, but this was only published a little over a month ago.
  8. NinaFan

    Allison DeBona

    Yes, the series focused quite a bit on their relationship
  9. NinaFan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    nysusan and cobweb - I love Union Jack too, and I actually screamed when I saw it on the schedule. I was already planning out some of my ballets for next year, but couldn't find Union Jack on the online schedule. Since I sure it was mid May, I grabbed the hard copy of the schedule, and realized they'd pulled the ballet. I'm sure there are going to be many more people who are equally upset.
  10. NinaFan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    I just noticed that Union Jack is no longer listed for Spring 2019! My 2018/2019 subscription book has Union Jack listed for four performances, but NYCB’s website has Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 replacing all of the Union Jack performances.
  11. NinaFan

    2018 Spring Season

    Wow, I can't imagine this being viewed as an awful mess, but to each his own. My husband and I loved "Something to Dance About"! This was not meant to be a complete set of numbers from each show, so omissions of favorite scenes was no surprise. We would have loved to have seen more too, but we thoroughly enjoyed what was presented. The dancing was spectacular, and they did Broadway proud with all the quick changes of the beautiful and colorful costumes!
  12. NinaFan

    2018 Spring Season

    I agree and hope Coll is promoted ASAP. No matter what he's dancing, I can't keep my eyes off him. Also, loved his Romeo!
  13. NinaFan

    2018 Met Season

    Arghhhh! I received the e-mail with a "Mother's Day" discount code on Giselle as well! I wish I had waited on my Giselle tickets which were single ticket add ons. To be honest this has pretty much happened to me with NYCB where I am also a subscriber. Last summer, right after ordering a bunch of add on performances, I received a code for BOGO for specific performances, some of which were the ones I had just ordered online.
  14. NinaFan

    2018 Met Season

    Perhaps you're right. I just looked at ABT's website, and it does not mention Romeo as being one of his roles.
  15. NinaFan

    2018 Met Season

    I agree that Boylston may be more suited for Gamzatti (and which she performs beautifully), but I'd love to see her Nikiya opposite Lendorf's Solor. I just hope we get to see him this season. I find it odd that they removed Lendorf from R&J, but left him in Bayadere, which precedes R&J. Something doesn't make sense.
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