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  1. The Wed cast did OR. The Mariinsky used 32 shades and brought the elephant. The show is longer than the listed run time-applause and there was a end of show type of standing ovation after Act 2. ON/OR casts: Nikya- Tereshkina /Skorik Solor-Kim /Yermakov Brahmin-Kulaev Gamzatti-Matvienko /Kolegeva Magdeveya-Popov Warrior-Baimuradov Idol-Tkachenko /Baibordin. Students from Kirov Academy. Slave-Belykov /Beloborodov D'Jampe-Ostreikovskaya, Selina Manu-Nagahisa /Martynuk and Nagahisa [ran twice]. 2 students from Kirov Academy with Nagahasi ON/OR. Indian-Lebedeva, Matyshev, Lopatin /Belik, Yenikeyev, Demchenko Shades-Martynuk, Selina, Lukina /Ivanova-Skoblikova, Ivannikova, Nagahisa
  2. Woetzel's program looks great, has Ramasar/Ulbricht/T Peck, etc and is only 80 minutes. It's the grand reopening of the small Terrace Theatre and NYCB is between runs. Bayadere is very long and you might be able to see the short demo [80 minutes with no intermission] then go to Bayadere for acts 2 and 3. Some people have done that sort of thing when WB and the Mariinsky [?] were performing simultaneously at the KC. I do wish both had not been scheduled concurrently and looked at the Terrace Theatre schedule a while ago. If sales are good for both, which they are, then other bookings should get comps for this market.
  3. Marcelo Gomes

    The KC now has cast lists. We saw opening night 10/10/17 with Archer, Shaw, Gomes. It's a great show.
  4. 2017 Fall Season

    They're not going to have Vaganova/Russian epaulement but the pace removes opportunities to fully extend movements. The hands are trained but there are choreographic embellishments emphasizing bent elbows, multiple wrist flicks. NYT wrote on Fairchild's Odile "The role’s technical challenges seemed not to bother her, yet even that proficiency was dramatically flattening." Peck's Odile "can afford to be more reckless, to enjoy herself more. " It seems the pace creates flattening thereby removing dramatic emphasis, height of lifts, extension of movement, opportunities for reckless emphatic moments, etc. Brisk finishes shorten and obscure lines. Compare Martins' moments to Kondaurova a la second at :37, back attitude jump by at 1:18 [both no assist from partner] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTvzIQIw9wM NYCB Swan Lake sells rings. Most shows the rings aren't even fully open. What else fills the rings? Nutcracker? How does Midsummer sell at the Koch? NYCB does not fill the KC and should be a bigger seller. They need runs at the KC with programs that in NYC even use the rings.
  5. 2017 Fall Season

    Ignore current season casting. Neither has Siegfried in their rep. Martins SL: Ramasar-Spanish, Russian; ADW- Benno, Hungarian, Russian.
  6. 2017 Fall Season

    I'm perplexed that he and Ramasar neither don't have Siegfried in their rep. Any insights?
  7. Neuroscience has been studying the effects of arts on the brain using brain imaging and other scientific tools- neuroaesthetics. The Washington Post has a interesting article [more expansive in the print edition?] and is on-line at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/lifestyle/your-brain-on-art/?utm_term=.f40fd0892085 "Something happens when emotionally compatible music and dance combine, which is more powerful than a random combination."
  8. Building New Ballet Audiences

    I've attended B2B arts functions: cocktail hour with food at the theatre then the production. The Kennedy Center has 3 companies booked annually. [Exclude Washington Ballet which rents the facility.] One US company has surpassed the other in building an audience. IMHO the company with annual lower sales needs to bring powerhouse productions to convert vacant seats [lower prices]. Ballet Across America had approx. 26% open seats [low prices] for Sunday matinee while Bayadere is at 13% [higher prices] one month out. BAA with better programming should have sold like The Mariinsky.
  9. 2017 Fall Season

    It looks like a trailer for a different fairy tale. The Snow Queen not Swan Lake. The tiara is growing like ice crystals-stick her on a throne. Look at about 34 minutes https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV1M1y595_U Much to my chagrin NYCB has trailers that don't match performances ...That SL, which I have never seen, seems to have some odd costumes.
  10. Building New Ballet Audiences

    Balanchine and derivatives: ex-Ballet Russe , Balanchine dancers, fanned out and started or developed schools and companies. Some school districts started annual Nutcracker field trips. In the 1950's and 1960's most families had 1 TV with 3 stations [until PBS became the 4rth]-NBC, ABC, CBS. In 1962 Nureyev appeared twice on NBC's Bell Telephone Hour-partners Tallchief and Serrano. Imagine today if 1/3 of all prime time video/broadcast viewing was ballet. http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2hnzoa has Ed Sullivan shows including Nureyev/Fonteyn, Makarova [Black Swan and 32 fouettes on live tv and a slippery surface], D'Amboise playfully tossing his partner into Sullivan's arms, Moiseyev, etc. Nureyev did several scenes on the Muppets- fun and charming- today people might complain his jokes weren't PC https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHbGqJ_MonU
  11. 2017-18 Season

    Sarasota Bradenton Airport [SRQ] is about 1 mile from the ballet venue. John Wayne Airport is near Segerstrom and LAX is far.
  12. There's a group #ByeRacistCritics https://www.facebook.com/groups/963130393742674/ . A response to a Gia Kourlas review “DanceAfrica Excels with Tradition. Why Go Beyond?” and her Black Swan book is linked: https://www.facebook.com/charmy.wells/posts/10155135470418964
  13. Mariinsky in London 2017

    BBC news at the ROH:https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/videos/vb.228735667216/10154958716082217/?type=2&theater
  14. Odd no Fleming [affiliated with the KC], Gregory, Glass, Langella, etc. Link to submission form for Honors Recommendation: https://www.kennedy-center.org/pages/SpecialEvents/HonorsRecommendation