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  1. Fall 2017 Season

    Agreed, I think the photo is fine. I was expecting something hideous. I am also going to skip the fall season though. It's a shame that the Kennedy Center Mariinsky performances are the same week, or I'd try to sneak in at least one ABT fall performance.
  2. I live in Philly and I often make the trip down to DC to see major companies perform. It's about a 3 hr drive, or you could hope on the acella express. The Mariinsky is coming in october.
  3. Wow!!!!!! This blew me away! She was amazing. Thank you for posting this, I've never seen her dance before.
  4. Thanks to canbelto, I just watched the video of Olga Smirnova in Diamonds, and it is night and day better than Kovaleva. Don't get me wrong, Kovaleva is a very lovely dancer, and she has a very bright future ahead of her. She did a good job in Diamonds, and her technique was mostly fantastic, but she lacks the experience and maturity needed to deliver a dramatically resonating performance (like Smirnova and Mearns can). I would like to see Kovaleva in Diamonds again, maybe five years from now, because I think I'll have a different opinion. I now officially regret not seeing the Smirnova cast in person, but hopefully she'll come back to the US again at some point.
  5. Thanks, I'll look for it tonight. DeLuz was the highlight of today for me. He dances as if he's 20, I swear he must not age.
  6. I did. I was disappointed though the crowd loved her. I thought as stunningly beautiful as she is, she lacked the maturity and dramatic presence of Mearns. Rubies was out of this world though. wish I could have seen the Smirnova cast.
  7. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I agree. And realistically, she should have been planning for this day. She is 39. Even if she couldn't foresee this, she had to know that the end was very near.
  8. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    2? Vishneva willingly walked away as far as I've heard, so I wonder who she is talking about. Kochetkova?
  9. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I don't know if she is taller, but I think she is bigger, more womanly. In no way am I saying she is too big or fat, I think she is stunningly gorgeous. I just think she is tall and solid (in comparison to someone waif-like, like Hee Seo), which might make it harder on partners who aren't as secure or strong.
  10. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    And playing devil's advocate here (in no way am I happy about Part leaving)...as has been discussed on this board, the current crop (pre-promotion) of principals have either had injury issues or cannot technically handle all of the roles in a typical Met season. While Part has been quite technically secure the last two years or so, she also isn't going to be cast in many of the Met season roles (like Giselle, Kitri, Juliet, ect.). McKenzie might have needed to move up Teuscher and Shevchenko to have competent technical dancers that can handle most of the met repertoire. Though I suppose he could put soloists in those principal roles, but if the dancers are dancing principal roles, don't they deserve the principal contract? I also wonder if a large part of this has to do with finding an adequate partner for Part. I found it odd that outside of Gomes, none of the principal men who have partnered her, came out to give her bouquets at her final performance. I'm not blaming Part for that, but outside of Gomes (who we all know is starting to pull back from roles and has less availability) and Hoven (who hasn't danced the "princely" roles yet), does the issue of an adequate partner play into all of this? It's a shame she couldn't have danced with someone like Camels, because that would have been a beautiful pairing.
  11. Promotions

    I didn't see Bethea on stage at all this season. Wonder if she was injured?
  12. Roster in Review - 2017

    I think it's clear, and ABT knows it, that they are in rebuild mode. I wouldn't be surprised if there are a few more casualties.
  13. Promotions

    I can't wait to see Calvin tackle some "princely" roles. He has such beautiful lines and charisma on stage.
  14. Promotions

    Yes, yes, yes and yes! I second the Shevchenko as O/O. I think she has the potential to be a fantastic Odile! I'd like to see Teuscher as Giselle.
  15. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    She definitely does. I just don't want to deal with crazy protesters, as I'm allergic to big, rowdy crowds. I'm fine with them booing McKenzie if he goes on stage. I'm fine with showering Veronika with flowers and applause. But what bothers me is when folks put down other dancers because they are angry about Veronika. If you read some of the postings on that petition, some have a tendency to belittle ABT's other dancers because they are upset with the Part situation. I have no problem with people stating they think Veronika is the best female principal at ABT, I just don't like when some have to put down others to try and raise Veronika up.