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  1. Casting is up. As hard as it will be for me, I’m skipping this year as I’m irritated with the company and don’t want to give them my money. I hope others go and report back though.
  2. Still no casting. I don’t have any super strong recommendations, as PAB has lost most of their Balanchine-type dancers. Personally, I have really enjoyed Alexandra Hughes Dewdrop. She was promoted this year to soloist and is on the advertisements, so they may be giving her a SPF. I’ve never seen her in that role but I do love her Dewdrop. She trained at SAB.
  3. 2017-2018 season

    Agreed, which is even more annoying given all of the changes he’s made (and not all of them for the better).
  4. 2017-2018 season

    Nope, that was the whole email. Except it had my name at the top. I agree it sounded very abrupt and I am quite offended, though I admit I was already mad before she sent the email, so I'm not sure if I'm being hypersensitive. To clarify, that was the ENTIRE second email with which they responded, after I asked if the donation dollars for both NY friends and PAB donors was the same amount, as that was not clarified on the website. To be fair to them, they did thank me in the original email for being a donor. No where on the donor website page does it mention advanced casting notification for donors above 2500. I think they are trying to cover themselves at this point. I did tell them that they should list all of the perks available at a given donation, as maybe I would have boosted my donation so that I could get the perks that I wanted. Oh well. The whole process has left me with a very sour taste in my mouth. It would probably be a good idea for me to just stop going there for a while and branch out and see other companies.
  5. 2017-2018 season

    Now I just received this email: Oy vey. That is all I have to say.
  6. 2017-2018 season

    Also, let me know if anyone sees anything about advanced casting as a benefit for an above 2500 donation. I don’t see it, but I’m on my iPad so maybe it’s not on the mobile site.
  7. 2017-2018 season

    Finally received a response to my email. They said that advanced casting notice is available to Philadelphians who donate 2500 or more a year. And that only NY friends who donate the same amount will receive the same benefit. if that’s true, great, but that isn’t what they have on the website. Still not going to restart my donation to them.
  8. 2017-2018 season

    Thanks, Drew, you state it much more eloquently than I ever could. I’m not opposed to them wooing NY donors. I’m just opposed to those donors receiving perks that I, as a loyal donor, don’t receive because of my zip code.
  9. 2017-2018 season

    Well, I officially just cancelled my monthly recurring donation. I'll likely still go to a few performances a year, but I'm going to cut back and try to branch out and start seeing the Washington Ballet. I don't understand why they are doing what they are doing with this NY friends thing. It's easy to fix the problem, just give all donors advanced notice of casting. Maybe they figured us locals should just be happy to see whatever cast they throw out and that we just don't care about casting. And who knows, maybe most patrons don't care. But it angers me. And if there is one thing I've learned about Philadelphians in general, is they do not appreciate being seen as less important than New Yorkers. Hope Angel raises lots of money from his NY friends.
  10. 2017-2018 season

    I've emailed them letting them know of my displeasure a few days ago, but I've heard nothing back. Because of this, I'm discontinuing my monthly donation to them and going to give it to NYCB instead. If NY is more important than Philly, I may as well give my money to NY too.
  11. 2017-2018 season

    It is definitely a slap in the face to those of us who regularly support the company. Apparently, Angel thinks the NY audience is more important than his Philly audience. Guess what, Angel? I care about casting too. I wait until casting is up before I buy my tickets, so now I get second pickings for seats after NYers select? That's a bunch of crap. I think I'm going to be frequenting Washington Ballet and NYC much more now.
  12. 2017-2018 season

    This whole “NY friends of PA Ballet” is ridiculous. Apparently NYers get advanced notice of casting, before those of us who live in and regularly support the company. I think I’m done with PAB.
  13. 2018 Met Season

    Like others, I’m disappointed with Lane’s casting, though I’m excited to see her Nikiya and Kitri. But I thought her Swan Lake was phenomenal and would have liked to see her dance it again (without all of the pressure of a possible promotion on her shoulders, and with ample time to prepare). I’m disappointed to see Brandt did not get a Kitri. Too much Copeland in back to back Saturday matinees. Ugh, so now I lose out on Swan Lake and Juliet. And what a not-so-inspiring Saturday of Swan Lake with Copeland and Seo. As that is the only time I can go unless I book a hotel room, I think I’ll be seeing less this year. Many of the casts I’m excited about (Lane Giselle and Nikiya, Teuscher and Shevchenko Swan Lakes are during the week when I can’t get to NYC. At least I get to see the Teuscher/Ahn/Trenary Bayadere. I’m going to be saving some money this year.
  14. Oh!!! I didn't realize that, I've only seen ABT's production twice and It's been awhile. No wonder they seemed so similar!! 😆🤣 Thanks!
  15. Thanks,Drew. It's interesting because the ABT version also seems similar to the Royal Ballet version, which I do believe has the temple destruction scene and Gamzatti's Act 3 variation (I have the video of Nunez as a marvelous Gamzatti). I'm not familiar with the old school Soviet productions though. I'll check out YouTube to see if I can find the Vikharev reconstruction. While I missed seeing Gamzatti's last variation, I overall loved the production due to the strength of the Mariinsky dancers.