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  1. 2018 Spring Season

    I am looking forward to it also. Let's see what it's like before coming to a conclusion. Personally, I think it's a sweet idea for the centennial and if it turns out well, a nice addition to the rep.
  2. Fall 2017 Season

    Oh Lord, this made me wince, for more than one reason (Counterpoint for Philip Johnson).
  3. 2017 Fall Season

    Yes. I view it more as Peter Martins' commentary on the traditional Swan Lake. It seems influenced by both the Danish and the Balanchine schools, and that is intentional. This is in contrast to his La Sylphide which is very faithful to the classic version. IMO his commentary is a thoughtful one. If you go expecting the Mariinsky, or ABT, you will likely be at the very least taken aback. A friend who is an ABT fan saw it this season for the first time - he was shocked but concluded it worked for him.
  4. 2017 Fall Season

  5. 2017 Fall Season

    October 15 is the last day of Fall Season. Personally speaking, I would prefer to end on a broader and more uplifting note than Robbie Fairchild's departure. So I can certainly see programming Duo in the third rather than the last slot.
  6. 2017 Fall Season

    Kathleen - Sorry for the inversion. I knew that was how you phrased it, but slipped up in repeating it. More importantly, I was curious to understand your meaning since I found the word itself curious and susceptible to different interpretations and in the context, potentially loaded. You've made your point quite clear.
  7. 2017 Fall Season

    What do you mean when you say he is her truest partner?
  8. 2017 Fall Season

    Yes, it is Sara Mearns.
  9. 2017 Fall Season

    Regarding some of the discussion upthread, I resolve some of the inconsistencies around Seigfried's falling for Odile by thinking of it more as a test of strength/power between the Prince and Rothbart. This shows Siegfried as not powerful enough to overcome the spell, whatever the reason. Depending on the version, he is not powerful enough yet, or not powerful enough without Odette's spiritual force, or never will be powerful enough.
  10. Thanks for posting.
  11. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I pretty much agree with Buddy's view of the white swan duet. And also, the way his Swan Lake was danced in Balanchine's day was truly other worldly. Did more for me than many full length versions. But it is to some extent personal. And may possibly also be related to whether you grew up on Balanchine or the full length versions. There are some full length versions out there now for which less of them would be an improvement. As for Balanchine's version, the change to black costumes is awful.
  12. Mariinsky in London 2017

    It sure did.But who else has his power to distill the essence?
  13. Fjord Review

    My favorite article from Ford Review was one called The Cult of Fragility. About two years ago. Very thoughtful.
  14. Fjord Review

    Sent them something.
  15. Fjord Review

    They do have some interesting, in depth articles. Thanks for reminding me about the email. I deleted it without reading very much in it. Now I think I will send them a small contribution.