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    2018 Met Season

    April Giangeruso should be given a chance at Myrta.
  2. Smirnova was to have performed Garrett Smith's choreography. His piece did stay on the schedule and he performed it with Whitney Jensen, rather than Smirnova and Tissi.
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    Ballet & feminism

    How could I forget her!
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    Ballet & feminism

    I realize that, but how many of those companies have either women Associate Artistic Directors or women Executive Directors? I believe I forgot PNB was once co-directed by Francia Russell, and Margaret Barbieri co-directs Sarasota. Sasha Waltz will co-direct Staatsballet. Madeleine Onne (formerly Royal Swedish and Hong Kong) ... I think I read somewhere that she is taking over Finnish National. Rachel Beaujean is Associate Artistic Director of Het. Boston, ABT, and PA Ballet have women Executive Directors. Those are the three I know off the top of my head. I also forgot Amy Seiwert and Karen Brown.
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    Ballet & feminism

    I share this at the risk of getting attacked. Getting back to the article, there are several points being made. However, when it comes to a lack of women in ballet or having their voices heard, I would comment this: Off the top of my head: Directors: Karen Kain, National Ballet of Canada (Not to mention National Ballet of Canada was co-founded by Celia Franca); Aurelie Dupont, Paris Opera; Tamara Rojo, English National Ballet; Lourdes Lopez, Miami City Ballet; Julie Kent, Washington Ballet; Patricia Barker, Royal New Zealand; Virginia Johnson, Dance Theatre of Harlem; Victoria Morgan, Cincinnati Ballet; Judith Jamison, Alvin Ailey; Emily Molnar, Ballet BC,; Suzanne Farrell, Suzanne Farrell Ballet; Hope Muir, Charlotte Ballet; Patricia McBride, Associate Artistic Director, Charlotte Ballet; Sol Leon, NDT; Ingrid Lorentzen, Norwegian National; Dorothy Pugh, Ballet Memphis; co AD, Carinne Binda, Sacramento Ballet; Diana Byer, New York Theatre Ballet; Kathryn Bennetts, former AD of Flanders; Monica Mason, former Royal Ballet; Barbara Weisberger, founder of PA Ballet; E. Virginia Williams, founder of Boston Ballet; Mary Day, founder of Washington Ballet; Barbara Riggins, co-founder of what is now Orlando Ballet; Patricia Blair, Associate Artistic Director Ballet Chicago; Kathy Thibodeaux, Ballet Magnificat; and numerous smaller companies and projects founded and/or run by women. Choreographers: Cristal Pite, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa, Martha Graham, Twyla Tharp, Agnes De Mille, Bronislava Nijinska, Trisha Brown, Judith Jamison, Ninette de Valois, Yagpin Wang, Aszure Barton, Jessica Lang, Gemma Bond, Hope Boykin, Isadora Duncan, Pina Bausch, Lauren Lovette, Mia Michaels, Sonya Tayeh, Cathy Marston, Carolyn Carlson, Debbie Allen, Andrea Schermoly, Katherine Dunham, Marguerite Porter, Marie Agnes Gillot, Susan Stroman, Natalia Makarova, Gillian Lynne, just to name the well-known ones. Additionally, there are numerous female Associate Directors, Executive Directors, School Directors and Ballet Mistresses.
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    2018 Met Season

    zerbinetta: Can you tell me where you saw this?
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    Maria Kochetkova leaving San Francisco Ballet

    You are speaking of Petra Conti. She is dancing with LA Ballet, and her husband, up until now at least, remained with Boston Ballet.
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    Maria Kochetkova leaving San Francisco Ballet

    As Helene states, freelancing can vary. Ironically, Taras Domitro has had great success in this arena since leaving SFB.
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    Maria Kochetkova leaving San Francisco Ballet

    I saw Rolando recently at a gala where he danced the Nut pas with one of the girls from Washington Ballet. He looks great. The problem for Rolando was the toll his training and early performances took on his body, especially his knees. I spent some time with him at the party after this recent gala (we know each other from when he first defected.) He is happy with his life - married with a baby. He dances what he can at WB and does guestings, mostly with his wife. He also teaches at the school. He really could have been one of the greatest (I still think he is beautiful on stage), but sometimes the transition from Cuba can be a challenging one. I wish he had had some more guidance when he first arrived. Concerning Maria, I have always enjoyed her performances, and was one of the people in the minority here on this board who was glad to have her at ABT.
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    Maria Kochetkova leaving San Francisco Ballet

    I have never thought that SFB lacked talent or were "far below" the talent of NYCB dancers. Just goes to show us that ballet is very subjective, isn't it? SFB has some beautifully talented principal dancers and others on the rise that bode well for the company. Quality is certainly not an issue when looking at the resumes of SFB dancers. I am with you, pherank. And, given a choice, I would watch SFB over NYCB or ABT any day. It just so happens that I live on the east coast, so I do not get the opportunity.
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    Maria Kochetkova

    Got it.
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    Maria Kochetkova

    Sad for San Francisco:
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    Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    I am not sure if this is new (I think so). It just came up on my Facebook feed.
  14. A little more information in this article: https://www.hs.fi/kulttuuri/art-2000005621582.html
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    Sarah Lane

    I believe they danced Giselle together for Lake Cities back in 2009. Steven's mom is a teacher there. Sarah has guested several times with them.
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