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Kathleen O'Connell

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  1. Kathleen O'Connell

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    For some clarification: per Gray Davis' ABT Bio, Sherri Davis is his stepmother: "Gray Davis started his training at the Georgia Academy in Peachtree City, Georgia under his stepmother Sherri Davis."
  2. Kathleen O'Connell

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    She is. From Gray Davis' bio on the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts Artistic Staff page: "Gray Davis, a Georgia Dance Theatre alumnus, began his training at the Georgia Academy of Dance & the Performing Arts under the directorship of his mother, Sherri Davis."
  3. Kathleen O'Connell

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    This may have been mentioned upthread, but Gray Davis' mother, Sherri Davis, founded The Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts in 1990. I'd be surprised if Trenary left ABT at this point in her career. It's a prestigious company and she's clearly on the track to principal (as well she should be, IMO).
  4. Kathleen O'Connell

    Seating Advice at the Met

    There's always Grom in Columbus Circle for post ballet gelato. It's not as charming as eating gelato by the Lincoln Center Fountain, though.
  5. Kathleen O'Connell

    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    Ettore - Thank you for posting this update! The Joyce website is now correct ... and while I was there I bought a ticket to Program 2. 😁 There's never enough Ashton.
  6. What an interesting interview! Thanks for the link. The Center for Ballet and the Arts is not far from my apartment; occasionally, someone will pull up the shades on the street-level studio's big windows and you can see what's going on in there. I report with some disappointment that I witnessed neither Spock ears nor prosthetic breasts the last time I happened by and stopped to gawk.
  7. Kathleen O'Connell

    Seating Advice at the Met

    I liked Pain Quotidien just fine until they started to show the calorie count for their yummy desserts 😉 It really is a fine stop for a no-fuss bite. We used to grab a quick dinner at the one near Carnegie Hall, then go across the street to Petrossian and have a glass of champagne at its super-swanky, deco, feels-like-a-1930's-luxury -liner bar*. Alas, it appears that Petrossian's main restaurant has closed. * Here's the website's description: "Designed by Ion Oroveanu, the restaurant features Lalique crystal wall sconces, bronze sculptures from the 1930's, etched Erte mirrors, Limoges china, Lanvin chandelier and pink Finnish granite."
  8. Kathleen O'Connell

    Seating Advice at the Met

    Just a couple of comments on my restaurant suggestions above: The food is fine at all of them, but, despite the fact that none of them are inexpensive (and frankly not even moderately-priced except by NYC standards), it is not ethereal. For that, you'd need to make other choices. If you wanted the latest word in tip-top, celebrity Italian near Lincoln Center, for instance, you might opt for Marea ... but ... the antipasti are in the high $20s, the pastas are $36, and the meat and fish courses are in the $40 - $65 range. And it's not the kind of restaurant that can hustle you out in time for a show. One casual option: Sit at one of the lovely bar tables at Molyvos (they're all by the big front window) and order a few small plates or appetizers with a nice glass of wine. I frankly prefer that to a regular sit-down dinner there.
  9. Kathleen O'Connell

    Seating Advice at the Met

    I will not under any circumstances sit closer than orchestra row M, and usually sit further back than that. There simply isn't enough of a rake to see over the heads in front of you. If you don't mind walking a few blocks to get to the theater from the restaurant, there are a few stalwarts to consider: Molyvos (Greek) Gabriel's (Italian) Robert in the Museum of Art & Design on Columbus Circle is good if you can book a window table - fabulous views of Central Park. The Leopard at Des Artistes (formerly the legendary Cafe Des Artistes) where you can dine while gazing at Howard Chandler Christy’s famous, fabulous and naughty murals of nymphs and satyrs. PS - I will second the recommendation for Boulud Sud and Bar Boulud.
  10. Kathleen O'Connell

    2018 Spring Season

    Neither did Rachel Rutherford, whose last performance, IIRC, was the Verdy role in Emeralds. I too agree that the company could make a little bit of a fuss over retiring dancers who have served the company well and honorably, and that includes the corps stalwarts who show up and do what needs to be done night after night.
  11. Kathleen O'Connell

    School of American Ballet: 2018 Annual Workshop

    Just a gentle reminder that these are students. I wouldn't expect to see a Violette Verdy or Jennifer Ringer level of nuance in even the best or most promising of them. Indeed, I wouldn't expect that level from most of NYCB's corps, as good as they are. Also, it's one performance. Lots can go wrong.
  12. Kathleen O'Connell

    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    I'll add Betsy McBride. I saw her in Ashton's Symphonic Variations during ABT's Fall run at the Theater Formerly Known as State and thought she acquitted herself more than honorably in a very exposed role. She certainly did not suffer by comparison with the rest of the cast, who were, with one exception (Cameron McCune) all principals or soloists. I certainly wouldn't mind seeing her in a featured role again. Backstory: McBride was a principal at Texas Ballet Theater until she left to join the ABT corps in 2015.
  13. Kathleen O'Connell

    2018 Spring Season

    Hod has been dancing beautifully all season! I saw her in both Mozartiana and Pulcinella Variations on Wednesday evening, and thought she was something special: she has a style all her own, which isn't always the case early in a dancer's career. (Or in many cases, ever. There are plenty of able, reliable dancers—and not just in the corps—who are more or less generic representations of the house style rather than individually interesting realizations of it.) If she's injured, I wish her a speedy recovery. Although ... I do hope she will take all the time she needs to recover fully and achieve what her dancing to date has promised. And just a quick observation: all four of the women in the quartet I saw (Hod, Kitka, LaFreniere, and Wellington) were a delight to watch, as was Schumacher. He dances the Gigue with real wit, and it's refreshing.
  14. Kathleen O'Connell

    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    If I were a billionaire, I would throw money in great handfuls at all the relevant boards to make this happen. While I was at it, I would also buy up whatever rights are keeping the Great Performances, Dance in America, and Live from Lincoln Center broadcasts locked away and out of the public view and digitize, digitize, digitize for broad consumption.
  15. Kathleen O'Connell

    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    Oh thank you, Angelica for the Performance Manager revelation! I'm pretty sure I have been trapped behind that same bouffant!
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