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  1. On the plus side, my ticket states clearly "with the Kennedy Center orchestra". So no canned music! My Giselle will be Grettel Morejón. Has anyone seen her perform this role?
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    Roster Changes Announced Spring 2018

    Savannah Lowery announced on her Instagram that this Spring will be her last season with NYCB.
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    Washington, DC - Spring 2018

    Adrian DW said on his instagram he was going to be on crutches for a few days... So there are casting changes for the rest of the performances, which are all the Robbins program (I’m going Sunday) Russell Janzen is subbing in for Glass Pieces partnering Maria K. Taylor Stanley will do Four Seasons. Looks like there was a bit of a domino effect or other injuries. There is now only one Fancy Free male cast (Mejia, Coll and Villarini Velez) while Daniel Ulbricht will dance in Four Seasons
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    Winter 2018

    I found that Huxley lacked stage presence on Saturday night. Schumacher on the other hand has great presence. I would hope both he and Ashley Laracey (what a cute couple btw) get promoted soon. For the rest, I agree with most everyone- Duo Concertant was an unexpected favorite! The leotards in Symphony in 3 need to go but Lowery’s dancing was also particularly sluggish, particularly when she shared the stage with Sterling Hyltin. Until the Spring!
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    2018 Met Season

    This season is just disappointing. With the cost of the tickets and travel from DC for me, I’ll only make it to 3 performances including one I have mixed feelings about (Seo in Giselle but I can’t miss Bolle!). No regrets on anything else though - I had to weed through performances with Copeland to find one Don Q with Cornejo, so I’ll only see him once anyway. Thankfully the Cuban ballet is coming to DC!
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    Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Nureyev, Nijinsky and Baryshnikov Yes, I pick ballets based on who is cast as the male leads... although I would have loved to see NYCB’s great ballerinas live too!
  7. There is more detail on the dates now, as tickets went on sale to KC members yesterday: Don Quixote (May 29 & 30)(Minkus/Alonso after Petipa) Giselle (May 31–June 3) (Adam/Alonso, based on Coralli and Perrot) I bought tickets to the Saturday evening Giselle performance, and orchestra was already sold at 50% when I did - looks like lots of people are excited to come to this! I've never seen the Ballet Nacional de Cuba perform, so I'm very much looking forward to it, even if that means lots of Giselle in one month after ABT's run!
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    2018 Met Season

    Copeland is cast in everything. I know she sells tickets, but...I can't picture her executing all the steps for Giselle, or Kitri, and we already know her Odette fouette record... I have to pick around her to see Cornejo this year, I guess... He is only paired with Lane for La Bayadere and Don Q (which should be very exciting) I'm excited about the Osipova/Hallberg Giselle too, with as the bonus the only Bolle appearance we'll get this season, although opposite Seo... Teuscher will have the chance to partner Gomes for Swan Lake - this should help her feel more secure and gain maturity in her characterization! Looking forward to hearing reports of Schevchenko's debut as well. Too bad Murphy has Hammoudi as her prince this year
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    Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    Thank you for the historical explanations, Drew - I'm always curious about why there are widely different versions of some ballets.
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    Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    This was largely my impression as well when I attended Saturday evening - I found Kondaurova's expression oddly blank throughout, and her protruding ribs distracting from the rest of her line. The third act with the Shades was lovely of course, and I enjoyed the Divertissements more than I usually do. Askerov was a very good Solor - great jumps, and I enjoyed Batoeva as Gamzatti.
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    Roster in Review - 2017

    I never cared much for Kochetkova, but she can at least execute the steps... I hope this does not mean that Cornejo will be saddled with Copeland for the Met season - that would be a waste of his great talent! He and Brandt were great in Le Corsaire - hopefully that's the pairing they are working on.
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    Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    I just bought tickets to the same performance! I skipped last year's Mariinsky run, and have no desire to see Skorik again, but I've never seen Kondaurova live, so I'm very excited
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    NY Times Writings on ABT

    It was, at least in the paper version I received
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    ABT 2017 Onegin

    I doubt that Vishneva, having danced Onegin for her farewell would return the very next year to dance the same ballet. We're not sure how long Ferri will keep returning, and if she does next year what role she will choose. But you're right - we don't know anything for sure at this point.
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    ABT 2017 Onegin

    That may be the main issue for ABT if they want to show Onegin again next year - without Vishneva, Ferri or Bolle (although he may come), they won't have as compelling a set of casts. As much as I'm happy to see the rising crop of soloists this year (and I really loved Brandt in Le Corsaire), I'm not sure that they have the acting experience to pull off the part of Tatiana. Could Gomes partner Part?