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  1. mille-feuille

    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    The pas de deux (if danced well) has a sexual energy, but it's in no way explicit or overt. I think it'd sail WAY over a kid's head.
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    Standing Ovations

    My experience has been that ABT audiences always stand. If I want to see the performers and not feel like a total Grinch, I have to stand too. However, I almost never see standing ovations at NYCB, even when I feel they are deserved! At most, individual clumps of people might stand. I prefer NYCB's audience's way.
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    2018 Spring Season

    I think the little steps between fouettes are more musical, but I will never begrudge Tiler the thrill and adrenaline her fouette choice in Tschai Pas provides.
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    2018 Spring Season

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    2018 Spring Season

    Last night gave me a headache because I loved it so much and got too overwhelmed with happiness and excitement. This was the second time I've seen Apollo live (the first was last season with Adrian D-W, Tiler, Indiana Woodward, and Ashly Isaacs) and I enjoyed it much more this time -- maybe due to the cast, or maybe just my more seasoned eyes. Echoing others above, Maria K was the highlight for me too. She seemed to me to be dancing just a hair's breadth ahead of the music -- something I've read about Balanchine preferring but had never noticed in person before. I've watched the recording of Suzanne Farrell and Peter Martins doing the Apollo pdd more times than I care to admit, and Maria last night showed glimmers of a similar musicality to Suzanne's. There were moments where it took my breath away. Chase was admirable, but I was so close in the orchestra that his exertion was noticeable. However, overall I found him convincingly "godlike." Sara and Tess were like forces of nature. I liked Le Tombeau de Couperin, but admittedly couldn't focus well on the choreography because one dancer kept drawing my attention -- an uncredited Eliza Blutt, I later learned. Despite a small bobble on the final lift, her crisp, high jumps, stretched arabesques, and overall perfumed, slightly mysterious aura throughout the entire performance kept drawing my eye, even when I momentarily lost her amongst the shifting corps. I look forward to seeing more of her! Of course, THAT Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux was the highlight of the evening. As soon as Tiler and Joaquin made their first entrance, the energy in the audience heightened. Tiler and Joaquin dialed up the adrenaline to eleven -- even by their already impossible standards! -- casually tossing off multiple fouettes in her case and blasting through show-stopping jump after show-stopping jump in his. And then the fish dives! They were the most daring that I have ever seen, live or in recording, and the daredevil "Are we really getting away with this? Let's go for it!" thrill was evident on their faces. I will fondly remember this performance for awhile. 😍 I hope they perform it together this fall before he retires -- I'd trade my hypothetical first-born child for a seat to that performance if it came to that. 😅 Symphony in Three Movements, unfortunately, is just not my cup of tea. Maybe it's more cohesive seen from a higher perspective, but I have seen it from the orchestra twice now and it's too busy for me. Like others, I have not especially enjoyed Savannah Lowery recently but she did get through this ballet fine. Sterling continues to become clearer, sharper and more musical, and Erica Pereira has been more pleasing lately too. All in all, it was a wonderful night at the ballet. Thank goodness our beloved NYCB is back.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Concerto Barocco, Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, Stravinsky Violin Concerto, and Symphony in C in the same evening... is this the rapture!? The upcoming seasons look magnificent. I can't wait. I'm very curious to see Orpheus after having read about it in Bernard Taper's biography of Balanchine. I wish they'd give us the entirety of "After the Rain." The pas de deux alone is too sappy for my taste, and I love the cold starkness of the Rain segment. The only truly groan-worthy item, in my book, is Oltremare. I actually love The Times Are Racing and especially Ashly Isaacs in it (although I admit I saw it only twice, and both with Isaacs doing the role R. Fairchild originated). What's the deal with the One-Time-Only Program on Feb. 8, I wonder? Some special announcement?!
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    Sarah Lane

    ABT Fan, THANK YOU! I have family in the DFW area who enjoy ballet and I recommended they get tickets to one of these performances the moment I saw your post.
  8. I agree with the consensus above. Copeland and Boylston both are hard "avoid" for me, but Cornejo is just so so so much more appealing than Whiteside. I slightly prefer Teuscher to Abrera, actually, but the gap between Cornejo and Whiteside is huge in my opinion.
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    Washington, DC - Spring 2018

    I stumbled upon this randomly as it was airing on Facebook -- what a joyous surprise! Tess looked great. I didn't initially peg her as a natural for Tschai Pas but now I'm intrigued to see the polished version if she dances it in New York.
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    Lurker finally making it official!

    Hi Ballet Alert! I'm a New York balletgoer who mostly enjoys NYCB and the occasional ABT offering. I've lurked on this forum for awhile and finally decided I wanted to join in on the fun! I am a huge Balanchine devotee and my favorite current dancer is Tiler Peck (unique, right? ). See y'all at the ballet!