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  1. canbelto

    Coppelia 2018.

    Balanchine's Coppelia is very traditional, especially in the first two acts. He and Alexandra Danilova reconstructed it from memory. The third act is re-choreographed but not re-structured: there are still divertissements and the wedding of Swanilda and Franz. Very unusual for Balanchine he actually added a variation for Franz. Some YT clips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uqqKfGbzPg https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IysxWx631ok https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIGwSkvvADs
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Ratmansky's best works for ABT are IMO Serenade on a Symposium, his Shostakovich Trilogy, and his Sleeping Beauty reconstruction. I also like Seven Sonatas although that's not a ballet that really works on the Met stage. At NYCB his batting average is much higher: Pictures at an Exhibition, Concerto DSCH, Namouna, Russian Seasons, and Odessa are all pretty great with PAAE and DSCH being the greatest.
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    Tampa performance

    Thanks foir your review. Your comments echo almost exactly Edwin Denby's reaction to seeing Alicia Alonso's Giselle so many years ago:
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    You can always go across the lobby and see the ever-lovely NYCB production of Coppelia.
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    One other dance I've seen that directly references the Holocaust is Robert Battle's "No Longer Silent" which the Ailey company dances. At the end of the dance people are clawing to get out of the gas chambers. It was disturbing but came with no warning and was followed up with Revelations which of course had people dancing out of their seats.
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    Yeah we had to get parental permission slips but the whole class did go and see it. And it wasn't easy watching it but I did think it was a very meaningful field trip. Then again I haven't seen AfterRite but I assume that the issue is that the topic isn't explored in a very rich, artistic way but comes across as a shallow cheap effect?
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I wonder how any of you would feel about Paul Taylor's works like Last Look, Death and the Damsel, Big Bertha, Banquet of Vultures, The Word, Speaking in Tongues? A lot of disturbing images in all of them. Or MacMillan ballets like Manon or Mayerling with a lot of adult themes? Even some Balanchine works have moments that aren't G-rated. Agon and Prodigal Son come to mind. Robbins' The Cage is not G-rated either. Also if kids could handle Schindler's List (which was actually an 8th grade field trip for me) or Life is Beautiful I think they can handle AfterRite?
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    2018 Spring Season

    The plan is to eventually start writing again. Idk. Maybe I'll get really excited about the Harlequinade restoration.
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    2018 Spring Season

    Hi, thanks to the ingenious suggestion of a friend I figured out I could change the blog title and URL and thus make it harder for kids to find my blog. So therefore my new blog url is: http://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com So for example the review of Giselle/Robbins Festival is: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2018/05/robbins-festival-ends-supergiselle-at.html
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Hi, thanks to the ingenious suggestion of a friend I figured out I could change the blog title and URL and thus make it harder for kids to find my blog. So therefore my new blog url is: http://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com So for example the review of SuperGiselle is here: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2018/05/robbins-festival-ends-supergiselle-at.html
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    One thing that prevents me from enjoying Shevchenko is that her feet look really sickled. In fact sometimes it looks like her ankles are bent over in a way that makes me think they'll snap.
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    Macaulay on ABT 2018 Met season

    Macaulay is a vocal opponent of the kind of grand diva Russian ballerina mannerisms. I think what he means is that Misty's dancing doesn't have those mannerisms.
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    2018 Spring Season

    My review of the Robbins festival, and also my last blog entry for a very long time: http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2018/05/robbins-festival-ends-supergiselle-at.html
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I was there for the Super-Giselle and here's my thoughts. Since I will no longer be blogging after this thanks to BA for reading my blog for so many years: http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2018/05/robbins-festival-ends-supergiselle-at.html
  15. I had to work (ugh) but did see some of the coverage and thought she looked beautiful and radiant. I loved the simple silhouette of her dress. And they look so happy together. And I loved the scene of Meghan's weeping mother, as well as the diverse wedding guests. This was in many ways one of the most revolutionary of royal weddings.