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  1. 2017 Fall Season

    Lauren King is a veteran who was in the corps for many years before becoming a soloist around 2013.
  2. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    What I sensed from Restless Creatures was that yes, there's competition in a ballet company, and company politics, and Whelan was hurting emotionally and physically during the film. But I also saw a fairly warm and supportive community which is NOT the environment of many ballet companies. For instance Albert Evans (RIP) welcoming Wendy back with huge tears rolling down his cheeks, or Abi Stafford and some of the more junior members of the company knocking on Wendy;s dressing room door to check in -- it was pretty nice. Also, Martins let Whelan retire gracefully on her own terms. He might have given her a nudge but there are many, many AD's who would have simply sent a letter in the mail informing of the non-contract renewal.
  3. 2017 Fall Season

    I went to Robbie's farewell performance today. It was a beautiful send-off. Most of the NYCB principals came out. I thought he and Sterling were absolutely lovely in their final dance together. I write about the farewell performance, and also the program of new works: http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2017/10/nycb-fall-season-hello-new-works.html And here's a video of the curtain calls I took:
  4. 2017 Fall Season

    Catazaro had a devastating injury two years ago right before he was to dance his dream role of Siegfried. I'm so glad he got another chance as he's one of NYCB's most sensitive, musical dancers.
  5. 2017 Fall Season

    Per Maria Kowroski's instagram Zachary Catazaro has been promoted to principal. Congrats Zachary!
  6. "Avid Reader" by Robert Gottlieb

    I'd also add his shortish biographies of Sarah Bernhardt, George Balanchine, and the complicated family life of Charles Dickens IMO are also more revealing about who Gottlieb is as a person: sharp, witty, insightful. He obviously admired Mr. B enormously but his book doesn't shy away from talking about Mr. B's harder side. Gottlieb's book sort of reminds me of many politicians' memoirs that don't reveal much about said politician. Exhibit A: Bill Clinton's My Life. The complex, charismatic man is lost within volumes and volumes of him reciting his presidential calender.
  7. "Avid Reader" by Robert Gottlieb

    I'm not saying he was name-dropping. Just that his memoir came across as slightly workmanlike. Gottlieb appears to be one of those writers who is uncomfortable actually talking about himself. The wit and love he shows for writing and dance in his reviews IMO is more fun to read because of the unbridled enthusiasm.
  8. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    Restless Creatures is going to be released on DVD. It's already streaming on Amazon video and Netflix. https://www.amazon.com/Restless-Creature-Whalen-Linda-Saffire/dp/B075P9VPCX/ref=sr_1_2?s=movies-tv&ie=UTF8&qid=1507232448&sr=1-2&keywords=restless+creatures
  9. 2018 Spring Season

    Well I don't like West Side Story Suite at all. It takes all the punch, edge and "cool" out of Robbins' choreography and instead makes it rather vanilla and drippy. I think the same is true for Robbins' other B'way choreography. I mean "House of Uncle Thomas" only makes sense if you know about Tuptim's dreams for her own emancipation, and it will be very hard to capture the life-affirming dances of Fiddler on the Roof if streamlined.
  10. "Avid Reader" by Robert Gottlieb

    See the romance novel roundup has some of the wit and bite that is so sorely missing from "Avid Reader." Consider this: It's witty, it's funny, and at its heart one senses someone who is a real fan of books and of writing, even if it's silly. The same spirit dots his dance reviews. I don't always agree with them, but I know I am reading someone who LOVES dance, who as an octogenarian is still so excited when the ballet season starts. The Gottlieb of "Avid Reader" often sounds like he's checking the boxes of people he has to air-kiss. Toni Morrison? Check. Bill Clinton? Check. And so on.
  11. 2017 Fall Season

    I saw four Swan Lake casts: Reichlen/Janzen, Hyltin/Catazaro, Fairchild/Garcia, and Peck/Finlay. My thoughts on the four performances: http://poisonivywalloftext.blogspot.com/2017/09/nycb-fall-season-4-swan-lakes.html In short, I thought Hyltin and Peck are the ones I'll be returning to.
  12. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    What I sensed was that Whelan's transition was harder than most ballerinas because her career never really had the ups and downs of most ballet careers. No major injuries until she was in her mid-40's. At the NYCB she was THE undisputed star for so many years and she had a virtual monopoly on so many roles. Not just the ones created for her by Wheeldon or Ratmansky, but Agon, Symphony in Three Movements, La Sonnambula, Glass Pieces, In Memory Of ... and a bunch of other leotard ballets. So when reality hit (first subtly, by Peter Martins taking away Nutcracker), then more obviously (an extreme injury) she was shocked.
  13. 2017 Fall Season

    I was at Swan Lake tonight. Night and day from last week's rather disappointing performance with Tess and Russell. Tonight Sterling Hyltin and Zachary Catazaro were so moving and beautiful. Will write more when I finish this weekend of Swan Lakes (seeing Megan tomorrow and Tiler Sunday).
  14. 2017 Fall Season

    Sara Mearns also does it, I suspect she'll do the next week's La Valses as Sterling as dancing Duo Concertant in those programs.
  15. 2017 Fall Season

    Has anyone seen Sterling or Ashley?