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  1. Drew

    Petipa Gala

    This was addressed to me, so I’ll respond: I didn’t design the gala you are referring to, so I can’t speak for the organizers. I can say that Nureyev did dance Balanchine’s Apollo, and if you go to the Nureyev Foundation website they describe it as an important ballet to his career that he danced, in their words, “continuously” from 1967 through to his final Nureyev and Friends tour in 1991 — I am on a tablet and can’t do the link, but a search will turn it up easily enough. It wouldn’t surprise me if that is one reason Apollo would be included in a Nureyev gala.
  2. I am unable to get to NYC for this program and not a big McGregor fan, but actually still feel much as you do, and wish I could see this. I like the Ratmansky Firebird a lot —though it has to be said that on this board, I seem to be an outlier. It does need confident, musical dancers giving 200 percent. But in any case, as you say, hearing Stravinsky live is never a loss. And publicity-wise, I would have thought these two scores in particular on the same origram would have a certain appeal —
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I will very much miss your blog, but hope to keep reading your thoughts about performances here.
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    Alexandra Ansanelli

    Oh dear! Sending thoughts to her....and I hope it turns out that something can be salvaged.
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    2018 Met Season

    I didn’t see anything about the location.
  6. Drew

    2018 Met Season

    The entire video feature on the Petipa-Ratmansky Harlequinade:
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    2017 -- 2018 Season

    As the Mariinsky season winds to its close in July...David Hallberg scheduled to appear with Alina Somova in Giselle: https://www.mariinsky.ru/en/playbill/playbill/2018/7/12/1_1930
  8. Choreographing to Beethoven is always risky, but your report (and the photos) makes this sound a very enjoyable evening. The desert setting sounds pretty wonderful too....
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    Finally join

    Welcome — New York does have extraordinarily wonderful ballet seasons! I look forward to reading your thoughts on performances (and other ballet-related topics)....
  10. Drew

    Is Alyona Kovalyova "Zvezda" material ??

    Hmm...Just a handful of questions answered by a still very young ballerina at the beginning of her career--what would one expect? I thought the stories about how she found out she was a soloist -- and also about getting lost at the theater her first day and asking directions of someone else who turned out also to be lost were charming enough. As for her refusing to go into more depth when asked a personal question about disappointments in love -- that seems very sensible.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    From the photo--love Boylston's new hair and, for my taste, much better suited for the nineteenth-century repertory and even for the 20th-century ballets that are set in the past...
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    2018 Spring Season

    Great news!! After seeing Laracey's debut as the "second ballerina" I was wondering if/when her debut in the "first" ballerina role might happen -- I see the company didn't waste any time.
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    Petipa Gala

    At any rate, Balanchine has a more legitimate claim to be part of a Petipa gala than, say, Wheeldon or Maliphant....