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About atm711

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    once a student; now an avid ballet-goer.
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    NewYork, NY
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  1. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    How is Ms Hoey's name pronounced?...it should be hoo-ee!
  2. Dancers' heights — known or estimated

    Strange, but Maria Tallchief never struck me as a tall dancer--5'8"- really? Her leg line was not unusually long, so her height must have been in her torso....I read recently that Agnes Letestu was 5'-10". LeClercq, on the other hand had all her height in her legs.....
  3. Royal Ballet Giselle

    Thank you---do you know of any reviews I can access?? PS---I did find an excellent review in The Telegraph...
  4. .....and that's the only thing that should stay....
  5. Royal Ballet Giselle

    Thank you...the photos I've seen of them are truly beautiful. I was concerned about his height but his lack of it certainly did not hamper him. He appears to be about Baryshnikov's height. I met him about 5 years ago on his visit to NYC and have been following him avidly.
  6. Royal Ballet Giselle

    Alexander Campbell made his debut as Albrecht on Feb. 2 and will dance the role again on Feb. 9. Would love some feedback on his performance.
  7. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Thanks Josette...if you go to my blog "Ruminations" there is an article on Tallchief.
  8. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Interesting choices! Among ballet fans at the time she was often described as being 'quirky'---definitely out of the ordinary at the time. She did not have a particularly beautiful 'classical line' and I felt she was unsuited to 2nd mm of Sym in C. We had to wait for Kent and were finally rewarded with Farrell. She did however, have her inimitable 'wit'. I saw Marie-Jeanne in 3 roles with the Ballet Russe - Concerto Barocco, Ballet Imperial (Tchai Concerto #2) and Baiser de la Fee. I have seen no one like her in Barocco--she had long slender feet (for her height of 5'2") and she used them like daggers---wonderfully fast sharp thrusting of the foot. Her pointes were firm and hard (not as mushy of what I see today). She had the lead in Ballet Imperial but I can never forget the unbecoming costume she had to wear..(.the blue and white short tutu) . She looked like she had no waistline! (outrageous costuming for her). As sharp as her technique was in these two ballets, we saw a different Marie-Jeanne in Baiser de la Fee. She danced the part of the bride and wore a long white tutu with a ring of flowers atop her head and she had all the softness and warmth of a Giselle.
  9. Which dancer do you most wish you'd seen live?

    Yes! Yes! .....plus Spessivtseva........
  10. The Russians at that time did not like Balanchine---"they dance from the waist down" was their frequent comment. I would however buy the book just to read Danilova's take on Nicholas Legat's kidney transplant from a orangutan!!
  11. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    I will be happy just to see the title "Ballet Master in-Chief" retired------it has been stuck in my craw for too many years.....
  12. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    Perception?? If you saw his later performances, there would be little doubt as to what was happening.......
  13. The Taming of the Shrew

    Is there a recording of the Bolshoi "Taming of the Shrew"----if not, does any one know if we can expect one? What I have seen on youtube I love.
  14. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    What a "dog eat dog world" it is! As a ballet-goer for many years I have always considered my self lucky to have seen some of the "greats" in their final years. Danilova, in her later 40's, Alicia Markova (short on technique) the wonderful Riabouchinska with scant technique when I saw her in the late 40's. But, Oh their Artistry!! I must have sensed the "handwriting on the wall" because this is the first time I did not have a subscription to ABT; and, for sure, not happy with their company ballerinas---who make good soloists, at least.
  15. ABT 2017 Onegin

    Seeing "Onegin" again last night brought back my memory of meeting John Cranko when the Royal Ballet (then "Sadler's Wells) came to NYC in 1949 for the first time. As students, we learned that a reception was being held for the Company at the NY Public Library on 42nd Street & 5th Ave and we managed to 'crash it and spent the evening sitting on a slab of marble talking to Cranko (who was a Corps member at the time) about Ballet on his part of the pond and ours. He was so bright and articulate. We didn't manage to see any of the 'stars' but believed we got the better part! At last night's performance I thought Simkin and Lane (Lensky/Olga) would walk away with the laurels--so compelling was their PDD---but Ferri and Bolle, after a slow start, held their own. To see a passionate "Onegin" I recommend the film with Ralph Fiennes!!!