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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Maybe she changed for the curtain calls! I definitely remember a dress with colorful splotches at the beginning of Act II.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    It looks like they are using the first act Bonne Fee costume now for the finale--I saw it the first two nights and she had changed for the second act into something more colorful, though I didn't think it was quite as elegant as the first act one.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Everyone had hats and they were gorgeous! Especially Boylston's in Act I. I loved that the hats were part of the choreography, bobbing around.
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    The Lilac Fairy

    As I recall from the Maryinsky reconstruction, Nikiya was certainly in character shoes in the first scene, and point shoes in the shades. I actually don't remember if she was in character shoes other times, but I do remember she did the sad little dance before the poison flower trick carrying a vina (a sort of a guitar). There are some vestigal gestures sometimes now in that solo , but I guess carrying something would make the modern show-off balances too tricky,
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    The Lilac Fairy

    I do so love the variety of those older dances. Nikiya was in character shoes in Bayadere's first act too, so there was so much more contrast between it and the shades scene.
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    The Lilac Fairy

    I think that the Sergeyev notations have Lilac in a tutu for the Prologue (there are notated dances for her) and then in heeled shoes and a longer gown in the vision scene.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    I don't necessarily agree that the Shades solos should be corps roles. When the Royal Ballet first did the Nureyev Shades version, often principals danced the shades (at that time, they also often danced the Sleeping Beauty fairies, too). Roles like that are as big or as small as a dancer can make them.
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    Coppelia 2018.

    In some Coppelias, the Doctor is present at the wedding and Swanhilda apologizes to him, which I think works very well, as it includes him and shows that Swanhilda has changed. ABT does it that way, as I recall, and they use a version set by Freddie Franklin, who knew an older version. I have never seen the Royal Ballet's version, which was based one set by Sergeyev, so I don't know if that happens, but it should!
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I find the ending more gratuitous than shocking. I would feel the same way about the piece if Ferri and Cornejo and the two little girls walked off into the sunset petting bunnies. For the me choreography was so unmusical, jerky, and overwrought, making the dancers look ugly for no apparent reason than to signify "this is not your mother's ballet", like a boy writing naughty words on a wall, just to feel important.
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    For me, the issue isn't the topic so much, it is the way it was treated. Ballets like Echoing of Trumpets and Les Noces (Nijinska's version, please!) are certainly bleak and uncompromising, but the subjects weren't used gratuitously, and the choreography used form and shapes expressively. AfterRite and certainly some of MacMillan use violence as a decoration, and seem to revel in it.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Sorry if I wasn't clear--I didn't see the performance and wasn't talking about it specifically. I just meant that I thought the word stingy to descripe a less than perfect arabesque was a wonderful description. Mary
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I agree. Stingy is a perfect word and I wish I had thought of it! Mary
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    Winter 2018

    I actually really enjoyed The Unanswered Question. Loved the music, and the odd sets and costumes (I remember an old fashioned bicycle) seemed to fit the quirkiness. It was done orignally for the American Music Festival with some dancers from Feld's company (Buffy Miller rode the bicycle) and as I remember, it was one of Damian Woetzel's first major roles. It did come back a few years later and I saw it as often as I could, but I was certainly in the minority!
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    Royal Ballet Giselle

    Mashinka, I was at the Collier and Eagling R&J too. It was just stunning. I remember a picture of a curtain call in Dancing Times, and they were both had tears in their eyes.