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doug

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  1. Yes, the Fedorova version is very important to the history of Nut in the U.S. and really got the ball rolling.
  2. For heaven's sake. There are three guides to reading Stepanov notation that I am aware of after 33 years of familiarity with the system: Stepanov's publication, Gorsky's two publications, and the handwritten guides held at Harvard. Perhaps there are others, but I've not been made privy to them if there are. All of these sources are complementary, though the Gorsky publications are more thorough than Stepanov's. The system is not rocket science. Some of the scribes show minor differences in how certain things were written down, but any difficulties in "decoding" Stepanov notation lie in factors beyond the notation symbols themselves. Yes, variations were changed, rechoreographed, otherwise altered, sometimes replaced. This is evident in the Harvard documents and matches what we know from memoirs, reviews, and other descriptions. And those today working publicly with Stepanov notation all take a slightly different approach in how they choose to realize (or ignore, alter, transform, "update") the material. But to post on this forum that the notation keys are fraudulent is simply not true.
  3. In the OFTR casting, each time a dancer has an asterisk by his or her name, he or she is dancing in a new role. Several do two roles in OFTR, and the debuts in the second roles will be on Thursday. I know that's confusing when the roles aren't identified by anything other than dancer names and everyone is listed alphabetically.
  4. Jayne, I will let Francia Russell know. She penned the story!
  5. Francia Russell staged Symphony in C for PNB the way she learned it with Balanchine at New York City Ballet in the late-50s and 60s, a time when she also staged it for a number of companies as Balanchine's repetiteur. In 2016, Victoria Simon staged Symphony in C for PNB, Francia having stopped staging (for the most part). Simon's staging included 8 (rather than 6) corps women in the fourth movement, an addition made by Balanchine after Francia's time with the company. After Taras' death, the rights for Symphony in C went to the School of American Ballet. (Related to this, after Kirstein's death, the rights for Concerto Barocco and Orpheus went to New York City Ballet.)
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    Imperial Ballet's Nutcracker. 1892 pics

    Sugar Plum, above, is Varvara Nikitina rather than dell'Era.
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    2017 Fall Season

    No further news on the Petipa documentary, but I'm sure there will be after the first of the year.
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    2017 Fall Season

    The Tiler Peck/Ratmansky session was for a Petipa documentary.
  9. Here it is: http://www.diss.fu-berlin.de/diss/servlets/MCRFileNodeServlet/FUDISS_derivate_000000007745/Early_Life_and_Works_of_George_Balanchine.pdf
  10. Only that I'm an optimist
  11. Don't discount the Croce. It may yet happen.
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    Balanchine, Shakespeare and narrative

    Balanchine seems to have viewed the divertissement pas a manifestation of Bottom's dream conflated with his personal views as a member of the Russian Orthodox church, i.e., Bottom's dream of Titania as the ideal women coalesced with Balanchine's religious views of the Virgin Mary as the ideal woman. He told Jonathan Cott (as well as Darci Kistler) that he wanted to depict John's vision in Revelation of the woman (often thought to be Mary) standing in the moon surrounded by twelve stars, etc. He didn't do this overtly because he apparently felt people wouldn't understand, thought he'd gone too far, etc. So the divert pas isn't as far removed from the plot as it may seem on the face of it.
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    Program III. "La Baiser de la Fee"

    Jayne, just a note that the sets in Maillot's Romeo and Cendrilon are by Ernest Pignon-Ernest. Kaplan designed only costumes for these ballets.
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    Ballet History

    Sandra Hammond's Ballet Basics (shorter) and Robert Greskovic's Ballet 101 (longer) are also good.
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    Nutcracker 2016

    PNB does 41 performances of the GB Nut this season, between November 25 and December 28. Three of these are student matinees (complete performances with orchestra). The student matinees are listed at https://www.pnb.org/community/programs/eyesondance/. Like most (likely all) large U.S. companies these days, PNB's marketing department analyzes sales from prior years for each show in order to determine its Nutcracker schedule and maximize accessibility and revenue. This year, midweek evening performances begin December 14 and midweek matinees begin December 20.
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