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  1. Final Kennedy Center Performance

    I made it to the finale. The company, not surprisingly, was a little crisper than on opening night. Their rendition of Serenade was the best performance that I've seen from this company (despite 1 ballerina adding an extra fall to Mr. B's choreography) - I dare say that I was moved. There was a short farewell ceremony after the show, with all the current (and apparently some former) dancers bringing her a rose. It must have been a bit of an emotional moment for the dancers, since I'm guessing that the Suzanne Farrell Ballet's programs were the highlight of the year for many of them. I think that Farrell did a good job of programming dances that displayed different facets of Mr. B's creativity. Meditation is one of the most thought-provoking ballets, and I wonder what will become of it. Farrell kept it under wraps for a number of years, and now the question is whether she will allow other companies to perform it.
  2. Final Kennedy Center Performance

    I made it to the opening night at the Kennedy Center. The company handled this fairly difficult program pretty solidly, without their usual raggedness (the Kennedy Center has never provided enough funding for a sufficient number of rehearsals), though somehow I didn't feel moved. Maybe I'll get to the Saturday evening performance when I won't be stressed out by another day of putting out fires at work. Before the performance, Washington Performing Arts gave her some sort of award, the "Pola Nirenska Award for Lifetime Achievement in Dance". Unfortunately, the 2 presenters apparently just hastily scribbled their speeches, so the award ceremony was far less impressive than Suzanne Farrell deserved.
  3. KCB to perform at Kennedy Center

    IMHO IMHO, that scene, the Waltz of the Flowers, and the Sugar Plum Fairy/Cavalier pas de deux were the only parts of the production that truly required professional dancers to pull off well. This might have been due to the need for some dancers to play as many as 4 different roles in a single performance.
  4. KCB to perform at Kennedy Center

    Yes. The Snow Queen and King did it.
  5. KCB to perform at Kennedy Center

    It was hard to get an impression from their performance at the Kennedy Center. The choreography for the most part was pretty basic and didn't provide much of an opportunity for most of the dancers to show their skills.
  6. Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    Woetzel's program was interesting (and it provided an opportunity for this financially-challenged ballet fan to sit close to the stage), but there were a heck of a lot of empty seats for a program that was listed as a sell-out Thursday morning. It ran longer than advertised, finishing about the same time as the 2nd act of La Bayadere. Julie Kent made a cameo appearance, dancing the famous dance from The King and I with Woetzel. I fortunately managed to get to the Tue, Wed, and Thu La Bayadere performances, since tickets for the weekend performances are both rare and expensive. Since the Fri performance was a sell out, I figured there was no chance to sneak in to watch the 3rd act.
  7. Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    I don't know a whole lot about the Kennedy Center's management (and I will learn even less since I dropped my membership), but my naive impression is that there is room for improvement. Some of their actions have frustrated me, such as not selling standing room tickets for ABT's Swan Lake and paying a LUDICROUSLY high salary ($2.7 million/year) to a National Symphony Orchestra music director who had been fired by several other orchestras.
  8. Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    From the Kennedy Center's perspective there was no reason to schedule these at different times. They will essentially sell out both Woetzel shows (the Saturday show is already sold-out) and the corresponding Mariinsky shows (< 100 tickets left for both).
  9. Colorado Ballet 2017-18 season

    Last 4 performances of Dracula are essentially sold out!
  10. Curiosity drove me to the opening night of Matthew Bourne's The Red Shoes at the Kennedy Center. It actually wasn't all that bad (anything with Marcelo Gomes in it can't be awful). It has a very smooth and crisp flow and reasonably talented dancers (at least by Broadway show standards), without the stupidity that marred Swan Lake. On the other hand, I wouldn't describe it as great. If I hadn't known the plot going in, I wouldn't have figured out what was going on. There was more ballet in the program than I expected. The choreography, other than Gomes' solos, wasn't particularly challenging - lots of lifts to excite the unsophisticated viewers but little complex footwork.
  11. Russian Masters program, KennCenter,10/4-8, 2017

    I might be wrong, but I've been under the impression that the MyTix program is only available for shows produced by the Kennedy Center (I've never seen Opera Lafayette use MyTix). Ticket prices for the WB have in the past been a bit of a puzzlement to me, as I have often paid less to see the NYCB than the WB. For this production, they did have a limited number of $25 seats.
  12. Russian Masters program, KennCenter,10/4-8, 2017

    You were correct about Richard Tanner. I agree for the most part, though I thought that while Ratmansky did about as much as it's possible to do with Bolero, there is a limit as to how much a choreographer (or listener) can wring out of such a simple, repetitive piece of music. Les Sylphides requires a relatively large number of women, which stretches the depth of a smallish company like the WB. On top of that, 2 women from the professional company were not cast (presumably because of injury), including Maki Onuki, who is possibly their best female dancer. Eunwon Lee suffered both a dislocated shoulder and a sprained ankle in the month before the run began, so she may have not been physically 100 percent (I did not get to the performances where she danced the Le Corsaire pas de deux). It was great to hear live music (especially Prokofiev's music for The Prodigal Son) even if the orchestra could have used a few more musicians.
  13. NYCB @ KenCen DC, June 6-11, 2017

    The National Symphony's rendition of Beethoven's 9th was louder than any music played during any of the NYCB performances.
  14. NYCB @ KenCen DC, June 6-11, 2017

    Nobody who has ever been to a rock concert would consider the music for Times are Racing to be loud. In fact, I've been to classical music performances that at least for small sections was louder than that. While I thought that Times are Racing was a lightweight piece (something on the order of Celts), I prefer to not be stuck with the same old, same old all the time, even at the risk that not all of the new stuff will be good. I'm a fan of Hindemith, and don't understand why he isn't more popular. His music is more melodic than most of his contemporaries.
  15. NYCB @ KenCen DC, June 6-11, 2017

    At least the costumes were better than the costumes for Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes. RFDE was yet another ballet that was hindered by bad costumes. The costumes totally clashed with the music. The Rodeo score rather obviously screams "rural" and "western", but the costumes were more like an exaggeration of what east coast inner city kids might wear.