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  1. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The WB is only slightly smaller than the Colorado Ballet, and the Colorado Ballet has put on some quite credible performances of Sleeping Beauty. The small theater might be an issue, however.
  2. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The problem with Serenade is that it's been performed so often here. Both the NYCB and Suzanne Farrell have performed it in the last few years.
  3. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Do we need to be concerned that finances played a role? It's my understanding that when a company rents choreography they get the use of it for 3-5 years.
  4. YouOverThere

    Colorado Ballet 2017-18 season

    This season was the final one for Sharon Wehner (her 21st season). She was the last remaining dancer who had a significant role in the company when I first started watching.
  5. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Programming Serenade 2 seasons in a row seems a little unimaginative.
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    Mark Morris "Layla and Majnun" at the Kennedy Center

    My suggested theme for a season would be "Making Arabesques Great Again".
  7. YouOverThere

    2017-2018 season: Washington Ballet

    OK, I admit that I did attend this (more than once), but I was going to spare everyone from my usual uneducated "review" which generally consists of little more than "I liked this. I didn't like that." I agree that all 3 have their pluses but they all showed the inexperience of the choreographers. Bond in particular might have tried to crowd too many things into her piece, as young choreographers (and composers) often do. But on my first trip, I liked her piece the best (perhaps biased by her choice of music), changing my mind to Gomes' piece the second time. If there was an allusion to homosexuality in Gomes' piece, I missed it. To me, it was about someone who wanted to break away from the safe, comfortable home of his childhood and experience the rest of the world. I do think, however, that Brown's piece is the most "mature" of the 3 and therefore the one likely to be performed again somewhere (at least without revision). One thing that did strike me was the lack of a role for Rolando Sarabia in this production, after he played only a minor role in Romeo and Juliet. As far as I know, he only appeared as a substitute. When he did appear in Brown's piece, he seemed to be the most polished of the men in the performance, though he still might have had some sort of injury that limited what he could do that wasn't noticeable. It was great having live music at least for 2 of the 3 works!
  8. YouOverThere

    Mark Morris "Layla and Majnun" at the Kennedy Center

    No big works - always 3 or 4 pieces/program.
  9. YouOverThere

    Mark Morris "Layla and Majnun" at the Kennedy Center

    Mark Morris Dance appears at George Mason University yearly (except this year), so I've seen whatever they've presented since 2015. I never cared to remember what the names of the pieces were.
  10. My arm got twisted into attending the Mark Morris/Silk Road Ensemble production of Layla and Majnun at the Kennedy Center last night (3/23). I simply do not understand the critics' fascination with Mark Morris. I found it, like most of the other Mark Morris works that I've watched, to be a big nothingburger - simplistic, repetitious choreography set to droning, repetitious Middle Eastern music - but a google search found lots of fawning reviews (including in the Washington Post). For the most part, the show consisted of 2 dancers - playing Layla and Majnun (the program had 5 parts, and a different pair of dancers played the lead characters in each part) - dancing at the same time but not together, while 10 other dancers milled about or sat or lounged on the stage (which I found distracting). I didn't see anything particularly challenging - I've seen student productions at local colleges that looked more difficult than this. I found the story impossible to follow without reference to the supertitles (the singing was in Azerbaijani). Even my accomplice, who in general likes Mark Morris, conceded that the program was "20 minutes of dance stretched out to an hour". What don't I get?
  11. YouOverThere

    Shen Yun

    Curiosity has motivated me to resurrect this topic. Shen Yun seems to have become something of a phenomenon in the DC area. Three of their 8 performances at the Kennedy Center in mid-April have already sold out, at prices ranging from $85 to $250 and the other 5 performances are more than 80 percent sold. Their 5 performances this week at George Mason University are also largely sold, at prices ranging from $80 to $120 (and the students are on Spring break). I've seen them, and I agree with lmspear's take: somewhat entertaining but not a major artistic triumph, and definitely not the best Chinese dance performance that I've seen (I thought the performance by the Cloud Gate Dance Theater of Taiwan that I saw last week was far superior - and with no cheesy MCs). I was wondering if anyone else has seen this group since this thread was created.
  12. YouOverThere

    2017-2018 season: Washington Ballet

    I found an email sent out a few days ago announcing that the Washington Ballet is going to do a 1 night only performance of Giselle to open the Wolf Trap's season on May 25.
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    Romeo and Juliet at the KC

    Hmm, I wonder if Ratmansky could choreograph a ballet about breakfast.
  14. YouOverThere

    Romeo and Juliet at the KC

    Lee and Perez are both young, so both have the potential to improve. By all accounts. Lee is a very hard worker.
  15. YouOverThere

    Romeo and Juliet at the KC

    EunWon Lee became my favorite WB dancer the first time that I saw her dance. She is solid at the classical roles (was an excellent Giselle); she just needs to improve in the contemporary dances, and by all accounts she is a very hard worker so I'm sure that she will do it. Unless I mis-read your post, I'm not the only who thinks that the choreography for Romeo was lacking.