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About SandyMcKean

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    totally consumed with balletomane fever
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    Guemes Island (90 minutes north of Seattle)
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  1. 2018-19 season Pacific Northwest Ballet

    Now THAT'S a pair I love to see more of!
  2. I guess my problem is that I love ballet!
  3. I saw One Flat Thing 5 times when it was first done in 2008. The first time, I didn't like it at all. I wasn't of the mood, like some, that I should be angry and leave the hall.....I just didn't get it.....but I've learned over the years, that when I don't like something, it's usually me, and not the piece. Second time, it grew on me just enough such that I became neutral. Then in one of his lectures, Doug Fullington mentioned this technique where the dancers must key off each other instead of depending on the music. WOW.....the third time, I got it, and found the piece fascinating and exciting. The fourth time I started to see Balanchine here and there and every where (that's not surprising since those who know way more than I often talk about the connection between these two choreographers). All of this came into sharp focus the fifth time. Oh, am I glad I stuck it out! One Flat Thing is now one of my absolute favorite piece of all time.....right up there with Agon and Square Dance. In this season I've been looking forward to One Flat Thing more than any other ballet......except perhaps Ezra Thompson's new work. Ezra grabbed my eye years ago, and he keeps blowing me away with his talent, commitment, and his invention. Now to see all of that mature into a 22 minute statement is about as exciting as it gets for me. Imagine all of this is ONE program........yipee!
  4. Swan Lake, February 2-3 and 8-11

    I saw all 3 performances of the 1st weekend. I loved them all for different reasons. For me Neolani Pantasico hit the ball the furthest. She had a superb balance of precision, emotion, acting, stage presence, power, and musicality. I was greatly disappointed that Elle Macy had to be pulled from the weekend (no, I don't know what happened)....she excites me like no other lately! I particularly enjoyed the 3 Wolfgangs: Moore was the dynamic pro that sets the standard (as he so often does), Davis was so elegant while extended, and Thompson (subbing for Moore) was so creative and character laden. Ezra has impressed me from when I first saw him in a PD class several years ago, and has continued to do so all along the way. Lately his dancing has become so refined....and that man is always aware of his character's motivations! I agree with Helene: Stowell is wonderful at telling story and creating community among dancers. IMO, it is this side of Stowell that makes Wolfgang work so well in this production. I don't usually see the depth in his choreography that I often see in others, but I always see his humanity.
  5. Swan Lake, February 2-3 and 8-11

    Is she the one with a blue top and mid-thigh, black "whatever-they-are's"?
  6. Thanks for the replies. Well, I went to my local theater at 1pm and sure enough Hansel & Gretel did play at that time. As Helene implied, this performance seems to have been outside the normal MetHD process.....some sort of holiday presentation. It was abbreviated since almost all the between-acts interviews were cut, and indeed the entire intermission was cut. The 2017/2018 on-stage performances of Hansel & Gretel don't start until 12/18, and according to the synopsis, this cinema presentation I saw yesterday was a recording from 1/1/08 (Cootes & Schaefer) I'd never seen Hansel & Gretel before, but always wanted to. Frankly, I was disappointed. Probably just me (I was hang over from a wild party the night before ). In particular, I found the "food thing" over done. I was hoping to love the music given that Humperdinck's music is so closely related to Wagner (who is at the top in my pantheon), but I didn't. Lots of great colors in the orchestra as one might expect given the Wagnerian influence, but somehow the music left me flat emotionally. I think I was just having a bad day.........
  7. Does anyone know the facts here...... I plan to see Hansel & Gretel tomorrow (Saturday) in the cinema. I am on the west coast. Normally these performances start at 10am since they are live and the MET matinee in NYC starts at 1pm. However, Hansel & Gretel is scheduled to start at 1pm both here on the west coast and in NYC. I've checked several theaters in the Seattle area and they all say 1pm....but that does seem possible. (BTW, all other MET cinema performances for the rest of the season are scheduled for 10am as per normal; only Hansel & Gretel is at 1pm.)
  8. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    I don't care what you have to do to insure you see Plot Point more than once.....just do it! This is a ballet of pure genius. Such things only come around a very few times in a lifetime. The first viewing will almost certainly overwhelm you. Pite creates (....and that's the operative word when it comes to Crystal Pite....CREATES) so much new, so much detail in drama, movement, scenery, lighting, intellectual understanding, deep physiological resonances within you, and story, always story, that your brain just can't absorb it all. On first viewing, I found myself in a race with my brain attempting to "figure it out", or as I suspect Crystal might say "compelled to make story", of what my eyes were seeing and my ears were hearing, that I was left basically confused (but exhilarated). On my second viewing the next day, I could leave all that "making sense" behind; I already knew what was happening; now the sheer power of the piece could occupy my being. It was an experience I will never forget. I saw it a third time later that day, this was probably the most satisfying viewing of all three. In any case, just take my word....see this piece, but if you don't see it twice, you may not have seen it at all.
  9. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Well, it's probably correct then. It confused me because for Plot Point for the last 3 performances, starting with the 3rd dancer down, the order of the characters changes (at least I guess that's what happens). So for example, Cruz's character changes to Foster.....not likely . From that point down none of the characters line up with previous performances as they usually do. Assuming the list of dancers is correct, no big deal, except it makes it harder for me to scan across to see which dancers in which cast I've already seen (I do that often in order to determine which night has the most cast changes, and therefore the night I most likley want to see on the 2nd weekend).
  10. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Helene, there's some sort of problem with the 2nd week spreadsheet for the last 3 performances of Plot Point. I can't quite figure it out, but it looks like some cells were scrambled. P.S. Your sheets are always so helpful....especially this time for me since I'm considering coming down during the 2nd weekend to catch Foster.
  11. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Are you saying that Leta Biasucci uses the nickname of Lia??
  12. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Cool.... I noticed in the rehearsal video that Crystal Pite referred to Leah Terada as "LeahT"......to distinguish her from Leah Merchant I presume (who would then I suppose be "LeahM"). I wonder if that is a set of names that is used company wide?
  13. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    I am devastated
  14. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    WOW......I'm going to love seeing that! Foster can "twist" better than anyone You can see it now on Youtube (starts for real about 1:30): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKIGa1Yvu2o
  15. One more example of new media sapping readership of the print media....a trend that won't reverse I'm afraid. What saddens me more than anything is the loss of editors (and the professionalism and honesty they bring) on the internet. Basically, anyone can say anything.......be it truthful or not (witness our very own President!). Saddest of all is that too many people, way too many people, believe some of this stuff simply because they want to.