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    totally consumed with balletomane fever
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  1. 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.........
  2. 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.)
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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.
  6. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Are you saying that Leta Biasucci uses the nickname of Lia??
  7. 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?
  8. Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    I am devastated
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. "Restless Creature: Wendy Whelan"

    PNB's "Second Stage" program (cool name, isn't it!) has several wonderful qualities, one of which is that it is funded by both the audience and the dancers. At all perfomances of one rep in the season (there are 6 reps total), one of the dancers (in normal clothing, not costume, and normally not performing that night) comes before the curtain and presents the idea of Second Stage to the assembled audience. Naturally, the dancer requests contributions. There are PD students in tutus in the lobby where you can give money; there are envelops you can use to send money; and many subscribers give on on-going basis. The talk is also a great opportunity for a dancer to speak before hundreds of people.....a great experience for any career ambition (some are born to it; others are extremely nervous). But best of all, the announcing dancer ends her/his talk with the declaration that all the dancers in the company are giving their full salary from opening night of that rep to Second Stage. Audiences love it.
  12. Jewels: 22-23 Sep and 28 Sep-1 Oct

    Nicely said Helene.......I couldn't agree more.
  13. Jewels: 22-23 Sep and 28 Sep-1 Oct

    A quick shout-out to Elle Macy.......you were dazzling in your Rubies "tall girl" debut in the Sept 23 matinee performance. I've been watching you for a while now (Waiting at the Station, Emergence, Little Mortal Jump, or even just in the back of the corps someplace ), and the thrills just keep on coming. You dance with such energy, with such commitment, with such pure joy.....sometimes I just can't tell which is you moving and which is the music -- you swim in the music. However you decided to make dance your life's work, you chose well.
  14. Nah, it just takes time (took me 3 hours to figure out ROH, MetHD, and Bolshoi performances, which cinemas, and to get the schedule into my calendar). The trick for the Pickford is to step thru the calendar month by month found on their website looking at Sundays.
  15. sandik, The Pickford is showing the Royal. Here's what I found in my research yesterday. Note my format is weird (I have my reasons ). Bottom line is to look at the end of each line to see the Pickford dates/times. Also note that as far as I can tell Die Zauberflöte is not being shown in the USA. Ballet - Wheeldon/Talbot: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - 23 October 2017; at Pickford 12/3/17 @ 11:00am - Wright/Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker - 5 December 2017; at Pickford 12/24/17 @ 11:00am - Wheeldon/Talbot: The Winter's Tale - 28 February 2018; at Pickford 4/1/18 @ 11:00am - new McGregor/The Age of Anxiety/new Wheeldon all-Bernstein program - 27 March 2018; at Pickford 5/20/18 @ 11:00am - MacMillan/Massenet: Manon - 3 May 2018; at Pickford 6/17/18 @ 11:00am - Petipa, Ivanov (Scarlett)/Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (new production) - 12 June 2018; at Pickford 7/15/18 @ 11:00am Opera - Die Zauberflöte - 20 September 2017 (apparently not being shown in the USA) - La Bohème - 3 October 2017; at Pickford 11/19/17 @ 11:00am - Rigoletto - 16 January 2018; at Pickford 2/11/18 @ 11:00am - Tosca - 7 February 2018; at Pickford 3/11/18 @ 11:00am - Carmen - 6 March 2018; at Pickford 4/22/18 @ 11:00am - MacBeth - 4 April 2018; at Pickford 6/3/18 @ 11:00am