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pleiades

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    adult student, avid watcher
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    western US
  1. I would want to do Natalia Makarova's part from The River (assuming of course I could dance the way she did!), anything in Return to the Strange Land by Jiri Kylian, and Liebeslieder Waltz
  2. Noisy point shoes

    A teacher of mine, formerly of the Royal Ballet, once chastised someone in class for noisy pointe shoes, saying that noisy shoes detracted and distracted and that it was the dancer's responsibility to ensure that didn't happen.
  3. Best Jumpers

    I have that program from a trip to ABT (I think on tour to the west coast) I use to look at the picture and, in my then adolescent and adoring way, want to "be" her.
  4. Imagining a Ballet

    so glad to know it's not just me. I do it constantly while driving, to, dare I say it, all kinds of music.
  5. If you could have anything you want...

    I think these suggestions are terrific. May I add one more. . . because elementary and middle school kids are surrounded by popular music and 'street' dancing, it might be really interesting to take some of the more popular hiphop movements and show how they can be treated balletically. I'm thinking for example, of a number of turns that are really turned in soutenous, and so on. . . An aside to the pointe shoe suggestion. . . the kindergardners at my son's school do a 'shoe study' every year which includes collecting different kinds of unusual shoes. I gave them a pair of old pointe shoes which have inspired much conversation.
  6. The grudge comes out of the woodwork. . . Apologies in advance -- my response is not necessarily technical and I don't have the specific knowledge of dancers that those in NY or who follow the company do but. . . First off, I picked the Wednesday program -- Who Cares, Agon, Symphony in C -- especially because it was a complete Balanchine bill. Choreographically I was thrilled. Thrilled may even be an understatement. It had been years (NYCB when I was a teen) since I had seen either NYCB or Balanchine's choreography live and I am awed by his brilliance. Now the grudgy part. I thought that the corps looked ragged and that technically, with few exceptions, the company was not as strong as I would have liked or expected. In fact I bumped into a number of friends at intermission and to a person, the first words were always about the feet, and not in a complimentary way. It felt to me, especially during "Who Cares" that the company was performing perfunctorily -- there was no soul and no sense of "dancing." The sole exception was the petit allegro throughout the evening which was lightning quick and sharp. Ashley Bouder was terrific however -- she inhabited her part and captivated the audience. The men as a whole I thought were very weak, with the clear exception of Jock Soto and Benjamin Millepied. In fact Millepied was the only one who had the jumps and turns I expect from a male principal. I just wish he were not so physically slight. Symphony in C I thought was the best performed piece of the night -- my companion for the evening thought it might have something to do with the fact that the music is more classical -- the kind of music that those who have studied ballet all their lives are trained to dance to and count. Perhaps there's something to that.
  7. Children's Lit Dissertation

    As one who's always loved children's literature, particularly fantasy, may I add. . . Edward Eager (Half Magic, Magic by the Lake, Knight's Castle, etc.) -- he was inspired by E. Nesbit The Wizard of Oz and sequels (so obvious that we tend to forget them) Ursula LeGuin's books, many for children The Borrowers (Mary Norton) The Gnomobile (Upton Sinclair, made into a movie years ago by Disney) All four Mary Poppins books The Rose and the Ring by Thackeray (that Thackeray!) Plus there are all sorts of new series out, the names of which escape me, but which my almost 11year old son absolutely loves Those are the ones which come to mind at the moment
  8. Top Ten Things To Do During Intermission

    Watch the little girls struggling to stay awake out for a big evening with mommy and/or daddy Watch the teenagers trying to pretend they don't know their parents and stand in a perfect fifth Just people watch -- it's one of my favorite places to do so.
  9. MOVIE CASTING SUGGESTIONS

    Jane Krakowski dances, as does Cynthia Gibb (she was in the television series Fame, just turned 40)
  10. Romeo and Juliet

    Thanks for the explanation.
  11. Romeo and Juliet

    I am talking about Susan Jones. Thank you for clarifying that. Also, as I read the program insert last night -- didn't save it, I wish I had -- I recall it said that the ballet had it's premiere with Nureyev and Fonteyn in 1965.
  12. Romeo and Juliet

    While watching the ABT Romeo and Juliet I felt as though Romeo got to do significantly more dancing than Juliet. Is this traditional, or was it possibly because this was originally choreographed for Nureyev and Fonteyn -- he being in his prime and she a good deal older? Or is it another reason entirely? Also, the role of the nurse is a non-dancing role -- how is that traditionally cast? Last night it looked to be played by a non-dancer, but one who was listedin the credits (although not as a member of the company) Thanks
  13. The Green Table

    Amy, your mother is not alone -- years ago I took my mother to the Stuttgart and we picked the program based on her love for The Green Table. Recently she too lamented that none of the companies we have access to were performing the ballet.
  14. short film about ABT from 1972

    I just found a review in of all places, Dance View Times, and the reviewer -- Mindy Aloff -- was as curious as I was. I hope that link came throughReview
  15. short film about ABT from 1972

    Yes, that's absolutely it. thank you so much. If I come up with anything on wherabouts I'll add it to this thread. And Major Mel, better pas de chats over the rice paddys than chasses.
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