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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    avid balletgoer, fan
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  1. 2017-18 Season

    I have taken public transportation all around the world but down here. Not recommended AT ALL.
  2. Fall 2017 Season

    Agh...what an uninteresting, unbalanced season. Good thing I chose instead to go see the Russian DC Bayaderes-(although I will be missing MCB's "Jewels" in the process...😞)
  3. Mariinsky in London 2017

    I saw AK last year in SP's White Nights festival...and just found it to be a bore. But again...I have never been a fan of the XIX century literature "dark gowns" ballet adaptations.
  4. Mariinsky in London 2017

    Well..that would be in the Soviet, truncated Bayadere.
  5. Mariinsky in London 2017

    The first time I saw B's SL I was surprised. I had read countless writings-( mostly in this forum)- about said famous "distillation", "essence", and so on. When I saw it, my one impression-(which still stand)- was that of the choreographer rrather showing a compression of the two white acts, but certainly NOT in a plotless, pure dance form. Actually...it shows more story- telling, narrative factors than the Soviet white acts, and it-( perhaps)-even shows to be permeated to what Balanchine remembered from Imperial productions, visually speaking-( the mechanical swans...the hunters interacting with the corps, Siegfried's entourage accompanying him during the beginning of the act etc...). So for me it was just Balanchine showing a bit of a story of Swan Lake without getting to stage the whole thing. This compression is definitely not in the same league of the other famous B' s full length distillation...those from Raymonda-( Pas de dix, Cortege Hongrois and RV)-, where there is absolutely no narrative to follow.
  6. Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    Oh..definitely. Just the grand spectacle of the Russian shades and their unique sense of beauty and elaborated plasticity makes up for an entire worthy trip. Tumbs up for the GRAND, tsarist era inspired shades, Natasha! πŸ‡·πŸ‡ΊπŸ’™
  7. Mariinsky Bayadere KennCen Oct 22-17, 17

    I bought tickets for every performance from Wednesday to Sunday...but skipped a double with Skorik. Oh..how I wish they would get us Novikova at some point...😞
  8. Mariinsky in London 2017

  9. There is absolutely nothing wrong with your post. The Bolshoi DOES look and IS very white. Not only the company...but the whole of Moscow and SP cities. I don't think I have ever in my whole life witnessed the sight of thousands of people walking toward me-(as in the Moscow subway)- where almost everyone had porcelain skin and overwhelmingly blue eyes. I notice a problem in US as to intertwine "race" with "ethnicity". People from different ethnic groups can all be or look pretty caucasian. Classic example...myself, and the confusion I see when I am asked in forms my race and I write "caucasian", and "Latin" as ethnic group-(Cuban born, Swedish descendant here). And then the ever present.."Oh..you don't look Cuban!", intended as a compliment...when in reality is quite offensive. Bottom line. There are many ethnicities out there-(as with those mentioned in the Bolshoi)-, but light skin is light skin...here and in China. That the Bolshoi IS white and LOOKS white is no rocket science to discover.
  10. Ratmansky's Swan Lake at La Scala

    Oh...well...that's Nina, for Christ sake. In a league of her own, of course..✊✊✊❀❀❀
  11. Ratmansky's Swan Lake at La Scala

    What I find amusing is that EVEN 32 singles-(as with the posted clip)- are quite a hard task for the ballerina if the conductor goes with the appropriate speed-(which is the case in the clip). I have the feeling that dancing scores have had a tendency to go slower as years passed, to make room for more refined poses...better, more refined body positions...placement correctness etc. Sometimes we see midcentury dancers dancing somewhat sloppier, but definitely faster and in most cases- (IN MY OWN OPINION)- way more exciting. If Legnani and Kshessinskaya were able to really achieve this 32 fouettes to the original music speed and back when pointe shoes were not even close to our modern day bricks, then well....it is quite a marvel, even more considering the struggle we see our modern ballerinas have with said sequence.
  12. ABT has a new website!

    Oh...no doubt about personal preferences. I was just sharing my own. ;-)
  13. ABT has a new website!

    After years of theater going I rarely use websites to purchase tickets. I usually go to the venue, 99% of the cases within the very same day of the performance. They all usually offer a variety of deals-(rush tickets...student tickets...standing up tickets...discounts etc).. On winter I scored a $15 rush ticket to see Placido Domingo in Nabucco the very day of the performance...right in orchestra. If I have to relay on online tickets, I then go to the venue website-(as with the upcoming Mariinsky Bayaderes).
  14. Ratmansky's Swan Lake at La Scala

    Let's note that even the 32 singles can be difficult to achieve if they are danced to the correct music speed-(as in this clip). Here the ballerina goes slower than the music, hence only being able to do 26, which she ends with triple pirouettes. ABT's suicide scene is still way more effective with the cliff-jump in high profile. In this clip the ballerina quite disappears in that black hole, which is placed too low to the spectator's view. The white swans costumes are exquisite.
  15. 1978 . . . and Today

    Petipa laid out the molds...and they came to stay forever.✊