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  1. Nutcracker 2017

    I was there today and the performance seemed very joyful, upbeat. I went into the performance with some trepidation but left with my spirits restored. Lovett was a radiant SPF, and Phelan a beautiful Dewdrop. And it’s always a treat to see Huxley.
  2. Nutcracker 2017

    The NYCB did two morning performances this week for NYC public school students. This is an annual activity of the NYCB Education department. There were 2300 students at Tuesday’s performance, filling the theater up through the entire 4th ring. Most of the children seemed to be no more than 9 or 10 years old, and their enthusiasm was delightful to witness—audible gasps, laughter, applause at unlikely places, etc. I’m sure it is very gratifying for the cast. Indiana Woodward was a beautiful SPF on Tuesday, and Taylor Stanley her elegant Cavalier; Erica Periera was a serviceable Dewdrop. Lauren Lovette posted her excitement about performing on Wed. on her instagram account earlier this week.
  3. Final Kennedy Center Performance

    This program will also be performed at 3pm on Sunday (December 3) at SUNY Purchase. It’s very surprising to me that this performance isn’t being more widely noted, especially in the New York press. When I checked a couple days ago, some seats were still available.
  4. Canbelto, I agree with you about the disappointing choreography, most especially in the Funeral Dance. I think Wheeldon did better directing here than choreographing. I liked Patrick Wilson better than you did, but missed Stephen Pasquale (who is miscast in the disappointing Junk now on stage at the Mitzi Newhouse). Pasquale and O’Hara are a match made in heaven. That being said, I’m so glad to have seen this. Kelli O’Hara is sublime, and I enjoyed Robbie Fairchild’s dancing much more here than in An American in Paris.
  5. I couldn’t agree more about Adrian. And I’m very glad he’s recovered from his leg injury. I listened to the podcast too. Conversations on Dance gets better and better.
  6. I attended this fascinating program at the Guggenheim last night (to be repeated tonight). It was conceived and moderated by food scholar Meryl Rosofsky (who incidentally is married to the son of Melissa Hayden). Jacques d’Amboise and Allegra Kent shared memories of Balanchine, food and wine, and their respective friendships with Le Clercq. Jared Angle and Adrian Danchig-Waring, both accomplished cooks, curated the dance portion of the program: excerpts from ballets Le Clercq, Kent and d’Amboise were known for. The most exciting was the “Gluttony” portion of The Seven Deadly Sins, staged by Kent and Susan Pilarre, featuring Emma Von Enck and Georgina Pazcoquin; we also saw excerpts from The 4 Ts Choleric (featuring Teresa Reichlen) , Bugaku (beautiful Maria Kowroski and Jared Angle), the Fourth Campaign pdd from Stars and Stripes (Megan Fairchild and Joseph Gordon), and 4th movement rondo from Western Symphony (Reichlen and Catazaro). There were some beautiful clips of Le Clercq dancing, and many photographs. Edward Villella was in the audience and acknowledged by Kent but did not speak. Rosofsky announced that there is an effort underway to interest publishers in a new edition of The Ballet Cook Book. We can only hope. Tonight is sold out, but last night was also and I saw assorted empty seats. There were no comments about live streaming. I hope I’ve put this post where it belongs, but wasn’t sure.
  7. He will be missed by many. At the September “The Dance Historian is in” session, the NYPL announced that the monthly program would continue and that David Vaughan’s name would continue to be associated with it.
  8. 2017 Fall Season

    Thank you so much, canbelto, for your impressions and for the video. I watched every second of it. I was at Saturday’s matinee and agree that Robbie and Sterling were incredibly graceful, eloquent, poignant in Duo Concertant. Robbie is a gifted dancer who has always emulated Gene Kelly but I’m so sad to see him leave NYCB at this stage of his career. The complexity of the reasons for his departure at this point in time make it all the more sad for those of us who love him as a classical ballet dancer and felt his dancing ability was underused in An American in Paris.
  9. That's odd. I saw a rehearsal of the NYCB premiere today. The dancers were Alberda, Applebaum, Blutt, Likolani Brown, Farley, Hod, Hoxha, Kikta, Claire Kretzschmar, Mann, Sanz, Segin, Staker and Walker. (I didn't remember all this but am referring to the list we were given!)
  10. 2017 Fall Season

    I saw Ashley in dress rehearsal Tues but it was clear she wasn't 100%. She later posted on Instagram that she was battling a stomach flu.
  11. 2017 Fall Season

    It's great to read this piece. Her dancing has been on another level since On the Town and her split from Veyette. (The quality of his dancing, on the other hand, has waned.). More power to her!
  12. 2017 Fall Season

    I have attending performance-only portion of several past galas, but not for the last three years. It's fun watching the attendees in their finery and can be exciting to see the premieres. Some of the new works created for the gala are slight (emphasis on designer-created costumes rather than substantive choreography) and are not repeated during the balance of the season.
  13. He was so gifted. The most beautiful remembrance I've seen thus far is by Patti Smith: My Buddy http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/my-buddy-sam-shepard
  14. I'm guessing that music rights may be the reason it wasn't video recorded but am not sure. I sent a gushing note of appreciation this morning via email to the New York Review, asking about plans to share the audio. The response I received said that a link may be posted on their website at some point but it seemed very vague. Here's a link to the program: http://www.scandinaviahouse.org/events/agon-sixty-symposium/
  15. Was anyone else from Ballet Alert at yesterday's Agon at 60 symposium, sponsored by the New York Review of Books, at Scandinavia House in NYC? Apparently it received little publicity, and I missed the ad in a recent issue of NYRB. I only learned of it from an Instagram post last week by Alastair Macaulay. By the time I signed up, it was supposedly full but I went yesterday morning in any case, given that it was a free event and I hoped there would be no-shows. I and several others who were on the waiting list were admitted. It was truly glorious. We heard from Arthur Mitchell, Jacques d'Amboise, Barbara Milberg Fisher, Allegra Kent (on video, interviewed last weekend by Robert Gottlieb), Macaulay, Acocella, Gottlieb and many others. Maria Kowrorski and Jared Angle performed the Agon pdd (beautifully, on a tiny stage) and then answered questions from Claudia Roth Pierpont. No video was made but it was recorded for sound. A feast of riches!