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  • Birthday 01/01/1909

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Long-time ballet student in my youth, now an avid balletgoer and fan.
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    New York

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  1. I agree, Peg. Even though it has many good actors they are not put to good use, the story is confusing and not even very spy thriller-intense imo. No chemistry between Jennifer Lawrence and Joel Edgerton. The most deliciously campy lines go to Mary Louise Parker, almost worth the price of admission. They did do a very good job of cgi'ing Jennifer's head on Isabella's body but the choreography was no great shakes and the dance sequence very brief. In no way did Jennifer L look the part of a Bolshoi prima. Toward the end Jennifer's character attends the ballet and although the stage is seen from a distance you can easily tell it is Isabella dancing and she does get a cast credit as Princess Aurora dancer. However, at my cinema it was a sell out and I bet it does good business. If it makes money this is based on book one of a trilogy so....
  2. Winter 2018

    He doesn't seem to mention his personal training program for dancers any longer. This could have been a path for him to remain with the company and maybe still will be. On the other hand, he's always noted on social media how much he loves warm weather, which makes me wonder if in retirement he will return to Spain or even LA.
  3. ABT Swan Lake in Singapore

    He posted on his instagram account from Chicago where the company is now performing. I figured he was there for rehearsals and was injury free. But maybe the terms of his contract require him to show up a certain number of days even if he is injured?
  4. Thanks, Laurel - you made me feel like I was there. I've commented on IG that I hope the Lane/Cornejo cast of Other Dances is offered next fall. That piece was a highlight of last fall.
  5. Winter 2018

    I had different impressions of today's performance. I did not care for Mearns in the prayer section of Mozartiana - it seemed too brittle and not lush enough. And I actually thought Chase Finlay looked in better form than I've seen him in the past. Cortege is fun and I agree, Ashley Bouder was stellar! I really want to like Russell Jantzen more as I like the look of a tall dancer and I have been moved in some of his performances, but to me he often looks very tense in the neck/shoulders and I find myself worrying that he won't have a successful solo.
  6. Gomes and ABT

    I saw it last week and made one mention of it in a previous thread. That comment had to do with how deeply sad it was to see Marcelo and Veronika dancing together and looking ravishing. It was truly hard to watch the doc through the lens of his resignation. Also, the footage is very old, it seemed from many years ago. For example there's one shot of David Hallberg looking so young and unlike his current appearance that it was jarring. Also a shot of his family showed his niece as a small child, and she must now be close to teenage going by Marcelo's more recent (pre-resignation) social media posts. Yet if you didn't know you would think these shots were more current. There is no timeline, which I felt was a detriment. In addition, the film makers clearly had no access to shoot ABT company rehearsals or performances so Marcelo dancing with his home company is absent. That being said, though it was bitter, it was also sweet to see him again. My favorite sequence was Marcelo teaching partnering skills to students with the help of Luciana Voltolini (also no longer with ABT) that was fascinating.
  7. Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    I'd really like to see this, missed them last visit. I wish the Joyce site would state which works are being performed by the various choreographers. Maybe too soon?
  8. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    I saw the Marcelo documentary this afternoon and it left me deeply sad, as I knew it would. Doubly so since the beginning shows he and Veronika backstage and then snippets of them in Swan Lake, which were gloriously beautiful. Why they weren't paired more at ABT is beyond me. I will miss both of them so much when spring season rolls around.
  9. Nutcracker 2017

    If he was simply retiring a role then why be so cryptic? I think it's a prelude to a full retirement announcement. I too wonder about his fitness program, which he doesn't mention anymore. I'll miss him if my hunch is correct.
  10. Gomes and ABT

    I have a feeling both Marcelo and K. McKenzie are waiting for the holidays to be over to make any statements or announcement of re-casting. Perhaps this week? Or at least after New Years day.
  11. Gomes and ABT

    Like all of you I'm heartsick over what has transpired. It simply doesn't make sense. I have tickets for the January showing of Marcelo's documentary at Film Forum. If it is not cancelled, I will be watching with tears in my eyes. Marcelo was supposed to do Q&As at some of the showings. Obviously that won't happen now.
  12. Nutcracker 2017

    I could certainly be wrong, but I had the impression that Ms Watts was coaching Tiler Peck privately not as part of the NYCB organization.
  13. David Hallberg's memoirs

    I haven't yet finished the book (almost!) but he did say at his book signing/Q&A at the 92nd St Y that now that he had once faced the possibility of retiring he no longer feared it.
  14. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    How I wi1sh I could go to this performance! But alas, a bit too far and inconvenient for me to travel to. Look forward to your report NinaFan