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  1. Perverse is McKenzie's middle name, so nothing he does would shock me at this point.
  2. 2017 Fall Season

    I thought both Hyltin and Fairchild were transcendent on Sunday in Duo. However, I thought Robbie's enthusiasm was because he was determined to make his final dance memorable, not because he couldn't wait to leave NYCB.
  3. 2017 Fall Season

    yes, I believe you are correct. No surprise there.
  4. Which role is Lane going to do in Bayadere- Nikiya or Gamzatti?
  5. 2017 Fall Season

    It's now official. The announcement of Catazaro's promotion is now on the NYCB homepage. Congrats!
  6. Fall 2017 Season

    Me too. First time ever that I'm not buying any tickets for the fall season. It didn't help that the first week coincides with the Mariinsky's Bayadere shows in DC. There was absolutely no way I was going to save any time for ABT that week. I would like to see Symphonic Dances again, but not with the cast they are putting out for week 2. If the new Ratmansky gets a stellar review, I might consider going to one performance. I'm more excited about the Red Shoes than about ABT's offerings. See ya in the Spring at the Met.
  7. 2017 Fall Season

    R. Fairchild posted a lovely note on his Instagram account about R. Krohn. He is in town, because he was in the audience on Friday to see his sister dance Square Dance. As to the reasons he did not make a personal appearance at Krohn's farewell, draw your own conclusions.
  8. 2018 Spring Season

    NYCB's spring season will include a new ballet forty minutes in duration which features reconstructions of the choreography of 8 Broadway musicals "closely associated with Jerome Robbins (that Jerome Robbins directed or choreographed). It's part of the Robbins centennial celebration. Sounds exciting. Some dancers of NYCB will take on singing roles too. It would have been a perfect project for R. Fairchild. Too bad he's leaving. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/04/arts/city-ballet-to-celebrate-the-broadway-side-of-jerome-robbins.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=sectionfront
  9. 2017 Fall Season

    While I thought Phelan and Catazarro had improved immensely in Polyphonia since their debuts last season, I didn't think they were in the same league at all as the originators of their roles - Whelan and Soto. Wendy is a very hard act to follow, especially in the ballets that were created on her. That was also reinforced last night in Liturgy, when Maria K. took on Wendy's old role. Now Liturgy looks like an exercise in acrobatics, and has none of the mystery or intensity that Wendy brought to the ballet. What happened to all of the principals that used to be cast in Polyphonia, as recently as last season? Time to pass the ball to the next generation, I guess. I thought Odessa was interesting and well constructed, but not necessarily one of Ratmansky's best ballets. The "slap" of DeLuz by Hyltin has been so toned down that it now is somewhat comical and adds no dramatic weight. Last season I saw Times are Racing twice - both with R. Fairchild in the role now performed by Ashly Isaacs. I didn't like it those two times, in part because of the loud volume of the "music". Last night the sound level didn't bother me as much. I think your experience regarding the volume is very much determined by where you are sitting in relation to the speakers. I thought the work suffered artistically by the absence of R. Fairchild. His sections with Justin Peck were the highlight of the ballet. Isaacs does not have the charismatic showmanship to pull off the role, and so I thought the work looked significantly diminished compared to when R Fairchild performed it.
  10. Fall 2017 Season

    The name of Millepied's new ABT ballet set to P. Glass music is "I Feel The Earth Move". I guess he didn't realize that's the title of an extremely famous Carole King song. I Feel The Earth Move is apparently a section or portion of the Glass opera, Einstein at the Beach.
  11. Correction: sorry, the article doesn't mention a reprint. My bad.
  12. The cookbook will be reprinted to celebrate its 50th anniversary. In addition, Jacques d’Amboise, Allegra Kent, Jared Angle and Adrian Danchig-Waring will participate in a conversation with Meryl Rosofsky, a food scholar, at a presentation at the Guggenheim on Nov. 5 and 6. Moreover, the restaurant at the Guggenheim will be serving dishes from the cookbook. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/02/dining/ballet-cook-book-tanaquil-le-clercq-guggenheim.html?ref=dining
  13. 2017 Fall Season

    Gala review: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/29/arts/dance/new-york-city-ballet-fashion-gala-justin-peck-lovette-gianna-reisen-schumacher.html
  14. 2017 Fall Season

    LOL, but I think Marcelo might actually be able to pull it off. He's that good.
  15. 2017 Fall Season

    Of course NYCB dancers are not going to look like Vaganova trained Mariinsky dancers. Similarly, Mariinsky dancers generally do not perform Balanchine very well in comparison to NYCB dancers. If you're expecting Vaganova style, why would you even consider going to an NYCB performance, much less a performance of Swan Lake at NYCB?