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  1. Winter 2018

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/17/arts/dance/like-a-prayer.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Here is a video of Maria K. practicing Mozartiana's opening prayer. I found her comments about her mom particularly poignant.
  2. Winter 2018

    https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB-Casting_January-30-February-4,-2018_lobby.pdf Week 2 casting is up. So many exciting debuts. I can't wait for the season to begin.
  3. ABT in Detroit, Feb. 8-11, 2018

    Yes, Teuscher was originally paired with Lendorf. He seems to be injury prone.
  4. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    NYCB has always taken pride in the fact that the vast majority of the rep was created for NYCB. They generally do not incorporate rep that was created elsewhere for another company. The only recent exception I can think of is Wheeldon's DGV, which was created on the Royal Ballet.
  5. Completely agree with you. I saw it on Broadway. The play didn't speak to me or move me at all. I thought both Eclipsed and King Charles III, both nominated for best play that season, were far superior to The Humans. King Charles III was broadcast on PBS previously, but I don't know if it is still available for viewing on their website.
  6. ABT in Detroit, Feb. 8-11, 2018

    Juliet is Seo's best role, in my opinion. No difficult pointe work or killer technical demands.
  7. Winter 2018

    The dancers whose contracts will not be renewed for next season must be notified by NYCB in February under union rules. Assuming no new AD is appointed in the next few weeks, are the 4 interim AD's going to vote amongst themselves as to who will not be coming back? Or will there be no terminations? While that idea sounds nice, if nobody leaves there may be no money to offer contracts to apprentices. Also, how far in advance do they sign contracts for new choreography and costume designers? Are the contracts for the Fall 2018 gala already signed, sealed and delivered? Personally, I'd be happy if the Fall Fashion galas became a thing of the past, but SJP is still on the Board, and those galas are her brainshild.
  8. Balanchine's Birthday celebration 2018?

    They used to have these lecture demonstrations for the Balanchine birthday Saturday in the late afternoon, after the matinee but before the evening show. 11AM on a Saturday is just cruel. Also, the event used to be free, but now they are charging for it. When it was free, the tickets were gone almost immediately. There seem to be a good number of seats left at the moment.
  9. Winter 2018

    Certainly all the dancers are highly professional. However, I think part of what drives the high caliber performances at NYCB is a sense of competitiveness, especially at the soloist level. Now that there is nobody with authority to promote in charge, I'm concerned that go-for-broke performances may not be in the cards at the present moment. The name of the game for people who are on the cusp of promotion at the moment is probably to just stay healthy until the next AD arrives. I also have to wonder how this state of limbo is going to impact programming for next season.
  10. Gomes and ABT

    He may still be getting jobs here and there, but the main source of his employment and income are gone, and his reputation has been permanently and damaged.
  11. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    The misconduct of Louis CK occurred between the 1990s adn 2005. His work with FX started in 2009. The article says that there was no misconduct during the course of his employment with FX. That was the subject of the investigation. FX was not investigating conduct that may have occurred when he worked elsewhere for other employers or entities..
  12. Gomes and ABT

    I would be careful to separate out people who are trained journalists and those who are editors or operators of trade publications regarding dance. It's become clear to me that simply being editor or writer of a trade publication does not mean that the person has any actual background in journalism, or the standards applicable to formal journalism.
  13. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/07/arts/television/louis-ck-fx-investigation.html FX recently released information regarding its investigation into the workplace conduct of Louis C.K. The investigation revealed that there was no evidence of workplace misconduct by Louis C.K. Let's hope that NYCB, which receives some public funding, will exercise the same level of transparency upon its completion into the investigation of Peter Martins' workplace conduct.
  14. Winter 2018

    It's ironic that Scheller left in June because Martins rarely used her, and now Martins is gone. We should have had Scheller for the duration of her career here at NYCB. Nobody has commented on the fact that Megan Fairchild and Andy Veyette are cast in the same ballet (Divertimento). Has there been a thawing of relations?
  15. Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/05/opinion/golden-globes-metoo.html?_r=0 An interesting read about the mob mentality of the me too movement.