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  1. 2018 Met Season

    Unfortunately, at ABT media exposure seems to be very important in evaluating the value of a dancer, insofar as media exposure leads to ticket sales.
  2. No works by Martins. Whoo hoo. It is a new era.
  3. 2018 Met Season

    That's also my view of the situation. Cornejo is one of the best dancers, but he is now regularly cast with my least favorite dancer. I'll go to see him, even if it means tolerating a lackluster and mediocre performance from his partner.
  4. 2018 Met Season

    I hate to say it, but based on past incidents, David Hallberg's injuries never are minor. I certainly took his representation on social media that he had a minor injury with a big dose of skepticism. I'd be utterly thrilled if Shkylarov danced Giselle with Osipova at the Met. But again, knowing the players involved, I'm not holding my breath. Waiting for the May 17 announcement of withdrawal and replacement by ABT dancers X and Y.
  5. 2018 Met Season

    I think Wed matinee is the most dreaded spot on the roster. Did you ever see Vishneva or Roberto Bolle in a Wed matinee? I don't think so.
  6. 2018 Met Season

    From what I've observed, Swan Lake sells out every year regardless of who is dancing, so they really did not need to give Misty two Swan Lakes in order to sell tickets. Swan Lake sells itself.
  7. 2018 Met Season

    I hadn't thought about it before, but I guess Lendorf did take the roles that Gorak theoretically might have danced. Gorak has had a lot of difficulty with complex partnering assignments, and I think that's a substantial reason why he never made any progress in getting more roles. Lendorf in my opinion is a joy to watch in almost everything. He does not have the perfect ballet body like Hallberg. However, he is very talented in both technique and dramatic presence. My only reservation is that he does not seem to be suited to comedic roles like Don Q.
  8. 2018 Met Season

    It's usually the AD who coaxes or forces retirement, but McKenzie and Julie Kent went way back. McKenzie gave Kent a lot more latitude and control than Part, who was kicked out without the proper retirement farewell. Part could have danced well another season or two. There are so many things that have happened under McKenzie that are unseemly that it would take a new thread to address them all.
  9. I find it interesting that Mariinsky is coming in April. They have always come to DC either in October, or during Jan/Feb. I'm hoping that there might be a New York stop during their trip to the US. The Koch is always available during early and mid April. Of course, this is just wishful thinking. I have no factual info to support my dream.
  10. Any way of knowing if Cojocaru would be part of the ENB trip to Chicago? Is Cojocaru back from maternity leave at ENB?
  11. Just announced. The Mariinsky will bring Corsaire to the Kennedy Center in 2019. Engagement is April 9-14, 2019.
  12. Winter 2018

    There is a difference in skill level in executing the choreography among individual dancers, which refers to quality of technique and abilities of different individuals. But differences in the level of skill or quality of technique is not the same thing as a different style. Everyone at NYCB has learned the same style at SAB. It's not like ABT, for example, where the dancers come from all different schools, and there is no uniformity or consistency of style within the company.
  13. Winter 2018

    The weight issues have also been mentioned in relation to two male principals - the Angle brothers.
  14. Winter 2018

    I think weight warnings at NYCB may now be a thing of the past, since complaints about Martins' handling of weight issues was one of the things that brought Martins' tenure to an end. If you give a weight warning as a manager, you may either risk being the subject of an abuse investigation or become the subject of a NY Times article about how mean and insensitive you are. Going forward, perhaps those in the company who are not regulating their weight/fitness on their own will simply not have their contracts renewed. Management does not have to give a reason for nonrenewal of a contract. These days, the less said by a manager about the grounds for nonrenewal, the better.
  15. Winter 2018

    I don't think NYCB has a diversity of dancing styles. That's why they hire almost all of the main company from SAB, where all the students have learned Balanchine technique.