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  1. I can now get the site to load in Firefox when I just type this into the browser, after reading Helen's suggestion: balletalert.invisionzone.com
  2. Site Issues, Wednesday, July 26

    Ok thanks for the info. Hope the upgrade fixes it. If it helps at all, I am now getting a "connection has timed out / problem loading page" display on Firefox instead of the suspended page that I was getting before.
  3. Site Issues, Wednesday, July 26

    Has there been any resolution? I still can't reach the site from Firefox even though I've cleared my cache, cookies, everything. Am I missing something? I've been fine on Chrome but I don't use Chrome regularly.
  4. La Scala in Orange County in July 2017

    I saw the first show last night with Misty Copeland, Roberto Bolle, and Nicoletta Manni as Myrtha. Overall it was a nice production and La Scala dancers were nice to watch in the second Act, especially. The two dancers (Alessandra Vassallo and Emanuela Montanari) who were Moyna and Zulme were very light and wispy. The corps of 24 Wilis was well unified and created nice shapes/movement together. However, the whole evening was emotionally empty from the three principals. Misty Copeland was pleasant enough as Giselle in the first act, but once the smiley-peasant Giselle was over she was mostly an empty vessel. The biggest issue were her shoes. They are way too hard and because of that she clomped around the stage for both acts--super noisy pointes which is especially egregious in Giselle, imo. I'm guessing she is wearing such a hard shank to help her get through the hops on pointe, etc, but it is really distracting (she slipped off pointe twice during the hops in Act 1, though she got through more than I was expecting). What I took away from her dancing overall is that she mostly seems to be about moving through steps as quickly as possible to get to a "comfortable" pose for her, whatever that is at the moment. Because of that there is not a lot of musicality or drama and the dancing can look tense. I would rate her first Act higher than the second, but I wasn't emotionally involved with her character especially not in the mad scene. Bolle is in great shape but a bit of an empty vessel if he isn't doing the poncey prince bit--hopefully with Nunez he will have a better outing tonight. He sailed through the 32 entrechat sixes but looked like he could have kept going which defeats the whole "dance until death" aspect of the second act. Very solid partnering throughout, though that is to be expected. I thought Nicolette Manni (who will be Giselle today and Myrtha again tomorrow--heavy schedule) had some lovely lightness to her jumps. But she conveyed no authority and there was no real development of Myrtha's character. I can see how she could be a nice Giselle (though I hope she turns on the Romantic style a little...) because she is very petite and light. Hopefully Josette will be able to tell us how she fairs.
  5. La Scala in Orange County in July 2017

    "Interesting" article about why Misty Copeland is appearing with La Scala: http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-ca-cm-la-scala-ballet-misty-copeland-20170714-story.html
  6. For those who follow the Mariinsky casting ups and downs more closely than I do, does this casting shed any light on the SCFTA casting for Chopiniana, Scheherezade, Spectre, or Dying Swan the week before?
  7. Veronika Part leaving ABT

    Those are both false equivalencies though. Maybe I could see a stretch to compare Bolle to someone like Vishneva but they (Kotchekova and Bolle) are outsiders and haven't spent 15 years, year-round with ABT. I'm really appalled by how ABT handled this. I also find it weird the other principals weren't/aren't more vocal in at least sending Veronika off. I'd start worrying when McKenzie was going to do something like this to me.
  8. Promotions

    I never thought I'd see the day when Lane was promoted. Great news; excited to see them in Nutcracker out here in December! Still so sorry for Part.
  9. ABT 2017 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

    https://www.musiccenter.org/about/Our-Programs/Glorya-Kaufman-Dance/1718-season/abt/ 3 shows in LA post-2018 Met Season (so I would assume at the Met too)
  10. ABT 2017 Tchaikovsky Spectacular

    This is so disappointing. One of the reasons I was so excited ABT was touring La Bayadere next year was I was certain Veronika would be cast. She is such a beautiful dancer.
  11. Not sure how long this has been posted to the Music Center website but this is a line up for Tiler Peck's BalletNow programs. https://www.musiccenter.org/about/Our-Programs/Glorya-Kaufman-Dance/1617-Season/BalletNow/ I have to say that I'm pretty disappointed as this is happening the same weekend as La Scala in Giselle at SCFTA. These are actually fairly interesting programs and some Balanchine we never get to see here. I have Fri evening and Sat evening tickets to Giselle, but I guess I will be thinking about the Sunday matinee (though I like the program for Saturday evening better). Maybe I should swap my tickets to Giselle? What a horrible conundrum and bad planning by these two competing theaters.
  12. ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    Just wanted to chime in and thank everyone for their reviews; I read them eagerly! Wish I could be seeing all these wonderful debuts. I saw on Lane's instagram that she thanks either/both Irina and Max for the help in the last few days. Good to hear about them coaching especially with the seeming bad blood.
  13. SCFTA website now shows that the Mariinsky will perform in the regular theater (Segerstrom Hall), not the concert hall. Yay? Still not renewing
  14. Maps, I'm not clear what you mean. Are you suggesting that La Scala was added at a later date so there may be more dance engagements added, like the Bolshoi Dreamer posted about? La Scala was always included in the series from the start, based on the initial announcement and inside the pdf in your link: http://balletalert.invisionzone.com/index.php?/topic/41151-scfta-20162017-season/ The program for La Scala did change mid-season (maybe in Feb/March of this year), however, from Cinderella to Giselle (thank god).
  15. I thought the same. I will be writing some emails to Judy Morr (thanks Josette) among others--not that they've emailed subscribers yet. You'd think that would be simultaneous with the announcement.