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I've just gotten tickets to go see Coppelia however have just realized it is the Balanchine version! Has anyone seen it? I'm excited at the idea and can't believe I've gone on all this time not realizing he did his own version. The last time I saw Coppelia was in London around 2004. It was lovely.

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Helene   

Welcome to Ballet Alert!, JumpFrog :flowers:

Balanchine asked Alexandra Danilova, a renowned Swanhilde, to help him stage the three-act version. The first two acts are based on what they remembered from the Russian Imperial Ballet and, for Danilova, the Ballets Russes. Balanchine created a first act solo for Franz, originally danced by Helgi Tomasson, to music from Delibes' "Sylvia," a gorgeous score, and ensemble dances. Acts I and II are "after Petipa." The third act is Balanchine's original choreography for the Wedding, with a female soloist with a corps of 24 students, three female solos, War and Discord for eight couples and a lead couple, and a grand pas de deux for Swanhilde and Frantz.

It's a lovely work, with beautiful sets and costumes by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. The stagers are Judith Fugate, a great NYCB Swanhilde, and Garielle Whittle, a long-time ballet mistress for children at NYCB.

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Helene   

Welcome to Ballet Alert!, JumpFrog :flowers:

Balanchine asked Alexandra Danilova, a renowned Swanhilde, to help him stage the three-act version. The first two acts are based on what they remembered from the Russian Imperial Ballet and, for Danilova, the Ballets Russes. Balanchine created a first act solo for Franz, originally danced by Helgi Tomasson, to music from Delibes' "Sylvia," a gorgeous score, and ensemble dances. Acts I and II are "after Petipa." The third act is Balanchine's original choreography for the Wedding, with a female soloist with a corps of 24 students, three female solos, War and Discord for eight couples and a lead couple, and a grand pas de deux for Swanhilde and Frantz.

It's a lovely work, with beautiful sets and costumes by Roberta Guidi di Bagno. The stagers are Judith Fugate, a great NYCB Swanhilde, and Garielle Whittle, a long-time ballet mistress for children at NYCB.

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JumpFrog   

Thank you very much Helene! :tiphat:

I apologize for my tardy response. I am still getting used to "being online" here lol. I appreciate your thoughtful response. I am even more excited now. I have recently moved north of the border and have been missing my PNB performances alot. Thankfully I have this upcoming trip to look forward to and it coinciding with this production is icing on the cake. :clapping:

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choriamb   

Congratulations to her...he's a total cutie!!!

Fact: Due to the combined absence of Imler and Ashley Bouder, American ballet as a whole has moved with 12 minutes 32 seconds less velocity per show for the past 9 months. (I personally suspect that they coordinated their absences just to ensure there wasn't some sort of lop-sided continental shift.)

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Helene   

PNB just posted a photo of Batkhurel Bold with his Washington State ballot envelope, with the news that he recently became a US citizen and is voting in his first US election:

 

 

Congratulations to him!

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sandik   

Congratulations indeed!  Between citizenship and getting married last summer, he's been making some big changes!

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sandik   

Considering that he hadn't been back performing for so very long before this tour, that was extra special.

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sandik   

I've never watched a live feed (or a recording of a live feed) of an editing session -- fascinating stuff.

 

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sandik   
15 hours ago, Helene said:

King5 did a story on Sarah Ricard Orza and her dual role as mom and dancer:

http://www.king5.com/news/local/moms-find-special-role-with-pacific-northwest-ballet/436687676

 

PNB might have four moms now, but six dancers have children:  Seth Orza and Karel Cruz are dancing PNB dads.

 

Thanks for the link -- I don't always catch television news.  I was sorry that they didn't at least name the other dancers with kids (and baffled that, when they mentioned that there were other mothers in the company, they cut to Dec and to Emma Love Suddarth?), and yes, they could have mentioned dads as well.  I have a feeling this is keyed to Mother's Day, but even so...

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Helene   

It looked like Emma Love Suddarth after Lindsi Dec.  Since the moms in the company are Ricard Orza, Foster, Dec, and Imler, I'm sure she'd be surprised to know she had a child and has come back :angel_not:.

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sandik   
10 hours ago, Helene said:

It looked like Emma Love Suddarth after Lindsi Dec.  Since the moms in the company are Ricard Orza, Foster, Dec, and Imler, I'm sure she'd be surprised to know she had a child and has come back :angel_not:.

 

That was my question too!

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Helene   

Madison Taylor, Elle Macy, and Noelani Pantastico are modeling Yumiko leotards, photographed by Angela Sterling:

 

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Helene   

James Moore and Kristen nee Rusnak Moore married in Seattle on June 12.  Congratulations to them both :flowers:

 

 

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