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  1. sandik

    former art dir/teacher

    Welcome to the community -- there are a few of us here who live and see dance on the west coast. Where was your studio located?
  2. Apparently a couple of commentators on Fox News were pretty insulting about the whole response
  3. My Favorite Year ran and ran here, almost as long as a year. O'Toole may have had some conventional instincts, but he could calibrate them for a part.
  4. And I keep thinking of Oskar Schlemmer and the Triadic Ballet!
  5. I'm sure this is all true, but it was still an epic event for me. Bingo. I went with friends, a couple weeks after it opened, and we really had no idea what it would be like. We were stunned.
  6. "The back wall of the theater was opened for this ballet, so it was danced against the beautiful backdrop of the trees behind the theater on the Pillow grounds." That must have been stunning. I'm so glad that Boston is presenting these works of Yakobson's -- he was a significant choreographer who likely won't be retained in many Russian repertories. I'm very glad to hear about this as well. We forget sometimes that we live in a country that derives a big chunk of its wealth from this miserable business. I've been working my way through the NYT magazine 1619 materials. Hard and important reading.
  7. The Nutcracker panel sounds very exciting -- I hope these will be recorded.
  8. Oooh, hadn't seen that video before -- thanks! Part of the issue was about modesty -- the Russian royal family was pretty conservative when it came to costuming, and you don't necessarily bite the hand that feeds you. In her memoir "Theater Street," Karsavina talks about undergarments and some of the changes that occurred when she traveled to Europe with Diaghilev. Oh, you're not alone.
  9. If I'm lucky, I'll be gone before the estate finishes cleaning out the vaults. Prince!
  10. Oh, you're in for a treat. It was one of the first films I saw all by myself, in the early 70s, and I was just gobsmacked. My mother used to talk about seeing it when the film was first released. It has an intermission, which came after a long series of shots of the desert. My mother went straight out to the concessions counter, and bought the largest orange soda she could get. And she really disliked fountain drinks.
  11. So will Lindsi Dec be far behind?
  12. One thing about humor -- if we see something that satirizes a topic, that means it's assumed that we know the topic. I'm not trying to imply that all crappy "guy in a tutu" sketches are signs of cultural literacy, but if we didn't have a baseline recognition for ballet, comics wouldn't be using it for material. So our challenge is to change the stereotype.
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