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    Hello from Chicago

    Greetings from Seattle! You've got the English National Ballet coming in February/March with a new version of Giselle by Akram Khan -- you lucky duck!
  2. Thanks so much for the link -- I hadn't been watching for this. Boal is doing the lec/dem about male solos in the Robbins repertory here in Seattle in late September as part of Pacific Northwest Ballet tribute to Robbins. It should be very interesting -- he's spoken about some of his experiences before and he's quite engaging. And I hadn't heard that English National is taking Akram Khan's Giselle to Chicago (2/28-3/2) Now I'm really torn about where to travel this season!
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    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    I've got it and think it's worth the read. I'm old enough to remember when there were all kinds of choreographers out there whose work we knew primarily (or in some cases only!) through written description -- considering the incredible amount of dance on the internet right now, there are still a few who are really only available in real time and space. I think this shift has changed how some of us watch the art form.
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    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    I still feel very underinformed about his choreography -- envy you your access!
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    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    Have you seen the Yakobson before? He's still relatively under-programmed here in the states -- I wish I was going to get a chance at it.
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    Ballet 101, 2018-19 edition

    Thanks for the heads-up!
  7. PNB has presented a wide variety of audience education programming, starting with the Stowell/Russell years, and increasing with Peter Boal's directorship. Last year they folded most of their independent offerings (not attached to a specific performance like pre and post show talks) into a series under the title Ballet 101, which included some fantastic material. (the session on "The Business of Ballet" was especially great -- I posted some over-long notes about it earlier in this forum). This season they're continuing with this format, and have announced all the topics for their series. Like last year, they have both lecture and studio demonstration events, some keyed to specific programs and some more general. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens! #1 Dressing the Dance: Costumes & Wardrobe at PNB Tuesday, October 9 October 23, 7:00 pm (changed date, see next post) PNB boasts one of the most highly-regarded costume shops in the country. Learn what goes into building and maintaining the many costumes (and more) in the PNB repertory during this panel discussion featuring Costume Shop Manager Larae Theige Hascall and her team of artists. #2 Ballet Basics: Ballet in Form – Online Dance Education Resources Saturday, November 17, 3:00 pm Discover more about ballet technique and instruction in our latest Ballet Basics session, a studio presentation by PNB School faculty member and former PNB Company soloist Marisa Albee, founder and producer of Ballet in Form, the first educational website from the professional ballet world. Ms. Albee will be joined by fellow faculty member and former New York City Ballet dancer Dana Hanson, with Professional Division students of PNB School. #3 Ballet Classics: The Sleeping Beauty Fairy Variations Saturday, January 19, 3:00 pm The six solos choreographed by Marius Petipa for Princess Aurora’s godmothers in the prologue of his 1892 Sleeping Beauty are a study in symbolism, structure, musicality, and pointe work. Dance historian and PNB Audience Education Manager Doug Fullington will lead this studio presentation featuring PNB School Professional Division students dancing Petipa’s original choreography for these solos. #4 Music at PNB: The PNB Orchestra, Conductors & Pianists Tuesday, April 2, 7:00 pm The New York Times has dubbed the PNB Orchestra “the best ballet band in America.” Meet the team that heads up music at PNB in this panel discussion including Music Director and Principal Conductor Emil de Cou with members of the PNB music staff and orchestra.
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    2017-18 Season

    ditto that!
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    While we're waiting for the new season to start, tell us a bit about what you've seen lately that really moved you.
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    "Where are the Women in Ballet?"

    You're right when you point to Tharp's work with the Joffrey and Deuce Coupe as her open door to the next part of her career -- Joffrey, who took Diaghilev as a role model when it came to repertory development, was looking for the newest work he could find, and Tharp represented the downtown world to him. If I remember the discussion about Ratmansky correctly, his objections were more about gender roles in performance than they were about who stands in the front of the studio in rehearsal. He had some fairly lame things to say about breaking traditional roles in ballet ('men should lift the women and women should get the flowers' was a part of it), but I think the strongest evidence against what seemed like a slapdash comment is his own work, which often reaches far beyond the 19th century conventions.
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    "Where are the Women in Ballet?"

    I'm very pleased to see this program and think that Eva S will do an excellent job with these young women. I'm looking forward to a day when we don't need to make a special place for women in this endeavor, but we aren't there yet.
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    2018 Princess Grace Awards

    A couple of ballet-oriented women chorographers as well Claudia Schreier at Dance Theater of Harlem and Dana Genshaft at Washington Ballet.
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    Michelle Dorrance

    Thanks so much for the link!
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    Michelle Dorrance

    This is the tap dancer who won a MacArthur last year, and she deserve every penny. I saw her company this weekend in The Blues Project at the Moore Theater in Seattle. I was one of the best dance experiences of my life. If you get the chance to see this, grab it with both hands.
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    2017-18 Season

    I don't know much about Welch's work, but Trey McIntyre has made some very good work, for Houston and elsewhere. If you go, please report back!
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    1978 . . . and Today

    Well, I've seen the Bejart and the Robbins, and snips of the Ruud, but otherwise nothing. Such a diverse list of things!
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    This is an interesting kettle of fish that might deserve its own thread elsewhere -- how companies with affiliated schools (or not, in some cases) handle their "second" company. The distinctions you draw here (scholarship, stipends, no "pay to play") are important signifiers -- are there others that anyone here is aware of?
  18. They've announced this year's roster: The creative team for Hamilton (including their choreographer, Andy Blankenbuhler) Philip Glass Cher Reba McEntire Wayne Shorter I can only imagine who they're going to get to perform the tribute to Cher.
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    Rose Anne Thom, RIP

    Sad news has to travel -- Rose Anne was one of my teachers in grad school, nudging me towards working as a dance writer. We didn't always agree, which in retrospect was probably the best part of the relationship, because she helped me learn to argue, and bring examples to support my opinions. I heard about this earlier in the week, and found this panel discussion on dance criticism from 2015 -- there are many good things here, but I listened for her voice in particular, and came away with this: "The critic serves the work as perceived, not the choreographer's description of it."
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    Michelle Dorrance

    Hoping to quack!
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    Michelle Dorrance

    Oh, lucky duck! This sounds fabulous -- I'm so glad you had the chance to see it! She's not scheduled to come to Seattle right now, but I'm hoping she'll perform somewhere close that I can see the new work.
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    David Hallberg

    That's the version I love the best -- hope it's the one they're doing now.
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    Ballet Now

    Documentary featuring Tiler Peck (who fills multiple roles in performance and production) is opening at the Seattle International Film Festival this Monday. Pointe Magazine has the trailer here -- Michelle Dorrance and Bill Irwin!
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    Anthony Bourdain dead at 61

    I just heard about Gold -- many thanks for the LA Weekly link. As thrilling as it is to visit a truly high-end restaurant, most of us eat much lower down on the economic scale, but that doesn't mean that we can't think about the food we eat -- where it comes from, who makes it, what practices or heritage it represents, how it nourishes us. Gold, like many other commentators, reminded us to keep our eyes open, and to pay attention.
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    Ballet Now

    The doc didn't make the details of the project as clear as it might when it came to repertory, casting and the length of the run. It's much more in the vein of the old Mickey Rooney/Judy Garland "I've got a barn, let's put on a show" films. Which is not a dig -- I love those films, and the sense of theatrical excitement they create, but they're all about the sense of possible disaster. I heard the director speak at the screening I went to, and he was very clear that it was Peck's project -- his daughter is a big fan, and that sense of admiration and love was threaded through the commentary and, I think, through the film. Even though the project was not called "Tiler Peck and Friends," it had that sensibility to it -- she was part of the draw for the presenters. If she hadn't been performing on every evening, and in several of the works, I think they would have had a different challenge in promoting the show. She speaks about the possibility of running a company a couple of times that I remember in the film, and we certainly see her performing the various tasks that come with that job, but I think she's not ready to stop performing, and that's probably a necessary step if she's aiming to direct one of the big companies.