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  1. We are going to see significant cuts all over the country, and likely the world. Between the continuing ambiguity about what is "safe" and the miserable state of the economy, we are looking at austerity in all aspects of public life.
  2. Welcome to the neighborhood -- I remember your mother as well, and I imagine she'd be tickled that you're here. I used to teach dance history, and so if you've got questions about where to find information, this community will be happy to help. But for right now, starting with Fonteyn will introduce you to all kinds of works and all sorts of artists. She had a long career, knew so many people, and was "there" for an amazing amount of 20th c ballet. Follow whatever strikes your fancy right now.
  3. You've put your finger on a major element -- for NYCB, and honestly, for most productions in the US, a functional school is a requirement for Nutcracker.
  4. This is making me so sad -- I have loved watching her develop during her time here. She's shown me different aspects of roles I thought I knew pretty well, and inhabited so many parts with aplomb. I'm grateful for the whole package, but if I had to pick something, it would be her appearance as Amour in Ratmansky's Don Quixote. She was gracious in the way that we see in photographs from the late 19th century -- it was like she opened a little door to the originators of that ballet.
  5. Honestly, with the exception of the original Spanish dance, don't you think all Boleros should be credited to Bejart?
  6. When you have a moment, read Deborah Jowitt's tribute to Sally, and then read through the comments -- it's a litany of gratitude and glee. We were lucky to have someone that made work so much fun, took the work seriously, and brought all the world to bear on her observations of such a slippery topic as dance. All the writing is worth reading, but I'd like to give a little extra nudge for her contributions to Nelson George's "Fresh: Hip Hop Don't Stop" -- she was one of the first dance critics to seek out breakdancers and write about them as the phenomenal artists that they were and are.
  7. I think we're all worried -- I have a feeling that we'll see many organizations cancelling their Nut run, which will have all kinds of repercussions throughout the community.
  8. I think when the work was first made, the caller and the designs were a help for audience members who didn't feel really confident about ballet by itself. A colleague of mine here in Seattle made a similar observation about a local choreographer who was working at a nightclub -- the audience thought they were there for the naughty bits, but they wound up seeing really significant choreography as well. And I do love this male solo -- if I have to trade out all the hay bales for that solo, I'll take the deal.
  9. I watch this every time it shows up on my screen -- what fun!
  10. There was a similar problem with the film by Ric Burns -- we saw snatches of archival stuff, and it looked like they had much more available, but they went with overly doctored footage (sped up or slowed down to the point that you couldn't really tell what they were doing). ABT has archives, but for some reason they either cannot or will not use them.
  11. And NYCB is streaming his Pulcinella Variations starting the 15th as well.
  12. Does anyone here have the link to their YouTube location? I've read about this ballet for years, but never seen it!
  13. In addition to the avalanche of stuff online right now, this might be an interesting thing to check out -- Northwest Arts Streaming Hub is a new project by a collection of performing arts folks in my part of the world -- it's basically an aggregator for organizations that have online content. They will link you directly to those groups (sorted by art form) so that you can watch them in their own location (which may or may not have a pay to play aspect, but NASH does not charge anything to viewer or arts organization) It's geographically based, and right now most of the dance content is modern or contemporary in nature, but if it takes off, it should be a wonderful tool for those of us who can't always travel to see stuff.
  14. They're also running a video of their final program June 5-10, including video tributes to Ben Griffiths and Maggie Mullin, who are both retiring. Your donation should give you a "ticket" to that one -- let me know if you need help finding the right person to contact.
  15. Not a problem -- an easy mistake to make. I was so pleased to see Eric H here in Sonambula -- he stood out at PNB in the Professional Division, and had a nice start with the company, but it looks like he made it farther faster in Arizona. His brother Enrico also started dancing here, and is now in Kansas City with the company there.
  16. As far as the 20-21 season is concerned, there are performing organizations (dance and otherwise) that have already announced their programming, and started the subscription train down the tracks, but those who haven't made that step yet seem to be holding off. Folks that can push things back, or make decisions about seating and scheduling later in the summer, seem to be taking that path. In Seattle, Meany Center for the Arts (music and dance) announced their season about a week ago, and it's set up for a conventional "we will be sitting right next to strangers" format, and I was totally amazed at their assumption that this was a good choice. It's been a couple of months, by the calendar, but it feels like a lifetime ago that this kind of season would be possible any time soon...
  17. Desmond Richardson -- "too many companies to mention." Oh snap!
  18. I thought that was Eric Hipolito in the duet! He's from the PNB school, and is an alum of their Dance Chance program, which is trying to diversify the field by recruiting students from local elementary schools and helping them get started with training. (He went to my daughter's high school, as well...)
  19. Margaret Mullin talks about her film project (No Dominion) and Three Dollar Bill Cinema, who has screened some of the work
  20. My French is quite poor, so I may be wrong, but it looks like you can watch Jean-Christophe Maillot's La Belle (Sleeping Beauty) here until Monday 13 April
  21. Scissors are my favorite kitchen tool as well!
  22. Forgive me if this has been posted elsewhere, but it might bear repeating. NYTB specializes in chamber-sized works, and often performs works from the heritage repertory -- take a look here. Includes their performance of Tudor's Romeo and Juliet pas de deux...
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