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  1. macnellie

    Color Me Blue

    I too thank you Jayne. I will miss these dancers. I loved watching them. I hope the panic and horror these three men must be enduring moves them into a profound self-examination and change, as would a fatal car accident shock an alcoholic into sobriety and responsibility for the hurt that he inflicted.
  2. I think Gelsey Kirkland’s book should be reread to counter Mr. Clifford’s memory. All was not sweetness and light in “the good old days.” And I have had experience with “clique warfare” especially in theatre. It’s awful—there’s always a scapegoat if the director is weak and scared.
  3. macnellie

    Are there any great Classicists today?

    What about Sofiane Sylve?
  4. macnellie

    Cats in Charge

    When I was working as an actress and rehearsing at home, my cat, watching from my bed, would pee when I came to an heightened emotional moment! I learned to rent space to rehearse!!!
  5. macnellie

    Who rules today?

    I have seen all of these wonderful dancers many times on video and live as often as possible in New York. The dancer who appears uninvited in my memory and in my heart’s memory most often is Sara Mearns.
  6. macnellie

    La Scala in Orange County in July 2017

    I follow Precious Adams career
  7. macnellie

    The Taming of the Shrew

    Saw it this afternoon. Liked it! Fluffy.
  8. macnellie

    1978 . . . and Today

    David was Death
  9. macnellie

    Then/Now photos

    love this!!! thank you!
  10. macnellie

    1978 . . . and Today

    I will never forget an evening at the Joffrey: Three ballets-- the Clowns, I think by Joffrey, Secret Places--a beautiful pas by Arpino, and The Green Table. This was in Chicago in the late 60's I think, and during the Viet Nam war. I marveled at how each ballet told a different story of that horrible time. I would love to see all three again, though I saw Green Table with David H. at ABT.
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    ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    A question: Both of the ballerinas who have trouble with the fouettes have had this problen for several seasons. What about the power of practice? of practice practice practice-i remember learning them and practicing and getting better. Im not trying to brag about my great skill --i was 12 and could do about 9 at the end of my dancing career at the age of 15! but it was practice--.. Am I being too harsh?
  12. macnellie

    ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    I agree with you, fleur fairy. Can't wait.
  13. macnellie

    ABT 2017 Swan Lake

    I wonder what it is like for a dancer who sometimes can and sometimes can't to the fouettes. To me it sounds like an actors nightmare danced for real in front of all of us.