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  1. from a Pennsylvania Ballet email, regarding performances tonight through Sunday- Given the recent recommendations by Governors Wolf and Murphy to avoid gatherings of more than 250 people, and the City of Philadelphia’s ban on gatherings over 1,000 attendees to limit community transmission of COVID-19, Pennsylvania Ballet's remaining performances of La Bayadère are cancelled. We are saddened to bring you this news, but the health and safety of our guests, artists, and staff is our top priority.
  2. I hope it’s been successful so far. I’ve seen some lovely posts on their Instagram account and look forward to see Torriente and Baca and the cast interpretations tonight!
  3. Thanks for sharing Canbelto. Do you have any thoughts about this? The corps has been consistently impressive in the last few years of big story ballets, and this is where more of the turnover is. It will be interesting to see what the new rankings and influx of dancers will bring to Don Q, though most of the principals were here and danced the last time. I wonder if there is even higher expectation for this ballet because it is such a signature performance of Angel Corella's? Regrettably, I did not get to see the Don Quixote performance of a few years ago, so I am looking forward to i
  4. There are also some exciting developments with PA Ballet promotions and restructuring of company rankings! https://www.pointemagazine.com/pennsylvania-ballet-changes-ranking-system-and-promotes-a-slew-of-dancers-2637185142.html
  5. matinee Saturday March 9. Incredible. The first act was beautiful and I applaud the company for doing a tremendous job accommodating the conductor. He was off tempo. Slightly too slow most of the time and too fast when the tempo should speed up. It’s subtle if you aren’t familiar with the music or the strength and capability of the dancers. It was noticeable enough to me in that dancers can only hang in the air so long on a jump. It wasn’t enough of a bother to stop enjoying everything I saw though I imagine the dancers might feel otherwise. Act 2- divine. The corps, as usual, was perf
  6. Hello, I can share my observations- but please understand I am not a dancer and do not have the language so many here do to explain what I see. I get to see the company perform often, I never tire of watching the different ways the dancers interpret and perform the same roles. Each of these talented ladies has such a distinct personality on stage, I can understand your dilemma! I'm a little embarrassed to put myself out there, but here goes.. I'll only share the strengths though.... If you want to see a dramatic and delicate Giselle, who seems to float through the air - see Maslova. H
  7. I saw it last night. It was practically flawless. Well, that's my somewhat untrained-for-Balanchine eye. The corps, as usual this year, were radiant and in tune with each other. There are a few dancers who wear the Balanchine mantle with aplomb; notably- Lillian DiPiazza, Alexandra Hughes, and corps member Jacqueline Callahan. Rubies was outstanding, there was so much energy on stage. I look forward to hearing from more of you who are so knowledgeable in ballet. I do hope you are able to see it. Here's the link to casting: http://paballet.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Jewels-Per
  8. Maybe......they are having fun and tricks are easy to post? Maybe they go for broke in the studio so it's easier to do more modest and clean turns or jumps on stage? When in class, doing barre or center, everyone is working and they don't have their cell phones out? Maybe there are restrictions on the choreography that they can post? I don't know for sure. However, I do know this company is full of unique and talented artistic athletes who are bringing some beauty to the world. I'd rather see them dance than not!
  9. The dancers playing children in the party scene were clearly students, not adults. Young teens. Long, very slender young teens. Our school, as a Russian emigree-owned school, puts on a Nutcracker that is Petipa-based, explaining the differences with the show I saw last night. This is so much fun to learn about, thanks all!
  10. I saw the Mariinsky Nutcracker broadcast last night. A few comments (and I am not a dancer): I immensely disliked the 3D presentation. It seemed to distort bodies and perspective on the stage so that dancers in the background looked bigger than dancers in the foreground. Most of the dancers in the foreground looked like those Baroque paintings of children- adults in shrunken skinny distortion. Was that an effect of the 3D? The corp were beautifully synchronized as I expect from the Russian companies... though I did notice many women had the hyperextended expression in tendu (am I even
  11. Thank you so much Juliet and rg- I appreciate your knowledge and your sharing of it. Juliet, you are not sounding dogmatic. And, yes, that is what I meant by sheath!
  12. How important is the color of the dress for the duet Pearls? What about style? I've seen versions performed in classical tutu and other versions in sheaths. Take into consideration that this is to be danced in local competitions and the dancers are not yet teenagers. We want to be faithful to the historical aesthetic, but think a pastel sheath would give it energy without a stage full of scenery and such. Will stand to be corrected! Thanks!
  13. Hello, At Ballet Alert, I have enjoyed reading about and learning better how to observe and appreciate ballet. As a result of my daughters' dancing- I have embraced ballet as an adult. I am here as a fan, an occasional student, a parent, a teacher at a performing arts high school, and now an administrator at an academy of Russian ballet in my area. Thank you!
  14. The Carmike theater in Champaign-Urbana (schedule here: http://www.carmike.com/ballet.aspx) shows the performances live (with one encore) and has the RB Giselle beginning at 1:30 PM CST and the Bolshoi Don Q at 10 AM EST. Thank you! So that means that January 23rd Bolshoi class performance and Giselle will probably start pretty early in the day when live. That will be a nice way to start a day.
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