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  1. I watched this with my spouse and we both enjoyed it. It's best to approach this as a movie with a lot of ballet, rather than a ballet performance film. The scenery is very good--they give the film the appearance of having been shot on location in an old city, but it was actually shot in Budapest on sets built for this film. The "ground" was actually built on sprung floors (same for the indoor scenes), which allowed the dancers to move much better than they would have on stone. Some of the dance scenes suffered a bit because of the filming; for example, some of the scenes were shown with s
  2. I believe that the practice of having a Nutcracker season in November/December took hold in the U.S. when companies realized that people who did not ordinarily attend ballet performances would bring their families to see The Nutcracker as a holiday event. This was reinforced when ballet schools started performing The Nutcracker (with their students) as a way to raise funds. Companies and schools in countries in which the government provides more support than in the U.S. may not find it so critical to establish a Nutcracker season.
  3. Casting is up for the performances at the Met in June: Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.Callirhoe – Catherine HurlinChaereas – Aran BellWednesday, June 3 at 2 p.m.Callirhoe – Christine ShevchenkoChaereas – Thomas ForsterWednesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.Callirhoe – Hee SeoChaereas – Calvin Royal III Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.Callirhoe – Catherine HurlinChaereas – Aran BellFriday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.Callirhoe – Hee SeoChaereas – Calvin Royal III Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m.Callirhoe – Catherine HurlinChaereas – Aran BellSaturday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.Callirhoe – Christine ShevchenkoChae
  4. The calendar has been corrected to show Royal with Shevchenko in the matinee and Forster with Murphy in the evening.
  5. The Deuce Coupe cast for the Saturday matinee and Monday evening performances has now been posted: Katherine Williams, Cassandra Trenary, Luciana Paris, Stella Abrera, James Whiteside, Calvin Royal III There are still no casts posted for Brahms/Haydn variations.
  6. Casting has been posted for some of the Tharp Trio: In the Upper Room Thursday/Friday/Saturday night - Devon Teuscher, Cassandra Trenary, Skylar Brandt, Aran Bell, Herman Cornejo, Blaine Hoven, Isabella Boylston, Joo Won Ahn Saturday matinee/Monday - Stephanie Williams, Catherine Hurlin, Wanyue Qiao, Calvin Royal III, Cory Stearns, Duncan Lyle, Christine Shevchenko, Thomas Forster Deuce Coupe Thursday/Friday/Saturday night - Christine Shevchenko, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Stella Abrera, James Whiteside, Calvin Royal III Saturday matinee/Monday - TBA
  7. RUKen

    Sergei Polunin

    They also use makeup to cover the tattoos. Here is a link to a Washington Post article on this subject: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/ballet-dancers-with-skin-in-the-game/2016/11/23/2328c264-af96-11e6-ab37-1b3940a0d30a_story.html?utm_term=.7a6d15c2b0bc
  8. If this is correct, she is replacing Stella Abrera in these performances. Stella is not listed among the performers.
  9. I attended a dress rehearsal on Thursday afternoon. The first dance was Garden Blue, and Hee Seo was among the dancers. She was clearly inhibited while rehearsing, and at the end walked off with her hand on her ribcage. The next dance was Symphonie Concertante, with the Thursday night cast rehearsing. Hee Seo marked everything but the simplest movements, and again appeared to be in pain when it was over. I do not doubt that she is truly injured.
  10. https://www.ballet.org.uk/blog-detail/promotions-new-dancers-joining-company-2018-19-season/ This was posted on the ABT forum because Jeffrey Cirio is becoming a principal at ENB (he is leaving ABT).
  11. I attended the dress rehearsal on Tuesday. I've seen a couple of DRs each of the past 12 or 13 years, and I cannot remember a previous one that had so many corrections called out by the rehearsal director (not Kevin McKenzie) sitting in the orchestra seats. Most of these were directed at the corps (and also the supers); a couple of times she made them repeat a sequence. In the last act, with about twenty minutes remaining in the rehearsal, she asked the conductor to stop and repeat a piece of music so that another performer (in the Gamzatti role, I believe) could do the dance. The conductor
  12. "Coppelia" is the doll's name. That's a different (and much smaller) role.
  13. The pdf hasn't been updated yet with the cast changes that were announced during the last 12 hours or so.
  14. Just below the calendar is a link that reads: Download the Spring Season performance calendar with full casting. If you click on that, you'll see the casting for all of the performances.
  15. ABT has to fit its NYC schedule into the available time at the Metropolitan Opera House and the formerly-known-as State Theatre. The Met is occupied from late September through mid-May by the Metropolitan Opera Company. There are a couple of open weeks in the fall at the State, so ABT has a fall season there.
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