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    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
  2. If this is correct, she is replacing Stella Abrera in these performances. Stella is not listed among the performers.
  3. 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.
  4. 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).
  5. 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 began to argue with the director; she told him to just follow the instructions. After exclaiming that they would run out of time, he gave in (and the third act was completed before 5:00). All in all, I perceived more tension among the performers than usual, and some of the wobbles that have been commented on from the early performances were also noticeable in the rehearsal. The spring schedule this year is like it always is, with one big story ballet after another, but this week in particular (so far) the company seems a bit under-rehearsed.
  6. "Coppelia" is the doll's name. That's a different (and much smaller) role.
  7. The pdf hasn't been updated yet with the cast changes that were announced during the last 12 hours or so.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. Actually, there are sound recordings of Fred and Adele singing Gershwin songs from the Broadway shows. Look for the Astaire CD titled "Puttin' On the Ritz".
  11. The thresholds for the donor levels have not been lowered; they are currently the same as last year's. They are going to be increased in 2018 to the substantially higher levels--they are trying to entice you to renew now rather than wait until next year.
  12. Cory Stearns is now scheduled to perform Other Dances with Isabela Boylston on the 27th. Lendorf has also been replaced in Plato on the 29th, though I'm uncertain which dancer is taking his place.
  13. The ABT site shows Boylston/Shayer dancing the Ratmansky premiere (Songs of Bukovina) on October 20th and 21st. Lendorf is still (as of this minute) scheduled for Other Dances on the 27th and Plato on the 29th.
  14. Artistic Director Douglas Martin has choreographed and created the libretto for Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, which was premiered on April 21st and 22nd in Princeton, NJ, by his company, American Repertory Ballet. Links to three reviews of this ballet are below: http://criticaldance.org/first_impression/american-repertory-ballet-pride-and-prejudice/ http://www.princetoninfo.com/index.php/component/us1more/?Itemid=6&key=4-26-17arb http://www.njarts.net/dance/elizabeth-darcy-dance-pride-prejudice-debuts-ballet/
  15. When it happened during the intermission, I recall that Novikova interrupted her monologue to say "spasibo" (thank you) to Vaziev, which suggests that the shoulder touch was a signal that she was expecting.
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