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  1. The calendar has been corrected to show Royal with Shevchenko in the matinee and Forster with Murphy in the evening.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 Brahms/Haydn variations TBA (all performances)
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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
  5. If this is correct, she is replacing Stella Abrera in these performances. Stella is not listed among the performers.
  6. 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.
  7. 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).
  8. 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.
  9. "Coppelia" is the doll's name. That's a different (and much smaller) role.
  10. The pdf hasn't been updated yet with the cast changes that were announced during the last 12 hours or so.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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".
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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/
  18. 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.
  19. There are a lot of variables. Sometimes all of the lead dancers will rehearse as if performing, and sometimes one or more will just mark their dances (especially if coming back from an injury or if they are in the performance that night). Sometimes there are people on stage in warmup clothing instead of costumes (presumably because their costumes are being repaired or altered). Sometimes a stagehand will wander onto the stage to move a prop. Sometimes (actually, often) you will hear instructions from a rehearsal director being given to the performers onstage, while they continue to perform (and you may see a brief acknowledgement of the correction from the dancers). Usually (as stated above), the different acts are performed by different casts, and sometimes after an act has been completed a pas de deux will be danced by a pair who are not otherwise in the rehearsal. If you are not too picky about seat selection, your best option may be to watch the rehearsal and then decide if you want to see more of one of the casts that has just rehearsed or if you'd rather see the whole thing performed by a different cast. You can go right to the box office after the rehearsal has ended.
  20. I've just started a new thread with a review of the New York Theatre Ballet performance by Jerry Hochman.
  21. http://criticaldance.org/first_impression/new-york-theatre-ballet-titans-nymphs-a-faun-and-a-cat-oh-my/ "While the program was undeniably interesting and each dance well-executed, individually it was a mixed bag – which is not a criticism. When you take chances, as Byer does, a mixed bag is a successful evening."
  22. According to the New York Times article published November 30th about these performances, only POB will dance Emeralds, and the Bolshoi and NYCB will alternate between Rubies and Diamonds.
  23. Casting has been posted: http://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2016-17-Season/Winters-Tale-Lincoln-Center-2016 The link is a bit problematic (though you can get to it by clicking through the NBC website), so here is the list: CastingLeontes Piotr Stanczyk (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Evan McKie (July 29 at 8:00 pm) Guillaume Côté* (July 30 at 2:00 pm) McGee Maddox (July 31 at 2:00 pm) Hermione Hannah Fischer (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Jurgita Dronina (July 29 at 8:00 pm) Sonia Rodriguez* (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Heather Ogden (July 31 at 2:00 pm) Perdita Jillian Vanstone (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Elena Lobsanova (July 29 at 8:00 pm, 31 at 2:00 pm) Rui Huang (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Florizel Naoya Ebe (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Francesco Gabriele Frola (July 29 at 8:00 pm, 31 at 2:00 pm) Skylar Campbell (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Polixenes Harrison James (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Brendan Saye (July 29 at 8:00 pm, 31 at 2:00 pm) Félix Paquet (July 30 at 2:00 pm) Paulina Xiao Nan Yu (July 28, 30 at 8:00 pm) Svetlana Lunkina (July 29 at 8:00pm, 30 at 2:00 pm) Tanya Howard (July 31 at 2:00 pm) *Debut
  24. Natalia is correct regarding the proper name for the company in 1895 and throughout the 20th Century; Macaulay, however, uses "Mariinsky" as the name for the company that performed Swan Lake in 1895 in St. Petersburg. There is no evidence that the writer is referring to the post-Soviet company when the review mentions the "first Mariinsky version" and the "vast resources" of the Mariinsky. The error is Macaulay's use of the name, not aurora's interpretation of his intent.
  25. Also, January 10: Garden Theater, Princeton, NJ (http://princetongardentheatre.org/films/ballet-carmen-viscera-afternoon-of-faun-pas-de-deux )
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