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RUKen

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  1. 9 hours ago, nanushka said:

    I’m a bit surprised they wouldn’t film even an entire movement. Have many of the earlier streamed-during-quarantine performances been compiled for the same reason? I don’t recall that.

    I believe that last week's showing of Prodigal Son also used footage from two performances.

  2. 1 hour ago, Peg said:

    Has anyone else been able to stream a replay of BalletCollective’s Nutcracker at Wethersfield since yesterday’s livestream?  I had some issues with Twitch and would like to see it again. But the link just brings me back to a 20-second promo.  It is supposed to be available through Saturday. 

    On the "Stream" page it states:  Available again on demand December 23, 2020 at 5PM to December 26, 2020, at 11:59PM 

  3. On 9/18/2020 at 4:52 PM, FauxPas said:

    By the way, Sarah Lane's dancer page is still archived on ABT.org.  If you look at the top under her name it says "Joined ABT 2003/Principal 2017-2020"  So she is no longer a principal and no longer a member of the company.

     

    Sarah Lane is teaching a master class at Princeton Ballet School on October 16th.  (It is posted on their home page.)  She is identified as "American Ballet Theatre's Sarah Lane" and the brief description of her career states that she "has been a ballerina with American Ballet Theatre for 18 years."  Most likely, this was all arranged before recent events changed her status with ABT.  

  4. 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 some obstruction, as if you were watching from another room.  (Watching through curtains was particularly annoying.)  Some of the choreography was modified for this film, suggesting that Deborah MacMillan must have given approval.

  5. 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.

  6. Casting is up for the performances at the Met in June:

    Tuesday, June 2 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Catherine Hurlin
    Chaereas – Aran Bell

    Wednesday, June 3 at 2 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Christine Shevchenko
    Chaereas – Thomas Forster

    Wednesday, June 3 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Hee Seo
    Chaereas – Calvin Royal III

    Thursday, June 4 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Catherine Hurlin
    Chaereas – Aran Bell

    Friday, June 5 at 7:30 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Hee Seo
    Chaereas – Calvin Royal III

    Saturday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Catherine Hurlin
    Chaereas – Aran Bell

    Saturday, June 6 at 8:00 p.m.
    Callirhoe – Christine Shevchenko
    Chaereas – Thomas Forster

  7. 21 hours ago, fondoffouettes said:

    The calendar is showing both Forster and Royal dancing Albrecht in the 6/10 matinee of Giselle, opposite Shevchenko. Presumably one of them should have been assigned to the evening performance, with Murphy, which currently lacks an Albrecht. I guess that will be Forster, since he's dancing it with her when they are on the road. 

    The calendar has been corrected to show Royal with Shevchenko in the matinee and Forster with Murphy in the evening.

  8. On ‎4‎/‎25‎/‎2019 at 5:52 PM, RUKen said:

    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)

    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.

  9. 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)

  10. 21 hours ago, canbelto said:

    A number of ballet dancers have tattoos that are hidden by costume. I think Polunin's tattoos are more unusual in that they are in areas (his hands have "Natasha" tattooed on them -- oops) that are harder to hide by costume.

    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

  11. 10 minutes ago, vendangeuse said:

    I was on the Met Opera's website perusing Spring performances today, and curiously, though ABT has said nothing about it (as far as I know) Olga Smirnova is listed dancing with the company in the spring: two performances of Le Corsaire (as Guinare), Manon (as Lescaut's Mistress), Harlequinade (as Pierette) and Whipped Cream (as Princess Tea Flower.)

    https://www.metopera.org/season/2019-abt/le-corsaire/

    Is this perhaps a mistake on the Met's part? (There are other mistakes—Hee Seo is listed as dancing Prince Desire, for example.) I would be surprised if the Met let slip a Guest Artist before it was officially announced by ABT, but it seems like a difficult error to make accidentally on the Met's part.

    If this is correct, she is replacing Stella Abrera in these performances.  Stella is not listed among the performers.

  12. 4 hours ago, abatt said:

    I attended last night's performance.  Hee Seo was replaced in Symphonie Concertante "due to injury".  Shevchenko was the replacement; the other leads were Boylston and Hoven.  I can't even imagine Hee keeping up with the fast footwork of this ballet.  Shevchenko was gorgeous, and Hoven looked wonderful too.  In fact the entire cast was excellent.  I could watch this beautiful ballet every week.  I have no idea why NYCB doesn't perform it.

    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.

  13. 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.

  14. 15 minutes ago, nanushka said:

    Yeah, I'm not sure we have enough info yet to assert that Pereira will be debuting as Swanilda. It's possible, but Bouder doesn't say that. The story is just Pereira doing some steps, messing around in a rehearsal room, with a caption that says, "Ladies and Gentlemen...the newest Coppelia."

    "Coppelia" is the doll's name.  That's a different (and much smaller) role.

  15. 2 hours ago, abatt said:

    The web design is poor because you have to put your cursor over every performance to see the cast.  The old web design was superior because it allowed you to see all the casting for each performance easily at a glance.

    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.

  16. 13 hours ago, Jayne said:

    It might work for ABT have a fall season in Orange County with all their works.  Then spend Jan - June in NYC.  

    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.

  17. 8 hours ago, California said:

    Like many others, I suspect, I just got a membership renewal form in the mail. I remember complaints a couple of years ago that they had raised their Friends prices without noticeably increasing benefits. So it's interesting that they've dropped prices this time around, mainly in the four lowest categories.

     

    For Dancers Circle: from $100 to $90; from $240 to $180; from $480 to $360; from $750 to $600.  Those are pretty substantial cuts. Perhaps they  hope to win some people back. 

    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.

  18. On ‎10‎/‎18‎/‎2017 at 11:20 AM, RUKen said:

    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.

    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.

  19. 51 minutes ago, fondoffouettes said:

    Gorak has replaced Lendorf in his performances of Symphonic Variations. Hammoudi replaces Lendorf in tomorrow evening's Symposium. And on the Koch's website, it shows Shevchenko/Royal dancing all performances of the Ratmansky premiere, replacing Lendorf/Boylston. Also, the Koch website shows Hammoudi replacing Lendorf in ALL performances of Symposium.

    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.

  20. 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/

  21. 20 minutes ago, Drew said:

    The man touching Novikova on the shoulder was the company director Vaziev. Once I was okay with--friendly gesture I guess--twice I thought he should just keep himself out if the frame if he is not being interviewed. My own experience with male colleagues who feel licensed to touch me in a 'friendly' manner may have influenced my negative reaction.

    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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