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  1. That may be true, but I was responding to someone asking about getting tickets to see ABT. (Yes, I know this is the wrong forum for that.) My perception has been that ABT is less likely than, perhaps, Mariinsky to make last-minute switches that are not due to injury.
  2. If you don't mind sitting in the Family Circle (the rear part of the highest balcony), you can usually get tickets as late as the day of performance. Most of the other sections sell out, though if you are going alone you may find a single seat available somewhere. The switches are often the result of injuries, so trying to predict when they will occur is difficult. ETA: This post and the last two should be moved to the ABT folder.
  3. My recollection is that Xiomara Reyes was already dancing lead roles when Herman Cornejo was still relegated to supporting roles. (Someone with access to the casting during the mid-2000's can check on this.) Regardless, your points are good ones. For the past decade, one of ABT's perceived selling points has been its male principals. Their strategy may be to build on their strength from within while addressing their weakness with guest performers.
  4. Have a look at the Mariinsky forum on this site. Apparently the tour has been modified to exclude New York.
  5. Deleted--Bingham spotted the typo before me regarding Cornejo/Carreño. (I should finish reading all the posts in a thread before I reply to one of them.)
  6. The 2011 spring season calendar has now been posted: http://www.abt.org/performances/calendar_index1.asp Edited to add: Cojocaru: Don Quixote (May 20), Giselle (May 28 evening), The Sleeping Beauty (July 8) Osipova: The Bright Stream (June 11 and 14), Coppelia (June 17 and 20), The Sleeping Beauty (July 6)
  7. The Times article is mistaken, or at least misleading. The schedules for the fall, winter, and spring seasons indicate that the Tuesday and Wednesday performances will begin at 7:30 pm, as always.
  8. Limited information is available about their performances in Orange County (Southern California), Berkeley (northern California), and Washington, DC: Orange County Performing Arts Center http://www.ocpac.org/home/Events/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1062&NavID=86 They will perform the Nordic Choreography Project (short pieces) and Napoli Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley http://www.calperfs.berkeley.edu/performances/2010-11/dance/rdb.php They will perform La Sylphide and The Lesson the first two evenings and Nordic Modern Choreography (three short pieces) during the weekend Kennedy Center http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showEvent&event=BLBSH They will perform Napoli and A Folk Tale Only the Koch Theater in New York is keeping us in suspense regarding the performances.
  9. That should read "if it's not too dear", meaning if it's not too expensive. My grandmother (who was not British) used to use "dear" this way.
  10. ARB eliminated the position of Artistic Director, and created the new position of Company Director. The new position has less autonomy than the old. Graham Lustig turned down the opportunity to continue with the company in the new position. Mr. Lustig created many new works during his tenure as Artistic Director, but I infer from the Board's actions that he did not develop a sufficiently large audience in north-central New Jersey for the situation to be sustainable. (ARB is based in New Brunswick and Princeton, New Jersey.) ARB has hired Douglas Martin to be the new Company Director. Mr. Martin is a former dancer with ARB who has been a teacher with ARB's Princeton Ballet School for many years. I have copied below the press release that announced his hiring. June 7, 2010 American Repertory Ballet Announces new Company Director Douglas Martin, former principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet, has been named Company Director of American Repertory Ballets professional dance company. Martin succeeds former Artistic Director Graham Lustig, who chose not to renegotiate his contract with the organization after its recent restructuring. Martin has a rich history with ARB as a former Company Dancer, Ballet Master and beloved faculty member at the organizations esteemed Princeton Ballet School. Martin will program the Companys 2010-2011 Season, which will include the organizations 47th annual presentation of The Nutcracker this holiday season at venues around the area including McCarter Theater in Princeton, Patriots Theater at the War Memorial in Trenton, and The State Theatre in New Brunswick. Im very excited to have the opportunity to shape the artistic vision for ARB, says Mr. Martin. My desire is to present a large array of dance, ranging from 19th and 20th century classics to contemporary works. Martin believes that, by presenting this variety of dance and theater works, he will be able to reach out to a broader audience and bring them into the theater. Martin also intends to enhance the ties between the professional company and the school. Because of his history with both the Company and the School, Martin is in the unique position to achieve this goal. It is also my dream to further the training of Princeton Ballet School students by creating a true training ground for budding professionals. This training program will allow our graduates to continue to strengthen their technique, develop artistry and gain the professional experience they need to have a successful career in the field. Mr. Martin began his ballet training with Dimitri Romanoff at the San Jose Ballet School and was one of six dancers selected to study in the newly formed American Ballet Theatre School formed by Mikhail Baryshnikov. He was invited to join the Joffrey Ballet in 1984 where, as a principal dancer, he performed roles in ballets by Ashton, Arpino, Cranko, Balanchine, Joffrey, Taylor, Pendleton, Kudelka and many other great 20th century choreographers. Mr. Martin was featured in performances of Dance in America on PBS and was an original cast member of the historic recreation of Nijinsky's Le Sacre du Printemps. He was among the last dancers of the Joffrey Ballet to spend the majority of his career in the company working under founder Robert Joffrey. Martin joined the Cleveland Ballet in 1991, and danced an array of principle roles including the Minister in Agnes deMille's Fall River Legend. In 1993, Mr. Martin was invited to join the American Repertory Ballet. As leading dancer and Ballet Master for ARB, Mr. Martin collaborated with directors in creating ballets, including productions as the original cast lead in Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Dream and The Nutcracker. Mr. Martin continued to be a principal dancer in the company as well as Ballet Master for ARB, the Schools pre-professional division, and Principal Faculty for the PBS Summer Intensive until his retirement from performing in 2002. After retiring from ARB as a performer, Mr. Martin expanded his teaching, production and choreographic work. Martin has been an integral part of the teaching staff at the Princeton Ballet School, Rutgers University and Westminster Choir College, and has also served as the School's Music Director and Ballet Master for the pre-professional division. He has staged full length and repertory ballets for several companies, including Romeo and Juliet and Philip Jerry's Our Town. Additionally, Mr. Martin has choreographed for several Princeton Ballet School productions, including the School's Summer Intensive program. About American Repertory Ballet American Repertory Ballet (ARB) was founded in 1954 as the Princeton Ballet Society and is now under the artistic leadership of Douglas Martin. Designated a Major Arts Institution by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts for two decades and repeatedly awarded a Citation of Excellence, American Repertory Ballet plays a leadership role in the dance community with significant outreach and educational programming. American Repertory Ballet has developed Education and Outreach programs that reflect include Curriculum-based residencies; Educational Assemblies; DANCE POWER, a 25-year partnership with the New Brunswick Board of Education, and DANCE POWER II, an after-school program modeled after DANCE POWER. Princeton Ballet School, founded in 1954, has studios in Princeton, Cranbury, and New Brunswick, New Jersey. The school provides a complete curriculum in ballet for children and adults, including special class sections for young boys. In addition, Princeton Ballet School offers a Professional Training Program, an internationally respected Summer Intensive program for emerging talent, and a large Open Enrollment Division, featuring classes in a wide variety of dance styles.
  11. Is all of this clear on stage, without the program? Is it effective dramatically? In dance terms? My wife and I attended a dress rehearsal on May 25th, and they did not hand out any programs, not even in the abbreviated format that they had used for previous dress rehearsals that we had attended. We also had not read a synopsis of the ballet before going, though we knew the basic outline of the story from having been supernumeraries in a production of La Traviata. To answer your question--we didn't understand the story within a story being told by Manon and Des Grieux. We just saw them as ballet dancers performing for the other characters on stage. Even without that level of understanding, we were able to follow the story of the two main characters (and the father), and the shifts from the time of the auction to the memories of the love affair, and we enjoyed the ballet (though we thought that Armand was reading Marguerite's diary at the end, rather than Manon).
  12. The fall schedule can now be viewed (month by month) in the Calendar section of the NYCB website. (Remainder of post deleted in favor of much better information offered in the next post by California.)
  13. The performances are planned for the Spring 2011 season.
  14. Yes, according to an email received from NYCB-- In order to schedule a four-week fall season, the winter and spring, which are currently eight weeks in length respectively, will now each be six weeks long. The 2010-11 Season will be: Fall: September 14 – October 10, 2010 Nutcracker: November 30, 2010 – January 2, 2011 Winter: January 18 – February 27, 2011 Spring: May 3 – June 12, 2011 Standard Series subscription packages will be restructured to reflect the new performance calendar, and renewing subscribers will continue to maintain their current seat locations. Packages for the 2010-11 Season will be sold during a single subscription period for the entire year, and more detailed information will be made available in late spring.
  15. From a press release last August on the NYCB 2010 season: "The spring season, which will feature performances of 40 different ballets, will open on Tuesday, May 4, and be highlighted by an extraordinary celebration of New York City Ballet’s unparalleled commitment to new choreography featuring world premiere ballets by Melissa Barak, Mauro Bigonzetti, Peter Martins, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. During the course of the eight-week spring season, seven of the weeks will feature a world premiere. "Four original scores have also been commissioned for the new ballets from: Bruno Moretti, who will work with Bigonzetti, his long-time collaborator; French composer Thierry Escaich, who will work with Millepied; young American composer Jay Greenberg, who will create the score for the Barak ballet; and Esa-Pekka Salonen, who composed a violin concerto for Martins’ spring season world premiere which has been co-commissioned by NYCB, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where the score premiered in April. "In addition, the acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava will also collaborate with NYCB during the 2010 spring season festival of new choreography." I infer from this that the spring season will be much different than the winter season.
  16. The American Ballet performed during the mid-late 1930's. It was the first professional company that Balanchine worked with in the U.S. The flyer includes the date Friday, December 13th--this would place the performance in 1935. The flyer also states that the box office is at the J. K. Gill Company, which is based in Portland, Oregon.
  17. There is no new Ratmansky ballet on the spring schedule. I had hoped that he would choreograph a full-length ballet for ABT. Perhaps in 2011...
  18. No--to both questions. Given how much last spring's schedule changed from what had been originally posted, I wouldn't give up hope.
  19. Julie Kent is scheduled to perform the lead role on May 25, May 27, and June 5 with Roberto Bolle. Other casts are led by Vishneva/Gomes and Dvorovenko/Stearns.
  20. The performances are now posted on the ABT website. Of note is that Natalia Osipova is returning for two performances--The Sleeping Beauty on Saturday, June 19th, and Romeo & Juliet on Saturday, July 10th. She is paired with David Hallberg both times. The company will be performing The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Company B, and Fancy Free, in its All-American Repertory Program June 9, June 12, and July 3; Birthday Offering, Thais pas de deux, Awakening pas de deux, and The Dream, in its All-Ashton Repertory Program June 8-12; The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Fancy Free, and On the Dnieper in its ABT Premieres Repertory Program June 9, June 11, June 28, and July 1; and Allegro Brillante, Company B (June 30) or The Dream (June 29 and July 2), and pas de deux from Manon, Romeo & Juliet, and Thais in its All Classics Masters Repertory June 29, June 30, and July 2. Lady of the Camellias (May 25-27, June 4-7) is the only full-length ballet that has not been frequently performed recently by ABT.
  21. New Martins Ballet Who Cares? I wonder how much thought they put into this program listing for January 5th, 9th, and 14th. Ken
  22. Herman Cornejo is no longer listed as Natalia Osipova's partner on Wednesday night; the schedule has "tba". David Hallberg is still listed to perform on Tuesday and Thursday with Nina Ananiashvili and with Hee Seo on Friday. No press release has yet been made.
  23. Herman Cornejo is now listed as Natalia Osipova's partner on Wednesday night as well as Monday night. David Hallberg is listed to perform on Tuesday and Thursday with Nina Ananiashvili and with Hee Seo on Friday. No press release has yet been made.
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