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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    former student, avid fan, once fantasized about being a critic
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  1. The Kennedy Center is offering $35 tickets for select orchestra seats for the Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday, January 22 performances at 7:30 p.m of Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake in the Opera House. Tickets are $25 for select orchestra seats on Friday, January 24 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are regularly as high as $89 in that area. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call (202-467-4600) or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "386468". Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures Swan Lake Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake returns to the U.S. with a fresh look for the 21st century! After charming our audiences in 2019 with a unique take on the fairy tale Cinderella, Matthew Bourne brings his breakout international hit to the Kennedy Center for the first time. Retaining the iconic elements of the original production loved by millions around the world, Matthew Bourne and award-winning designers Lez Brotherston (set and costumes) and Paule Constable (lighting) have created an exciting re-imagining of the classic New Adventures production. Thrilling, audacious, witty, and emotive, this Swan Lake is perhaps still best known for replacing the female corps de ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered conventions, turned tradition upside down, and took the dance world by storm. Collecting over 30 international accolades including an Olivier Award in the UK and three Tony Awards® for Best Director of a Musical, Best Choreography, and Best Costume Design, Matthew Bourne’s powerful interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece is a passionate and contemporary Swan Lake for our times.Performance Timing: Act One - 65 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 55 min. Conditions: Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer. Not valid on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time. Service fees may apply.
  2. I've never had the opportunity to see anything by Nijinska.
  3. Perhaps another contributing factor for available tickets to the NYCB Nutcracker is that the production is available at several other be companies, i.e. Miami and PNB, and out-of-towners no longer need to make the pilgrimage to the mother ship if casting is not a priority.
  4. The Kitri variation from Act 3 of Don Q used in the Russian/Soviet videos I've seen. They second part of the choreography is reduced to a classroom exercise for echappe and passe. It drives me nuts every time I see it.
  5. Strictly speaking there's nothing to do with ballet, but I couldn't resist sharing. our favorite topic, but I couldn't resist sharing.
  6. I could see where Morris might have meant that Balanchine was the first to come to mind when considering ballets made to existing instrumental music, given the enormity and longevity of Balanchine's output. I'd like to assume that Morris knows his stuff and that some error occurred in between the editor and proofreader and printer.
  7. Well, Les Sylphides dates to 1909 and The Dying Swan dates to 1905 (neither written as dance music) and Balanchine was born in 1904. Unless Balanchine was choreographing in utero, Morris and the fact checker (if there was one) didn't do their research.
  8. And let's raise a glass to Audrey Forbes-Hamilton.
  9. It seems that the Times is shifting it's coverage of dance to a post season roundup where neither the dancers or the productions are discussed in depth. I still check the the Times website daily, but the hope and anticipation of seeing a timely in-depth review has just about vanished.
  10. I have vague memories of seeing a Dance Magazine photo spread with McBride in the Siren costume, but from this distance, maybe 50 years, it feels like I must be imagining it.
  11. From Morgan's YouTube vlog.
  12. I've caught my first Christopher Lee Dracula movie while channel surfing last week. My heart still belongs to Frank Langella and Bela Lugosi. A tiny little corner goes to an English production starring Louis Jourdan than was shown on PBS a gazillion years ago.
  13. There is also Terrence Blanchard's 2013 Champion based on the life boxer Emile Griffith. Here's the Wikipedia entry.
  14. The discount gods have come through. This one is for $45 on Tues. Wed. and Thur. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $45.00 for select orchestra seats for the performances of Mariinsky Ballet on Tuesday, Oct. 8, Wednesday, Oct. 9 and Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are regularly priced up to $99.00. You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "369356." Mariinsky Ballet-Paquita TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER “369356” (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524
  15. The roles were created on McBride and her husband, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux (not sure of the spelling).
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