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lmspear

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  1. The Bolshoi used to program a performance called "Highlights." Here's a link to a review of one of these performances, https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nytimes.com/1987/07/06/arts/ballet-the-bolshoi-in-highlights-programs.html&ved=2ahUKEwjE7-e12OfuAhUKwVkKHYubAi4QFjAFegQICBAB&usg=AOvVaw0k9wq1NGLYLju1ovWoFJwH. The unending stream of gala pieces was sandwiched between Act I of "Romeo and Juliet" and Act I of "Spartacus." There was no attempt to create a plot or even a theme to tie the works together dramatically.
  2. When JLo started singing the first thought I had was, "Is she going to include the verses about trespassing and the relief office?" I was totally disappointed that the last verses of "This Land is Your Land" were omitted. I can't stand the mindset that recognition of a bad situation in your country equals hatred of it. I know the decision was probably made for reasons of time, but it would have been so much more effective to hear all of "This Land" instead of the attempt to hide the end by making it medley.
  3. The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer Nutcracker for Chanukah https://www.wnyc.org/story/70871-the-golden-dreydl-a-klezmer-nutcracker-for-chanukah/
  4. Miami seemed like a happy healthy company under the previous director. Was that an illusion?
  5. ABT posted this video on their YouTube channel back on 8/26. By Luis Ribagorda, featuring Lane. Dancers and Dogs I know we'll never know the whole story, but oh I'm curious and disappointed.
  6. Luckily, the stage is located on the Kaatsbaan campus.
  7. My guess is that the lack of December Nutcrackers can be attributed to Soviet era politics
  8. I had the same response when I saw her dance the fairy godmother at the Kennedy Center. It was during the pre ball transformation scene. The stage floor appeared to disappear from view and she serenely worked her magic.
  9. Final Bow for Yellowface is doing an interview a day for the month of May. Today's guest was Stella Abrera. She spoke very movingly about the upended plans for her last season at the Met. https://youtu.be/90k-RkcrRXM
  10. Way way way too much talking.
  11. Dying Swan marathon https://youtu.be/FUFwQNAVz1E This fundraising event, organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips, features a multitude of dancers from Sarah Mearns to Precious Adams, benefits dance related relief funds. Here is the full description from the Go Fund Me page. I had trouble formatting the copied text. https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/swansforrelief Swans For Relief In these unpredictable times, ballet companies - like many organizations - are fighting to survive. Ballet companies are largely dependent on revenue from perfor
  12. Who says ballet and motherhood don't mix? https://youtu.be/_TlJdzRjfc4
  13. My Ballet Russe reading is stuck in my long term memory. Tamara Karsavina was the first Firebird. Alicia Markova was the title bird in The Nightingale and Maria Tallchief was Balanchine's first Firebird. Didn't von Aroldingen also dance Firebird after Kirkland?
  14. I guess this could be a sequel to this video from NYCB posted 10 years ago:
  15. I was wondering that myself one day, having only seen the word in a ballet context, I went to the dictionary to see if I could draw a connection between the word and it's function. I remember reading man-at-arms as the first definition of cavalier and concluded that Titania's cavalier was her bodyguard. It made sense to me..🤔
  16. I believe they are desperate for the Hamilton revenue and will try to preserve as many performances as possible.
  17. They'll put off making a cancellation announcement for as long as possible, Maybe as late as June first.
  18. I don't recall ever hearing about a City Ballet dancer spending time at the Kirov Academy. The author doesn't specifically say that that any Kirov Academy students eventually joined NYCB, just a company like ABT or NYCB. "Nearly all landed at top companies like American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet."
  19. Trouble at Kirov Academy of Ballet. From the NY Times website https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/16/arts/dance/kirov-ballet-academy-embezzlement-moonies.html
  20. That spotlight has been finding Hurlin at least since she originated the role of young Clara in the Ratmansky Nutcracker. Her picture and name were in every piece of ABT's publicity material for the production and the resulting press coverage. From Alastair Macaulay's review in the "paper of record." Yet amid several superb interpretations on Thursday, none surpassed those of the two central children. Young Catherine Hurlin’s partly angry, partly vulnerable, never picture-perfect Clara exemplifies the individuality of Mr. Ratmansky’s approach. Catherine Hurlin and Tyl
  21. I'd been hoping to read here if the results of Copeland's work with the new coach were beneficial.
  22. The daisy bikini always felt to me like something a Star Trek alien might wear. I wonder if a interplanetary setting reimagining the cast as aliens would work for Bugaku.
  23. Here's an interesting article that mentions several familiar names: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/30/arts/dance-the-drill-sergeant-of-dance.html&ved=2ahUKEwjx96impcbnAhVRYTUKHcirAfsQFjABegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw3DgeQpRMcjdwuZFqPfh_c2&cshid=1581314362833
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