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lmspear

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  1. Just a silly little bit of fun: https://www.facebook.com/dancechanneltv/videos/2967549413272744/
  2. Your thoughts on Vanessa Redgrave, Faye Dunaway, and Gena Rowlands, please, Dirac. There was the late career success of Ruth Gordon in "Rosemary's Baby" and "Harold and Maude".
  3. I think that Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn broke through. If you focus on the word "star" rather than "actress" you could include Raquel Welch and Ann Margaret.
  4. Without a corresponding increase in the curve on the bottom of the foot the "enhancers" are just adding bulk to the top of foot. I find it unattractive.
  5. I'm surprised the article totally avoids mentioning fellow DTH alum Theresa Ruth Howard. Her Memoirs of Blacks in Ballet website https://mobballet.org/index.php/about-us/ is phenomenal and the NYT even did an article on her last August. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/06/arts/dance/theresa-ruth-howard.html
  6. We won't know until the theaters reopen.
  7. Competing with the Sylph by L. M. Vincent, MD came out in 1979 and received a lot of attention at the time. https://www.amazon.com/dp/0836224051/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_SV890MQ2WYZS21Y4FHPC Unfortunately it doesn't seem to have had lasting impact.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. The Golden Dreydl: A Klezmer Nutcracker for Chanukah https://www.wnyc.org/story/70871-the-golden-dreydl-a-klezmer-nutcracker-for-chanukah/
  11. Miami seemed like a happy healthy company under the previous director. Was that an illusion?
  12. 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.
  13. Luckily, the stage is located on the Kaatsbaan campus.
  14. My guess is that the lack of December Nutcrackers can be attributed to Soviet era politics
  15. 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.
  16. 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
  17. Way way way too much talking.
  18. 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 performances to pay their dancers and fund their operations, but we are now confronting the uncertainty of when we will return to the stage and once again fill performance venues. Some estimates are that large gatherings like concerts and performances will not be able to resume for another 18-24 months. The live performance aspect of what we do means so much to us, and this time away from the stage has proven difficult as performing not only provides us with a means to live, but it also is what keeps us feeling alive. Consequently, many dancers are unable to depend on paychecks and are facing the hardship of paying rent and/or buying food and other necessities. We are coming together to help fellow dancers who are struggling financially. The 32 ballerinas featured in this special video performance represent ballet companies from around the world, including the US, Australia, the UK, South Africa, Norway, Russia, Cuba, France, the Philippines, Canada, Austria, Mexico, Denmark, and China. For us, the idea of 32 beautiful and strong women from different walks of life coming together to speak the common language of dance felt so unifying and empowering in these uncertain times. We know that everyone’s circumstances are different, especially in these precarious times, but we would be so grateful to those who are able to donate, no matter the amount. If you are not able to donate, please consider sharing the link to this fundraiser so that it might reach more people who are able to give and share in turn. The arts are vital in bringing people together and helping us process the human condition, and in these very unusual times it is dancers who can truly use the support. Thanks to seed funding from K Period Media, funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund, or other arts/dance-based relief funds in the event that a company is not set up to receive donations. Distribution of funds will be administered through our partner, Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves as a gateway to giving for the entertainment industry, creating and supporting groundbreaking campaigns that raise awareness and funds for issues that affect millions of people around the world. EIF has the capacity to distribute multiple grants globally and provide the due diligence and reporting necessary for the many dancers, ballet companies and countries involved in Swans for Relief. We thank you and hope to see you all again when it's safe for us to come together. Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips Below are the featured ballerinas and their respective companies: •Stella Abrera American Ballet Theatre, USA •Precious Adams English National Ballet, England •Nathalia Arja Miami City Ballet, USA •Isabella Boylston American Ballet Theatre, USA •Skylar Brandt American Ballet Theatre, USA •Misty Copeland American Ballet Theatre, USA •Monike Cristina Joburg Ballet, South Africa •Ashley Ellis Boston Ballet, USA •Greta Elizonda Nacional de Danza Mexico, Mexico •Nikisha Fogo Vienna State Ballet, Austria •Angelica Generosa Pacific Northwest Ballet, USA •Sarah Hay Freelance Ballerina, USA •Francesca Hayward The Royal Ballet, England •Robyn Hendricks The Australian Ballet, Australia •Whitney Jensen The Norwegian National Ballet, Norway •Yuriko Kajiya Houston Ballet, USA •Maria Khoreva Mariinsky Theatre, Russia •Ako Kondo The Australian Ballet, Australia •Misa Kuranaga San Francisco Ballet, USA •Stephanie Kurlow Freelance Hijabi Ballerina, Australia •Sara Mearns New York City Ballet, USA •Ginett Moncho Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Cuba •Katherine Ochoa Ballet Nacional de Cuba, Cuba •Hannah O'Neill Paris Opera Ballet, France •Denise Parungao Ballet Philippines, Philippines •Tiler Peck New York City Ballet, USA •Tina Pereira The National Ballet of Canada, Canada •Ida Praetorius The Royal Danish Ballet, Denmark •Jemima Reyes Ballet Philippines, Philippines •Ingrid Silva Dance Theatre of Harlem, USA •Bianca Teixeira San Francisco Ballet, USA •Xu Yan The National Ballet of China, China Le Cygne (The Swan) with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by cellist Wade Davis (USA)
  19. Who says ballet and motherhood don't mix? https://youtu.be/_TlJdzRjfc4
  20. 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?
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