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  1. <quote> And another thing Sylvia is set in Ancient Greece, so the Goddess of the Hunt should be credited as Artemis, not Diana.</quote> When I saw Balanchine's Apollo as a kid way back when, with the birth scene, I had to wonder what happened to Artemis, his twin. Where do you think the six missing muses are? ;-)
  2. Ratmansky as AD for the future with Gardner/McKerrow as Asst. ADs for the heritage.
  3. I just received this $25.00 ticket offer for KenCen performances: The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $25.00 on select orchestra seating for the Thursday, May 28th and Friday, May 29th performances of Scottish Ballets A Streetcar Named Desire. 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 "202881." See you at the Kennedy Center! http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/bpbsk?promotionno=202881 Kennedy Center Debut Scottish Ballet Christopher Hampson, Artistic Director with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra A Streetcar Named Desire Choreography by Annabelle Lopez Ochoa Direction by Nancy Meckler Music and Sound by Peter Salem Design by Niki Turner Lighting by Tim Mitchell Based on the play of the same name by Tennessee Williams Presented through special arrangement with The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee "Marvelously inventive staging! Draws expertly and seamlessly from a range of dance styles, never straying far from classical ballet, in a manner that flaunts the dramatic and technical flair of this handsome company" --The Huffington Post "Triumphantpowerful!" --The Times-Picayune "Brilliantly bold and sensitive a new ballet of truly tragic proportions." --The Daily Telegraph PRINCIPAL CASTING (Blanche, Stella, Stanley) subject to change Eve Mutso, Sophie Martin, Erik Cavallari -- Thu.-Sat., May 28-30 at 7:30 p.m. Araminta Wraith, Bethany Kingsley-Garner, Christopher Harrison -- Sat., May 30 at 1:30 p.m. In its Kennedy Center debut, Scottish Ballet makes a splash with a sexy, dynamic new take on the beloved American literary masterpiece, Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire. Dedicated to strong classical technique, Scottish Ballet isn't afraid to take on groundbreaking modern pieces. A contemporary ballet company that specializes in the seminal 20th century canon, they also perform classic full-length story ballets, making them relevant for today's audience. To celebrate the 65th anniversary of the play, Scottish Ballet collaborated with renowned film and theater director Nancy Meckler (Royal Shakespeare Company) and choreographer Annabelle Lopez Ochoa to create a vibrant fusion of drama and dance set to a specially commissioned jazz-inspired score by Peter Salem. Trying to leave a troubled past behind her, fading Southern belle Blanche DuBois moves into her sister Stella's New Orleans apartment. Stella's brutish husband Stanley sees that Blanche is not what she appears to be, and sets out to destroy her. The New Orleans Times-Picayune praised the production, saying "before a stunned and silenced house of 2,200 theater goers, the Scottish Ballet showed the depths of its roster and the dramatic savvy of the team that assembled the project." This performance contains mature content and is recommended for age 16 and up. Performance Timing: Act I - 60 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 40 min. TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER 202881 (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524
  4. Unfortunately, we'll never know how much text the copy editor sliced out of this review. There is no mention of any character other than Giselle or Albrecht for either the matinee or evening performance. Were Myrtha and the willies so spectral that they couldn't be seen? I can't remember ever reading a review of Giselle that only commented on the lead performances.
  5. Amy, You've mentioned that you're working on a dissertation. You were probably able to access the article via your school's library subscription. Lucky girl.
  6. I'm shocked (hand dramatically raised to forehead). In the first paragraph of the article, the Vogue reporter identified the ermine sleeves of the prince's mother's costume as dalmatian. As if!
  7. Here's a link to the Kennedy Center's virtual tour. If your computer or device supports Flash you can get a view of the sightlines from different seating areas. Each tier has only seven rows. The usual rule applies that if you want to see facial expressions and a front focused view get the orchestra tickets, if you want to see the whole stage, choreographic patterns and all the dancers go for the tiers. My personal preference is to sit towards the center from left to right. You start losing the view of the edge of the stage for the side you are sitting on about two thirds of the way towards the outside walls in the side sections. http://www.kennedy-center.org/about/virtual_tour/opera.html
  8. Then they'd have to mention that it was made famous by Ethel Merman in 1930. And of course with Gershwin's death in 1937 the film makers and now the show creators got to cherry pick and repurpose from a bunch of great songs that have no association with the time period of the movie or the show. The title piece dates from 1928. Gershwin is timeless, but if you insist on historical accuracy the music is Broadway of the Roaring Twenties and the Fred and Ginger RKO movies in all their glorious art deco escapism.
  9. It's a pity that the current ABT management has forgotten the power of the "42nd Street" mythology, You're going out there a youngster, but you've got to come back a STAR.I wasn't able to see ABT performances at the time, but I remember Susan Jaffe and Paloma Herrera came blazing through very quickly. They should be able to create excitement around their own dancers, or at least not squander the interest audiences display early in a dancer's career.
  10. This sounds like a wonderful new initiative. https://www.danceplace.org/news/announing-the-alan-m-kriegsman-creative-residency/
  11. Same thing happened to Larissa Lezhnina; DVDs of Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker and no promotion.
  12. lmspear

    Misty Copeland

    . Trinette Singleton of the Joffrey way back in 1968. http://joffrey.com/blog_photos/2-27-08-singleton/time-1968.jpg
  13. Misty Copeland & The Washington Ballet discuss Swan Lake at the National...: https://youtu.be/yV5LC_ugChQ There was a press conference with Weber, Peterson, Misty and Mack last November. This video just popped up as recommended on my YouTube feed. I won't have a chance to watch it for a while, but there may be some additional insights to be had.
  14. The availability situation can change at any minute. Tickets can be donated back for resale up until the performance if the original purchaser decides not to attend and doesn't want to go through the hassle of reselling, despite the potential profit, or tracking down some one to give them to.
  15. Ticket brokers have been known to swoop in and purchased scads of tickets and with Craig's List individuals can do the same. The worst thing is that with the advent of etickets, a dealer can resell the same seat multiple times, by sending each unsuspecting patron a PDF file for the same seats. I was at a performance a couple of years ago when the ushers brought three different couples to the same two seats a couple of rows ahead of me. I don't know how the situation was resolved except that the first couple got to keep the seats.The Eisenhower only seats 1,100. This may be the artistic equivalent of trying to get Superbowl tickets. :-)
  16. Thank you for the further information, Natalia. I agree with you that no mention of Cynthia Gregory or Ivan Nagy or Bujones is pathetic. If anyone needs a reminder, https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=mH1SvNoZ3gM
  17. How did they treat Lucia Chase in the footage you saw, Natalia? Lisa
  18. It would be really interesting if PBS chose to rebroadcast the documentary Ballet by Frederick Wiseman. http://www.amazon.com/Ballet-By-Frederick-Wiseman-DVD/dp/188591878X It's a snapshot in time as opposed to a history. If I remember correctly, there was some lovely footage of McKerrow.
  19. I think you also have to take into account that there may not be parental support for ballet as a career choice. "Ballet is fine as a hobby, but you need earn a living, consider job security, etc. Become a doctor, lawyer, engineer, whatever and then support the arts. You're going to college." These parents would see themselves as negligent if they didn't push their offspring towards a secure future.
  20. I wish David Koch would build theaters the way Andrew Carnegie built libraries.
  21. I think Little Dancer has the potential to be critic-proof. The woman sitting next to mentioned that this was her fourth time seeing the show. Since then I've had conversations with several people claimed to have seen it two or three times and were still gushing about it. It's not a perfect show but audiences are truly moved by it.
  22. I'm very very happy. This is the first time during this series of annual visits that I'm seeing a production that's completely new to me.
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