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  1. Didn't Matthew Bourne get there first by making his Lilac Fairy male?
  2. It was a special edition of the Carol Burnett show. Villella was a guest several times.
  3. This thread makes me wonder where would Virginia Johnson, or any principle woman from Dance Theater of Harlem's glory days, fit into the current ballet world.
  4. It's a rental. The full title of the event is Live Nation Presents: Jackson Brown.
  5. Something similar happened a few years ago in the entry on Duo Conertante for Farrell's. Note From the Ballet blog. Discussing the ballet she mentioned that she danced it with Peter Martins who originated the role, but she neglects to mention Kay Mazzo by name as the first to dance the female role. It struck me as an odd oversight. In light of this discussion, I can see that it could be interpreted as a statement that her interpretation was the first one that mattered.
  6. Do they offer subscribers the option of having their tickets held at the box office to be picked up at the window before each performance. This method makes exchanges incredibly easy since you don't have to physically return your tickets. It also simplifies giving your tickets to someone else, since you can instruct the box office that they will be picked up by the recipient at will call and you don't have to arrange a physical meeting to hand off the tickets or worry about the mail service failing
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1gYf_Z9Mao Interesting interview with Eglevsky's daughter, Marina.
  8. de Mille also writes about her own body not be an "acceptable" ballet body.
  9. Kelly's first wife, Betsey Blair, wrote a memoir several years ago that covers the journey from Broadway to Hollywood through their divorce in the late 1950's.
  10. Since it's no longer necessary to hold a camera directly in front of your face to use the view finder, I've been at performances where my view of the curtain calls has been obstructed by raised arms trying to frame the perfect shot. I miss bouquet presentations and bows and all those lovely moments that can occur between the dancers. :-( Don't I have the right to see the curtain calls? They are included in the price of my ticket, no? What I get to see is a lot of smart phone/digital camera screens that look like a bunch of miniaturized jumbotrons, randomly placed throughout the audience.
  11. In an earlier discussion under another thread, it someone proposed that the jump was a hugh sissone with an arched back.
  12. Going back a ways there was the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in Song of Norway with choreography by Balanchine. Charles Ward of ABT was in Bob Fosse's Dancin'.
  13. Look Mom, no hands! http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=COAiNdWepkw I'm trying to post this from my phone and don't know if the link will work. It's Maximova doing Kitri's fouettes, hands on hips for the whole ride and a wonderful grin on her face. I've never come across any mention of her performing Odette/Odile. Did it ever happen?
  14. Check out the Suki Schorer book on Balanchine technique.
  15. Too bad she wasn't able to see Yoko Morishito in her glory days guesting around the world with lots of press coverage after she won at Varna
  16. I think the change in approach to the Balanchine style will probably reflect the eras that Lopez & Villella danced at NYCB. I'm reminded of the threads that discussed how Francia Russell's stagings for the Trust reflected the period she danced with NYCB.
  17. I got to see him as a guest performer at a Yo-Yo Ma performance within the last few years. He's moving pretty fluidly between popular and "artistic" performance settings.
  18. lmspear

    Locating dancers

    I was at Dance Acadamy of RVC too. It was from 1973-1975 during high school. I took ballet with Karl Klauser and got my first taste of Graham technique from Marty Morginsky. I have no further information about either of them, but would love to learn anything. My family is still in the area and my travels take me by the studio every once in a while when I visit. The name is different and the signage indicates that the main focus is now on ballroom dance.
  19. The DVD of the video Bart posted above has a delightful commentary track by Franklin.
  20. Yes. Those donated tickets can show up for sale at any time.
  21. Before moving to the Duke campus ADF was based at Bennington in Vermont and then Conneticut College..
  22. Here's a tangential supplement to the discussion about a recent Russian literature event: putins-dead-poets-society just FYI
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