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lmspear

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  1. On 8/9/2018 at 12:16 AM, l'histoire said:

    Not just American. The uses may differ in different countries, but I don’t think the history of blackface in European countries is somehow completely a separate issue.

    Right, America was colonized by Europeans and America's history of slavery and subsequent problems has its roots in Europe.

  2. On 8/11/2018 at 9:59 AM, Ashton Fan said:

    I think that for most of the audience  who saw Ashton's Cinderella in 1948 and have seen it subsequently the absence of the stepmother requires no explanation whereas her presence would.

    Ashton Fan, thank you for the very complete answer to my question.   🇬🇧

  3. On 7/13/2018 at 11:59 AM, Helene said:

    A subscription performance can't have "too many subscribers": they can only sell a given seat to one subscriber.  If it is an add-on performance, then multiple people have the same seat as part of their subscription, and while they generally try to keep people close, that isn't always possible.  If they're taking away a subscription seat from a subscriber to reassign it to someone's friends and family, that is appalling

    There's one way I can think of to legitimately have "too many subscribers." The subscription services staff may be overwhelmed by subscribers trying to exchange their tickets for ones to the "special event" date.  Subscribers in this situation may have very limited choices as the seat they usually sit in on Tuesday won't necessarily be available on any other night. 😢

  4. 13 hours ago, Birdsall said:

    LOL  I love your questions! Maybe Ratmansky could do a Whipped Cream 2 (like a horror film sequel) and it could depict the End of the World (cannibalism)......Mark Ryden would have a field day! LOL   Maybe this ballet does have something to say afterall.....we are living in a time of decadence and excess and it can come to nothing good, but we will enjoy it all while it lasts!

    Birdsall, Your mind appears to bend in the same direction as mine.🍰

    Maybe the boy's further adventures could be set at Halloween for an alternative to the Dracula ballets.  I haven't seen any of them and don't recall anyone here commenting on them with any enthusiasm.

  5. On 7/9/2018 at 6:58 PM, nanushka said:

    As it is a fantasy (even if one the boy never emerges from, within the scope of the narrative — which doesn't necessarily mean we must think that he never emerges from it), the rules of reality needn't apply.

    In any case, the boy is given a big bowl of (inanimate) whipped cream at the end, so clearly within this particular fantasy there are both personified treats to interact with and non-personified treats to eat.

    I missed or forgot about that last bowl of whipped cream.  

  6. 2 hours ago, Drew said:

    The ballet doesn't allow any of these possibilities to surface exactly—you can enjoy it as sheer visual ornament or pure desert-like indulgence with the only message beeing that you CAN have your cake and eat it too. Thats part of its irony. 

    After I saw a couple of performances in DC, I was left with the following questions: 1. Where were the parents, or was this a group of orphans?  2. If the boy goes to live in this land of sweets and he indulges his appetites, wouldn't he be forced to take a few bites our of his new friends basically becoming a cannibal or vampire of sorts? By staying in Candyland the boy either starves or causes harm to those he now lives amongst.

  7. 8 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

    Off the top of my head I can't remember which director (Adrian Noble?) said that a (stage) actor needed a big nose, big hands and a big voice. (The big nose and big voice often go together.) Stearns' deep-set, squinty eyes, hollowed-out cheek bones, full lips and fine teeth serve him well as a fashion model, but on stage the small eyes and short nose are a disadvantage. Dancers with large eyes and long noses have a much better chance of being "read" at a distance. Are small eyes and noses fatal for dancers? Of course not. No one ever suggested that Sara Mearns lacked expression or failed to project. But small eyes, inadequate eye makeup and an immobile face all work against Stearns, and it's unfortunate that he doesn't seem to be doing enough to compensate, especially since what he dances are primarily narrative ballets.

    I've thought of starting a thread on stage makeup asking about changing styles of makeup over the years.  My observations are based on seeing dancers faces from photos and from a distance in the audience.  Over the years I noticed that the faces in the dance photos I saw were more and more natural looking and imagined that this was done for the photoshooots.  However, personal experience and opinions expressed here about faces not being readable from the audience and lack of acting skills in dancers leads me to wonder if the blank faces are really due to lack of eyeliner and contouring. 

  8. The Washington National Opera"s contribution to the Bernstein centennial celebration (including Denyce Graves as the "easily assimilated" old woman).

    The Kennedy Center is offering tickets for $45 for orchestra seats for the performance of WNO: Candide in the Opera House on Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 and Saturday, May 12 at 7 pm. Tickets are regularly as high as $179 in these areas.

    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 "296958" See you at the Kennedy Center!

    WNO: Candide

    Happily ever after has finally met its match.

    Music by Leonard Bernstein / Book Adapted from Voltaire by Hugh Wheeler in a New Version by John Caird / Lyrics by Richard Wilbur with Additional Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, John Latouche, Lillian Hellman, Dorothy Parker, and Leonard Bernstein

    In English with Projected English Titles

    Production from The Glimmerglass Festival

    Part of the Kennedy Center Leonard Bernstein at 100 celebration

     

    Embrace a sunny outlook and everything will be OK, right? Not so in Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, which annihilates any notions of hope with its dizzying display of human depravity and catastrophic disasters. When young Candide's marriage proposal to a baron's daughter doesn't quite go as planned, this naïve student of optimism is thrust into an eye-opening odyssey across lands near and far, discovering the horrors of existence at every turn.

    War! Earthquakes! Slavery! Disease! Very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through dozens of colorful characters, performing a witty and effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "The Best of All Possible Worlds," "Make Our Garden Grow," and "Glitter and Be Gay." Through all its hysterical scouring of 18th-century wickedness and woe, WNO's first-ever production of Candide still finds a way to move and inspire with life-affirming lessons that, surprisingly, ring just as true today.

    Performance Timing:  Act I - 76 min.; Intermission - 25 min.; Act II - 63 min.

    Candide: Alek Shrader

    Cunegonde: Emily Pogorelc

    The Old Lady: Denyce Graves

    Pangloss/Voltaire: Wynn Harmon

     

    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.

    Restrictions: Offer valid on all remaining orchestra seats for the performances of Washington National Opera: Candide on 5/9 & 5/12 only

  9. 13 hours ago, volcanohunter said:

    Hallberg is no longer affiliated with the Bolshoi.

    Thank you, Volcano Hunter.  I don't remember reading or seeing anything about his plans regarding a return  the Bolshoi  after his rehab in Australia.

  10. The local DC news reported a line of real live KenCen members who skipped work, bypassed the internet and went to the physical box office.  The line stretched from the box office to outside and around  the building.

    KenCen will also have the daily lottery.

    Nobody knows how many tickets were held back for sale to the general public in late March.  After that still unannounced date, your only way to get tickets from the official vendor (aka the Kennedy Center) is to randomly check with the box office for newly available tickets. These tickets would be those donated back to the box office because the original buyer can't use them and doesn't care to resell them individually or tickets that were withheld from sale by the production for whatever reason.  You will need mega karma credits for this option.😰

  11. Since Coffee, Tea, and Cocao are featured so strongly in Whipped Cream, I'd like to see Ratmansky do a 3 act follow-up called Caffeine, set in a specialty shops, say a 1950's Greenwich Village coffee house, an imaginary Russian Tea Room with dancing samovars, and a chocolate act set in a gourmet shop or the Hershey's factory.  It could be an abstract work.   A Jewels for foodies.

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