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lmspear

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  1. I got to see the Wed. and Fri. performances.  The only comment I'm going to add is about casting.  After seeing Shklyarov and Latypov, I think the Mariinsky management seriously goofed by sending only one principal dancer.  They overestimated the appeal of the company as box office draw without the charisma of their star dancers.  Even if you didn't know Shklyarov was a principal, you would have felt drawn into his world.  His adventures seemed real and and ridiculous and consequential. 


    Of course there are wonderful dancers at all levels of the company.  In the internet age, with our access to reviews and articles from around the world that our smartphones can translate for us and videos, the ballet fanatics can make an informed choice about matching casting to their tastes and casual fans have a sense of which dancers have the "it factor" that will tempt them to purchase tickets.

     

    Minus the selection of repertory that draws or dancers that entice both devotees and dilettantes, there will be empty seats in the theater, even for the glorious Mariinsky.

  2. It's discount time!!!

     

    The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $39 for all remaining orchestra seats for the performance of Mariinsky Ballet: The Little Humpbacked Horse in the Opera House on Tuesday, January 31 at 7:30 PM, Wednesday, February 1 at 7:30 PM, and Thursday, February 2 at 7:30 PM. Tickets are regularly as high as $119.

    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 "249916” See you at the Kennedy Center!

    Mariinsky Ballet: The Little Humpbacked Horse

    Timing: Act One - 47 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act Two - 57 min.

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    PRINCIPAL CASTING     (subject to change)

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    Tue., Jan. 31 at 7:30 p.m.

    Ivan the Fool: Vladimir Shklyarov

    The Tsar-Maiden: Anastasia Matvienko

    The Little Humpbacked Horse: Yaroslav Baibordin

    Gentleman of the Bedchamber: Yuri Smekalov

    The Tsar: Dmitry Pykhachov

    The Young Mare: Zlata Yalinich

    Horses: Alexander Romanchikov, Alexander Beloborodov

     

    Wed., Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

    Ivan the Fool: Ernest Latypov

    The Tsar-Maiden: Renata Shakirova

    The Little Humpbacked Horse: Grigory Popov

    Gentleman of the Bedchamber: Konstantin Zverev

    The Tsar: Vasily Shcherbakov

    The Young Mare: Tatiana Tkachenko

    Horses: Andrei Solovyov, Yevgeny Deryabin

     

    Thu., Feb. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

    Ivan the Fool: Maxim Zyuzin

    The Tsar-Maiden: Anastasia Kolegova

    The Little Humpbacked Horse: Vladislav Shumakov

    Gentleman of the Bedchamber: Yuri Smekalov

    The Tsar: Dmitry Pykhachov

    The Young Mare: Zlata Yalinich

    Horses: Alexander Romanchikov, Alexander Beloborodov

     

    TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER 244295

    (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 | Groups (202) 416-8400

  3. On 1/23/2017 at 3:39 PM, YouOverThere said:

     

    But one would think that they would announce a few days ahead of time that standing room seats would be available the day of the performance. IIRC, with Mariinsky I knew about standing room tickets enough in advance that I knew to be at the box office when it opened in the morning.

    I agree with you, but have seen them make last minute decisions about selling standing room.

  4. 15 hours ago, Olga said:

    Cellphone light is the worst. What are these people thinking? 

    There are a couple of new cellphone transgressions that are driving me nuts.  People who use their phones to check the time, the lights go off and on throughout the performance, and those who use the light from the phones to read the program in the dark.  :huh:

  5. Clifford also has a blog where he has posted several chapters of an autobiography manuscript.  I haven't heard about it from any other source.  This link goes to the chapter on Goldberg Variations and PAMTGG.

    http://johnclifford26.blogspot.com/2013/09/ch-28-goldberg-variations-reveries-and.html?m=0

     

    Moderators, I wasn't sure where this would fit in the writings on ballet forums.  Please post where it is appropriate.  There are several chapters that are scattered among the blog entries.

     

    Thanks, Lisa

  6. The direction a dancer travels from the upstage left or right corner to the opposite downstage corner.  Think back to geometry class, the diagonal is the longest line that can be drawn through a shape.

  7. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $49.00 for orchestra seating for the Wednesday November 23 7:30 PM performance of the Cincinnati Ballet’s The Nutcracker in the Opera House and on Sunday November 27 at 7:30 p.m. the same offer of orchestra seats but for $39. Tickets are regularly as high as $119.

    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 "244222." See you at the Kennedy Center!

    Cincinnati Ballet The Nutcracker

    http://m.kennedy-center.org/home/event/brbsc?promotionno=244222
  8. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $15, orchestra seats, for the Monday, October10th performance of DEMO:Heroes in the Eisenhower Theater at 8 p.m.

     

    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 "240004." See you at the Kennedy Center!

    DEMO:Heroes Offer 10/10

    About

    "For this DEMO we are celebrating our heroes, those who inspire us, the shoulders we all stand upon, and thinking about the idea of heroism in all our lives. DEMO: Heroes will be a roll call of gratitude, with extraordinary artists paying homage through their performances to their inspirations."
    --Damian Woetzel

    Dubbed the "Matchmaker" by the New York Times, former New York City Ballet Principal Dancer turned director Damian Woetzel brings together a stellar cast of artists to celebrate their heroes and artistic inspirations in a one night only special DEMO performance.

    The cast of Heroes includes soprano Jacqueline Bolier, singer/songwriter Kate Davis, Broadway and NYCB star Robert Fairchild, tap dance powerhouseJared Grimes, acclaimed ballerina Carla Körbes, visual arts curator and historian Sarah Lewis, Memphis jookin' dance pioneer Lil Buck (one of the stars of last season's DEMO: Place), the MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band, and jazz prodigy Matthew Whitaker. Accompanying several selections will be renowned pianist Glenn Sales and National Symphony Orchestra violinist Daniel Foster.

    Watch videos of Damian's guests at work:
    Jacqueline Bolier sings "Sure on This Shining Night"
    Kate Davis performs a cover of "All About That Bass"
    Robert Fairchild dances at Vail International Dance Festival
    Jared Grimes on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 
    Carla Körbes dances at Vail International Dance Festival
    Sarah Lewis delivers a TED Talk
    Lil Buck performs with Yo-Yo Ma

    MusiCorps Wounded Warrior Band live at the Grand Ole Opry

    Matthew Whitaker performs "Body & Soul"

    Performance Timing: TBA

    TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER 240004 

    (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 | Groups (202) 416-8400
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any 
    other offer. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.

     

  9. I'm quite certain I saw Baryshnikov with ABT at the Met in July 1976. I remember that mainly because it was the big Bicentennial year and a trip to NYC was part of a visit with a sister. (In January 1976, ABT was at the old Uris Theatre, which I don't think exists any more, so I'm thinking that the July season was the first at the Met.)

    The Uris became the Gershwin, so if you've seen "Wicked" in NYC you've been there relatively recently.

    I saw ABT do "Tales of Hoffman" there some time in the late '70s. I think the choreography was by Ronald Hand. I don't remember the time of year. It was pretty and I enjoyed it at the time, but having only seen it once I don't remember anything specific about it.

  10. The Kennedy Center is offering tickets at the special price of $19.00 on all remaining seats for the entire run of Paul Taylor Dance Company in the Eisenhower Theater. 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 "229009." See you at the Kennedy Center!

    Paul Taylor Dance Company

    About

    PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
    Paul Taylor, Artistic Director
    New York, NY

    with the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra

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    PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
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    Wednesday, May 25* & Friday, May 27: (Timing: Approximately 2 hours, with two 15-min. intermissions)
    Mercuric Tidings / Polaris / Esplanade**

    Thursday, May 26 & Saturday, May 28: (Timing: 1 hour, 40 min., with two 15-min. intermissions)
    Arden Court** / Beloved Renegade / Promethean Fire**

    *Free Explore the Arts Post-Performance Discussion
    Wednesday, May 25

    **These works performed to live music by the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    ABOUT THE WORKS
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Mercuric Tidings (1982)
    Thirteen of the company's dancers take the stage for a joyous and tantalizing display. Set to the music of Franz Schubert, Mercuric Tidings is such a skillful blend of sound and motion that the New York Times proclaims, "music and dance are so closely entwined here that they are one… The choreography is a whirlpool of activity and the eye, enticed in all directions, cannot take it all in at once."

    Polaris (1976)
    This challenging work "entertains through superb craftsmanship and genuine wit" (The New York Herald Tribune) as dancers move within and around a large metallic cube. The two sections ofPolaris feature identical choreography, but set to different scores, lighting, and performed by different dancers. A rich exploration of perception unfolds across the stage as composer Donald York's music changes from pastoral to menacing, the lighting darkens, and the dance is performed with shifted emphasis.

    Esplanade (1975)
    In 1975, Paul Taylor, inspired by the sight of a girl running to catch a bus, created this masterwork based on pedestrian movement. Set to J.S. Bach violin concertos, the work features a team of eight dancers brimming with Taylor's signature youthful exuberance. Esplanade "confers a mythic dimension on ordinary aspects of our daily lives--it's unfaked folk art" (The New Yorker).

    Arden Court (1981)
    Set to a sumptuous baroque score by William Boyce, the work is a richly dynamic dance featuring striking duets, solos, and a men's sextet that showcase the dancers' skill and musicality. Both softly romantic and technically challenging, Arden Court "abounds in such contrasts, and amid the irresistible pleasure of its dancing, [the company] also make it brimful of meanings" (The New York Times).

    Beloved Renegade (2008)
    Set to Francis Poulenc's choral "Gloria," this dance tribute is inspired by the life and work of 19
    th-century American writer Walt Whitman, and depicts his reverence for the body and the soul as one. The New York Times calls Beloved Renegade "a work of philosophic as well as dramatic power… one of the great achievements of [Taylor's] long career and one of the most eloquently textured feats of his singular imagination."

    Promethean Fire (2002)
    Set to three keyboard works by J.S. Bach richly orchestrated by Stokowski, Promethean Fire examines a kaleidoscope of emotional colors in the human condition with "grandeur, majesty, and a spiritual dimension" (The New York Times). All 16 Taylor dancers, costumed in black, weave in and out of intricate patterns that mirror the way varied emotions weave themselves through life.


    Performance Timing: TBA

    TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER NUMBER “229009”

    (202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 | Groups (202) 416-8400

  11. It's important to me :), but I take your point. But I assume the reason they only have one season a year (it's actually two programs) is because they lack money for more. So I'd think SFB would still be the Center's first priority, both because it's established there and because for all Kent's fame and D.C.-area roots, Farrell is still the bigger star. But I guess a big donor or two could make all the difference.

    The Farrell company grew out of the summer intensives that she conducts for the Kennedy Center's Education Department. This links to a history of the program: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.kennedy-center.org/education/farrell/&ved=0ahUKEwjT1uXJrd_LAhVJFx4KHYfnDxYQFggbMAA&usg=AFQjCNGczeYqzp7u9ob3aclXJ1AfgNJO7w&sig2=QgoybagnHYjrTSCIlbKPjA

    After reading her autobiography, I was left with the impression that she tries to live in the moment and take things as they come. I think the company might have had the potential to grow, but the interviews I've read and the company's performance schedule lead me to speculate that she's not interested in overseeing the marketing, development and the publicity efforts of running a thriving full time company. She wants to spend her time spreading the gospel of Mr. B at every opportunity. She circles the world staging, coaching, and teaching, not appearing at all interested in establishing an institution.

    The opera company and the orchestra became constituents of the Kennedy Center long after they had been founded. The Farrell company is the first home grown classical performing arts company at the KenCen.

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