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  1. California

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    I'm reminded of advice from Michael M. Kaiser (the Mr. Fix-it in the performing arts world) who said it's always better to have dancers performing than only rehearsing, as they are on contract and you have to give them something to do. Even performances at a loss bring in some revenue (although I have no idea what arrangement they have with the Koch or what penalty they'd pay for cancelling). I wonder if they are thinking of substituting a few ballets, which wouldn't be that hard to do.
  2. I just now got two tickets - picked from seating chart. Very nice. Then it stopped working so I couldn't get the Sunday matinee. And when I got back to that it seemed the option to "purchase tickets" had disappeared. I am amazed at how incompetent this whole process is -- I guess the Met and State Theater have us spoiled. Pretty good selection, though. EDITED TO ADD: As of 5:15 pm PDT all three performance have "purchase tickets" available again.
  3. Their site finally came back ( as of 1:37 PDT) but when you try to get to the ticket purchasing site, they say they are having technical difficulties. I'll keep trying. If anybody figures out how to get through, please post.
  4. I am trying without success (for the past hour) to get to the Music Center's site to buy tickets for Mayerling next July 4 weekend. Single tickets for the spring 2019 series went on sale at 10 am PDT, and I'm guessing they're just crashing. Anybody else having any luck?
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    Ratmansky Recon SL @ MCB 2020

    Any word on scheduling -- spring or fall?
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    crystal ball reading by Mussel -- see earlier entries
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    We heard a few months ago that Miami was going to do this in 2020 - the first North American performances. Presumably there is an agreement that they have it exclusively, in hopes of attracting some visitors from North America.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Let's hope for Jane Eyre -- which is choreographed by a woman, Cathy Marston. Lots of ballet companies are trying to give opportunities to women choreographers nowadays and this would be a nice twist. https://northernballet.com/jane-eyre
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    Royal Ballet 2018-19 season

    If anybody is interested the YouTube of Royal Ballet has rehearsals with Steven McRae and Sarah Lamb from Mayerling:
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    Royal Ballet 2018-19 season

    Although I have the DVD, I've never seen this in the theater (although I'm seriously looking at the LA performances next July). Can someone elaborate on the physical demands that account for this? Time on stage? Difficult partnering? Is this a problem in ballets like Manon?
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    They haven't done Manon since 2014 and that would also be a good vehicle for Bolle (retirement or otherwise): https://www.abt.org/ballet/manon/
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    The 2018 schedule was announced the last week of October 2017, judging from postings on this site. There were a few hints earlier of specific ballets, but no schedule.
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    Colorado Ballet 2018-19 roster

    The Colorado Ballet Studio Company has been announced. I'm pleased they have several promising young men. They do a lot of programs in the schools in the greater Denver area. https://www.coloradoballet.org/company/studiocompany
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Glad you have these wonderful books! I typically re-read her essays on specific Balanchine ballets before I see them again. She alerts me to things I would otherwise not notice in the performance.
  15. I'm reminded of those guys in the tiki march in Charlottesville last year (on a weekend) who were identified, thanks to social media, and then fired by their employers. Again, not strictly analogous, but we don't know if there's language in the dancer contract about behavior outside work hours that reflects badly on NYCB.