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  1. I assume everybody knows that Serenade was Balanchine's first ballet in the US. There might be a few who do not know that Symphony in C was on the first-ever program for NYCB on October 11, 1948, along with Concerto Barocco and Orpheus. Balanchine actually made S in C for the Paris Opera Ballet the year before, under the name Palais de Cristal. That bit of history helps explain the programming choice. 


  2. 7 minutes ago, fondoffouettes said:

    I really felt for Meghan Fairchild, who has been documenting her struggles coming back from giving birth to twins (after contacting COVID during pregnancy, no less). She really struggled to get her leg up for just about any arabesque and seemed to have drastically reduced flexibility; she's described the physiological reasons for this on her Instagram. The first movement ballerina is such a great role, but it seemed like she was just muscling her way through it. But then when I saw how emotional she was during curtain calls, I felt so happy for her for what she accomplished.

    I follow Megan on Instagram and she has overcome so much, but she was clearly struggling! She is in Serenade later in the week and should shine. Anyone who gets COVID (I believe hers was pre-vaccine?) has to worry about long-haul effects and she seems to determined to overcome. 

  3. 13 minutes ago, abatt said:

    I have to point out in particular that Joseph Gordon rocked the house with his stellar technique in the first movement of Symphony in C.


    Agree on Gordon! I really noticed him a few years ago when he did Coppelia with Bouder (still as a soloist) and at Vail in 2019. Very glad I got to see him again.

  4. I went to the opening night. It seemed historic and I'm glad I was there. They sold out all five rings. Lines to get in were divided with the NY Excelsior pass and Clear moving very fast. The others needed to show  another proof of vaccination and photo ID. They were selling beverages in the main area before the performance and plenty seemed to be buying. Impossible to distance! A private reception was held on the terrace off the 1st ring - presumably the big donors. People seemed quite obedient with masks throughout the performances, although it was dark.

    The program started 15 minutes late, although the orchestra was seated right on time at 7:30. When the announcer came on to say "Welcome to the New York City Ballet," the audience broke out with clapping and cheers. When the curtain went up on Serenade, clapping and cheers so loud you couldn't hear the music for a time! 5 minute pauses. I didn't see people rushing to get out, although that was possible. Kowroski and la  Cour followed with After the Rain, a very appropriate rep choice. 

    After the next 5 minute pause, Whelan and Stafford came out before the curtain to thank everybody. Then they said the orchestra had a surprise: a performance of Waltz of the Flowers from Nutcracker. That would not have been my first choice for an extra, if they felt they needed that, but okay. 

    The finale was Symphony in C. As others have noted, it seemed odd to put this on the program, the only performance all year. But it was a chance to show us that many of our favorite principals are back and in good form: Fairchild-Gordon, Mearns-Angle, Woodward-Ball, King-Scordato. (We saw Bouder, Hyltin and LeCrone in Serenade.) At the end, loud cheers, as twinkle snow dropped from the ceiling. We left the theater in an unexpected rain storm. 

    A detail perhaps others noticed: Angle looked like he had on a skullcap from Prodigal Son! Did he shave his head? Has it all turned light gray? Jarring.


  5. On 9/1/2021 at 1:45 PM, California said:

    The program for Fall for Dance Festival at City Center has been announced: https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/FallforDance/

    Tickets go on sale September 19. Proof of vaccination required for everybody,

    Tickets went on sale today (Sunday, 9/19) for Fall for Dance Festival. I have never been to this Festival before, but coincidentally will be in town for one performance, so I thought I'd try. Logged on the minute they opened (11 am EDT) and was in the waiting room for an hour. But I'm surprised at how good the seat is. I am a Friend at the lowest level and have no idea if that might have anything to do with it. No seat selection, but okay.

  6. I have gotten unusual voice mails and emails in recent days from ABT fund-raisers. They are asking people to renew early and perhaps upgrade their memberships now, as "We have the daunting task of raising $2 million for our Koch season." I'm guessing that they are renting the Koch and are not being co-sponsored by Lincoln Center.  I wonder how bad things are for them financially!

  7. 2 minutes ago, nanushka said:

    I'm not sure of anything — it's possible the indication on the casting sheet is a mistake, carried over from a draft they had when no intermissions was the plan. But that would seem unusually careless, and the current designation certainly communicates (rightly or wrongly) a plan for no intermissions. (That's how they've always indicated a pause without intermission on casting sheets in past seasons.)

    The print-at-home tickets still say "skip the lines at intermission" and order drinks ahead. Of course, that could have slipped through before they thought about it. I had been thinking perhaps the pause could be really long for a bathroom break but skip food lines by keeping refreshments closed. I can't find anything on the web site about forms for refreshment options. I assume they're working everything out on a day-to-day basis.

  8. 1 hour ago, sunsteph said:

    Yes, I am going to opening night and have been searching for the casting all week!!! Any word on when it will appear?

    This is on another topic on this site: 


  9. Here's the link to Week 1 casting: https://res.cloudinary.com/new-york-city-ballet/image/upload/v1631547974/Press-Releases/Fall-2021-Casting-PDF/NYCB-Casting_September-21-26-2021_lobby-20210913


    TUESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 21, 7:30PM (Conductor: Litton) SERENADE: Hyltin, Bouder, LeCrone, *Danchig-Waring, Sanz pause AFTER THE RAIN PAS DE DEUX: Kowroski, la Cour [Solo Piano: McDill, Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause SYMPHONY IN C M. Fairchild, Gordon, Mearns, T. Angle, Woodward, Ball, King, Schumacher

    WEDNESDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:30PM (Conductor: Sill) OPUS 19/THE DREAMER: T. Peck, Garcia [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause NEW BIGONZETTI – WORLD PREMIERE: *Kowroski, *Ramasar [Solo Piano: Baldwin] pause RUSSIAN SEASONS: Phelan, Pazcoguin, M. Fairchild, King, Segin, Anderson, *Danchig-Waring, *Sanz, *Walker, *Alberda, *Coll, *Hoxha [Solo Violin: Nikkanen]

    THURSDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 23, 7:30PM (Conductor: Otranto) SERENADE: Hyltin, Bouder, LeCrone, Danchig-Waring, Sanz pause PULCINELLA VARIATIONS: Kretzschmar, Mearns, T. Peck, Gerrity, Woodward, Janzen, Scordato, Garcia, Huxley pause GLASS PIECES: Hod, Applebaum, Adams, Walker, *Dutton-O’Hara, *Alberda, *Phelan, Ramasar

    FRIDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 24, 8:00PM (Conductor: Otranto) SERENADE: Hyltin, Bouder, LeCrone, Danchig-Waring, Sanz pause PULCINELLA VARIATIONS: Kretzschmar, Mearns, T. Peck, Gerrity, Woodward, Janzen, Scordato, Garcia, Huxley pause GLASS PIECES: Hod, Applebaum, Adams, Walker, Dutton-O’Hara, Alberda, Phelan, Ramasar

    SATURDAY MATINEE, SEPTEMBER 25, 2:00PM (Conductor: Otranto) SERENADE: Mearns, M. Fairchild, Gerrity, la Cour, Chamblee pause PULCINELLA VARIATIONS: *Adams, M. Miller, Phelan, Hod, *E. Von Enck, *Chan, Applebaum, Coll, *Takahashi pause GLASS PIECES: *Nadon, *Sanz, *LaFreniere, *Riccardo, Habony, Chamblee, Reichlen, Janzen

    SATURDAY EVENING, SEPTEMBER 25, 8:00PM (Conductor: Sill) OPUS 19/THE DREAMER: T. Peck, Garcia [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause NEW BIGONZETTI: Kowroski, Ramasar [Solo Piano: Baldwin] pause RUSSIAN SEASONS: *Hyltin, Mearns, *Laracey, Woodward, Maxwell, *Habony, Stanley, Veyette, *Gordon, *Zuniga, *Villarini-Velez, *Fahoury [Solo Violin: Nikkanen]

    SUNDAY MATINEE, SEPTEMBER 26, 3:00PM ABI STAFFORD FAREWELL (Conductor: Sill) OPUS 19/THE DREAMER: Hyltin, *Gordon [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] pause NEW BIGONZETTI: Kowroski, Ramasar [Solo Piano: Baldwin] pause RUSSIAN SEASONS: Phelan, Pazcoguin, A. Stafford, King, Segin, Anderson, Danchig-Waring, Sanz, Walker, Alberda, Coll, Hoxha [Solo Violin: Nikkanen] *

    First Time in Role PROGRAM AND CASTING SUBJECT TO CHANGE (09/13/21)

  10. Sarasota Ballet has the unfortunate reality of being in Florida. They have come up with a policy that admittance requires EITHER a negative test or proof of vaccine. Masks required for all. That might be the best they can do, given their governor. 

    Updates to The Sarasota Ballet's
    COVID-19 Safety Protocol

    Dear Sarasota Ballet Family,

    As we prepare to reopen for our 2021 - 2022 Season, the performing arts are once again facing challenges. In light of the recent COVID-19 Delta variant-based resurgence, many patrons have requested stronger COVID protocols be established as a prerequisite for attending performances.

    We have communicated with other major performing arts organizations in the Sarasota community, and have collectively agreed upon several protective measures in order to uphold vigilant health and safety protocols for the well-being of our dancers, staff, and patrons.

    Effective September 26th, 2021, we will uniformly implement the following policy:
    • all patrons aged 12 and older must show either:
      • a negative PCR COVID-19 test administered by a medical provider or official testing center no earlier than 72 hours before the time of our performance, or
      • a negative rapid antigen COVID-19 test administered by a medical professional or official testing center no earlier than 24 hours prior to the time of our performance. Home testing kit results will not be accepted for entry.
    • If patrons prefer, CDC or an other official vaccination record showing patrons are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (at least 14 days since the final dose) may be voluntarily presented at the door as an acceptable alternative to negative COVID-19 test results.
    • Both physical and electronic presentation of documents will be accepted. Photo identification must accompany the presentation of all documents.
    • All patrons over age 5, regardless of vaccination or testing status, must wear masks over their nose and mouth at all times while inside the venue
    Details may be revised based on CDC guidance and the evolving circumstances of the pandemic.
    Click Here for the Full Joint Statement
    With this policy established, we are happy to announce that single tickets to our 2021 - 2022 Season will be available for purchase shortly; when this occurs, we will distribute another communication to remind you.

    We appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to address the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Many thanks,
    The Sarasota Ballet
  11. 10 hours ago, vipa said:

     I just purchased tickets for a NYC Film Forum showing. Some shows seemed to be sold out, and others have plenty of seats. I suggest that NYC folks get tickets now.

    Has anybody here been to the NYC Film Forum? I was going to buy a seat for an upcoming NYC visit, but can't get a good sense of seating with Google images. Is there a good slope in the theater seating? Are the front few rows actually too close to the screen to see without having to strain to look upwards?  Daytime seats seem to be plentiful (at least for now).

  12. 47 minutes ago, Dale said:







    American Ballet Theatre Named the Official Dance Company of Segerstrom Center for the Arts

    NEW YORK, NY and COSTA MESA, CA  Segerstrom Center for the Arts President Casey Reitz and American Ballet Theatre (ABT) Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett announced today a three-year partnership combining the resources of America’s National Ballet Company® and one of the nation’s leading presenters of dance. The partnership will commence in December 2021 with three additional years of the co-presented annual productions of Alexei Ratmansky’s The Nutcracker and continue with World and West Coast Premieres and engagements each spring through 2024. . . .

    I'm glad to see this. Thanks for posting. Nothing yet on the web sites for ABT or Segerstrom, but I assume that will appear soon. It looks like the spring seasons will be repeats of the NYC fall programs, at least this first year, but okay. Very glad to see a continued commitment to the Ratmansky Nutcracker. I only saw it over one weekend a few years ago at Segerstrom, but it's such a fresh approach and a great opportunity to see rising stars in challenging roles that I look forward to seeing it again this year, if the dates work out for my schedule.

    I am curious if Segerstrom will bring in any other companies. No ballet series announced yet. And nothing yet from LA Dorothy Chandler, but I assume the international negotiations are holding this up.

  13. 40 minutes ago, Lauren said:

    I can't imagine there is any chance Mariinsky will mask for performances. Ever.

    I don't doubt this at all. The bigger issue is how they will be admitted to the US in the first place if they don't have acceptable vaccination -- which does not include the Russian or Chinese ones.

    It's interesting that Segerstrom and LA Music Center haven't announced anything past September. Both typically host many Russian and European countries and I'm guessing they are struggling with these issues. They have announced admission for audiences but how do the foreign companies even get into the US? 


  14. 38 minutes ago, Lauren said:

    Has anyone without a paywall seen what is being done with the SAB kiddos in terms of Nutcracker? I know there was something in NY Times but couldn't read it. Add a little extra element "who will be Marie"! 

    New York City Ballet announced Thursday it would limit its cast to performers 12 and older as part of safety protocols for its 47-show run of “George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker,” which opens the day after Thanksgiving and ends in January. Children under 12 will still be allowed in the audience, though they will have to provide negative virus test results.

  15. 2 hours ago, Roberta said:

    If the Mariinsky performs in late April, I hope that the Kennedy Canter accepts the Russian Sputnik vaccine as ok to allow dancing without masks.

    I wonder about the Russian vaccine. For trips to Canada this fall, it's not accepted:

    o   Accepted

        • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
        • Moderna (mRNA-1273)
        • AstraZeneca/COVISHIELD (ChAdOx1-S, Vaxzevria, AZD1222)
        • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)

    o   Not accepted

        • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
        • Cansino (Convidecia, Ad5-nCoV)
        • Gamalaya (Sputnik V, Gam-Covid-Vac)
        • Sinopharm (BBIBP-CorV, Sinopharm-Wuhan)
        • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc)
        • Vector Institute (EpiVacCorona)
    • I wonder if the Mariinsky might work something out with regular testing and mandatory quarantines.
  16. The program for Fall for Dance Festival at City Center has been announced: https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/FallforDance/

    Tickets go on sale September 19. Proof of vaccination required for everybody,

    "Masks may be required in accordance with local government guidelines."

    Program 1 | Wed Oct 13 & Thu Oct 14 8pm

    MolinetteAdd, and Air
    Choreography by Elizabeth Streb

    A.I.M by Kyle Abraham
    From A Heart Still Beating | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Kyle Abraham in collaboration with A.I.M

    The Verdon Fosse Legacy
    Sweet Gwen Suite | New York City Center Commission
    Choreography by Bob Fosse & Gwen Verdon
    Additional choreography by Linda Haberman

    Program 2 | Fri Oct 15 & Sat Oct 16 8pm

    Stephen Petronio Company
    American Landscapes
    Choreography by Stephen Petronio

    Houston Ballet
    Sons de L’âme excerpts | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Stanton Welch AM

    Ephrat Asherie Dance
    Choreography by Ephrat Asherie

    Program 3 | Tue Oct 19 & Wed Oct 20 8pm

    Philadelphia Ballet
    Connection | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Juliano Nunes

    Micaela Taylor’s The TL Collective
    Drift | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Micaela Taylor

    The Movement | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Conrad Kelly II

    Program 4 | Thu Oct 21 & Fri Oct 22 8pm

    Lar Lubovitch Dance Company with Guest Artists Adrian Danchig-Waring & Joseph Gordon
    To Each in His Own Time, New York City Center Commission | World Premiere
    Choreography by Lar Lubovitch

    Lil Buck
    38109, Co-presented with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Lil Buck

    Mapping Out A Sky | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Matthew Neenan

    Program 5 | Sat Oct 23 8pm & Sun Oct 24 3pm

    Roman Mejia
    Fandango, Co-presented with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival
    Choreography by Alexei Ratmansky

    Tiler Peck & Herman Cornejo
    Bloom, Co-commission with Damian Woetzel’s Vail Dance Festival | NY Premiere
    Choreography by Justin Peck

    Ayodele Casel
    New York City Center Commission| World Premiere
    Choreography by Ayodele Casel


  17. 2 hours ago, Roberta said:

    In sum, I'll wait until I know that dancers will not be masked during performances, before shelling out $$$.

    Have NYCB or ABT said anything about masking the dancers? ABT had performances at City Center without masking a few months ago. This seems to be a function of testing, vaccination, isolation, etc. When the Denver Performing Arts Center announced their rules for the audience, a local news reporter said performers will NOT be masked.  But I haven't seen/heard announcements for theaters this fall elsewhere. 

    Companies could do mandatory testing on a regular basis before performances, in addition to proof of vaccination and I would hope that's enough.

  18. 4 hours ago, pherank said:

    So you must be seeing the Serenade, Glass Pieces and Pulcinella Variations program - now that is an interesting mix of very different ballets. Should be great. I'll keep my fingers crossed that you get to see top casts. Please let us know of your impressions.

    Maybe I'm reading too much into the programming for the first week, but there's rich meaning in these choices. Serenade is Balanchine's first US ballet, of course. Glass Pieces premiered two weeks after Balanchine's death in 1983 -- when many were saying "ballet is dead," Robbins showed it still had a great future. And Peck is the latest generation with serious contributions and a bright future. Ratmansky that week is a wonderful reminder that ballet is most definitely not dead. And Opus 19 - a Robbins piece made for Baryshnikov, who has recently coached this. Every piece chock full of wonderful memories and history.

    Opening night also has special meaning. Serenade, of course. After the Rain has become a standard since it was made after 9/11 for commemorations of various kinds. And Symphony in C in its only performance of the season is just a joyous celebration of Balanchine's genius that never gets old. Wonderful choices. 

  19. 35 minutes ago, AG said:

    Per an email sent to Kennedy Center ballet subscribers yesterday:  

    We’re disappointed to share that the January 26–30, 2022 engagement of National Ballet of China in the Kennedy Center Opera House has been canceled.

    Due to COVID-19, the company is holding on international touring until global conditions improve. The Kennedy Center and National Ballet of China are looking at rescheduling the 2022 engagement for a future season.

    I'm not surprised. I'm wondering if the Mariinsky will end up cancelling.  Of course, so much can change in the coming months.

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