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  1. I am seeing Shevchenko and Forster; Brandt and Cornejo; and Hurlin and Bell.
  2. California - I know that this is slightly off topic, but I attended four out of the five performances of Of Love and Rage at Segerstrom Auditorium in Orange County in March of 2020, skipping only the Saturday matinee. It was the weekend before lockdown, and I definitely saw four performances.
  3. This is encouraging news. Like Water for Chocolate was already posted on The Royal Opera House's website as being a co-production with ABT. I plan to see it in June of 2022 when it premieres in London with The Royal Ballet. Will this be this Wheeldon's first work at ABT? I haven't read the novel, but the film was vividly unforgettable. Alonzo King's company performed at Segerstrom last Saturday and both the performances and the reception by the audience were tremendous. I am eager to see what he does for ABT this coming March.
  4. Casting for the Stanford Frost Amphitheater is up: SERENADE Composer: Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Choreographer: George Balanchine Staged by: Sandra Jennings Costume Design: after Karinska Original Lighting Design: Ronald Bates Conductor: Martin West Frances Chung, Wona Park, Jennifer Stahl Luke Ingham, Wei Wang Isabella DeVivo, Norika Matsuyama Leili Rackow*, Julia Rowe Kamryn Baldwin, Ludmila Bizalion, Samantha Bristow, Olivia Brothers† Megan Amanda Ehrlich, Gabriela Gonzalez, Anatalia Hordov, Ellen Rose Hummel Elizabeth Mateer, Carmela Mayo, Swane Messaoudi, Lauren Parrott, Maggie Weirich Estéban Cuadrado†, Joshua Jack Price†, Jacob Seltzer†, Mingxuan Wang II TARANTELLA Composer: Louis Moreau Gottschalk Choreographer: George Balanchine Staged by: Helgi Tomasson and Sandra Jennings Costume Design: after Karinska Conductor: Martin West Piano: Natal’ya Feygina Sasha De Sola, Esteban Hernandez III FOR PIXIE Music: Nina Simone Choreographer: Danielle Rowe Costume Design: Lauren Strongin Lighting Design: Jim French Dores André, Joseph Walsh IV SOIRÉES MUSICALES Composer: Benjamin Britten Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Costume Design: Ann Beck Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton Conductor: Martin West Misa Kuranaga, Angelo Greco V THE FIFTH SEASON Composer: Karl Jenkins Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson Scenic and Costume Design: Sandra Woodall Lighting Design: Michael Mazzola Conductor: Martin West The Fifth Season Wona Park, Aaron Robison Ellen Rose Hummel, Norika Matsuyama, Carmela Mayo, Lauren Parrott Estéban Cuadrado†, Joshua Jack Price†, Jacob Seltzer†, Mingxuan Wang Waltz Sarah Van Patten, WanTing Zhao Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham Romance Wona Park, Aaron Robison Tango Sarah Van Patten Aaron Robison, Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham Largo WanTing Zhao, Tiit Helimets Bits Ensemble
  5. I love Illushkina, having seen her several times in Emeralds nearly two years ago and then talking with her at a reception, but the s--l--o--w tempo of the Symphony in C clip is excruciating to listen to and makes the choreography laborious. Compare the tempo with the version we have all probably watched numerous times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpg-BhbVaiU Nevertheless, I am overjoyed that she is being given roles and can't wait to see her on stage again.
  6. This is encouraging news!
  7. I've seen her as Odette-Odile, so I understand what you mean, PeggyR. It is curious how she can deliver a devastatingly emotional portrayal in The Little Mermaid and RAkU but then is cold in other works. I was disappointed in her Giselle; though it was danced beautifully from a technical standpoint, there was nothing human projected. I still want to see her Odette again because of her purity. From the digital performances this season, I am eager to see Sasha Mukhamedov dance next year, as she has a lush way of moving and a charming personality, and is very musical. Hopefully, she will recover fully for what we want to a full season for the company next year. I watched the program 5 earlier this evening and was delighted to see Domitro, Nedvegin, and Zajorian in Seven for Eight.
  8. Wow, this is great! And Taras Domitro as well!
  9. Add Ricardo Bustamante to the list. He is a brilliant coach and ballet master, has staged ballets around the globe, and been director of two ballet companies.
  10. Jasmine Jimison danced several solos in The Sleeping Beauty two seasons ago when she was an apprentice, including Princess Florine in the Bluebird pdd, and was outstanding, and was promoted into the company shortly after that. She was so beautiful and authoritative in those solos that I would not have blinked had she been promoted to soloist upon joining the company ranks. She was later cast in one of the principal/solo roles in Liam Scarlett's Hummingbird, which was ultimately withdrawn from the repertoire. I am glad that Helgi moved her up so she can benefit from his casting during his last season as director.
  11. The announcement has very loving and appreciative assessments of the dancers who are departing.
  12. I thought she was beautiful as Perdita in Christopher Wheeldon's Winter's Tale. I also met her when she was still a soloist at a reception when NB0C brought Wheeldon's Alice to L.A. My mother was with me and Elena was incredibly kind to my mother.
  13. I saw her give a glorious performance of Theme and Variations towards the end of her career. She had a radiant and positive presence on stage.
  14. Apropos of MCB, Elena Lobsanova and Hannah Fischer of the National Ballet of Canada are joining MCB as principal and soloist, respectively.
  15. BalanchineFan, my heart goes out to the very talented and accomplished Gabe Stone Thayer and I can understand his frustration as to his not being promoted, added to his being injured at at time when he was moving forward with more solo opportunities. I saw him in the audience at a performance that he was attending a few years ago in NY, and told him I hoped that he would be promoted to soloist. You certainly could have some insight to McKenzie's curious choice of words and Thayer's expressed unhappiness. I think dancers in a dance company look to the principals' conduct as an example, and maybe that is "leadership skills," i.e., being dedicated, seriously single-minded and focused, and I can think of a lot of soloists who were/are not single-minded and focused. I do know that if a dancer is yawning, rolling his/her eyes, checking the the clock or looking out the window during rehearsals, management will notice it and not like it, but I have no idea if anyone at ABT does that, not being personally on the scene.
  16. volcanohunter, thank you for the wonderful homage to her. Rest in peace, Zizi Jeanmaire.
  17. The day I see this in a stage performance is the day I stop going to the ballet.
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