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  1. 24 minutes ago, Drew said:

    He created Thirteen Diversions for ABT a few years back. I remember it getting good reviews and I thought they danced it one other season, but am not certain.

    I also thought he had done another work for them, but when I looked it up (VIII is the title) it turns out to have been created at Hamburg Ballet, and danced by ABT a few years later....

    Thanks so much for the information, Drew.

  2. 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. 

  3. Casting for the Stanford Frost Amphitheater is up:


    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

    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

    Music: Nina Simone
    Choreographer: Danielle Rowe
    Costume Design: Lauren Strongin
    Lighting Design: Jim French

    Dores André, Joseph Walsh

    Composer: Benjamin Britten
    Choreographer: Helgi Tomasson
    Costume Design: Ann Beck
    Lighting Design: Kevin Connaughton

    Conductor: Martin West

    Misa Kuranaga, Angelo Greco

    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

    Sarah Van Patten, WanTing Zhao
    Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

    Wona Park, Aaron Robison

    Sarah Van Patten
    Aaron Robison, Tiit Helimets, Luke Ingham

    WanTing Zhao, Tiit Helimets


  4. 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:


    Nevertheless, I am overjoyed that she is being given roles and can't wait to see her on stage again. 


  5. 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.  

  6. 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.  

  7. 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.  

  8. I like that the season is extending into June and that Program 3 has three ballets that I am eager to see multiple times.  I just checked the SF Opera website and they have cancelled their fall season and have three productions from April 25 to May 2.  SFO usually performs in the fall up to Nutcracker and then puts on three operas in June.  

  9. I am particularly happy for both Diego Cruz and Myles Thatcher, as they have put in their time and are always a joy to watch.  And I love Max and have been wanting to see him in principal roles all season long. 

    I found Park dull this season, both in her phrasing and, particularly, facially, though she is unfazed technically.  For me, she is too classroom at this stage of her career, and I wonder what is on next season's horizon that she was promoted.   It's an interesting decision, given Mukhamedov's  former position as  principal with the Dutch National, although Mukhamedov was injured and apparently only danced two performances, one of them being A Midsummer Night's Dream  as a filmed, audienceless event. 

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