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Everything posted by nanushka

  1. 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.)
  2. I'm quite disappointed to see that they are going forward with no intermissions, just "pauses." The YOUR SAFETY page on their website no longer indicates that there wouldn't be intermissions, and when they went ahead with the mandatory vaccination policy there was good reason to think they'd dropped that plan. It's frustrating — and fairly nonsensical — that they have not.
  3. They haven't had a regular season in a year and a half. I'm okay cutting them some slack this time. They may have needed more time than usual to work some of it out.
  4. The principal casting page is here, accessible from the main page via the upper left menu SEASON & TICKETS --> PRINCIPAL CASTING. So it appears it's just not up yet.
  5. Maybe they’d ask for a letter from a religious leader? (Is the burden on the individual to follow up and find that out?) Otherwise yeah, I don’t know.
  6. There were some training videos of Copeland posted on YouTube awhile back (maybe late 2019?). I didn't look at them closely, but I recall some people writing on the forum about some visible difficulties she seemed to be having.
  7. I hope we see more of this. It may be the only way for performances to continue throughout the coming seasons, unless the broader situation takes a significant turn for the better.
  8. Copeland is on the ABT roster; my understanding is that she's not performing in the fall season but is still in the company, and that's not unheard of for higher-profile ABT principals. I think the next Met season will be where to look in order to get a sense of the current state of her technique and her position in the company.
  9. I'm disappointed that in order to see Forster's Albrecht I'll have to see Murphy's Giselle again; I was hoping he'd continue to be paired with Shevchenko. Brandt/Cornejo/Hurlin and Trenary/Royal/Fang should be exciting.
  10. The Atlantic reports on "an array of new polls" showing that "the vaccinated, across party lines, have kind of had it with the unvaccinated":
  11. Right, but it was over 8 years ago (Feb 2013) that King and Pazcoguin were promoted to soloist.
  12. Interestingly, her Martins voice sounds (to me) not at all convincing or even successfully mocking. She’s a very good reader but doesn’t seem to have a voice for impressions. I also don’t much like the cover, though it fits the persona in its “rogue” way. The book doesn’t seem too gossipy so far. (I’m only a quarter through.) There’s enough substance throughout to keep me, at least, engaged.
  13. I suppose it's possible she just doesn't agree with that assessment of Nutcracker as a masterpiece, or just doesn't experience it in that way. She does make a point early on of praising certain specific works (e.g. a highly appreciative description of Concerto Barocco, in the context of discussing the challenges of corps dancing), so she's apparently not immune to their pleasures. Listening to the book, I've been wondering if the frequent profanity comes across differently in print. On audio, it contributes to conversational voice, though it does at times seem a bit lazy or uninventive. I don't have a particular problem with it, though: language is language. (I don't view profanity as any more "foul" than any other language — except, perhaps, when it involves interpersonal slurs.) Again, I guess it's a matter of what one turns to particular books hoping to find. For me, the primary appeal of a dancer memoir is not in its prose style; if the prose gives pleasure, that's a bonus. I'm reading the book for the candid insights about a dancer's experience.
  14. I agree. And it’s well past time for the unvaccinated to start carrying more of the burden of the consequences of their choices, which have brought us to this point. New variants will continue to emerge as long as there isn’t a larger proportion of the population vaccinated.
  15. Yes, I adored the Disney+ show On Pointe but it’s true that, at least to my sense, the duo who played the child leads were not Broadway quality for their age. Their training had not primarily prepared them for acting/miming roles.
  16. Yeah, I read dancers’ memoirs for candid reflections on a dancer’s life experience. If that includes some complaints about experiences that, from an audience member’s very different perspective, I cherish — well, I’m not going to get annoyed. That’s part of the deal. It’s showbiz. ”It’s their job.” Well, I complain about my job too.
  17. Right, because vaccinated people are less likely to have those spreadable infections in the first place. I’d be all in favor of a mask mandate even if they don’t do much to enforce it. (I wouldn’t want enforcement to disrupt performances, for instance.) In a non-socially distanced theater it doesn’t seem like a bad idea; I personally don’t mind wearing a mask, and have found ones that are comfortable; and a mandate would at least establish a baseline social norm. Again, compared to no intermissions, it would at least make reasonable sense (to me).
  18. In terms of public policy, though, the goal is not typically to wholly eliminate risk (or, conversely, to ensure absolute safety); the goal is to, within reason, minimize risk. A vaccine mandate for those over 12 would be a definite step in that direction — more clearly than, for instance, not having intermissions.
  19. I purchased the audio book and am a few chapters in, enjoying it so far. Pazcoguin narrates it herself and has a nice voice for it. I look forward to getting further in during the coming days.
  20. You should have gotten an email on Monday. (Mine arrived a little after noon and showed up in my Gmail "Promotions" folder.) There's a link there that will take you to the ordering pages; you'll also need to make sure you're signed in on their site. It's possible that just logging in will be enough, without the link. And phone orders can be placed at 212-496-0600.
  21. And Shevchenko was cast as Giselle for the 2020 Met season, wasn’t she? With all the newly promoted principals, I hope they’ll cast broadly for this run.
  22. I was really hoping they'd do Giselle! So happy we don't have to wait until May to see a good old-fashioned ABT full-length, and it will be great to see one in that theater!
  23. How many people "loyal to the entity...for decades" are likely to be sufficiently "put off" by the change that they drop that loyalty? (By no longer donating? Sure, maybe a few, I guess. By no longer attending? Even fewer, I think.)
  24. Not at all, thanks! You mentioned it was a premiere, so I was just curious if you knew which. I completely agree there's nothing implausible about the details in (what we currently have of) Pazcoguin's account.
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