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  1. I don't think there are many aesthetic qualities that get universal agreement on exactly what they mean or the degree to which they're realized in individual cases, but those qualities can still be useful to consider. (Also, morals needn't necessarily be at issue, given the definitions above.)
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    Simone Messmer

    Yes I think that’s correct. I’m curious when this performance was recorded. I didn’t notice that info listed anywhere.
  3. nanushka

    Simone Messmer

    Simone Messmer will appear in a performance of Concerto Barocco from Ballet Chicago, available starting tonight at 7 pm. More info here and here.
  4. Not joyful, no. But to me her performance has always seemed rather regal. And perhaps because I came to know the piece by watching that recording many times, before I ever saw it onstage, that interpretation has always seemed quite valid and appropriate (though not necessary) for the role.
  5. Yes, that was my thought as well. Was curious if anyone had been present and recalled, if it was an issue with the performance — or if any other explanation had been given elsewhere.
  6. I’m a bit surprised they wouldn’t film even an entire movement. Have many of the earlier streamed-during-quarantine performances been compiled for the same reason? I don’t recall that.
  7. According to the notes on tonight's YouTube video, the performance that will be streamed later this week was "filmed on October 6, 2015 and January 21, 2016 (Finale)." Does anyone know why they're using parts of two different performances? I look forward to watching Joseph Gordon work on the solo(s)!
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    Hi Everyone

    Welcome, @TeriAnne!
  9. Welcome, @Dégagé E.!
  10. "Tape" a "broadcast"? Nope — I can't, at least! I vote for streaming (pretending I have a vote).
  11. I suspect this is at least part of what's going on (though I'm sure there are some who, as @Balletwannabe suggests, are "fully aware" of what they're doing). I think it would be a good idea — even, I'd say, an important responsibility — for SAB and other schools to offer clear instructions for how to ensure privacy, for those who want it.
  12. Even the New York Times has this problem in many older articles now archived on their website, I've found. It's usually pretty easy to figure out how the original text read. Small price to pay for the massive availability of past print sources.
  13. Cissexism, cisgenderism or cisnormativity are perhaps more apt terms. See here.
  14. Yeah, I really can't say that I blame Roman Mejia for not going there (or Fairchild for not asking — which they may have agreed upon before the interview). He wasn't there, it wasn't his relationship, it was a complicated situation, and there are plenty of good reasons why it's probably best for him to leave it to others to address publicly. Self-censorship, maybe — but I think probably just common sense.
  15. Are there Black women in the top ranks in much greater numbers? My sense is that it's a problem across the board.
  16. These are the statements that, to me, suggested that: I apologize if I misconstrued the sentiment that these all seemed to me to be expressing.
  17. Indeed. I rewatched the interview and although the segment wasn't apparently made at Edwards' instigation he seems to me very much a subject with agency, not an otherized and exoticized object. Suggesting that he shouldn’t appear in media still sounds to me like a troubling move of erasure. Similarly, a straight/non-queer person may be totally unaware of how their dismissing of gender queer people (e.g. by suggesting they should not appear in media representations) is perceived. They may disagree and not understand how their words could be perceived in that way, but when queer people say that their words are having that impact, I think those people should be taken seriously. And similarly too, as I am white, if I am told by a non-white person that something I or another person has said is racist or racially insensitive, I take that seriously.
  18. I guess the impact of your words (on me personally) was not the same as their intent. I quoted one of the parts that made me think what I described. It wasn't a conclusion, just a concern.
  19. I understand your concerns, but I guess the problem is that sounds an awful lot like telling queer people (using the term in its broadest, non-derogatory sense), "Do what you want, but just don't flaunt it" — don't make us look at it, don't advertise yourself, stay in the shadows. Which is yet another classic form of oppression.
  20. Maybe I'm misunderstanding, but presumably being "emasculated" is only a problem if one wants to be perceived as essentially masculine — which this dancer apparently does not. Is the implication that he should personally make himself more traditionally masculine to prevent other Black men in the arts from being emasculated?
  21. I don't think that "it has been decided that it might offend Japanese people"; it does offend. The weight one should give that and the action (or inaction) one should take in response may well be up for debate. But that the work is offensive to some (whether understandably or not, depending on your perspective) is not. "To each their own" may work in the abstract, but ballet companies have to make concrete decisions about which works to stage and how.
  22. That's an argument that Roland Wiley makes in his interesting article "On Meaning in Nutcracker," available on JStor for those with access.
  23. Lovely to see a performance of Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony: https://youtu.be/qd19gEdDmQs
  24. I would hope exactly the same — just not holding my breath!
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