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  1. cobweb

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Whoa. I would totally be there.
  2. cobweb

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Note to Society NYCB members - thought I’d point out that renewal letters are included in the big envelope with the thick season brochure that arrived today (for me anyway). I don’t always open these as I am already quite familiar with next year’s offerings. Thought I’d point this out in case any of you are similarly inclined to toss it into the recycling bin.
  3. cobweb

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    So if your subscription happens to include that date, you don't get your regular seat? Not cool! Who would they be seating ahead of you, when you've already been assigned that seat on that date?
  4. cobweb

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Thanks, vipa. That relieves my mind.
  5. cobweb

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Re the Joaquin de Luz farewell, I faxed in my order form. Do they send out a confirmation or acknowledgement that the order was received, or do they not acknowledge it and just send the tickets in August? Has anyone else received a confirmation?
  6. I ruled out any performances with NYCB or ABT, since I have seen/can see them do the same pieces at lower cost, and I'd rather spend on a program where all the companies are ones I wouldn't otherwise see. I was interested in Programs III and IV, but given the prices, just went for one - Program IV. Intrigued by the Joffrey doing Four Temperaments.
  7. cobweb

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    It's not like there was no dancing. But whatever substance this piece has, is lost because of 1) lack of engagement with the music/ the music is extremely difficult to engage choreographically; 2) so much going on - costumes, sets, many dancers, and no clear choreographic patterns; 3) lack of a narrative developing in distinct scenes. I also enjoyed the dollops of whipped cream coming down the slide! That was fun. I wonder why they all didn't come out that way, though - the final four darted in from the wings.
  8. cobweb

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    I'm just back from the matinee, my first viewing of Whipped Cream. I wanted to see Simkin before he leaves, as well as Abrera and Lane. I thought I might attend the evening performance as well, wanting to see Cassandra Trenary. However, one performance is enough, no more Whipped Cream for me. Many reasons. First, and to me this is a fatal flaw, the music simply is not suited to dance. For this reason alone, if I were AD, I would never have approved this project. To me the music and choreography never came together in my heart. Don't know how else to describe it. I felt largely unengaged, and except for a few moments near the end involving Daniil Simkin, it never spoke to me... and I'm chalking those moments up to Simkin's exceptional talent. The choreography seemed both overly busy and repetitive. The costumes sometimes distracted from the dancing, especially with all the candies in the first act. That section was a real missed opportunity for some decorative patterns in choreography, but it was just a mishmash. Finally, practically no plot, no character development, no sense of either the narrative or the music building and developing, and no deeper meaning. Dull. The afternoon was redeemed by delightful dancing. Simkin will be sorely missed. I can't tell from Lane's post (above) whether he will be a regular with ABT or not, but I just want to say what a complete pleasure it's been to watch his development since he first burst into ABT. Come back often, Daniil! Sarah Lane was a delightful Princess Praline, with her crispness a relief, a blast of fresh air, after all the the cacophony onstage. She and Simkin look great together, their partnership has really developed over the years. Again: come back soon, Daniil!! Stella Abrera was a sinuous Princess Tea Flower, sexy and funny. I have attended ABT so little over the past few years that I didn't have an updated impression of Thomas Forster, but I thought he was a wonderful Prince Coffee, and totally agree with all the posters up-stream that he is ready for bigger roles. So much more expressive than Cory Stearns!! (A low bar, I know ...) Finally, Catherine Hurlin was wonderful as Mlle. Chartreuse, a confident, funny, mature performer.
  9. Thanks for mentioning the Jazzharmonic. I agree - they were terrific. That was a major part of the evening. And I couldn't agree more about Roman Mejia. He is incredibly self-possessed at such a young age. I look forward to his career!
  10. cobweb

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Totally OT and it’s not a second tier troupe at all, but I have to put in a word for Taming of the Shrew at Hudson valley Shakespeare Festival. Not my favorite Shakespeare by a long shot. But it turned out incredibly funny and so moving at the last minute. Make love not war. Highly recommend.
  11. cobweb

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Thank you for all these incredible videos canbelto! I never would have seen them otherwise. Ps. Agree about Gatti. Where is he now?
  12. I attended last night's performance of the Ashley Bouder Project at the Joyce. This is my first time seeing this group. I had mixed feelings. First, it was great to see the dancers in such an intimate setting. I always love Taylor Stanley, but I got to pay more attention to the flexible, fluid India Bradley, who danced with authority. Also Roman Mejia, who really seems to have it all. As for the pieces, I found Alas fascinating, and would welcome seeing this piece again. There were some elements I didn't care for (such as dancers abruptly running offstage as a form of exit), but it was an enticing, engaging hybrid (of what, exactly, I can't quite say). I am glad to learn the name of this choreographer, Abdul Latif. I thought Lauren Lovette's new piece for Bouder was unremarkable and banal, and I was baffled by what Bouder's own new piece was trying to say. (Don't have the program handy, and can't quite remember the titles of these pieces.) Then there was the piece for two men (originally for two women, I think?), which left me cold. I didn't see how it made any difference to have two men versus two women dance it, since as far as I could tell this piece was not about the relationship between the two dancers, and I could not tell what it was about. Would enjoy hearing other comments from those who were there.
  13. cobweb

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Thanks for the analysis, canbelto. I'd like to underline your #3, disappearing into the choreography. In the Stars and Stripes videos, Tiler Peck comes across as far, far more disciplined and committed than Isabella Boylston. As you point out in the video of Tchai pdd with the Paris Opera Ballet, it works despite the lack of Balanchine style; this is because they are so committed and absorbed in the choreography, not trying to make some kind of individual statement. "Disappearing into the choreography" and presentation are something that I feel ABT needs to focus on generally, not just in Balanchine works. I've made this comparison before, but this spring I was so struck by Pennsylvania Ballet’s committed swan corps, totally putting to shame the ABT corps which simply does not give off the same seriousness of purpose. The toreadors I saw last week did not look like toreadors at all (exception: Patrick Frenette). I notice this strikingly with the children of both schools; even the youngest ones from SAB (such as the Polichenelles in Nut) seem to have more gravitas than the JKO kids (seen recently in Harlequinade). I know "gravitas" is a strong word to apply to young children, but I swear, they're doing something at SAB to instill a sense of pride, graciousness, and sophisticated presentation in the kids from the youngest ages, and of course this is reflected in the dancers they become.
  14. cobweb

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    What an image, canbelto! My brain is short-circuiting as I try to picture it. Thanks for the videos. That’s very instructive. Boylston is not lacking in incredible technique, but the video with Tiler is just completely different.
  15. cobweb

    Marcelo Gomes

    ... or, it's possible that whatever the allegation was, it was true, but questions of consent were murky, or what seemed like consent eight years ago is being revisited and judged by new standards, and Gomes guessed that ABT would feel they would have to fire him or censure him in some way, even for something (as I recall from the press release) unrelated to his employment at ABT. That even if he got "due process," whatever that means in an employment context, he would be judged and sentenced unfairly. All my guess as to what may have happened.
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