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  1. Wow, I have to see Carousel again one more time before it closes! I have not been a musical theater person and knew absolutely nothing about Carousel, but went because I had an out of town visitor who wanted to see a Broadway show, and I wanted to see Ramasar. Wound up being totally swept away, and thanks to my new TDF membership (why did I not join this sooner??!), I have it seen more times than I care to admit. Will be very, very glad to see Ramasar back where he belongs (ballet), though. I don't think he's so great as Jigger Cragin. His acting is one-note and brittle, IMHO, and the innate nobility of his dancing undercuts his character's low-life-ness. Can't wait to see him resume his whole-hearted ballet nobility.
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Thank you for that update, vipa! I am out of town till next week and was wondering about this. Can't wait to get home to my mail box!!
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    NYCB 2018 Summer Season

    In regard to abatt's question about Finlay, since he is not listed in the casting for Copenhagen at all, presumably he's injured. It's not likely they would excuse him from the tour for any other reason. As for Gerrity in Serenade, she seems like a great choice for the Dark Angel and I look forward to seeing her in NYC. But it's interesting they're giving it to her, when LeCrone and Reichlen also have it in their repertory, and both are on the tour. ETA: Any reports from the Copenhagen performances would be greatly appreciated!
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    NYCB 2018 Summer Season

    Thanks for these analyses of the financial considerations of presenting the arts. This is something I don't know anything about, and it's been fascinating to read the specifics.
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    Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    What a great photo!
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Whoa. I would totally be there.
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    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.
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    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?
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Thanks, vipa. That relieves my mind.
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    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?
  11. 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.
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    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.
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    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.
  14. 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!
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    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.