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  1. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    This is a late report on the same performance canbelto saw on Dec. 5. I thought Sterling Hyltin was lovely, and Veyette is a great partner, but I thought he looked a little stiff and was jutting his head out unattractively during the tours a la seconde. Huxley was a great Candy Cane. I love seeing the principals in these roles, and I miss Zachary Catazaro who was an outstanding Hot Chocolate. Agree about Megan LeCrone and Coffee. A total snooze. The last time I saw Coffee done with real steaminess was Emily Kikta. Overall I found the magic at this performance a little lacking, but whether that's because I've seen Nut so many times, because I wasn't feeling so great that evening, or something about the performance itself, is hard to say. I felt the kids looked particularly un-spontaneous, compared to what I've seen at many other performances. The Snowflakes and Flowers were terrific, though, and Harrison Coll makes a great Drosselmeier.
  2. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    High time for Ulbricht to debut in this role. Strike that. Long overdue. Any reports on the two new Soldier debuts welcome - tonight Kennard Henson, tomorrow Andres Zuniga.
  3. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    Thanks for the reminder about this. I noticed that at the performance I saw the other night. I thought the vivid blue was charming and in character, matching the vividness of Harlequin's diamond-patterned, multicolored outfit.
  4. Thanks for the heads' up, Swanilda! I just ordered the book from Amazon. I love the photo they're using for the cover. True to the legend of Balanchine's arrival in the US, when he was confronted with a bunch of amateurs, and still managed to create Serenade. The photo shows him intently at work with the material at hand - no complaints from him, just making the best of what he has, and judging from the attentive expression of the dancers, he already has their cooperation and respect. And we know it developed into something beautiful. I look forward to reading the book.
  5. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    It’s true that she appeared unsteady and unbalanced at times during the grand pas de deux. But Sara may be her own worst critic. What this fan remembers was her grandness, majesty, and beauty.
  6. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    This is a review of last night's performance. I buy my Nut tickets way in advance, without knowing the casting. When I find I'm scheduled to see Tiler Peck's Dewdrop, it's like winning the lottery. She did not disappoint her fans last night, turning in yet another dazzling and daring performance. Sara Mearns was a majestic Sugarplum Fairy. She is so beautiful. There is something exotic about her eyes, but when you zoom in, they're sparkling blue and friendly. Truly alluring. Russell Janzen was a perfect Cavalier, attentive and noble. Other standouts were two tall and beautiful flowers, the grand Emilie Gerrity and Miriam Miller. The Nutcracker prince, little Athan Sporek (sp?) has a charisma and poise beyond his years. I gather he's already an accomplished performer, and I can see why. Keep going, little Athan! Sebastian Villarini-Velez made his debut as the Soldier. He was not as "wooden" as others have been, but boy he gives everything his all. Not sure I've seen Devin Alberda do Candy Cane before, but he was terrific. It was great to see all the dancers I'm so familiar with, but also great to see unknown and beaming new faces, apprentices and children. I really go for the first act, the charm of the party scene, and the magic of the violin solo and transformation and battle scenes. Look forward to at least two more performances this season. And would be really glad to read any other reviews!
  7. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    Which dates, canbelto? Was it the particular casting that drew you in?
  8. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    Week 4 of casting up. Debuts for Sebastian Villarini-Velez as the Cavalier and Kennard Henson as Tea. Very excited to find I have a ticket for the Woodward-Ball-Phelan cast, with the bonus of Roman Mejia as Tea. Can't wait. The Adams-Villarini-Velez-Kikta cast also looks terrific, I would love to see that one.
  9. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    Robert Fairchild was my favorite Candy Cane, so bright and brilliant. I look forward to any reports from opening weekend and beyond. This board tends to get fewer reports on Nut than during the regular season, but I love hearing about the different casts.
  10. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    If it’s Hod’s injury that is causing her to be replaced, it must be pretty bad. Frau Stahlbaum doesn’t have a whole lot to do besides walking around. I was hoping to see Hod back soon!
  11. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    I take my luck with Nut tickets, which I buy way in advance. In this case glad/not glad for Dec 5. Look forward to Hyltin who can play with the celesta, Veyette to see how he’s doing, and Pereira, not so much. But I really go for the beautiful vision of the first and second acts.
  12. cobweb

    Allegra Kent in Symphony in C 2nd Mvt.

    Buddy, this is beautiful. Thanks. (I'm just seeing this thread for the first time.) I love your poetic rendition of this transcendent performance.
  13. It's been a few weeks since these performances, but I find myself still thinking about the Joffrey's Four Temperaments. Maybe because I saw it three times in as many days, and maybe it struck me in a fresh way because the performers were entirely new to me, but I find it's really stayed in my mind. Two details that stand out, that I haven't noticed before while watching NYCB: at the end of the third theme, when the man is holding the woman curled up before him, and she stretches out her legs as they exit the stage - as they executed this and exited, they both also rolled their heads way back - perfectly timed - as if to leave part of them behind on the stage, as if to prolong the parting? I hadn't noticed this detail before, and it keeps playing in my mind. Another detail was the exit of Phlegmatic and the four ladies. At NYCB, I seem to recall all five exiting in one batch (someone correct me if I'm misremembering this). The Joffrey's version had the four women rushing off as I'm used to, but Phlegmatic holds back, then extends his hand, reaching forward, exiting in the same searching way that he entered.
  14. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    I love the tiny children! They are adorable, and I am always impressed with the level of their technique and how well rehearsed they are.
  15. cobweb

    Nutcracker 2018

    I love Tea, I find it great fun. Whereas Coffee is a snooze. I buy Nut tickets way in advance, without knowing casting, so I’m always eager to see who I’ll get. Nov 30 - Mearns, Janzen, and Peck. Can’t do much better than that! #happy
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