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  1. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Totally. With his unique stage magnetism and his ability to etch out astonishingly clear forms, I think has the makings of a very memorable Apollo. He may be against type, but to me this is a no-brainer.
  2. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    That is Sascha Radetsky at 4:39. It was disheartening to see Adrian DW on crutches. Will he be ready for January? They need to be rehearsing another Apollo.
  3. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I thoroughly enjoyed this afternoon's performance. The program was well chosen to show off de Luz's versatility, star power, and technical ability. He and Tiler were glorious in T&V, seemingly sailing through the choreography with ease, pleasingly affectionate with each other, and projecting up to the rafters. Concerto Barocco suffered a little by comparison, pleasant enough but wan (although I loved Janzen). I don't believe I've seen A Suite of Dances before. I found it charming, but my feeling is that it takes someone like de Luz to make it worthwhile, totally giving himself over to the movement and with with a big enough stage presence to carry the audience along. Also never seen Todos Buenos Aires before. I won't miss it if I never see it again, but it was entertaining to see people like Andrew Veyette dancing with a Spanish flair, and again, well chosen to showcase de Luz. The sendoff was heartening. I was wondering if Peter Martins would make an appearance, but no. From where I was sitting I had trouble seeing the faces of those who came onstage to say goodbye, so if any of you can identify more of them (besides the current dancers, of course), I'd be curious to know who more of them were.
  4. cobweb

    promotions 2018

    I have only been attending City Ballet since 2011. I first noticed Ashley Laracey that year, as one of the lead flowers in Nutcracker. I was floored by her beauty, and at that point, totally new to the company, I was scouring the program and pictures on the website to figure out who she was. I do not know anything about her career trajectory before then. I was and remain baffled about why she is not dancing the great ballerina roles that no doubt she would be exquisite in, such as second movement, Symphony in C. Kathleen, thanks for spelling out the cast listing for Swan Lake!
  5. cobweb

    promotions 2018

    Kathleen, thanks for calling my attention to the Shanghai casting. There are some interesting debuts in there - for Laracey in Stravinsky Violin Concerto, Lovette in Serenade, and other debuts for Sanz, Kretzschmar, Chamblee, Scordato, and Gerrity. Re the Swan Lake, can anyone list out what are the principal roles, listed in which order? After the two leads, what are the three roles listed?
  6. cobweb

    promotions 2018

    Definitely they needed to shore up the male ranks and develop more of a pipeline at the soloist level. Even if Ramasar and Catazaro are reinstated after the AGMA appeal, a stronger male contingent is needed, and there is a lot of potential in this group. Harrison Coll should already have been promoted, and Sebastian Villarini-Velez is ready. I haven't seen Peter Walker in enough featured roles (didn't see Romeo & Juliet), so I'm a little surprised. Aaron Sanz is someone I find absolutely magnetic much of the time, but could look more authoritative and confident. Daniel Applebaum will probably remain as a "flagship soloist," but his dependability and strength are absolutely needed. He's already been functioning as a reliable soloist, so I'm glad he's getting the promotion and the pay raise. Maybe Spartak Hoxha will be promoted in the next round, or Chamblee or Farley. I liked Claire Kretzschmar in Episodes a few years back, but otherwise I haven't found her very interesting, and especially her Tall Girl in "Rubies" was disappointing. Hopefully I'll like her more as time goes on. Disappointed about Emily Kikta not getting promoted, I find her way more intriguing than Kretzschmar.
  7. cobweb

    promotions 2018

    It would seem there are promotions. See the website. Joseph Gordon to principal. Coll, Villarini-Velez, Applebaum, Sanz, Walker, and Kretzschmar to soloist.
  8. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I just spent some time in the Jerome Robbins exhibition at the Performing Arts library. There is some archival footage including Kay Mazzo and John Jones in Afternoon of a Faun. Makes me sorry I missed seeing it last week, especially with the new casting (Kennard Henson, Lauren Lovette, Joseph Gordon). If anyone saw it, I’d love a report.
  9. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    My goodness. She will be missed too. Anyone else?!
  10. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I felt the same, and also seeing Anthony Huxley paired with Megan LeCrone. But the characters don’t really dance together that much, it’s not like there’s any complex partnering. And I guess they don’t want to be rehearsing two new Effie’s, especially when both King and LeCrone are so good at this role. Who else did it last time? I missed Indiana Woodward’s sylph last time and was sorry she wasn’t cast again.
  11. Yes. Totally agree. Thanks for the reference to The Crucible. The Scarlet Letter also occurred to me.
  12. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Megan Mann will definitely be missed. She is a serene, gracious, shining presence. I hope she can pass those qualities on to the next generation.
  13. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    If anyone attends tonight’s performance I would love to get a report on the Pereira-Huxley Allegro Brillante.
  14. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Abatt, it seems like that must be a typo, but it's an odd one. Maybe all the injuries are necessitating a change in programming. That's rare, but I guess it does happen. Last time I can think of was a couple of years ago when Claire von Enck was suddenly thrown into Tarantella (although I can't remember what it replaced, or why).
  15. cobweb

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    That makes a lot of sense, abatt. Thanks for the explanation. If that was the case, however, then they definitely should have axed "See the Music." I agree about the noble Tyler Angle being an odd choice for the rough and rude Billy Bigelow.
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