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  1. OMG yes. Honestly I was in an existential crisis for a couple of hours, thinking I had missed out on Kowroski tickets. Why am I living in NYC, do I even want to return to the city (since I've spent most of the pandemic away), is the whole season going to be like this with pent-up demand, what will my life be like if I can't attend ballet performances easily the way I used to, etc, etc. Now I'm all set with tickets THANK GOD.
  2. I was unable to get Kowroski tickets at all and now it appears to be sold out. It kept telling me that I had exceeded the ticket limit, even though I only had two in my cart - then it wouldn't let me click through to complete my purchase. I did manage to get two tickets to opening night, but that also looks like it's selling fast.
  3. Thank you KarenAG for the blow-by-blow reports! Much enjoyed. Thanks also to FPF and Caesaritus for the reports. Especially glad to hear Emily Kikta was suitably sassy and bodacious as the "Chapeau Girl" (great moniker by the way!) in Western Symphony. I would love to see her in this.
  4. So that's five upcoming retirements - Kowroski, Lovette, Garcia, la Cour, and Ramasar. Probably Jared Angle, and possibly Andrew Veyette and Abi Stafford, are not far behind. Time to think about promotions. For men, Jovani Furlan and Harrison Ball would seem no-brainer for principal. Not sure Peter Walker, Aaron Sanz, or Sebastian Villarini-Velez are ready for principal status, but they are all needed. When Daniel Applebaum was promoted to soloist I envisioned him as a "flagship soloist," but now I could see him as a principal. Harrison Coll was out for so long, even before the pandemic, that I have no idea what his readiness might be. I could see Andrew Scordato and Alec Knight to soloist. Too bad Silas Farley left, this would be an obvious choice. For women, I think the main candidates for principal are Phelan, Gerrity, and Woodward. There are quite a number of choices of women who could go from corps to soloist, my top choice is Emily Kikta.
  5. There is some interesting casting here. Please, please - anyone who attends, detailed reports greatly appreciated. Glad to see Emily Kikta and the under-used Sara Adams getting some opportunities. Has Kikta done Apollo before? But I'm most intrigued by Meaghan Dutton-O'Hara in the Rose Adagio. I could see her potentially being very good in this. Reports please.
  6. If this is true, I don't see how she could come back at all. How old is she? I have loved her charm and musicality, but last few times I saw her I couldn't help but think it looked bad on the AD to have his sister dancing on that level... and that was a year and a half ago.
  7. Has anyone heard anything about the continuation of Society NYCB? I believe that last summer they sent out a notice saying it was of course suspended for the year but that we would hear from them at some point about renewals. I have been away from NYC for months and having serious problems with USPS forwarding my mail, so I'm wondering if I missed anything about this.
  8. Thanks for posting this, pherank! I would love to attend. But, looking at photos of the Frost Amphitheater leaves me doubtful about it as a venue for ballet. Can anyone who has been there weigh in on what it's like, seating options, sight lines, and so on? Maybe it's worth it in any case, just for the return to live performance.
  9. cobweb

    Sarah Lane

    After reading this interview, I conclude that we still have no idea of the whole story. The only thing that seems clear to me is that the partnership between Lane and Cornejo broke down for some reason that remains unknown, and for the audience that was very unfortunate because they were great together. Also I conclude that she had an illustrious career that could have been even more successful but was mismanaged, probably both by herself (i.e., refusing to dance with the company's main star) and by management. I loved the fleetness and delicacy of her dancing but found myself often distracted by her being too smiley, as vipa noted above, and/or with a flat and frozen facial expression, like the feedback she says she got. She says she took that feedback "to heart." Does that mean she understood the issue and worked on it? Or that she rejected the feedback? I find myself dubious about other implications she makes. Was the offer of a final performance of R&J really connected with the promise that she not speak publicly about her departure from the company? Ultimately, I just agree with canbelto.
  10. So I did manage to watch part of the von Aroldingen coaching sessions last night before it went offline. We're treated to von Aroldingen working with Teresa Reichlen and Robert Fairchild on Who Cares? Reichlen looked stunning, impossibly lithe and with incredible expressive legs, while Fairchild's form and charisma made me miss him badly. Then onto the "Elegie" section of Tschai Suite #3, with Sara Mearns and Ask LaCour. Here I only watched a few minutes, so can't really comment. I enjoyed seeing von Aroldingen. But as someone new to the "ballet coaching" genre, the one I found most illuminating was Merrill Ashley with Tiler Peck in last summer's City Center Studio 5 series. The more specific and hands-on the coach is, the more illuminating I find it.
  11. I was sent access to the von Aroldingen coaching session and would like to watch it, but it was only up for like 48 hours and unfortunately I've been traveling this weekend so I can't get it in. Wish it was available for just a tad longer, that's not really enough! The Ballet Connoisseurship program is run by SAB. I sprang for a program this spring, on Walpurgisnacht Ballet, with James Steichen as the speaker and Kyra Nichols too. There were some interesting nuggets but I was not inspired to attend again unfortunately. I think coaching sessions are a lot more engaging than hearing dancers reminisce about Mr. B. Coaching is alive and fresh, whereas at this point dancers who knew Mr. B have probably rehashed their reminiscences a thousand times, and it gets a little stale.
  12. I'm just getting around to watching the Gala. I like the concept and certainly, as filmed dance goes, I've seen a lot worse. I thought the Liebeslieder Walzer excerpt fared the best, beautiful in that setting. And it was just delightful to see the Divertimento segment, chock-full of my favorite dancers, looking terrific. But I just can't work up much enthusiasm for more ballet on video. Bring on the season! But why, after that teaser, is Divertimento No. 15 not on the schedule until the spring?
  13. I'm with you, vipa! I did subscribe, but when I look through the offerings I'm disappointed... not a good way to feel when heading back after a year and a half. Where are the Balanchine specialties, rarities, and delights? Isn't that what most of the audience has been pining for?
  14. I really appreciate these informative posts from pherank and volcanohunter, with photos attached. For the nonprofessional such as myself, this is very helpful in thinking about what to look for and putting it into context. Thanks much!
  15. Terrific news from SAB! I'm totally down with an all-Balanchine selection. Only disappointment is that I will be away that weekend. Booooo. But maybe there will be a video/livestream?
  16. That would be a crying shame, if true. I really love seeing the corps in the Diamonds livestream, with so many beautiful young and diverse faces, all looking proud to be there and committed to the art form.
  17. Thank you pherank and California! I would certainly love to see PNB too. Am I missing a digital season there now? Will have a look. I definitely look forward to deeper acquaintance with SFB. Another question, just curious how long is the dancers' contract for SFB? If they perform Jan-June, the dancers must have several months a year without a contract.
  18. After watching the Jewels livestream over and over, I have come to the shocking realization that I have been awfully provincial in my devotion to New York City Ballet. I really have to cast my eye farther afield. It's been a delight to see dancers who are entirely new to me, with fresh interpretations of familiar roles. Somehow it's great to see a dancer I've never seen before, kind of like dating someone new rather than continuing a relationship with a lot of baggage, or past performances however great they may have been. For example, Diamonds. I have seen Sara Mearns, Teresa Reichlen, and Maria Kowroski do this role many many times (am I missing anyone else who's done it recently at NYCB?), with varying interpretations that change over time. De Sola brings a delicacy, warmth and vulnerable humanity that I haven't seen before, and didn't even realize I was hungry for. I love her! And then there's Wanting Zhao, who shimmied and blazed through the Tall Girl in Rubies, as PeggyTulle described above. As it happens, I've been spending a lot of time in the Bay Area during the lockdown. Hopefully I can get to see the company in real life soon! Can anyone clue me in as to what the performing schedule is typically like? Also, I could use some guidance in how to pronounce Tiit Helimets.
  19. Interesting to hear. I have been having trouble judging the height of the dancers from seeing them only on video. For example, De Sola looks tiny (to me anyway) in Diamonds, but I read somewhere that she's of average height. Zhao doesn't look tall compared to the other women in the opening line of Rubies. But, I guess one thing that's certain is that Mukhamedov is definitely tall. 🙂
  20. Agree, PeggyTulle. This was my first time seeing Mukhamedov (actually my first time seeing all the dancers) and I immediately loved her. I found her tall, grand, and yet very warm and human. I gather she has learned Diamonds but couldn't do it due to injury. That would be fascinating to see. On rewatching it all again, I especially loved Wanting Zhao as the Tall Girl in Rubies. Considering that she is not at all tall and therefore not an obvious fit for the role, I would say this was an inspired casting choice.
  21. For someone who is totally unfamiliar with SFB, the recording of Jewels is a great introduction to the company. I was so tired and uninispired of watching ballet on video, that I skipped MIdsummer Night's Dream... which I now regret! Jewels energized me again. The entire company looks great, and I fell in love with Sasha De Sola and the clean clean dancing of Tiit Helimets. I found the camera work mostly excellent, unobtrusive and mostly giving a good view of what was happening onstage. For example, that section in Rubies where the Tall Girl does big second position plies and arabsesques while heading offstage, while the corps slinks off the other side of the stage - I found I got a better view of that overall tableau than I usually do in the theatre. As someone totally new to these dancers, I also enjoyed "meeting" Sasha Mukhamedov (sp?). What a big, warm presence, with beautiful arms and a full-bodied way of moving. I would like to see more of her. Also Wanting Zhao has a great style. I'm mixed on Mathilde Froustey, but mr. cobweb found her "perfect for Stravinsky." I look forward to a few more viewings before it's too late...
  22. Is anyone else having an issue signing on to purchase access? I have tried several times, with different credit cards, and I keep getting a message saying there was an issue with completing the payment and I should refresh the page. No luck with three different credit cards!
  23. I finally got around to watching the T&V coaching session. Much better and more interesting than the one for Prodigal Son, IMO. I look forward to the Stravinsky Violin Concerto coaching session tomorrow night. Thanks canbelto for posting that footage of SVC. The pas de deux with Ramasar and Krohn is amazing. Krohn has such an incredible physique and lithe way of moving it's hard to take your eyes off of her. I still have the postcard NYCB sent out announcing Krohn's retirement, with a photo of her and Ramasar from the pas de deux. Propped up on a bookcase, I keep meaning to have it framed. Mr. Cobweb and I have been hunkered down in California for months, and sometimes I wonder if we'll ever make it back to our former lives, but after watching the coaching session and the pdd from SVC, Mr. Cobweb says he's looking forward to getting back to NYC. Sounds good to me!
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    Simone Messmer

    Thanks for posting this, nanushka! I signed up to watch. I don't know anything about Ballet Chicago. From the website, it looks primarily like a ballet school and junior company. Is that right, or am I missing something about a professional company? Also, I'm curious about what hall they perform in.
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