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seattle_dancer

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    dancer (for fun, not pro), ballet junkie
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    Seattle based, visit NYC & SFO
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  1. Thank goodness, on Tuesday I was driving to a remote area with no WIFI and didn’t get to watch it all. I’ll be back in Seattle before the 6th and can watch to my heart’s content. I noticed there is a $1M match by the SFB Board of Trustees. I suspect it had not been exhausted and money was still rolling in so they extended the viewing. I was on a virtual tea on Sunday in YY’s honor and the SFB staff made it sound like the Tuesday only viewing was because the occasion of the gala and her solo/Yuri’s world premiere was so very special, thus available for one day only.
  2. I recall some forum members have interest in seeing Carrie Imler perform. She is cast as Myrtha. More opportunities to see treasured retired dancers such as Batkurel Bold and Jonathon Poretta, and especially Kaori Nakamura in the title role. Casting below: Hilarion, the game keeper — Batkhurel Bold Duke Albrecht of Silesia, in the attire of a villager — Jerome Tisserand Wilfride, the Duke’s squire — William Lin-Yee Giselle, a peasant girl — Kaori Nakamura An Old Man — Ryan Cardea Berthe, Giselle’s mother — Margaret Mullin The Prince of Courland — Otto Neubert Bathilde, the Duke’s fiancée — Sarah Ricard Orza Peasant pas de deux — Leta Biasucci & Jonathan Porretta Myrtha, Queen of the Wilis — Carrie Imler Moyna, a Wili — Liora Neuville Zulmé, a Wili — Margaret Mullin
  3. In regard to the last comment about hesitation in donating after a PPP loan has been received, hopefully people understand there are other costs besides payroll for dancers, musicians, etc. There is overhead like rent, usage of performance venue, and sunk costs for programs that aren't going to be performed like music rights, choreographer/stager time, costumes. This pandemic also hit during subscriber renewal time. Renewals are 30% below normal levels, negatively affecting cashflow (https://www.seattletimes.com/entertainment/dance/pacific-northwest-ballet-furloughs-all-dancers-musicians-and-many-on-staff-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic/). My reason for posting about the May 8th virtual Giselle performance is to let people know there is an opportunity to see this production after all, as I know some were planning to fly in and there were questions about it after the Bolshoi in Cinema presentation of Ratmansky's new production. And PNB is offering it for a donation of ANY size, unlike SFB who set a $200 threshold to see Midsummers.
  4. Mark your calendars, we have an opportunity to see Giselle in entirety May 8th! On PNB's FB they announced donors to the Relief Fund will receive an invitation to the next house party. Excerpt below: "Pacific Northwest Ballet April 25 at 10:15 AM · Make a date with PNB! Friday, May 8 we're premiering House Party 2.0 - everything you need for an evening from home with PNB, including a full performance of Giselle from 2014 with Kaori Nakamura and Jerome Tisserand. We've got the Wilis we're so excited to share this with you. Care to join us? Donate your cancelled performance tickets (details here:https://bit.ly/PNBTixOptions) or make a gift of any size to our Relief Fund: http://bit.ly/PNBReliefFund"
  5. I am so sad this legend was taken prematurely. He used to teach the most fun classes Saturday morning with amazing dancers, many professionals. RIP Willy Burmann, you are missed and will always be remembered.
  6. I am holding out for hope the symposium will be rescheduled and that they can perform Giselle sooner than later. 🙏
  7. I sure hope PNB finds a way to insert Giselle into next season, however it works best for them. We’ve waited soooo long. I still think it makes a great season opener!!!
  8. Sofiabn, thank you so so much for sharing!!! I haven't seen Osipova's Giselle since 2015 when I used to fly to NYC to see her dance. Seeing this performance is a consolation that Pacific Northwest Ballet will probably not hold its Giselle Symposium and all the performances that were scheduled in April. I will watch tomorrow if it is still available.
  9. My vote is to replace Jewels with Giselle. That would be such a great way to kick off the season and I don't want to wait until next spring for Giselle. Also since R&J is the story ballet after Nutcracker, they need Coppelia for the little kids. I'm super bummed about missing Empire Noir, One Thousand Pieces, and probably Giselle, but I don't feel so sorry for myself compared to the dancers and all the PNB staff. I thought that was so sad that Marcie Sillman wrote that some dancers wiped away tears during the bows at Thursday's dress rehearsal. I'm also thankful my livelihood does not depend on performances and studios being open. I'm just not quite as happy and have to create more basic activities to look forward to.
  10. I DID receive an email for Program 6, almost immediately after they announced it was cancelled. My ticket was through a CYO subscription. However I have not received anything specifically for Jewels yet. Those tickets were add-ons to my subscription.
  11. Statement from SFB when you watch the video: "Last night's A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed to an empty Opera House, was a bittersweet moment. Grateful to the five unions that signed an emergency waiver, the George Balanchine Trust, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, who enabled SF Ballet to create a stream to share with Midsummer ticketholders whose performances were cancelled. And heartbroken on a company level about having to cancel 3 programs of our very condensed Season, and on a wider level by the suffering around the world. We're thinking about how to share the joy of dance in a way that's safe for all. What would you like to see? #SFBalletCares #SFBalletCreates #SFBalletCan" Five unions, wow! I'm glad all you ticketholders will be able to see this beautiful and magical production. Would be great if the ballet companies can figure out a way for people to watch by donation. On PNB's FB many out-of-towners commented they would be glad to donate to watch, since they obviously did not hold tickets already.
  12. I just received an email from SFB this program is cancelled. Since program 5 was to overlap I'm assumung it was cancelled as well. Fingers crossed for Jewels!
  13. The message from Ellen Walker and Peter Boal is really well written. I hope people will consider donating their tickets. And major kudos to PNB for working with the unions and artists to be able to stream the dress rehearsals! Those viewings are definitely worth donating a ticket, or two, or three. Let’s pray the ban will be lifted in time for the Giselle run.
  14. I saw Bound To by Wheeldon at the Unbound Festival. It’s very smart and poignant, it definitely was a standout. I don’t want to spoil anything for anybody, so if you want to know more, please DM me. I believe it will be an immediate hit!
  15. Here's a video preview of Empire Noir: and One Thousand Pieces: I wonder if the stage is really wet? If so is it water, or some kind of thicker gel? Looks dangerous. Can't wait to see the dress rehearsal on Thursday!
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