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    Hello from New York

    Hello from Seattle! Welcome! I just had to cancel a trip to NY so please tell us about all the great shows you see. I had planned to see the NYCB Robbins Festival and Parsons Dance at The Joyce this weekend. If you see anything anywhere else like Russia we’d love to hear about that too! I haven’t been there since 2016.
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    Emergence: April 13-14 and 19-22

    I noticed the guest artist for the dress rehearsal discussion has changed to composer Shinji Eshima. See https://www.pnb.org/community/audience/lecture-series/. It would have been nice to hear Yuri speak, but I am excited Shinji will be here. For me, everything starts with the music. Last weekend I listened to the RAkU CD several times while on a road trip so I'm looking forward to hearing about the music in detail. And I loved their collaboration on Swimmer, so maybe we'll hear about that too. I wonder if Shinji is composing for Yuri's World Premiere for San Francisco Ballet next season? Hopefully we'll get some information so we can plan our trips to SFB next year.
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    Director's Choice: March 16-17 and 22-25

    I really like Slingerland but this time around it’s just not the same without live music. Someone asked about the music and the skirt at one of the evening post-performance talks, first Saturday I believe. Forsythe wants this recording used. And I liked the former Pringle skirt (that’s what Peter Boal called it), I wish they still used it. Also I would like to echo Sandy McKean’s praise of Leta Biasucci!!! She is a very unique dancer, we are SO LUCKY to have her. I’ve watched the Perpetual State videos (studio and in costume) several times. Her phrasing is just to die for; her artistry continues to improve beyond my imagination. I really hope she is promoted to Principal next season!
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    Director's Choice: March 16-17 and 22-25

    I saw on FB there will be 11 debuts in Red Angels over the run. Eight are in the opening weekend. Will be fun to see who the other three are! Also, didn’t Seth Orza dance Slingerland Duet with Carla Korbes? That is my recollection and it looks like him in the trailer. But there is an asterisk next to his name on the casting section of the website, denoting first time in role.
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    2018-19 season Pacific Northwest Ballet

    There’s a new perk for full season subscribers! Free exchanges between reps!!! Previously one could only exchange within a rep. That’s nice if you are traveling, are very sick. or have some other unfortunate circumstance. I bought a San Francisco Ballet CYO subscription this year and they charge $10 for exchanges. I find that very annoying in comparison to how subscribers are treated at PNB.
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    Director's Choice: March 16-17 and 22-25

    First weekend is posted now! Same casts for Ezra’s piece, The Perpetual State, and One Flat Thing, Reproduced. But lots of interesting different pairings for Slingerland Duet and Red Angels!
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    Director's Choice: March 16-17 and 22-25

    Has anyone seen casting? It’s usually posted on the website by now (one week prior to opening). 😩 sandik - thanks for the studio demo info. I missed that one. Would you say you have a better appreciation of the piece? Know how to watch it better, as Miles stated?
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    Swan Lake, February 2-3 and 8-11

    Yes, for most of the video she’s in the second line from the left, and third row from the front. The top is a pretty kind-of-sky blue with three quarter sleeves or long sleeves pushed up. I went to the Friday Preview tonight. What a treat to see Noe and Seth in the Act 3 grand pas and Act 4! Both of them had such attack on their Act 3 turns. Act 4 was so tender and exquisite, I had to wipe away a tear. Can’t imagine a better segue to the weekend.
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    Swan Lake, February 2-3 and 8-11

    I found this video on the website. At first I thought this was an older video, but it is new. I must have watched it half a dozen times, it’s a great way to see so many dancers and even professional division students. But my eye keeps getting drawn to Calista Ruat. She looks so smooth, effortless, and natural. And proud. And I mean that in the most positive way. I’m getting excited for the performances!
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    Swan Lake, February 2-3 and 8-11

    Ding ding ding! Very good sandik. I found a video of Noe made last spring. She said her first time as O/O was 2003 when she was a baby ballerina. She also said she was promoted to Principal in 2004, so she must have been a Soloist at the time. I haven’t listened to the whole interview yet, but so far it sounds like something we should listen to, so we have an understanding (and maybe empathy) of the gals making their debuts.
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    Swan Lake, February 2-3 and 8-11

    Helene, Thank you so much for posting! I did not expect to hear first weekend casting for another week and a half. Now I can plan out my weekends. Does anyone know, has Noe been O/O at PNB before? I don’t recall seeing her in that role, and I’m really looking forward to the first Saturday. I did get to see her as the Black Swan in Lac, when BMC toured in NYC, 2012 I believe. It was very dramatic and so fun!
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    Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Thank you Helene! I was especially curious how Plot Point came together. I can't wait to see it Thursday!
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    Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Any impressions/thoughts from opening night?
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    Her Story: November 3-4, 9-12

    Did anyone watch the livestream today? I couldn't because of work. I did attend the Friday preview. It was pretty much a run through of Plot Point except one section Crystal said they hadn't worked on yet. It's very intriguing, I can't wait to see the final product. I wish I could have seen Crystal work with the dancers more. She knows how to tweak one small thing that makes a huge difference. I'll be out of town the first weekend, so look forward to reading your posts.
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    Jewels: 22-23 Sep and 28 Sep-1 Oct

    I went to the dress rehearsal tonight and enjoyed Jewels more than any other time. The new production is so beautiful! The skirts in Emeralds and Diamonds have amazing movement quality. The colors/hues for Diamonds I found particularly fresh and current yet still based on tradition. I'm excited to see it up close this weekend!
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    Keeping Up With...

    He went to NYC/Broadway: https://www.google.com/amp/s/bleepmag.com/2016/01/27/sean-rollofson-from-ballet-to-broadway-and-back-again/amp/
  17. Thank goodness I can take some coffee in with me for shows on school nights!
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    The Taming of the Shrew

    Saw both casts on Saturday. Will write more when I have time. I enjoyed it a lot but I know that Maillot loosely follows traditional story lines so I knew what to expect.
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    2016-2017 Season

    I went opening night July 1. I was not familiar with this ballet, and after reading the information on the POB website I expected something along the lines of Giselle or Chopiniana. I like Giselle, but I don't love it like some of my friends. My expectations were surpassed in every way. The first act was not primarily mime, I don't want to give too much away but there are a lot more dancers and more choreography than I expected in Act I. The pas de trois scenes make this story ballet unique. The choreography in the second act was also much more dense than my expectations. The first scene was very unique, I've not seen anything like it. I figured if one wants to see a ballet in the Romantic genre who better to see than POB? The corp in Act II was fantastic, with a very specific way of holding their upper bodies. It was also neat to see such an old ballet, in such a historic theater. And for such an old theater, there's some pretty neat technical tricks in the production. The fancy program for 12 euros does have a small English section starting on page 22, but it's mostly in French. In the gift shop there is also a book that tells the story, in French only. I wanted to see it again before I left Paris, but couldn't fit it in. So I hope to catch it in NYC next summer. There really was a lot to see and I felt like I couldn't take it all in. Enjoy!
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    Hello !

    Welcome! I love your name! Yes there is a ton of information here, it's been really useful for me to stay in touch since I don't live in NYC anymore. Some threads and discussions have even piqued my interest in foreign companies and dancers, resulting in a few trips. I even made some hard core ballet friends. BA has been a terrific resource for me. Enjoy!
  21. It seems like there has been quite a few tall men hired lately: Miles Pertl, Dammiel Cruz, Dylan Wald, Guillaume Basso. i had seen Kuu dance and partner company dancers in Symphony and C and at least one other PNB Company piece this past season, so I was hopeful. if he doesn't find a way to PNB I would also love for Helgi to acquire him at SFB. He took their summer course last year, so I was hopeful there too.
  22. I am so bummed Kuu Sakuragi did not get a contract with PNB. As I watched Steven Loch's Next Step piece, I tried to work through my grief. Kuu puts everything into everything! Not even one half count is ever wasted. I can only hope he will come to PNB some day, like Elizabeth Murphy. I would even pay and drive across a bridge to see him perform in the new Francia Russell Center performance space when he comes home to visit family.
  23. At the end of Sunday's matinee post-performance Q&A, someone asked if Otto Neubert or Steven Loch has any funny stories about Carrie and Bold. Steven said how Bold was injured in September and that Boal asked him to partner Carrie opening night. He said it was such a hugue honor - opening night and all and Carrie's return to the stage after her maternity leave. Otto told the story of how Bold auditioned in DC. Bold did a huge coupe jeté manège, and Otto said the studio wasn't big enough and Bold was scraping all the walls. He said that we (he, Kent and Francis I assume) thought "Who is this boy? We must have him in our company!".
  24. Home now and viewed it on the PNB website. From here: https://www.pnb.org/season/16-17/encore/ click "Learn More" under "Watch Season Encore for Free". At the end it says the video will be available on Facebook until July 11. The audience tonight was the loudest we've ever had at a Season Encore, and I'm pretty sure I've been to all of them. It was a super fun evening, and I loved the video Sandy Barrack produced. A great ending to another terrific season!
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    Pictures at an Exhibition: June 2-3, 8-11

    There's still one more show today, so I figure we're not late. Last weekend was the first time I had seen La Source, so I have not seen the big guns ballerinas dance it back in the day, but I loved Leta Biasucci and Ben Griffiths in it. Their partnering seems the most natural out of the three casts and one example is that enormous fish dive toward the end of the show (when they must be tired) downstage right. Leta really hurls herself out horizontally (vs up and out), and she's not that tall, so she's not that high off the ground, but obviously she has full trust in Ben to catch her. Noone has more sparkle power than Angelica Generosa and I loved how she interpreted the second ballerina role, and pulled it off like it was easy. Towards the end, again, when she must be tired, she did a huge manege with amazing couple jetes, so big for such a small person. As others have mentioned, Rachel Foster really impressed last week in Opus 19, she was as fierce as ever. When Pictures started, I forgot she was in it that night and her role there was completely opposite - charming and playful. I was really impressed she could switch so quickly and pull off the demanding choreography so well. The Pictures pas with Kyle Davis is lightening quick. I also thought it was interesting she had that role. As she rose to principal status, I knew her as one who excelled in contemporary works, and would not have thought of her for Tiler Peck's Pictures role but she was super cute and blasted through the steps. So hopefully she is now 100% recovered and better than ever. Or so it appears. In Pictures, as sandik said, Steven Loch was terrifying in his solo. It seemed edgy and dangerous and went with the music really well. He and Elle Macy are exciting in their pdd, she also has the ability to dance edgy and fierce, as demonstrated in her Empire Noir solo. This past Nutcracker run I saw them as Sugarplum and Cavalier, so it was really fun to see them dance in Pictures together, in such different roles.