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  1. NinaFan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    This happens every year. Like you, I received my single tickets yesterday, but have still not received my subscription tickets.
  2. NinaFan

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Sure, that's true about lackluster casts making or breaking any performance. I was lucky as I had great casts both years they performed the ballet. Ah, I had no idea!
  3. NinaFan

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Yes to Bright Stream! Why on earth hasn't ABT brought that ballet back? It's so much fun!
  4. NinaFan

    Kathryn Morgan

    I am so happy to hear that Kathryn has responded well to thyroid treatment and is back to dancing weight! She looks gorgeous in the photo. I was a huge fan when she was at NYCB. Perhaps the interim team or new AD will manage to find a place for at NYCB now that she appears to have her condition and weight under control. Just because she was turned away a few years ago doesn't mean it has to be permanent.
  5. NinaFan

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    I agree that the scores for Glass Pieces and In the Upper Room are not the same. Like you, I'm a huge fan of both ballets and can never get enough of either of them. The only thing I'd say they have in common is the fantastic energy level which gets increasingly more exciting as the dancing becomes one with the music.
  6. NinaFan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    I guess that's really true. I've had the same NYCB subscription for years. I came close to changing our subscription this year as I preferred a different series. In the end, since they could not promise me the same seats I decided exchanging tickets worked best for me. Since programming has already been changed, it's just as well I left things alone. As with ABT, most of our tickets are purchased as single tickets anyway.
  7. NinaFan

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    Yes, it was very funny. He had this huge bowl and just couldn't get enough of the whipped cream!
  8. NinaFan

    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    Anyone still undecided about going to Sarasota Ballet's Program 2 - Saturday performances at the Joyce (with Gomes guesting) had better act fast. Orchestra is sold out for both performances, but there are some Loge tickets (side) still available.
  9. NinaFan

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    I enjoyed Whipped Cream last year, and again this year. I saw the Simkin and Shayer casts this year. No, the dancing is not exceptional, but there are some nice moments, especially with The Boy and Princess Praline. And the dancing whipped cream at the end of the first act is lovely. The sets are clever, the costumes ingenious, and the ballet itself is fun and adorable. This very light comical ballet was a nice way to close out the MET season. A little girl sitting nearby in a tutu and ballet shoes really seemed to love it. Before the ballet started her dad even walked her over to look at the orchestra. During the performance another little girl screamed out something that sounded like “ I WANT A CANDY CANE!” at which point the audience laughed. The ballet was well received by the audience, which included many children. As I also said about Harlequinade, this may be an introduction to ballet for some of these kids. I’ve had a very busy ABT season (minus the Firebird/Afterite week which I spent that at the Koch). So now for a small break with a smattering of ballet (like Sarasota Ballet next month) before NYCB’s fall season in September!
  10. NinaFan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    The only time I saw ABT dance La Sonnambula was a pre-recorded performance on PBS with Baryshnikov and when he was still AD. I don't recall ever seeing ABT dance La Sonnamula in performance. As far as Prodigal Son, Apollo, Mozartiana etc, I would much prefer to watch NYCB where Balanchine is performed with the solid integrity it deserves.
  11. NinaFan

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    Thanks for the review. I’m looking forward to seeing the same Simkin Whipped Cream cast, as well as Shayer and cast. What a shame that you had such a horrible season at ABT. I'm not sure what set your teeth on edge, but I’ve had a very exciting season attending the full length ballets with multiple casts. However I did skip the Firebird/Afterite performances. What a shame that the eight week spring season has to come to an end. I wish they could perform all year long alternating ballet and opera as is often done in Europe and elsewhere.
  12. NinaFan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I love your detailed review of the the three Don Q's. I was at these performances as well, and agree with everything you wrote!
  13. NinaFan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I had trouble seeing Part dance Swan Lake with anyone other than Gomes, so I do understand. But Whiteside did an excellent job in Swan Lake with Shevchenko this year. You may want to give him another try rather than missing out of on some pretty exciting debuts/performances.
  14. NinaFan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I agree. I saw Whiteside in several ballets this year, and he danced and partnered well, just as he has done in previous years.
  15. NinaFan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    I saw four Don Q’s this week (Boylson/Simkin, Shevchenko/Whiteside, Boylston/Simkin, and Lane/Cornejo). All were excellent and well danced. My favorite was Monday night’s performance with Boylston/Simkin, however all of the Kitri’s and Basilio’s were sensational. We had some pretty great supporting casts which have already been mentioned in previous posts. Gabe Shayer was the Lead Gypsy at all four of our performances and he danced brilliantly. It just breaks my heart that he wasn’t promoted to soloist this season. I also wanted to give a particular shout out for Luis Ribagorda who made an impressive Gamache. He was extremely funny, and must have had a ball playing Gamache opposite his wife on Saturday.