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Everything posted by NinaFan

  1. I agree. I'm looking forward to seeing him in West Side Story, but will certainly miss him at NYCB.
  2. I am so sorry to hear about your ankle sprain. I enjoyed reading the reviews of the performances that you did manage to get to this season. Feel better and Get Well Soon!
  3. I haven't noticed any issues with technique. Obviously some dancers have always been better than others, but as a whole the dancers appear to be in top form. I prefer some dancers over others, but don't we all. I keep seeing my least favorite female principal this season, but at least she is mixed in with far superior dancers. As far as outstanding corps members getting a shot at featured roles...let's hope the new leadership gives them ample opportunities. Martins did this all the time with promising corps and apprentices, so I certainly hope the practice continues. My only gripe is that the same rep is being repeated way too much. Starting with this fall season, I see them performing the same program as much as five times in a four week season. In the past, a particular program was never danced more than three times per season. So this may be why you're getting bored, and why the theater is less full this season.
  4. Helene and cobweb - Union Jack is one of my favorite Balanchine ballets as well. Western Symphony and Stars and Stripes also make it to my top tier. cobweb - My very first opera was Rigoletto! My dad had recommended it as a starter opera, so I figured how bad could it be....
  5. I kept thinking the same thing throughout their pdd!
  6. It looks like we could not be on more opposite ends of the spectrum with regard to this ballet. I've always loved the dancing and the pure spectacle of Union Jack. I saw the Saturday matinee and it blew me away as usual. The entire cast was superb and the ballet was danced brilliantly. None of it felt dated to me. It’s all pomp and circumstance with a military tattoo a la Balanchine. These military tattoos still go on today. As far as the Costermonger pdd, it was never meant to be contemporary. It’s a take off on 19th century British music hall period piece humor which Balanchine captured perfectly. But to each his/her own. I can never get enough of this ballet, and hope it’s not too long before they perform it again.
  7. Hi Karen. Sorry, I haven't been on BA and just saw your message. Yes, as you can see from fondoffouettes response that the opera is going to be taking over three weeks from ABT's spring slot starting in 2021. Here's hoping the remaining five weeks are used wisely and they find another venue for an additional three weeks in NY. The Koch seems like the best bet as the stage is big enough to perform full lengths as well as mixed bills.
  8. The ballets mentioned so far sound like a great start. Don Q would be nice as well. Let's hope they make good use of the 2020 season since it's their last eight week season at the MET.
  9. Welcome to Ballet Alert! I only saw two of the programs (B and D), but loved them both. As you say we get so little chance to see the Royal Ballet in the states, so while the choreography took second place to the dancers, I was fine with it. Like you, I was very taken with Sambe and Cuthberson. Balanchine would have had a field day choreographing for her.
  10. I enjoyed Program D yesterday, but agree that the choreography was uneven. That being said, I absolutely loved all four dancers in everything they performed.
  11. Yes, I agree that it sounds like she'll miss the fall season. Hope to see her back in the winter season.
  12. According to the London Times, Marcelino Sambé has just been promoted to principal! London Times I saw yesterday's program B and it was marvelous. Sambé danced a pdd with Cuthbertson and the audience went absolutely crazy. I was so pleased to see so much of Cuthbertson on the program as she totally blew me away. Teuscher/Bell pdd did themselves proud in a new Gemma Bond piece. Can't wait to see my next performance (program D)!
  13. Yes, I received mine weeks ago as well. The Joyce is usually very efficient about mailing out tickets. You may want to give them a call if you ordered them in early July.
  14. Wow, and thanks for the update! It must have been a very exciting performance. I am wondering if there was any chance I was there too, as I vaguely remember attending a Memorial Day matinee of a mixed bill some years back. Now, I'm determined to go through my playbills as soon as it cools down a bit as they're in the hot attic.
  15. It last year is anything to go by, it was announced at the end of August. Like you, I'm also hesitant to buy tickets until casting is out.
  16. Congrats to Ashley and Troy! Like everyone else on here, I had no idea she was pregnant when she danced in the spring season! I wish them both all the happiness in the world!
  17. I just remembered buying tickets for a Broadway musical which closed before my performance date. Because I bought the tickets in person at the Box Office, I was not notified that my performance was cancelled. So I'm guessing this is pretty much the same situation with SPAC. I wonder if there is a way to avoid this by theaters asking for voluntary e-mail addresses, as long as no one is forced to comply. It sure would have come in handy. I'd have been very upset if I'd made a long trip in the heat to a performance which had already been cancelled. I totally agree that the venue who sold the tickets is responsible.
  18. That's what I'm thinking. NYCB is always on top of things at the Koch since they sold the tickets. I would think the venue (SPAC) would be responsible for notifying ticket holders. That being said, I wonder how many e-mail addresses SPAC had for ticket buyers. If tickets are bought online they should have e-mail addresses. But if someone buys in person at the box office, are they asked for this information? I've never been asked for contact information when purchasing tickets in person at any theater box office.
  19. In light of this excessive heat wave, NYCB was smart to cancel today's matinee. It's a shame, but it was the right thing to do for the dancers. I hope all goes well for everyone this evening.
  20. NinaFan

    Maria Kochetkova

    Agreed. I was one of those people upset by her move to SFB. I was very excited about seeing Sylve today, but I just donated my today's tickets back to the Joyce. This heat and very hot subway platforms are just too unbearable to make it worthwile.
  21. I almost choked on my iced tea. From this to his heavy costume in this heat has gotta be tough!
  22. For what it's worth, Maria is still listed for the Ballet Festival at the Joyce next month. Fingers crossed that both dancers will be back dancing soon.
  23. FPF - Thank you so much for sharing your review with us! I've only been to SPAC once, and it wasn't nearly as hot as you're experiencing right now. I don't know how the dancers manage to hold it together in this heat, but it sounds like there were still some outstanding performances. Thanks again!
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