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  1. Good day, Everyone, Please see today’s Google Doodle honoring Maria Tallchief in celebration of Native American Heritage Month, and enjoy this wonderful video about the Doodle. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=&ved=2ahUKEwjlkcGgloLtAhVEnFkKHZ0WCeIQwqsBMAR6BAgCEAM&url=https%3A%2F%2Fm.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DkHEjSnVLGXE&usg=AOvVaw0AL1VAXU1Xkf0adTG_BJP6
  2. Oh, so sad to hear this but I’m not surprised. Maria’s artistry has grown deeper and more beautiful as she has aged. I do hope she can have a live farewell performance, but I am not encouraged at this point. Keeping my fingers crossed. My favorite memories of her dancing at SPAC are her stunning performances in Firebird, Diamonds and Titania as well as many other roles.
  3. I couldn’t agree more. As far as I’m concerned, it’s MCB’s loss.
  4. How wonderful! I can’t wait. The digital offerings have kept me centered during this awful time. Thank you, California.
  5. Where is the Tribute to Balanchine on the website? This is so frustrating.
  6. Dear Alexandra, Happy, happy Birthday!! 🤗
  8. Good day, Everyone. I emailed Lincoln Center and this is what I received: What’s interesting is that this is available for only one week per the response. But ehen I watched MSND on Sat night, it clearly indicated we could watch it through some date like July 14, which if true is really generous. Did anyone see the same on Sat night?
  9. Hello, Everyone, I hope you are well. There is no link on the Lincoln Center at Home website for this ABT 5/21 performance. Glad there is a link here, but does anyone know what the problem is? And many thanks for posting the link, Dale.
  10. Miliosr, thank you for this perspective, which illustrates how companies variously respond to crises, depending on their personal circumstances, fortunes and leadership.
  11. This is so very sad. What a terrible situation. This is so true. My brother has to apply and he says its a nightmare. So sad.
  12. Agreeing with everyone here. I find this production to be grim and unattractive. I do like the swan’s tutus, and I love the dancing, but overall it’s a very dark and flat production. I have the same feelings about Martins’ Romeo and Juliet, Per Kirkeby having designed those sets and costumes, too. That said, I did find some good things to like about it, as I’m sure you will, too, especially O/O. I haven’t seen it in about five years and I will most likely take in two performances at SPAC this summer, especially if there are two casts, but it’s doubtful there will be two casts.
  13. Thank you so much for posting this, FPF. Given there is Balanchine in two programs, I’ll probably go to more than three performances this year in addition to SL.
  14. I’m so sorry to hear about your ankle injury, canbelto. Here’s hoping your recovery speeds up. I’m sure it’s very demoralizing. Thank you for your interesting thoughts!
  15. This is a fun topic and I’m glad it was revived! My love of ballet began in the summer of 1980 when my future husband took me on two dates to see NYCB at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. I was 24 years old and hadn’t experienced much ballet at all up until then. How I wish I had kept my programs! The first date included Scotch Symphony and I do believe Suzanne Farrell danced the lead role. I was enchanted, I tell you! The second performance we saw that summer was Midsummer Night’s Dream and Patricia McBride danced Titania. Talk about being enchanted! And gobsmacked! I’d never in my young ladyship seen anything like it. Well, I was hooked and thus began my ballet education and long devotion to and love for the New York City Ballet. Over the next few summers I was to experience many of Balanchine’s, and Robbins’, essential works. So the five critical ballets in my life were: Scotch Symphony MSN’sD Apollo (the old version, I think, before Mr. B changed the choreography to eliminate the staircase and other elements) Concerto Barocco and the Balanchine ballet closest to my heart, Symphony in C. I will never forget the first time I saw it. It was so thrilling and it was danced so perfectly, I nearly wept. I must also add a sixth, Mr. B’s one-act Swan Lake. Such a distilled beauty. For many years, the only company I saw was NYCB at SPAC in the summer, and, except for taking some adult ballet classes and reading a ballet history or two, that was my dance education. I was going to college, working, and other life experiences took center stage. I felt blessed knowing that this great company was in my proverbial backyard each summer, and, at that time, that was enough. Fast forward to the 2000’s and I had 1. the opportunity to see more ballet, 2. the time and maturing interest to broaden my dance education through acquiring books not available in the library, and 3. the ability to learn ALOT through the internet, most importantly and critically, on YouTube, especially Russian and Soviet ballet. And I began to acquire a video and book ballet library, which gives me great pleasure. So I think of my ballet education and enthusiasm in two distinct parts. As such, I must add five more ballets that were critical in making me the ballet-lover I am today. Swan Lake (full-length - Russian performances on video, American stagings [NYCB, ABT] live). The Nutcracker The Sleeping Beauty (Royal Ballet and Russians on video, NYCB live). Serenade The Firebird - NYCB’s. Giselle (ABT’s live, especially Xiomara Reyes and Sarah Lane; Ballet Nacional de Cuba live; Royal Ballet and Dutch National Ballet on DVD, and all sorts of video clips on YouTube, especially Maximova and Vasiliev).
  16. Great post, Cristian! Happy Thanksgiving to you, as well.
  17. Happy Thanksgiving to our BA community who celebrate today. Now that I’m retired, I hope to post more than I have these past two or so years. Enjoy! Karen
  18. Greetings, Canbelto, I hope your recovery is speedy. Thank you for this, it will be great Sat morning reading with a cup of coffee. Rest in Peace, Ms. Alonso.
  19. Thank you, Nina. I haven’t been on BA, either, as I was out of the country. I appreciate uour responding to me.
  20. Why, NinaFan? Is ABT’s Met season shortening?
  21. Exactly! I didn’t get ANY email.
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