Jump to content


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Everything posted by pbl

  1. pbl

    2018 Met Season

    Hi everyone- I haven't been able to make it to ABT in a couple of years, and I have a few questions for the group: 1) Which principals and soloists should I aim to see, having been away? 2) Which performance of Harlequinade should I aim to see? 3) Which performance of Whipped Cream should I aim to see? And, for those who have already seen it once or twice, I'd appreciate your thoughts on the ballet itself. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, opinions and advice! Paris.
  2. pbl

    2017-2018 season

    Hi everyone- Where do I go online to find the casting for SL? How do I know when casting comes out for future performances and how do I search for it? Can anyone share recommendations for which dancers to try to see? I have been away from PAB for two years and with all the turnover I'd love to hear opinions on who to see. I've only seen one performance since coming back and I was really impressed with Alexandra Hughes. Please let me know who else to look out for!
  3. Is the casting for Nutcracker out yet? Can anyone explain why the casting is not announced far in advance as it is with ABT? Having been away for two years, with the company now so profoundly changed, I would really appreciate some recommendations for which dancers to try to see in Nutcracker, SL & G&G. And of course if there is some secret to getting the casting earlier (without major donations) please do share details. Thank you!
  4. pbl

    2017-2018 season

    I'm interested in recommendations for a single performance of SB. I've been away for two years and with all the turnover have no idea which performance to pick. Thank you!
  5. We're moving back from Florida to the Philadelphia area. I have been wondering if there is some way to get alerts or a schedule for live streaming events in Philadelphia and nearby cities (DC, NY). Is there a site which lists all the different companies/services which stream ballets, so that if someone is going to screen within driving distance I get a heads up?
  6. Is there some place where I can easily find out about performances by visiting ballet companies, in Philadelphia, or in nearby cities such as DC and NY? Just wondering if there is one site or publication which brings it all together. Thanks!
  7. Did they fill this position?
  8. Hi Everyone- I just moved to South Florida, and I was wondering if people who are familiar with MCB could recommend, if I can only get to one performance of SL, which principal dancer to see in the O/O role. Is the casting made public so that we can book tickets to (try to) see particular dancers? Also, if I only have time to see 2 to 3 performances, which ones would you recommend, and why? General thoughts on favorite dancers appreciated, especially with descriptions of their style and strengths. Looking forward to getting to know MCB. Best, Paris.
  9. Looking at this video of Nureyev and Fonteyn dancing SL in 1966: I haven't seen the choreography from around the 13:30 mark in other productions, or later RB productions, although I'm sure I'm missing something. I find it quite lovely. Around 14:14 through 14:45 especially, there is something about it which strongly evokes for me their first meeting in Act II. Does anyone dance these steps today?
  10. pbl

    Spring 2015: Swan Lake

    I missed the Boylston/Simkin performance today, so interested to hear feedback on it. I wonder, was it poorly attended? I had offered my ticket up here and found no takers, and ended up donating it via the box office.
  11. I went ahead and called the box office and asked them to have the ticket there for pickup under the name "Maya Plisetskaya". The representative I spoke with said, "it will be there waiting for her, sir." Please post here if you pick it up so others don't waste time.
  12. Orchestra center row E, today 2pm. Selling at $90 or best offer. Face value is $125.
  13. I'm surprised I didn't get any views, let alone interest in this ticket . . . I have to go out later this morning, and when I do, if no-one has picked up the ticket I will have it kept at the box office under "Maya Plisetskaya" on the honor system for $90. If you do pick it up, please post here to let others not to waste their time.
  14. pbl

    Ballet in Miami

    My family are moving from Philadelphia to Miami in a couple of months' time, and I wanted to know about ballet companies I can go to see in Miami. Miami City Ballet is obviously the most prominent, but which other companies should I know about? (I tend to enjoy the full length narrative ballets). And I'd also be interested to learn of individual dancers people are enthusiastic about (very personal I know). I tend to enjoy a more lyrical style. Another question - what is the best way to learn about performances by out-of-state and international companies visiting Miami? If this post belongs in a different section, my apologies, and please feel free to relocate it.
  15. Very upset that I can't make it tomorrow. One ticket to see Boylston & Simkin. Selling at face value $125 or best offer. Reply to this or direct message me.
  16. Thank you for the correction, much appreciated. Do you know if anyone dances Nureyev's version today?
  17. pbl

    Spring 2015: La Bayadere

    The night Part and Murphy danced, Makarova was in the audience and, lucky me, I scored an autograph. She was very gracious. I was surprised there wasn't more of a fuss around her, and wondered if people were just being polite and giving her space. Would there have been a fuss around Baryshnikov?
  18. Hi all- ABT Sleeping Beauty, June 11th, 7:30pm, Lane & Cornejo. Two tickets in row G, left wing of the orchestra section (stage right), but close to the aisle so good view "Orchestra Prime". I can't make it unfortunately. Selling at face value or will drop price at some point if there is no interest. Reply to this post or direct message me if you are interested. Best, P.
  19. pbl

    Must-see Ballets

    I “discovered” ballet four years ago and have been watching as much as I can ever since. I find that my tastes are fairly conservative – I most enjoy narrative works of the romantic and classical periods. I have listed below the ballets I have become familiar with, and wanted advice on which ones to make a point of seeing sooner rather than later, with my tastes in mind. I put asterisks next to some (yes, conservative) favorites. Thanks for your suggestions. · Afternoon of a Faun · Allegro brilliante · Cinderella · Coppelia · Don Quixote* · Firebird · Giselle* · Jewels · La Bayadere* · La Fille Mal Gardee · La Sylphide · Le Corsaire* · Le Sacre Du Printemps · Les Sylphides / Chopiniana* · Manon · Nutcraker · Onegin · Paquita · Raymonda · Romeo and Juliet · Sleeping Beauty* · Spectre de la Rose · Swan Lake* · Sylvia
  20. pbl


    RE: the Copeland discussion, I have a question. I have seen several interviews in which she makes fairly pointed comments about being promoted to principal . . . is it unusual for a dancer to push the issue publicly, or is that fairly standard?
  21. So, I have some tickets for the 2014/5 season already, but curious as to others' opinions on dancers to watch in paballet, and performances they'd recommend. And some questions, too: Why don't they publish the casting in advance, before subscriptions are made, so people can choose who they want to (try to) see? Why don't they make more videos of their dancers available? Why don't their dancers have more social media presence?
  22. pbl

    Marianela Nuñez

    Marianela is coming to New York! July 2 and 4 guesting with ABT. Is this the first time she's performed in the U.S.?
  23. pbl

    Must-see Ballets

    p.s. a clarification . . . . the list I provided was of ballets I have already seen . . . I am looking for more ballets to see . . . which should I try to see next? Thanks everyone.
  24. pbl

    Tapatalk ?

    Would the site admins consider interfacing the forums with Tapatalk ? It's an app for iOS and Android and it allows me as a user to access all my different forums in one place on my mobile device. Many forums have signed up. I'm not sure of the pros and cons beyond that. Has this been considered?
  25. Hi Everyone- Free ticket, Family Circle A104 for tonight's Swan Lake at ABT. Looks like Cojocaru is being replaced by Seo. The ticket is at the box office, under the name "Jon Snow" (yes, it is a Game of Thrones reference, I didn't want to use any Ballet cliches). I would ask that if you are definitely going to pick the ticket up that you post a reply here so that no-one else wastes their time. I tried a couple of times to reach you by phone "speed 100" but never heard back, and wanted to make sure someone had the chance to enjoy this. -Paris.