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  1. For me, the highlight of the festival so far is San Francisco Ballet's rendition of Divertimento No. 15. It was just wonderful dancing of a gorgeous ballet given the deluxe treatment.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Yes, Mira Nadon was in Diamonds last night. I too was so impressed by her Workshop performance in Scotch that I have been on the lookout for her ever since. She is still listed as an apprentice.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Other debuts last night of note were Taylor Stanley in the male lead in Emeralds as well as Joe Gordon in Diamonds. I am happy to report that Taylor was excellent partnering a luminous Tiler Peck. The famed "walking pas" was well done by both Adrian Danchig-Waring and Unity Phelan. Emeralds, my favorite section, was the highlight of the evening for me. In Diamonds, Joseph Gordon brought out aspects of the male solo I had seen in a very long time. He turned in a bravura performance partnering an always riveting Sara Mearns. I was a bit disturbed, however, by how much fudging of the choreography Sara did in her solos. That being said though, she was an audience favorite.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Well said, Royal Blue. Tomorrow night is my Jewels and I'm so looking forward to it.
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    2018 Spring Season

    So glad, Royal Blue, that there is another fan of Goldberg Variations. I remember the days when it was performed on a harpsichord and with a note slipped into the program asking the audience to wait until the end to applaud. And, of course, the audience started to clap at the seeming "false" ending and was quickly hushed. Quite frankly, I was quite amazed that today's audience was able to sit through it at all as well as they did.
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    2018 Spring Season

    Nanushka, although I have no info on video clips on Le Tombeau de Couperin, I hope your seat is in one of the rings where you can clearly see the patterns unfold. I hope you enjoy it.
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    2018 Spring Season

    I totally agree with the accolades about last night's performances and just want to give a shout out about Le Tombeau de Couperin. If I ever doubted the genius of Balanchine, this particular ballet -- where its incredible inventiveness just keeps on coming and coming -- should be counted as one of his masterpieces. And this current crop of NYCB dancers did it justice. As much as I'm looking forward to this same program on Sunday, I especially look forward to this piece. Although it may not be show stopper for newbies, last night's audience seemed very attentive to its charms.
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    Winter 2018

    Vipa, this is just to say "ditto" to your post about last night. I just want to add an extra "shout out" to Taylor Stanley who gave some particularly exquisite dancing in the Summer role.
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    Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    DC Export, I was too thinking about Meditation, which Suzanne also owns. I think its over-the-top display of emotion just might appeal to today's audience. It was met by much squeamishness "back in the day." Glad you enjoyed it, and I also wish it would come to New York as well. And, by the way, I think Means would "eat up the stage" in Tzigane along with Amar as her partner. Alas and alack, it doesn't hurt to fantasize about casting....
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    Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    Suzanne owns the rights to Tzigane, which was always great fun and I'd love to see it again in New York.
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    Nutcracker 2017

    Ivy, I would call Ashly and Sean's effort a nice first effort together. He was an attentive partner. During the first two variations which, post-McBride -- the turns into arabesque penchees -- are now taken so you can see the mechanics -- were taken at an extremely glacial pace. Sean was a bit too far from Ashly, She did not come to grief but it was more on the side of "white knuckle" than "great drama." But Ashly has lots to her dancing that I like, that is, musicality, good attack, and she knows she is performing. At the very end of the entire variation she almost ended up face down but Sean made it right.
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    Nutcracker 2017

    BalanchineFan, I was at yesterday's matinee with my family and am happy to report that Roman Mejia did indeed "kill" it as Tea. His jumps were spectacular and garnered a hearty round of applause. We have much to look forward to in his future performances. And Teresa Reichlen was a lovely Dewdrop.
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    2017 Spring Season

    All of the dancers in last night's program were just fabulous and a joy to watch. The program was Wheeldon's Carousel; Binet's The Blue of Distance; Martins' The Infernal Machine; Ratmansky's Pictures at an Exhibition; and Peck's Year of the Rabbit. All of these ballets had the same thing in common: in addition to using some of the standard ballet canon, all the ballets had the dancers on the floor and/or using gymnastics moves. In Peck's piece, there were even yoga's one-legged chaturangas (gorgeously executed by the way). In Carousel, dancers were used as pieces of furniture. Dancers were often used as props. Tastes change of course. Story ballets were the norm in pre-Balanchine days. Tudor's angst ballets were the "in" thing in the last mid-century. Is the future of ballet the mix of genres? I have to say I missed dancers soaring through the air last night. Looking forward to any comments.
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    NYCB 2017-2018 Season

    I'm hoping to see Robbins' Piano Pieces which he did for the Tschaikovsky Festival. It hasn't been done in years and is, IMO, a delightful ballet.
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    Roster changes

    Yes, over the decades, NYCB has seen lots of family members dancing at the same time. Many of you long-time NYCB goers can probably add to my list: Neary sisters D'Anboise (father and son) Frame brothers Borne sisters Otto brothers Stafford siblings (brother now at SAB) Any others you can remember?