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  1. DanielBenton

    Celestial Bodies by Laura Jacobs

    Her discussion about Tchaikovsky's importance is definitely worth reading.
  2. As Mr. Balanchine said in Solomon Volkov's book Balanchine's Tchaikovsky: "Sleeping Beauty...is the best of the old ballets, second only to Giselle."
  3. I was also thinking of Merce Cunningham and how sometimes he is reminiscent of Balanchine (and Picasso/cubism).
  4. The lines and angles in Balanchine's modern works remind me of Picasso
  5. Thanks to both for the seating suggestions.
  6. Does anyone have tips for best seating at City Center? Thanks
  7. The programs and performing companies are posted on the New York City Center website https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Balanchine/
  8. DanielBenton

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    My first goal was to see the Brahms-Schoenberg; and Tchaikovsky Suite No.3 is good too, so I am not bereft.
  9. DanielBenton

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Too bad since i already ordered a ticket for it on May 23!
  10. This is good news. We need to see Balanchine danced by many different companies rooted in different traditions.
  11. DanielBenton

    Who rules today?

    I vote for Smirnova because she answered a question I have had ever since doing research on Balanchine: what happens when a great Russian ballerina dances Balanchine? She answered the question in "Diamonds" thereby showing a depth to Balanchine's works not available from (most) other dancers She reminds me of Allegra Kent in having a certain nobility, and also not being particularly suited to "pretty girl" roles.
  12. From Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/r-russia-says-us-building-visa-wall-after-bolshoi-dancers-denied-entry-2018-4
  13. DanielBenton

    Balanchine non finito

    Thank you Jack! I imagine Mr. B. would have enjoyed seeing dance his ballets with a new slant that he had not en visioned but liked. Examples: Elisabeth Platel dancing Ravel Sonatine; Olga Smirnova (from several years ago) dancing the pas de deux from Diamonds.
  14. DanielBenton

    Peter Martins Sexual Harassment Allegations

    There are law firms that specialize in representing employers, and there are law firms that specialize in representing employees. They rarely do both. Kelley Drye is the former.
  15. ballet_n00b thanks for pointing me to Beatrice Rana.