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DanielBenton

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  1. I just read the book. Having observed and enjoyed Gina in performance many times, and having observed the entire company including coaches and ballet masters in rehearsals, I can say the book rings true.
  2. NYCB is looking more and more like a criminal enterprise run from the top
  3. It will be very interesting to see how Smirnova "ages". As she discussed somewhere (DanceWorld interview?), [paraphrased] she has to rethink and adapt her various iconic roles (Tatiana, Aurora, Nikiya, Giselle, Swan Lake) as she gets older. I have not seen anyone else who commands the stage as she does, (along with Allegra Kent in her "modern" roles, e.g., Agon, Episodes, which are storyless music and dance). I'd love to see Smirnova in Anna Karenina and La Dame Aux Camellias. As her coach says in the Bolshoi "biopic" on YouTube, you can't help but be moved when you watch her.
  4. Smirnova's website indicates she is dancing Nikiya on Jan.20. Perhaps this is the same performance as the live broadcast?
  5. Here is a clip of Garrett Smith and Olga S dancing Smith's Solace. The entire piece used to be up on YouTube but now I find just the excerpt.
  6. Pherank said it. For example, in Iowa City there are several K-12 dance schools (two of which have sent students to SAB, NYCB and Boston Ballet) and a university with a "major" dance program. Yet when the Bolshoi (or rarely the Royal) comes to the local cinema, none of the students show up, because their teachers did not tell them about them.
  7. Her discussion about Tchaikovsky's importance is definitely worth reading.
  8. 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."
  9. I was also thinking of Merce Cunningham and how sometimes he is reminiscent of Balanchine (and Picasso/cubism).
  10. The lines and angles in Balanchine's modern works remind me of Picasso
  11. The programs and performing companies are posted on the New York City Center website https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Balanchine/
  12. My first goal was to see the Brahms-Schoenberg; and Tchaikovsky Suite No.3 is good too, so I am not bereft.
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