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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
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  1. Oh, pulling up the rear here .. I saw Tuesday night's performance (in the company of a lovely BT family -- you know who you are! ), and still feel enveloped in that nice glow of a really engaging program. (I must be talking about it a lot -- my husband and I were watching the seventh game of the NL championships, and at one point, when the announcers were talking about a Met named Valentin, he said, "I keep thinking they're saying, Balanchine!") Like Treefrog, I hestitate to say too much -- although this is my favorite company, I see them all too infrequently so I'm probably not all that d
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    What a lovely daydream, Hans. Baltimore can be such a frustrating place -- we have great opera, symphony, theater, etc., here, but zero ballet. There have been performing companies here, and decent studios, but they all eventually vanish, or move to the suburbs. I'm just an adult student, serious but by no means advanced, and there are few, if any classes, worth taking around here, so I go down to DC. I wonder (as long as we're dreaming here!): Would it be possible to offer, say, a one-week workshop, a master class kind of thing, in a space like, as a test for what could be done more perman
  3. Now I don't have to feel guilty reading BT while I'm at work! :shhh: We have a story running in the newspaper (where I work) on Sunday that had identified him as a soloist. Stop the presses!
  4. Here is the New York Times review. Not a very good one, alas, although I'd still like to see the movie. Having lived in South Florida for a while, I do understand the depth of antipathy that the Cuban emigres feel toward Castro -- although I always sensed that Andy Garcia's feelings were more emotional and nostalgic than political. I've been to Cuba several times and found it poignant and magical and tragic and a million other things -- and can only imagine the hold it has on someone who was actually born there.
  5. Did anyone see "Offering," a piece Eiko and Koma did for the one-year anniversary of 9/11? It had similar motifs, and seeing it performed in Battery Park, just blocks from Ground Zero, was incredibly moving. It involved a big vessel of dirt and debris, with candles burning in one corner of it, that Koma rotated slowly as a dancer in a saffron robe moved atop it, sometimes joined by Eiko. It was haunting -- the accompaniment was the wail of a solo clarinetist, and as dusk fell, the candles glowed brighter.
  6. I'd echo Brasserie Perrier -- great French food, more casual than Perrier's other restaurant, Le Bec Fin, but still elegant. Too bad Chinese is out -- Susannah Foo's is amazing, very upscale pan-Asian type of place. The Striped Bass has great seafood, also a beautiful space. I haven't been, but a friend who lives in Philadelphia loves Alma de Cuba. It looked very "scene-y" -- four of us tried to have dinner there one weeknight this winter, but they were full.
  7. Oh. My. God. Memo to self: visit Mom in Chicago Oct. 17. What an amazing night that is going to be. When I was growing up in Chicago there seemed to be almost no ballet (Joffrey hadn't moved there yet) except for Ruth Page's annual Nutcracker. We didn't seem to get much in the way of touring companies either -- I remember almost getting sick of Alvin Ailey, they at least seemed to come regularly. I do wonder, though, if the appetite for ballet has really increased in Chicago -- but surely ABT and NYCB both have marketing departments that research what the demand will be in a city before they
  8. I think J. Lo must have overdone the spray-on tan. At least I hope that was fake -- if not, her dermatologist needs to warn her about excessive sun exposure! The actress who looked best last night IMHO was Ziyi Zhang's -- her dress really suited her petite delicacy. The Oscars strike me as increasingly irrelevant. There's so much advance hype and handicapping that by the time the Academy members get to vote, it seems like what they're reacting to is the buzz rather than the actual movies. Very meta, ie, the Oscars have become about the Oscars. I agree with the analysts who have said that B
  9. Hope I'm linking correctly -- this is a nice piece on Stacy, and once you get there you'll find other stories and pictures. (She's originally from Baltimore, thus The Sun's intense and IMHO justifiable interest!) article on Stacy Keibler
  10. I think Darci in an interview talked about how, when she was learning Symphony in C, she tried to touch her forehead to her knee during a penchee the way she remembered someone (Suzanne?) doing, and ended up rolling into a somersault! But she added she eventually was able to do that without falling over.
  11. One big difference between nytimes.com and the paper paper is you now have to pay if you want to read the op-ed columnists like Tom Friedman and Maureen Dowd online. That's definitely the wave of the future -- newspapers are realizing that they've been giving a valuable commodity away for free, and now are trying to start charging for it. I wonder, though, if people who have grown accustomed to free newspapers online can be convinced to start paying, or if they'll just do without.
  12. It's hard for me to be objective about this subject (should newspapers disappear so would my paycheck! :blush:), so I hope this doesn't come off as self-serving. These are truly awful times for newspapers -- we're just hemorrhaging money, losing readers, etc -- but I think it's sad situation not just for us. To me, newspapers are one of the few remaining institutions that bind a society that seems ever more splintered. For 50 cents or whatever, whether you're a factory worker or a CEO, you get access to the same information. There's no digital divide. I remember how my parents, when they were
  13. In addition to those mentioned above, I greatly admire Rosalie O'Connor. I find her work poetic, and even if I hadn't already known it, I think I would have guessed that she was a dancer herself.
  14. Wow, I'm stunned. I'm so Balanchine-obsessed I can't imagine anyone, particularly someone so perfectly attuned to his work, wanting to dance anything else! (But that probably says more about my limited imagination. ) How admirable -- and courageous -- that she is willing to venture into something a totally different world.
  15. Sigh, this is very sad -- I really enjoyed (finally!) getting to see what all the fuss over her was about when NYCB came to Kennedy Center this year. She was just delightful -- "irrepressible joy" is it exactly. And it makes me crazy not to know what's going on! :blush: (Which is why I went into journalism, come to think of it.) Anyway, I called the New York Times to play tipster if case they were unaware, and got voicemail rather than a human at the arts and dance desk. I left a message asking if any of the dance writers was going to do something on this, so hopefully they'll take the hint
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