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  1. Here are some details about Chase Finlay. NY Post: Ex-NYC Ballet dancer joked about abusing ballerinas like ‘farm animals’: suit https://nypost.com/2018/09/05/ex-nyc-ballet-dancer-joked-about-abusing-ballerinas-like-farm-animals-suit/?utm_source=quora&utm_medium=referral
  2. The ABT also offers same day rush tickets in the mid to rear orchestra for $35. https://www.metopera.org/Season/Tickets/Rush-Page/ "ABT is offering a limited number of $35 Rush tickets for every ABT performance of the Met Season to be purchased online on a first come, first served basis. Rush ticket purchases will require registering in advance."
  3. A superb evening indeed. I've been lukewarm about Boylston in the past but she definitely won me over last night. Those fouettes - gosh, so effortless. And Simkin was phenomenal. Abrera and Royal too. My last Don Quixote was with Osipova/Vasiliev a few years ago. I think I enjoyed last night's performance even more.
  4. Thanks everyone for your replies. I bought a ticket for Saturday evening, November 3. The Mariinsky Ballet Apollo (Stravinsky) The Royal Ballet Tarantella (Gottschalk) Paris Opera Ballet Pas de Deux from Agon (Stravinsky) American Ballet Theatre Symphonie Concertante (Mozart)
  5. Apologies if this is the wrong forum but does anyone recall a recent ABT performance of Balanchine's Symphonie Concertante (Mozart)? I'm just trying to anticipate possible casting for November 3 and 4. Thank you. https://www.nycitycenter.org/pdps/2018-2019/Balanchine/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=DEV18BalanchineAnnounceMEM&utm_content=version_A Edit: oops, never mind, the photo shows Gillian Murphy and Stella Abrera.
  6. Yes, Hallberg is dancing in "Giselle" with the Mariinsky next month with Alina Somova.
  7. Is there a reason why there are no female guest artists from the Mariinsky and Bolshoi this season? They were usually dependable for Swan Lake.
  8. Oh that's unfortunate that Cirio is leaving ABT but his tastes appear to lean towards new choreography rather than the classics. I wonder if he will continue the Cirio Collective.
  9. Please forgive my ignorance, but is ENB on the same level or a step up from ABT?
  10. I plan to see Bell on Friday. After his astounding debut in R&J I'm really curious to see him in an *evil* role. Should be fun!
  11. Devon’s upper body flexibility was fine. What was lacking was a sense of abandon, or surrender. I mean, her Romeo was this tall, dashing Aran Bell who seemed completely in love her, and yet she seemed to feel nothing. She went through the movements without expressing emotion. I think it’s her first time dancing Juliet so hopefully her interpretation will be more convincing next time.
  12. Aran Bell was amazing. Such command of the stage. Born to play Romeo I thought. Devon was bland as Juliet, not feeling the role at all, though her technique was above reproach.
  13. Gorak was wonderful as the Bronze Idol. And I agree that Kimin Kim was incredible. He seemed suspended in midair for most of the ballet. Such a noble, ardent partner for Hee Seo and Gillian Murphy as well. Wow. Same cast on Friday night - definitely worth seeing again.
  14. I really loved the tap piece too! Gillian Murphy, Arron Scott, and all the other dancers exuded so much joy. I hope ABT performs it again soon, perhaps in their fall season.
  15. I really loved the tap piece too! Gillian Murphy, Arron Scott, and all the other dancers exuded so much joy. I hope ABT performs it again soon, perhaps in their fall season.
  16. I attended the entire program yesterday. The Harlequinade excerpts were delightful and made me want to see the entire ballet later in the season. The Michelle Dorrance piece was strikingly inventive in the way it fused tap dance and ballet into a coherent and utterly engaging piece. Afterite was a puzzle, worth seeing for Alessandra Ferri and the unusual choreography (which I thought bore the influences of William Forsythe and Pina Bausch). The narrative, however, wasn't clear to me. What did Misty Copeland, Jeffrey Cirio, and Herman Cornejo represent, and, as discussed above, what was the gas chamber all about? Macauley writes: "Mr. McGregor doesn’t tell his story clearly, but its ambiguities are the point. Though I’ve given away what happens at the climax, I think its element of horror leads us back to the tragic cruelty of Stravinsky’s drama — but this time we follow it from the mother’s point of view." Probably worth seeing again, though I can understand how the symbolism would be deeply offensive to some of the audience members.
  17. I agree! I thought Act 2 was incredibly beautiful. Seo and Bolle were just wonderful.
  18. Such a glorious Square Dance yesterday afternoon. Megan Fairchild exuded joy and made everything look so effortless. Taylor Stanley was a revelation - I didn't think anyone could beat Peter Boal is that role but Taylor definitely came close with his classical line, buoyancy, and sparkling technique. Agree with Cobweb about Oltremare and Four Seasons. Roman Mejia stole the show. Catazaro looked a bit nervous but it's always good to see him.
  19. Yes but oh did that make the final scene so much more compelling. Like she jumped off the cliff because she couldn't complete the fouettees. Kidding aside I loved last night's performance. SUPERB Act 2. Daniil was surprisingly noble as Siegfried. And Lendorf's charisma was very potent. Gorack as Benno was also a joy to watch.
  20. A truly magnificent Giselle with Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo last night. Such dazzling technique and deeply heartfelt emotion as well. This was the first time I ever wept at the ballet. I will remember this performance forever.
  21. Did anyone see the "Giselle" performance with Misty Copeland and Alban Lendorf?
  22. I was moved by Gillian's interpretation as well. I've always admired her technique but never thought of her as an "actress" - well, she certainly delivered a complete range of expression last night, filled with nuance and free of any false notes or melodrama. Compared to Gomes, Hammoudi was a more passive Romeo, but I thought this was a valid interpretation that showcased Juliet as the ballet's central character whose actions drove the tragedy. I believe Margot Fonteyn created the role of Juliet in her late forties, so perhaps Alessandra Ferri's return to the role will be compelling as well.
  23. I really liked Cornejo and Kochetkova as well. I can't wait to see Sterling Baca in lead roles at the Pennsylvania Ballet.
  24. Agreed. Gomes stole the show! While I liked Part, she didn't seem to have much of a connection with Whiteside.last night.
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