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  1. On Saturday evening I saw the ABT Studio Company performance at Mt. Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. ABTSC is "the highest level of the ABT training ladder". The program was five pieces, Tarantella (Gottschalk/Balanchine), On the First Star of the Night (Bosso/Cong), Overture, (Beethoven/Stiefel), Untitled (Glass/Bond) and Don Quixote Suite (Minkus/Petipa&Gorsky). There were, I think 12 dancers in all, some of whom were featured a lot more than others. (Leah Baylin danced in all but one piece, for instance). This was On the First Star of the Night's U.S. premiere (or, I
  2. I saw the matinee of Here/Now 5 on Saturday. Here are some quick impressions. (Note: Unity Phelan danced instead of Sara Mearns in Odessa. When this was announced there were very audible expressions of disappointment from the audience.) Jeu de Cartes This was my least favorite. It was cutesy. After the Rain, Part Two I really liked this. It kicked my appreciation of Maria Kowroski up several notches. I had seen her as O/O in SL in 2010 and at that time was underwhelmed, mostly because I thought she and her prince, Shephen Hanna, had no chemistry. This time, though,
  3. I saw Le Corsaire today (Sat. 5 Nov. matinee). It was great. It's one of those fun, lively ballets, without any moments of transcendental feeling, but a lot of lively action and beauty. I thought all of the major roles were done very well, but most especially Junxiong Zhao as Conrad, the male lead. He combined athleticism and energy with elegance and precision in a way that's seldom seen. I rarely come away from a ballet thinking about the male dancers, but he was an exception. He's now my favorite male dancer. The female lead, Medora, was danced very well by Ashley Ellis. She'
  4. I saw the matinee All Balanchine performance today. This was my compensation for my ticket to the canceled 23 Jan. performance. The ballets were: Walpurgisnacht Ballet featuring Teresa Reichlen & Adrian Danchig-Waring Sonatine with Megan Failchild & Gonzalo Garcia Mozartiana featuring Sterling Hyltin, Anthony Huxley, and Troy Schumacher Symphony in C featuring Ana Sphia Scheller & Andrew Veyette, Sara Mearns & Jared Angle, Ashly Isaacs & Joseph Gordon, and Lauren King & Andrew Scordato. Some observations: Walpugisnacht Ballet: Teresa Reichlen & Adrian Danch
  5. I drove down to NYC yesterday because I had a ticket for the matinée and I knew I might not make it through the snow today. However, when I got to Lincoln Center I found the performance had been cancelled. There were a lot of disappointed balletomanes milling about in that covered area in front of the theater. The NYCB website says they will issue refunds.
  6. Today I saw Boston Ballet dance the Third Symphony of Gustav Mahler, choreographed by John Neumeier. My seat was in the mezzanine way over to the side. It was on the aisle, which meant that there was nobody in front of me, given the angle of the aisle, but there was a section of stage upstage left I couldn't see at all. This only mattered a few times, though, when a pdd ranged over the whole stage. Before the performance they announced several cast changes over the intercom for which we had no written notice. I don't know how they expect us to remember those. Because of that there were s
  7. I saw La Bayadère last night, with Kochetkova, Sarafanov, and Boylston dancing Nikiya, Solor, and Gamzatti, respectively. I'm not nearly as knowledgeable as many posters here about technique and history, but hopefully a different type of viewpoint can be of some interest. Act I One thing which struck me about this cast was the differences between Kochetkova and Boylston (especially in the first act -- but see below). Boylston seemed, to my eye, technically very precise and in control, whereas Kochetkova was much more expressive. Kochetkova's upper body movement (port de bras and epaulemen
  8. I attended the Mariinsky's performance of Chopin: Dances for Piano at BAM on Sunday. This is three separate pieces, whose choreography is separated by more than a century, each to a single piano playing works by Chopin. Venue, program, etc. This was my first time seeing anything at BAM. I drove down and back from eastern Connecticut. There was a lot of traffic in Queens and Brooklyn, but nothing really bad. I was happy to see that there was lots of free parking in the side streets nearby. The stage, and the house, at the BAM Howard Gilman Opera House are smaller than the Lincoln Center
  9. I saw today's (Sunday's) Chopin program at BAM. My short review: I loved it. I'll write up a longer one, but one problem I have is that the program only lists the dancers (less the corps) but not the roles. Can I assume that the first two dancers listed for Chopiniana were the leads? And that the dancers are listed for In the Night in the order they appeared? And what about Without? If anyone knows who danced what, or where I can find that information online, I'd appreciate it.
  10. Thanks! Any word on why Smirnova couldn't do it?
  11. What a lively ballet! I saw the Bolshoi dance Don Quixote at Saratoga on Thursday (31 July) and it was a lot of fun. The first act especially was full of energy; I don't think I've ever seen a more exuberant act in any ballet. The leads were Kristina Kretova as Kitri and Mikhail Lobukhin as Basilio. I can also supply the names of the other dancers, if anyone's interested, except for the Queen of the Dryads. That role had a last minute replacement announced over the PA just before the curtain rose, and I didn't catch the name. I think Kretova and Lobukhin were well cast for the roles, in
  12. It was a short blonde. The hair might not have been really hers, but she was certainly quite short.
  13. Does anybody know who danced the Queen of the Dryads in today's performance (Thu. 31 July) at Saratoga? The program lists Olga Smirnova, but just before the curtain rose there was a PA announcement of a change in that role. However, I didn't catch the name.
  14. What is the pronunciation of Polina Semionova (Полина Семионова)? I found a N.Y. Times article where it says her surname is pronounced "sem-YOHN-o-va", but of course it doesn't say how to pronounce that. I thinks it's supposed to be something like IPA /sεm 'jon o və/. Is that right?
  15. So I had tickets to see Polina Semionova in Saturday night's performance of Manon, and I kept reading on Ballet Alert how amazing Diana Vishneva is in the role, and I thought, "Oh well, it's the luck of the draw when you buy tickets that far in advance." As things turned out, I thought Semionova was absolutely amazing in the role. I can't speak to Vishneva's performance, of course, not having seen it, but I have no regrets whatsoever that I was fortunate enough to see Semionova in the role. It wasn't that she was technically impressive, although there was certainly no fault to be found ther
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