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  1. I have not seen any mention of Sarah Lane's Juliet that was to be her ABT debut on May 28....
  2. I was at this matinee too. Tiler was amazing as Black Swan, and, yes, even in White Swan, Tiler loosened up a lot since I last saw her in Allegro Brilliante to allow her neck's and back's flexibility. Heard that she was less fearful and comfortable at Saturday's matinee than in her first performance of this season's SL. Tiler's musicality is unquestionably exceptional, though I missed the extreme lines I hoped for from a White Swan. Otherwise, I loved her. Joe Gordon was the beyond what I had sort of expected. Joe was everything I would have wanted to see in this SL's Prince role
  3. nysusan: “I did not see problems with Lane's performance last night, except for poor partnering from Gorak. She seemed relaxed and danced well. There were a few areas where she could have done better - I thought her phrasing was a little brittle at the beginning of the pdd and she did not radiate the joy that you see from Peck or Bouder. ……ABT has always taken the music at a funereal pace and the orchestra just stops and waits for the dancers to position themselves for each new movement - which sucks all the life out of T&V.” No pressure! After Kevin’s clum
  4. Adrian Danchig-Waring and his perceived body shaming from The NYTimes. Bravo to the responder re strong, healthy, awe-inspiring dancers who are not stick thin such as Adrian. I do not have an Instagram account, but if any of you here at Ballet Alert do, please send Adrian your grateful appreciation for his wonderful, beautiful dancing and body.
  5. Peter was excellent in Theme. My recollections go back more to loving Gelsey and Misha. I’d love to see Harrison Ball in Theme!
  6. I was there too. Joseph Gordon handled the very difficult T&V beautifully. IMO, it’s not really the best role for him. Gordon shines far more in big movement ballets showing off his gorgeous lines, expansive elegance and technique. The double tour, pirouette, repeat and repeat part of the men’s solo looks far better on men like DeLuz or Huxley – both very compact and move tightly. Gordon is definitely my MVP of the season! I too can't wait to see his and Huxley’s Oberons next week. They both are excelling in the most difficult male roles in the rep at NYCB right now.
  7. I think you will love Shevchenko. Her Swan Lake last spring season was extraordinary.
  8. I just checked the calendar and it seems Hoven replaces Cornejo for all Nutcracker perfs.
  9. sz

    Alexandra Ansanelli

    Sad news, but there are films of Alexandra's dancing I have no doubt in the Lincoln Center Dance Library.
  10. Emma: "And for some corps dancer shout outs: Ashely Hod looked particularly lovely in Concerto Barocco." Ashley Hod is one of my very favorites. I'm hoping to see her more often and in soloist and principal roles. If you ever see Ashley Hod cast for Dewdrop, don't miss her. She not only has gorgeous lines, but her jumps are big and spring with such lightness and sparkle. She has danced this role in Nutcracker at least a couple of times now, also Sugar Plum. In Barocco, I'd have loved to see her paired with Laracey in the leads..... I can dream....
  11. Finally! This is a perfect cast for Other Dances, imo. Yes, it's a Wednesday, yes, it's in the dead of Winter and an expensive trip from NYC..... but I may need to take a couple of days off from the job and go!
  12. A wonderful, generous evening. I was there too and was very thankful to Yuriko, Jared, and Alvin Ailey for bringing this fund raising event to us in NYC. In spite of the hurricane's destruction to Houston Ballet's home, Yuriko and Jared looked in great shape and ready to face the future's challenges. Yuriko was especially touching in the Coppelia Prayer Solo, bringing tears to I think everyone's eyes. In addition to the above mentioned dancers by ABT fan, I ran to see Mayara Pineiro and Arian Molina Soca dance the DonQ Act 3 Pas de Deux. They had just performed their full-len
  13. Anybody else notice that Other Dances is cast now for all of its ABT Fall perfs except for the one on Oct. 27?
  14. I loved canbelto's review! Thank you. So much detail and deep thought, experienced thought, went into this. I'll be seeing the Saturday matinee, and perhaps the evening too. Can't wait to see this great ballet with all the different tributes to its brilliance.
  15. Timofej Andrijashenko is fabulous! I don't count fouettes either, but I do focus on what they look like. Singles or with adding doubles, etc., they can be breathtaking if done beautifully. I would never want to see them replaced with something else. An exception.... I saw Natasha Markarova's first DonQ pas with ABT and she could barely get eight fouettes done.... but she then continued to the music with the most incredible stage leaps I had ever seen (pre Osipova....).
  16. Thank you canbelto for such a wonderful tribute to Veronika and her ABT farewell.
  17. Back to casting, casting, casting! Directing, directing, directing! Without naming individuals....some ballerinas are stunning Giselles and Juliets, etc., and some are stunning Swans, White and Black, etc. I think it's a huge mistake to push any dancer into a role that doesn't suit their strengths, styles. One or two major performances should not be "the test." On the other hand, where are the many choices of qualified dancers understudying major roles? Many are dancing these major roles in smaller companies. And where are the ballets that might better show off d
  18. Sarah was not dancing small last night! Neither was anybody! For me it was, in sum: Wow! I thought it was Sarah at her best. Sarah was more relaxed with Herman and their chemistry was real! He is so sensual, sexy, intense and yet sweet. A perfect partner to pump up her natural lyrical, romantic, soulful, sweet beauty. Act 1: Sarah’s solo started with a divine arabesque balance only going to plie penchee at the very last second. No interruption to the music…. and stunningly big. Turns were slow and perfectly controlled (esp the back attitude ones….w
  19. Sarah Lane will dance Giselle again on Wednesday night - with Herman Cornejo! She replaces Maria Kochetkova. Everyone, don't forget about the Rush Tickets ($30 with no fees) that are available for each performance.
  20. BRAVA to Sarah for a most moving, beautiful Giselle. A performance I have not seen the likes of in years. Responding to the person who posted earlier here that Sarah must have had coaching for a long time and outside of ABT......That could not be further from the truth, speaking as a good friend to Sarah. Giselle is one of Sarah's most loved roles and she has learned so much from watching others perform it, not from working on the role outside of ABT. Life perhaps full of great love and loss has been her guide as well. Bravo to Daniil too for his brilliant dancing
  21. Christine was very good last night. To me, she’s more of a natural Russian princess type, but she certainly proved she can handle a Principal role that she isn’t naturally suited for. I was most surprised by her fouettes at the end of the wedding pas, Act III, which were stunning, strong, so confidently and elegantly done after such a long, hard night of endless jumps and turns. Every third fouette was a double with the fan above her head for the first 16 or 20….Then ended with a triple!!! Easy, breezy, beautiful. Christine was a real pro dancing Kitri in two back to back performances
  22. I thought Hee Seo was excellent last night as Mercedes and QofD with gorgeous stag leaps and beautiful Italian fouettees. In fact, overall, I thought this DonQ performance was one of her best to date. Has she ever danced Kitri? That role might bring her to yet another level of best dancing....in time. Last night, she was having a blast with the tall, strong, much improved, hot tamale James Whiteside.
  23. On the other hand, Shevchenko is the only Kitri dancing back to back performances: yesterday's matinee and now tonight's. Copeland danced on Tuesday night (5/16) and she doesn't dance again until Saturday (5/20). Seems Copeland's Saturday (5/20) could have been switched with Shevchenko. I'll be watching tonight and sending lots of good energy to Shevchenko! Super merde!
  24. Schevchenko is going on again tonight as Kitri. You may confirm this with the box office. Gillian is out.
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