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  1. Just saw that Sarah Villwock (coming from NYCB) is now listed as a corps de ballet member. Henry Cotton is no longer listed, I'm assuming his photography business is doing well.
  2. Juliet Prine was great in her Dewdrop debut on 12/7. I hadn't checked the casting again, so it was a nice surprise to also see Angelica Generosa and Price Suddarth.
  3. I'm curious how many casting permutations have happened, since the program showed Sarah Ricard Orza being coached by Carrie Imler. Hope she is doing okay. I missed her Odette/Odile debut in Swan Lake last year, so would have liked to see her as Aurora. Enjoyed the Saturday 2/2 evening performance. I always enjoy watching Leta Biasucci. Elizabeth Murphy was a lovely Lilac Fairy.
  4. Two new apprentices are listed in the Nutcracker program: Nancy Casciano and Nicole Rizzitano. Congratulations!
  5. I also have mixed feelings about switching to the Balanchine Nutcracker. It sounds like they're hoping for some interest with new sets by Ian Falconer. I took my 5-year old son to see the Stowell/Sendak Nutcracker for his first time in December, and he loved it (also was my first time seeing this production live -- saw the movie version ages ago). He's still talking about it 2 months later. I agree it would be more interesting to see different versions; when I lived in DC, one had the option between whoever came to the Kennedy Center on tour or the Washington Ballet's version. For the upcoming season, I was also noticing a number of reps or works were repeats from 2011-2012, I think. I'm guessing it has to do with how many performances of the particular work PNB is licensed to do in X number of years, plus the expense of bringing in new repertory? sandik -- I'm with you, would love to see One Flat Thing again -- we can hope...
  6. Saw the 2/8 evening performance with Rachel Foster as Aurora and Batkhurel Bold as Prince Florimund, which I really enjoyed. I think some people left early due to the snow, but it looked like seats were at least 80% filled. Here are my brief thoughts: Prologue -- I thought Lindsi Dec's performance as the Lilac Fairy was good, but needed more presence. I didn't feel as much that she was "in charge." The fairies' solos were generally strong, but Emma Love Suddarth as the Fairy of Beauty looked a little stiff to me. I wonder why audiences usually laugh at the Fairy of Joy's solo? Timothy Lynch's Carabosse was well portrayed. Act 1 -- Rachel Foster was lovely! She had no problems with the balances in the Rose Adagio -- I think there was one slightly quick hand change but she was capably partnered by Karel Cruz, William Lin-Yee, Jerome Tisserand and Joshua Grant. My only slight criticism of her was that I'm not sure I got the impression that Aurora had just turned 16 and was excited about her birthday. Act 2 -- Ezra Thompson always seems to do well in character roles, including Gallison. Bold as Prince Florimund was consistent as always in partnering but I feel like we don't always see his character's emotions. Act 3 -- the kids present enjoyed White Cat/Puss in Boots and Red Riding Hood/Wolf -- heard lots of giggles and laughter. Gold and Silver pas de trois -- Joshua Grant looked comfortable, while William Lin-Yee looked more restrained in his dancing. He had a few balance wobbles coming out of turns. Laura Tisserand's solo was well-executed (I wonder about some of the arm position changes in the ending turns -- seems hard to do cleanly?). Kyle Davis was outstanding as Bluebird -- nice clean jumps and elevation, Amanda Clark did well too. I enjoyed seeing this Foster/Bold pairing for the wedding pas de deux, and thought they complemented each other well.
  7. Today's Seattle Times story is mostly about PNB retiring the Stowell/Sendak "Nutcracker" after the 2014 season, but also mentions the upcoming 2014-2015 season: Rep 1: Jewels Rep 2: Director's Choice (A Million Kisses to My Skin - David Dawson/Rassemblement - Nacho Duato/premieres from Anna Lopez Ochoa - Before After, and from Justin Peck) Rep 3: tentatively Don Quixote, per the PNB website Rep 4: All Forsythe (it looks like 2 premieres, plus In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated) Rep 5: Romeo et Juliette Rep 6: Carmina Burana, Ratmansky's Concerto DSCH and Jose Limon's The Moor's Pavane Interesting to see that they're bringing back Romeo et Juliette so soon; looking forward to seeing A Million Kisses to My Skin again, as well as the Forsythe program.
  8. I ended up not going to the dress rehearsal or the Sunday matinee, so am interested to hear Jayne's review!
  9. New to this forum (have attended PNB performances for about 5 years or so) with a question for those who have gone to the Thursday dress rehearsals -- typically which cast will dance? I'm on the fence about going since it's longer and I have to be at work early on Friday. I have tickets to see Foster/Bold on the 2nd Saturday evening, but am debating also going this Sunday to see Leta Biasucci (and 50% off!).
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