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  1. I’m excited to see Khoreva! I may add on Tuesday night as well, because I love Tereshkina.
  2. Just got my brochure from Wolf Trap and it looks like ABT will be performing Swan Lake 7/11-7/13. Odettes are Hee, Misty and Devon and Siegfrieds are Cory, Herman and Aran. Just saw this was posted in a different forum so feel free to delete.
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    Sergei Polunin

    As a pathologist who holds organs in my hands everyday, I disagree with this. A human heart is a human heart. I can’t tell what gender someone is by inspecting their heart. When I’m doing a gross examination of colon cancer, the colon looks identical in both men and women. And given intersex conditions, even the reproductive track may not help me distinguish. Binary gender is set by having hormones produced in the correct ratio, and then strongly influenced by environment and culture. Sorry to be off topic. I am glad to see that Polunin’s posts have been deleted.
  4. Glad I went. Some bobbles by all 3, but the 3 leads were all great. Outside of Tiler Peck, Smirnova may be my favorite current dancer. I thought she was a hauntingly beautiful Nikiya. My only complaints besides the black faced kids (which is completely unnecessary and should be changed) is the camera work during the corps Kingdom of the Shades. I don’t want to see close up shots during the Shades entrance. I also was not that impressed with Shrainer or Chapykina’s solos. But overall, an afternoon well spent!!!!
  5. Olga was beautiful in the second act, even with a little bobble. And watching Belyakov makes me realize how depleted the male principal ranks are at both NYC companies right now.
  6. Other than the black faced children which makes me want to crawl in a hole.... i am LOVING this cast. Super impressed with all 3 leads, especially Marchenkova, who may be the fiercest Gamzatti I’ve ever seen.
  7. I have tickets for both performances on 2/2, so I’ll see Brandt and Lane. Looking forward to seeing Harlequinade, as I didn’t have a chance to see it last spring.
  8. That trailer is adorable! I have tickets for both Balanchine programs on the 26th. It’ll be my first time back in NYC since I moved to Baltimore last year, so I’m looking forward to it. The evening Balanchine/Stravinsky program will be my first time viewing all of those ballets. Will be so nice to have my ballet-loving soul restored by a whole day of Balanchine.
  9. I’m also excited to see Mack! Kind of hoping he could be brought on to guest more frequently.
  10. I’m thrilled Smirnova is dancing the broadcast, her Diamonds was one of the highlights of ballet watching for me. I can’t wait to see her Nikiya.
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    Sergei Polunin

    He’s crazy. And not in a good way. I have no desire to see him dance again.
  12. You are right, I needed Kleenex. So awesome to see those kids dancing.
  13. Thanks, you are all correct, it is at Opera Bastille. I was thinking the seating chart looked big in comparison to the pictures, now I know why! And to think I booked a hotel right outside Palais Garnier! 😆. I’ll just have to do the public tour, as was nicely suggested!
  14. I am making my first trip to Paris in March and picked up some Swan Lake tickets. I don’t really care that much about casting, as I’m just excited to see the Palais Garnier, but when in general is casting listed?
  15. I saw the matinee yesterday and the Seven Sonatas PDD was the highlight for me. Stella and Marcelo were absolutely amazing today, especially Stella. So much emotion and chemistry. I also loved Andile Ndlovu in Tarantella. So musical! I was slightly less impressed with Graniero who I felt at times was a bit behind the music. Except her turns, which are blazing fast. i thought Barkman was good, and she improved as the PDD progressed but I thought she lacked the sharpness of attack I prefer in my Odile. In the beginning, I kept thinking maybe I’d prefer her as Odette, because she has such smoothness to her movement. The audience loved her though, they received a resounding ovation. As I’m new to the DC area, this is my first experience with the Washington Ballet. I enjoyed the day and am looking forward to supporting the company.
  16. Well, if they have the texts to back up what is in that complaint, I’m glad Catazaro and Ramasar are gone. And the donor is just disgusting.
  17. I’m not sure what to think about Ramasar’s second statement. But I will say this: if he received photos of Waterbury and knew she didn’t consent or he didn’t bother to ask Finlay if she was alright with him receiving them, then he failed at being a decent human being, regardless of whether he publicized them to anyone. A decent person wouldn’t be ok at looking at them if the subject didn’t consent to it. Just my opinion. Whether he legally should lose his job or not will be for others to sort out.
  18. Wow! While I’m sad that this has happened (because Ramasar was my favorite male dancer at NYCB) I’m happy that NYCB has finally decided to take a strong stance. I don’t believe they would have done this without having the appropriate evidence to proceed.
  19. It wouldn’t be so horrible if they did a small season at the Kennedy Center in DC.
  20. I know enough of the facts to come to a reasonable conclusion: 1. Finlay resigned before he could be investigated 2. NYCB did an investigation and punished two dancers (one whom is exceedingly popular) and put out a statement essentially saying while they—NYCB—are not guilty, , they did have enough evidence to suspend dancers they were relying on for their fall season. I’m sure NYCB has seen the texts and did not decide to suspend without evidence. I am not going to feel bad for someone who abuses others. Women are not farm animals. Covering up or minimizing abuse is not ok with me, no matter who does it. No matter how great a dancer they are. No matter how much I love the institution they are a part of. Further, whether I, or you, forgive Chase Finlay means nothing. We are not the victims here.
  21. Innocent people don’t resign without defending themselves. I have no doubts Findlay is a horrible person.
  22. Why is the process to find a replacement taking so long? I get that it is a major decision, but they must have several applicants in mind whom they want to interview. Frankly, I’m shocked that this has gone as long as it has, though I admit I have no idea how these hiring processes go.
  23. I’ve been away a bit (moving, new job, buying a house). Shocked and sad to come back and see this. If the allegations in Waterbury’s lawsuit are entirely true, I will have a hard time supporting this company with the current leadership and board in place. They are the “captains of the ship” and are responsible for the culture created or maintained under their leadership.
  24. I just wanted to add two things: 1. The music doesn’t need to be world class, but the choreography and the dancing have to “fit” it. Plisetskaya is a perfect example of this above. 2. The story ballets, like Don Quixote, require a different type of musicality than Balanchine because to be memorable they also have to be able to act. When you watch Plisetskaya, she is in the music even when she isn’t dancing; the way she moves her head, her hands, her feet, and her face. I’m trying to think of anyone I’ve seen who comes close to this (in the story ballets) and I can’t think of anyone right now.
  25. Yes!!!!! This is exactly it! She is so with the music, that’s it like her body is the instrument that is playing it. It’s inspiring and amazing to watch. I’m sad I never got a chance to see her perform live. The only other dancer I’ve seen who can “play” with the music to this degree is Tiler Peck in Balanchine and Robbins works. Others have come close, and for me it is what makes the performance memorable in my mind.
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