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  1. balletforme

    Sergei Polunin

    I am so glad that Poulin had consequences for his posts.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Thanks folks for the corrections. I guess that I would expect an article over a year after the NYT article to give us something "newsworthy" instead of simply replaying info from so long ago.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    I thought that the article was silly and written by someone who is actually a lot less knowledgeable than the folks on this board. It made no sense to me. Millpied? Wheeldon? Misty Copeland? Suzanne Farrell? I thought Farrell actually had to cancel her summer program? Misty Copeland directing NYCB? It's just bizarre.
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    Sergei Polunin

    While a disagree with Poulin's perspective, it also appears that what contributes to his problems are a lack of education and skill in appropriately voicing an opinion, a lack of filter, not understanding the power of making inflammatory statements on Instagram as a public figure, and a lack of understanding the world outside of a Soviet perspective in 2018. Wasn't Ratmansky "caught" with some similar misogynistic statements? And I don't believe he lost choreography jobs over his statements?
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    First Position - What Ever Happened To.....

    And it seems the Ms. Wenkman sees the importance of this concept, as she reportedly is stepping back from competition. https://www.danceinforma.com/2018/12/28/new-year-new-goals/
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    First Position - What Ever Happened To.....

    I think that you have to want to dance more than you want attention. And you have to be able to tolerate the rigors of company life as a lowly corps member. You have to be able to deal with being passed over, told to lose weight, being injured, dancing better than everyone in your cohort and still be looked over. The competition ballet dancer or studio star has a different training experience than the kid in a large pre pro or company school that does not do competitions. There are certain liabilities to the co school but there are as well for competition stars.
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    First Position - What Ever Happened To.....

    Yeah. . . . I think that they just don't want to dance. They want something else.
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    First Position - What Ever Happened To.....

    Such a pity that Juliet didn't joint a company. I would l have loved to see her build a ballet career.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    I think she would jump at it, if offered. Miami City's budget is like 16 million and NYCB like 60 million? Can't imagine her NOT wanting it. Any more thoughts about Whelan? I wonder why not Woetzel??? -- Too much to buy out his contract?
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    What is "Musicality" in a Dancer?

    Quinten, I agree. Maybe I am not thinking about artistic choices but tempo changes of convenience. It can be very odd for the tempo of a well-known piece to be going along and then change in a pronounced fashion. I'm not talking about a pause that holds longer or a breath between phrases. I 'm talking about the music was at one metronome tempo for 8 bars and now, all of a sudden, you are doing a totally different one, that is not written in the music. That seems a bit aggrandizing-- as in, "Let me make this music match me and show me off." To me, it privileges the dancer and not the art.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Yes, the timing has likely been very well-calculated. My bet is on Wendy Whelan? We shall see. OR maybe they will go with a "team?"
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    What is "Musicality" in a Dancer?

    So, in my opinion, it is NOT musical if the music changes tempo to the dancer. To me, that is the opposite of music. Musical is responding TO the music not it responding to YOU that would be about musician "danceacality." Ha ha!
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    Conversations on Dance: Lourdes Lopez

    It was very good. I find her so interesting, smart, and very "accessible." She just does not appear to be super self-absorbed. Any thoughts on her for NYCB AD? She's had so much NY experience (didn't know that) and has been an AD. And she's getting this Dance Magazine award. I just wonder which way the winds are blowing?
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    Eating disorders and ballet

    I have to agree with Helene's analysis of Black Swan. I found it hypergraphic, shocking, disturbing and truly distasteful and hyperbolic and I would have taken exception to a movie like that about my profession-- there are negative stereotypes about all professions. It just sells tickets to aim at a cloistered, mysterious group of mostly talented, beautiful women. It fed into so many really negative ideas about ballet-- ED, the whoring, bawdy performing artist, grasping mother, lecherous AD, drug use, the damaged dancer with a hard background, suicide, the dehumanizing casting process (remember the Russian woman at the audition (kind of Kopakova) who points to a girl and says out loud- "Hips too wide?"), insanity, the politics of casting, . . the art veritably devours the artist. It was not just a few neurotic characters. It was MOST IMO. I did not find it humorous it was too graphic and assaulting to the eyes, psyche, and heart. How could anyone think anything positive about ballet after that? In fact, there was almost no real ballet in the entire thing. It was constantly cutting away from the dancing. Horrid.
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    Eating disorders and ballet

    I do think that the aesthetic in Russia is way thinner than here. Just follow a few dancers living and working in Russia and you can see the trends. To be a ballerina is to be ultra thin. I don't really know that culturally eating disorders are considered as serious there? I don't know. But they don't seem to see the pathology? When you see a 23-year-old who looks like they are 14, then there is an eating issue.
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