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altongrimes

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  1. In spite of the preponderance of talking heads shouting their professed expertise on the telley, especially as it relates to the Gordian Knot called politics (I refuse to participate in that "rage") I am yet strangely consumed by a kind of firestorm of creative anticipation to experience San Francisco Ballet. My inner child is just rockin' with joy at a time when I could easily be filled with self pity and singin' the blues. And the Inn At The Opera looks grand ! And although the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker has been cancelled for this December, the rest of their season has not. At least, i
  2. In spite of the preponderance of talking heads shouting their professed expertise on the telley, especially as it relates to the Gordian Knot called politics (I refuse to participate in that "rage") I am yet strangely consumed by a kind of firestorm of creative anticipation to experience San Francisco Ballet. My inner child is just rockin' with joy at a time when I could easily be filled with self pity and singin' the blues. And the Inn At The Opera looks grand ! And although the San Francisco Ballet Nutcracker has been cancelled for this December, the rest of their season has not. At least, i
  3. Lately, I have been riveted to an old interview that I have been watching with Jimmy Stewart. In this fascinating encounter, he says the following: "There is a theory that I have always had that creating "moments" in movies is the important thing. Nobody knows exactly how it happens. What you should do is prepare yourself the best you can to make those moments happen. Because in a movie, it's really not so much about the performance; rather there are these "moments". Now when I heard him say this, my memory took flight and immediately began to race back to ABT'S "Light Dancer" -- Zhong-Jing Fa
  4. Hi Drew ! I will try to employ the assistance of my young computer friend in order to send you that little clip. I will try. She will be away, however, for a week. I meant to add that I had viewed this "An Untitled Love" numerous times previously before acquiring the "eyes to see". Fascinating, that the genius or perhaps, the nuclear core of a piece is not necessarily so instantly comprehended.
  5. Drew, I hope you get this. Yes. I think it was Instagram. It is among those videos that I have had for several weeks. I'm not as conversant with the computer as I would like but perhaps there is a way I can send it to you? Looks like I could email it to you if you find that acceptable? Perhaps, that would be unwise, however, for your security.
  6. While luxuriating in just a snippet of Kyle Abraham's "An Untitled Love", featuring Calvin Royal III and an unnamed female partner at The Fire Island Dance Festival, I was smitten by the brilliance of this piece. This was performed outdoors and appears to have been framed and even more inspired by the arrival of a sultry Summer's evening by the sea. How I delighted in the construction of the piece. One moment, the couple seemed in normal conversation together as if completely oblivious to the art form in which they were about to participate. Suddenly, in the most delightful and seamless transi
  7. You are all so amazing as you proffer your wonderful knowledge and patience in addressing my rather primitive questions and ruminations -- even as a shelter in a time of storm
  8. A significant aspect of this present hour -- that in large measure has "gone missing" -- is that distinct privilege to be in close physical proximity with those artists and the myriad of those individuals who provide support to those artists on so many levels. That often unspoken but oh so palpable essence that fairly radiates from so many countless faces who populate the great arena of dance. If, as someone once suggested, that "it is not what a man says that can be heard, but what he is that speaks so loud", then surely this glorious flower -- cette belle forme d'art -- is ablaze with that v
  9. Thank you pherank ! What a glorious and highly informative response from you ! Your words are so rich. I will ponder them over and over.
  10. Thank you, Helene. I am now watching all videos I can find of these three artists !
  11. I am excited to get to the keyboard and mention a word that exploded into my consciousness while watching Tiler Peck's very aggressive and authoritative command in a variety of videos presented on YouTube -- for example, Fascinatin' Rhythm, Kennedy Center. What a force of nature she seems ! A fellow ballatomane -- far more conversant with the art form than I -- defined an aspect of Tiler's extraordinarily pleasing approach and command as "attack". My mind immediately raced to that glorious video of Gelsey Kirkland "burning down the house" in Balanchine's Theme and Variations. What a joy ! Firs
  12. I am filled with wonder at pherank's above response. I want to find the highest mountain (or the White House) and proclaim aloud John F Kennedy's words concerning the arts. My God, I had no idea that our President said such a glorious thing. In a sense, his words are also an arrow through my heart at such a time as this as the nation now finds itself perhaps fighting for it's very life. God forbid. But oh the wonder of John F. Kennedy's words: " The artist becomes the last champion of the individual mind and sensibility against an intrusive society and an officious state .." Glorious !
  13. While navigating my way through Jennifer Homan's Apollo's Angel's, I discovered this delightful passage: "John F. Kennedy also made the arts a priority. His wife was a prominent figure at cultural events, and the glittering celebrity ethos of the White House gave new glamour and sheen to the performing arts everywhere; she sent a jet to escort Rudolph Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn to the White House for tea".
  14. Perusing the Royal Ballet's masterful YouTube offerings of rehearsals, Ballet Evolved, etc., I get an occasional glimpse of Christopher Carr rehearsing the dancers. So masterful, so larger than life do I find his presence in those rehearsals, that I find myself inexplicably drawn into another level or dimension of the art form. He is a joy to watch; his passion for the art form is highly contagious. But I don't see him on video these days. Perhaps he is retired? I wonder if anyone would care to comment about this wonderful gifted man and perhaps his contribution to the art form as they have ex
  15. I am excited to post this brief excerpt from Tolstoy's War and Peace (courtesy of Jennifer Homans, Apollo's Angels). I have treasured this passage throughout this damnable contagion hoping that I might at last find opportunity to post it on this wonderful Ballet Alert ! " But it was Tolstoy in War and Peace who perhaps best captured the divided life of the Russian aristocracy. 'In her truest moment, the French educated "little countess" drops her Parisian airs and spontaneously breaks into an authentic Russian folk dance. She has never seen the dance before but intuitively knows it's in
  16. I am delighted to be back to Ballet Alert ! Love this forum so much! I am yet intrigued by the term plastique! Upon further reflection, I wonder if it was that very "essence" or plastique that managed to coalesce several years ago when Polina Semionova assumed the stage in a Swan Lake at Lincoln Center. So profoundly impacted was I by her performance that I was rendered decidedly ineffectual for subsequent performances. I wonder then if plastique attempts to define the undefinable - where what is occurring on stage seems to breach the parameters of these five senses and transport us into a g
  17. I continue to feel my heart go out to this young woman and her family. Looking back on "twenty one" - which I believe to be her age - I can recall most vividly how lost I was during my formative years, as well. Considering, too, the enormity of her parents contribution to the world of dance, I would hope that the family can find a fresh new beginning together devoid of condemnation and guilt but rather charged with a new vision and love for one another.
  18. A huge thank you to those who authored the above replies ! So exciting that you would take the time to craft such an illuminating array of response. Wonderful stuff from everyone. So rich and educational. Thank you.
  19. Drew I see your point, Drew! Of course, it's not all about Nikiya but the unfolding drama involving other characters, as well. Yes. But perhaps to satisfy some part of my initial thought, maybe the lighting on the other characters and stage in general could be dialed down a bit in order that she is shown in perhaps a slightly greater light than they. Splitting hairs here !
  20. Perhaps my offering here may strike the reader as a kind of wild gourd. After all, in spite of my decidedly formidable passion for the art form, I am acutely aware that Ballet Alert is populated by a highly trained and cultivated audience indeed. Alas, I, by comparison, am a mere newcomer. O.K, to my point. In every clip I have experienced featuring the Nikiya Death Scene, the entire stage would seem equally illuminated. To me, this appears as a painfully obvious lack of good creative judgement. I mean, wouldn't such an intensely intimate and dramatic moment as this call for Nikiya to be bathe
  21. Thank you, Drew ! Wonderful of you to respond. You always post the most fair and informative comments on this great site !
  22. In my dance travels, I have been sometimes overwhelmed as a kind of "lonely guy" out there. As anyone knows who has tried to navigate the big cities of the world all alone, that experience can be a rather "icy" undertaking. So I am wondering if someone could recommend an alternative such as travel groups whose objective is to visit the great dance companies of the world based on a preexisting itinerary? Or, perhaps there is an alternative way to connect with fellow balletomeres and venture forth as a group to these various dance destinations?
  23. You are right. I wrote that several months ago, when it seemed that such an observation appeared correct. Accusations seemed overabundant at that time amplified by what appeared to be a rush to judgement. I was simply delighted that Jane responded to my initial thought with such care and deliberation that in my enthusiasm, I threw something of a "wild gourd" into the mix.
  24. What a fantastic response. Thank you, Jayne. Wonderful to receive this. "And more care will be given to the professionalism backstage" is the desperately needed imperative that needs to be implemented. And as I ponder your words: "men who are tempted into this kind of behavior", I recall myself at twenty five being greatly distracted by a libido that sometimes threatened to act as a "runaway train". Even so, this is no excuse for behavior that is clearly beyond the pale of acceptability. Perhaps, we the people have yet to plumb the necessary depths in discussion relating to human sexuality? Fi
  25. The spate of news relating to sexual misconduct within the dance community brings a certain sadness with it. At least for me. Clearly, some of the accused have brought the art form to us with great power and grace. And while I would not diminish the seriousness of sexual abuse, I will sorely miss those magnificent artists whom I may never see perform again.
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