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Everything posted by lafemme

  1. Ah, this makes perfect sense. I was pretty baffled! I may be brand new to ballet, but even I could see it wasn't up to Mariinsky's standard
  2. Believe me, I'm sad I didn't buy tickets for tonight and Sunday's performance. I'm glad I saw Vishneva, but opportunities to see the other dancers and in such a variety of roles are far more limited. They are all sold out now! I'm hoping to hear what I've missed and see if I can wrangle something for Sunday.
  3. Yes, the entire performance tonight was less than an hour and a half, including a 20 min intermission. Quite frankly, the video of Plisetskaya was more rousing and compelling than the live performance of Carmen. The corps lacked precision and unity, and I'm not sure whether it was a lack of energy, or the choreography, or the fact that I've just spent 20 hours on planes/ traveling, but while I enjoyed the piece, it just didn't do much for me. I was rather surprised, to me, Russians are the ultimate upper echelon of ballet, and while I'm quite new at this, I've never seen the Mariinsky corps so
  4. Interesting, on the BAM site, it says Woman in A Room http://www.bam.org/dance/2016/a-tribute-to-maya-plisetskaya-program-a I see it says Carmen on her website and I'd much prefer it! I would love to see the last day, I wonder what is the lowest I can pay and still see something!
  5. Has anyone had luck with the exchange policy here? $15, really? I purchased a ticket for Program A, the first performance because it features both Vishneva and Lopatkina, and as someone who only discovered ballet a year or so ago, I want to see both dancers as much as possible. However, I'll probably see Vishneva this summer at ABT, and did not realize I would be watching her throw around lemons in Woman in a Room. I'm young (ish) and have to budget and would prefer to invest in the most enjoyable ballet experiences possible, and have no desire to waste $175 on watching anyone handle fruit. Pl
  6. I'm in NYC but would absolutely take off part of the day to see Lopatkina- however I wonder if others in the area may have a similar plan and it will be impossible to get tickets unless you arrive to wait very early. I would hate to go up and it's sold out!
  7. Selling my Vishneva/ Gomes ticket if anyone is interested.
  8. So sorry I missed Cojucaru- I missed out as I was feeling under the weather. Looking forward to reading more about her performance and hoping to see tonight's show if possible
  9. One orchestra seat, row X in the center. Can leave at the box office or meet up.
  10. I'm not too keen to see this and have tickets to Vishneva's performance. Oh, dear. Perhaps I will see Gillian Murphy in Swan Lake instead.
  11. Any word on whether or not Cojucaru will come through?
  12. I don't like the line of demi pointe at all, but I decided to go to expose myself to something different and be a part of an ABT historical moment. Should I watch the current production of Sleeping Beauty that most ballet companies perform today first or wait until after? Or does it matter? I have some reading to do on the history of the ballet. I've only seen a few clips so far.
  13. Well, I suppose it's Cojucaru's Bayadere I will see- if she makes it.
  14. Oh dear! I find her such a unique ballerina and her athleticism and power are unparalled. But the higher you climb (jump?), the harder you fall- I really hope she's not out the rest of the season and not injured badly. Surprising, she seems so unshakeable on stage.
  15. Just got back home (I was naughty and stayed out late), and am curious to see how everyone enjoyed tonight. I'm largely here to listen and learn! Lots of thoughts, but tonight I will just say this pretty much confirms that I prefer Russian companies/ dancers/ aethetics/ epaulement/ acting overall- I preferred the Bolshoi's Giselle (although I think I prefer Gomes to David Hall- first time seeing Gomes live, and wow! I enjoyed both Zakharova's- blasphemy, I know- and Vishneva's performances very much for different reasons, and their interpretations varied quite a bit), and found it much more mo
  16. I'm very new to this forum and ballet, but I will be attending the 5/26, and would love to say hello! I am returning for Sleeping Beauty and R&J, and possibly La Bayadere and/or Cinderella/ Swan Lake.
  17. Noted, thank you! I just realized I have been to the New York State (ugh, Koch) Theatre many times, but to the opera house only a few times, so I really am grateful.
  18. Does anyone have a particular ballet or cast they recommend? In addition to my subscription, I was thinking I should get a few cheaper seats or one more good seat. I am considering Cinderella with Marianela Nunez, mostly to see Nunuz; Swan Lake, to see the ABT version (I have seen the Bolshoi, Mariinsky, NYCB, and a guest company or two at the Kennedy Center when I was younger and barely remember), and La Bayadere, as I have never seen it, and would like to see Cojucaru's interpretation if possible. Any other dancer/ ballet recs? I loved Osipova in Don Quixote, I don't know whether her style i
  19. My friend was in the AT&T store and a stranger randomly gave her an orchestra seat for last nights Giselle, completely free! Her first time at the ballet was a total surprise and she got to see Abrera and Shklyarov, how fun. I've don't know anything about Abrera, but this board seems to love her, so I am looking forward to seeing her Myrtha. I'm a huge fan of the Russians (unpopular, I know. although I should mention, not the Russians of the Somova and Skorik variety), and very much hoping to see impressive talent based here at home.
  20. Thank you so much! Very much appreciated. Enjoy! I've seen Giselle before, but only at the Kennedy Center. I'm fine with those seats, it's SB and R&J I want to change. But R&J is much more important to me. For SB, I am fine to see the corps, they patterns, to take in the tableau in it's entirety. For R&J, the acting and the detail of Obratzova's expressions and movement matter more. My seats for the opening/ 75th Gala weren't great, but I bought them only several days before on a whim, so it was to be expected. I bought these the day they went on sale and invested- it's important!
  21. So can you exchange with trio/ build your own? Does it count as a subscription or not? I don't want to go all the way to UWS to be refused, but I wonder if I would have better luck in person than I would over the phone.
  22. I think that's going to be my strategy in the future if I want to see something for the dancer, and not the overall ballet or corps, if they continue on with change after change. This is my first spring season at a ballet fan, (I essentially developed more than a passing interest in the art last June after seeing the Bolshoi) and at least I can say it's full of surprises! My concern is the "best" seats selling out when it's a particularly well loved artist, but perhaps it's better to have a decent seat and see my artist of choice rather than to have an excellent, expensive seat and be disappoi
  23. Oh goodness, I was considering buying a ticket last minute just to see her live for the first time. I'm already sad to have missed the chance to see Vishneva in Manon (even if it was just the one scene) and Polina S in Swan Lake. Of course injuries happen, but buying ballet tickets shouldn't feel like a game of luck and chance.
  24. I'm in Row S! And it's Eugenia Obratzova. If they don't let me switch, I might sell them and buy closer ones on the left. They put me in row G for Giselle, which I'm happy about, row X for Sleeping Beauty, which is very far back, but I'm less concerned as I really want to see Obratzova's Juliet up close, whereas I'm ok to take in the whole scene for Sleeping Beauty from a distance. Very silly of me not to check until now, of course, but there you have it. For $125, I didn't think it was possible to go as far back as X. It's less than I usually pay for orchestra prime, but not by much. Thank y
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