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  1. CTballetfan

    Job posting for artistic director

    In my dreams! I would LOVE for Ethan Stiefel to get this job. He has already proven himself as an artistic director of proven leadership (New Zealand Ballet) and a careful, respectful coach and teacher. I hope he is considered.
  2. CTballetfan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    My subscription tickets just arrived in today’s mail. I have a flex plan of three performances.
  3. CTballetfan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    I also have still not received my subscription tickets in the mail. Has anyone here received them?
  4. According to an article in the New York Times today, NYCB has just posted the job opening for artistic director and states that interviews will begin in September. I couldn’t find an existing topic here so am proposing to start one. Please move this post to an existing topic if there is one. I hope members will read the Times article and official job description and begin a discussion of what focus you think the job should have, the direction the company should take, and any candidates you think should be considered, from within and outside the company. My two cents is only about the repertory. Although I think new choreography should continue to be supported, I would love to see more of the Balanchine classics revived, especially those not seen for some time, maybe on mixed bills that offer both classics and new choreography. I would love to hear your thoughts. Already salivating about the fall season, for which I can't wait!
  5. CTballetfan

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    Thank you!
  6. CTballetfan

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    Any idea when ABT will announce casting? I have in mind to see one program but won’t buy tickets until I know who is scheduled to dance. Of course, with ABT, casting could change, as it often does, but I might give it a shot.
  7. CTballetfan

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    The box office is now open, almost all orchestra tickets are available, and no casting has been announced. I think if casting had been announced I might be tempted to try to see Symphonie Concertante. No recent clips are available anywhere that I could find. I saw a long clip of In the Upper Room on Youtube and the Philip Glass music sounds exactly like the music for NYCB’s Glass Pieces. Is that true? I have no interest in seeing Fancy Free for the umpteenth time, ballets in sneakers or paired with tap or hip hop don’t move me, and based on comments about the subject matter of Afterite I would never see it, so it’s likely that despite availability of lots of good seats at reasonable prices, I won’t come in. As someone else posted here, NYCB has a good fall season, I have tickets to Jewels and the DeLuz farewell, so I’ll probably pass unless some casting I can’t resist is posted. Why didn’t they revive a Tudor ballet as was discussed on this board? That would have been something to see.
  8. CTballetfan

    NYCB 2018 Summer Season

    How lucky I was to have seen her as Juliet in February of this year, bookended by my first viewing of her Juliet in 2007 to Robert Fairchild’s Romeo—that partnership one for the ages. I commented in February how enriched her interpretation has become since 2007. I don’t quite understand why she wants to retire the role when IMO she is one of the great contemporary interpreters of it and she is younger than many ballerinas who still dance it. Is she tired of it? Does she want to take her career in a new direction? Concentrate on more contemporary roles and new choreography? Any clues?
  9. CTballetfan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    About a month ago I received a call from an NYCB sales rep asking me to renew my subscription. I couldn’t commit then, but on receiving a follow up email from her a couple of weeks later I called her and ordered a flex subscription of 3 performances of my choosing. Tonight I received an email from her giving me my seat assignments. Luckily I was able to be seated in the section of the orchestra I requested. It was worth it to spend upwards of half an hour with the rep when I ordered. She was attentive and pleasant and noted my specific seating request on the order. I was very satisfied with the experience. Tickets will be mailed in August. Very excited about the fall season!
  10. CTballetfan

    Odile Variation Hops on Pointe

    Thank you for this video of Jacques D’Amboise. I had forgotten how amazingly he danced. His height enhances his line, and despite his height he seems lighter than air. Then I watched the video right below of Angel Corella—as good as he is in this role, to me D’Amboise surpasses him in a jaw-dropping way. If I run into D’Amboise at the ballet (as I did about a year ago) I’ll tell him I saw this clip. Thanks again.
  11. CTballetfan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Well put, nanushka, I agree with your definition. However you see it, the dancer becomes the dance, and that is the magic.
  12. CTballetfan

    Don Quixote Spring 2018

    Reading all these posts I am struck mostly by Canbelto’s point #3 about disappearing into the choreography. This point articulates for me why I love Balanchine danced by NYCB. The ballerina loses her separate identity in the expression of the role. That creates for me a transformative experience. That’s where the magic happens. All the more so when with a partner the pas de deux transcends the steps and the partnership becomes art. Ballerinas who become transformed by Balanchine and lose themselves include, for me, Sterling Hyltin, Maria Kowroski, Tiler Peck, Megan Fairchild, and Sarah Mearns. How lucky we are to have these exemplars of Balanchine artistry dancing today.
  13. Wonderful news! I always enjoyed him as a dancer and he certainly has a distinguished record as a teacher. With him at the helm we can be confident that the Studio Company will prepare dancers ready for the main company and hopefully more men who can be groomed to be leading men down the line to fill the dwindling ranks of male principals. A great decision on management’s part.
  14. CTballetfan

    ABT 2018 promotions

    I would love to see ABT make Robert Fairchild “an offer he can’t refuse,” as Cobweb suggested. I do think he has the “appropriate epaulement, acting chops and stamina” AlexL thinks is needed for a full-length ballet b/c he has carried a Broadway show as well as NYCB’s R&J and other full-length ballets. But I wonder if he would be interested in returning to NY.
  15. CTballetfan

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    Fortunately you can see well from almost everywhere in the orchestra!