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Mary Lynn Slayden

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    ballet supporter
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    Eastern US
  1. He is to take over the company during second half of 2011 and Gillian Murphy is joining him.
  2. A friend of mine Bill Stephens interviewed Rasta Thomas a few months ago for his program on Artsound a radio production for the National capital region of Canberra. Thomas's Bad Boys of Ballet were coming to tour in Australia. They were also performing in Canberra which is not always on the dance calendar. Thomas was a no-show for opening night. There was no insert, no announcement and no replies to inquiry as to why he didn't perform. There certainly could have been a very valid reason for him not dancing, but generally there is some acknowledgement as to why an artist can't appear. Especi
  3. http://www.culturecapital.com/feature.php?id=1
  4. Jan Petrus Bosman, former artistic director at Virginia School for the Arts, dies http://www.newsadvance.com/lna/news/local/...the_arts_/6768/
  5. I think it would be great if the WB had a second home here in Prince William County Virginia. A brand new performing arts complex will be ready in 2010! http://www.communityperformingartscenter.com/
  6. What are the other changes for next year?
  7. Mike, I couldn't say it better myself. It is lovely to see first class dancers close-up. It feels they are performing just for me. As an audience member for the first time for 7 X 7 I felt that I was a lucky insider invited to see something special. I didn't see any empty seats either.
  8. I know the topic is Most Handsome Male Dancer but I wish to name Choreographer/AD Trey McIntyre as a tall, all-American strikingly good looking guy...he was a dancer too. I hear he has charm, wit and an incredible good sense of humor. His ballet's certainly do.
  9. Just turned TV on to find they will have a segment on New Jersey ballet school run by Irene Fokine. Showing here in DC area @ 9am.
  10. PBS website: The Mark Morris Dance Group performs Morris' lush and evocative "Mozart Dances" from the New York State Theater. Commissioned by Lincoln Center last year for the 40th anniversary Mostly Mozart Festival, the work premiered to three sold-out houses and wide critical acclaim. The dance is set to three piano works of Mozart performed by music director Louis Langree, soloists Emanuel Ax and Yoko Nozaki, and the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra. Some PBS stations are airing the performance on Friday or Saturday.
  11. This is on offer for September here in DC. Igor Stravinsky and The Rite of Spring In Cooperation with the Embassy of the Russian Federation With Buffet Luncheon Fri., Sept. 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Today Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (Le Sacre de Printemps) stands as a magnificent masterpiece of 20th-century music, but it didn’t start out that way. From the first notes played at the premiere, the musical score elicited such loud objections from the audience that Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes dancers could not hear the enormous orchestra playing in the pit just below them. In thi
  12. Why even applaud at all then if it's optional then let's all just leave as soon as the performance is over. Oh better yet lets just have films of ballet, if we don't need to show our appreciation then why have live dancers? I sure hit a nerve here. I think there may be lots of guilty early leavers posting some of these thoughts. I stand by my opinion.
  13. Who is rude? Obviously I know the answer to that question. These people weren't elderly, but if they can't stay for the entire event then perhaps they should get the dvd or get an aisle seat. I think the curtain calls are as much about the perfomance as the ballet. Interesting point you make but it won't make me change my mind. I think most dancers would prefer that the audience show it's respect and appreciation. If they did an exit poll of early leavers I would bet it is more about beating the crowd in the parking lot, getting a cab etc. I don't think a few minutes it takes to see the
  14. Amazing while attending NYCB's International Balanchine on Wednesday evening's performance I encountered a woman with a scooter. My friend a guest of mine from London asked her if she was allowed to bring this into the theatre (obviously). She said yes that she usually kept it under her seat but was making a quick getaway and left it in the corridor near the door. I commented that she was one of "those" people who leave at the curtain calls and told her it was rude. Justice was served however since someone nicked her scooter before she left and she gave a little cry of dismay when she realize
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