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Kathleen O'Connell

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  1. I certainly hope the world (not just the US) gets Covid-19 and its variants under sufficient control to make that a reality. I have so enjoyed my cold and flu-free 2020 and 2021 that I'm seriously considering masking up every winter. And, like Gloria Gaynor, I will survive by continuing my hand-hygiene drill.
  2. Yes, but the vast majority are, although they garner fewer headlines. Less than 3% of United Airlines' 67,000 employees sought an exemption from the company's vaccine mandate. Only about 2% of New York State's 515,800 hospital workers chose not to comply with the state's vaccine mandate for healthcare workers. The exception is generally deemed more newsworthy than the rule when it comes to headlines and ledes.
  3. Yes, but many millions of adults do comply with public and private vaccine requirements, either to ensure that their children can go to school, to travel, or in order to stay employed. I agree that a 90% covid-19 vaccination rate is unlikely so long as its possible to go to school, travel, or stay employed without getting one.
  4. They should have chosen better programming after a 2 month hiatus. ABT has some real treasures in its repertory; they could have celebrated their return to the stage by showcasing some of their best jewels. (Pillar of Fire is one of them, of course.)
  5. Sure you can. The state of Mississippi requires all children entering Mississippi schools from pre-kindergarten to 12th grade to receive the following vaccines: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis (DTaP) Polio (IPV) Hepatitis B Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) Chickenpox (Varicella) (Mississippi Dept. of Health) A doctor may request a medical exemption if vaccination would endanger a child's health, but there are no exemptions for religious or personal beliefs.
  6. Sigh. He almost gets it. "You may well want to see fewer of the showier lifts in today’s dance repertory: I’m among those who’ve written that there’s been too much manipulation of women in dance, especially (but not only) in ballet. But plenty of twenty-first-century choreographers have been using them. Is it really time for the twenty-first-century ballerina to start gaining a few pounds?" Well, if "plenty of twenty-first-century choreographers" are making dances that require super-thin ballerinas, that clearly means that ballerinas are therefore obliged to starve themselves. Or, choreographers could make dances that celebrate all kinds of bodies.
  7. OK - I've removed my comment here and will repost it to the new thread.
  8. That's not the first time that's happened! I've seen a couple of "debuts" that weren't and spent more than a few minutes trying to sort out whether or not my recollection of having seen that very dancer in that very role before was a false memory. 😬
  9. It was LaFreniere's debut—Danchig-Waring has danced the male lead in Chaconne a number of times. I've seen him with both Mearns and Reichlen, and he was indeed excellent. You can see a few clips of him and Reichlen in one of NYCB's "Anatomy of a Dance" videos here: https://vimeo.com/250349793. I'm seeing LaFreniere and Danching-Waring in Chaconne tonight, and I'm looking forward it—I'm delighted that LaFreniere is back from a far-too-long absence and taking on a major role.
  10. You're not missing anything! For some inscrutable reason, the powers-that-be have decided to move the links to the Fall, Winter, and Spring season calendars from the main Season & Tickets page to the Subscription Packages page where no one can find them. 🤷‍♀️ It's nice that each program in each season has its own page, but clicking through each one in turn is no way to get an overview of the season. Another alternative: go to the repertory section and click on the ballet that you want to see. If it's been programmed for a current or future season, the performance dates will be listed there. For example, here's the page for Chaconne, which shows no performances listed for after the Fall 2021 Season. But here's the page for Rubies, which shows performances for both the Winter and Spring 2022 Seasons.
  11. Bouder looked a little out of shape on Tuesday evening, but otherwise seemed to be taking the role in stride and danced with her usual verve. I didn't notice any on-stage mishaps, but who knows what might have gone awry to keep her from coming back for the finale and sidelining her for the rest of the season.
  12. A couple of very quick notes on last night's performance of the "Innovators & Icons" program (Andrea Miller's sky to hold, Sidra Bell's Suspended Animation, and Balanchine's Western Symphony) : 1) I liked Miller's sky to hold just fine, but I liked the music a lot more—so much so that I fired up my music streaming service of choice and searched for Lido Pimienta's music as soon as I got home, and I'm glad I did. (I'm listening to her album Miss Colombia while I type ...) Sebastian Villarini Velez replaced Taylor Stanley. 2) I loved Bell's Suspended Animation. I want to see it again, but alas it hasn't been programed for either the Winter or Spring 2022 Seasons. Kudos to the costume shop for pulling off John Rogers' gloriously over-the-top creations. Also, Peter Walker was rocking a beard and a man bun and I am here for it. It totally worked with Rogers' demented hot pink version of a tri-corn hat. 3) I think Laine Habony stepped in for Ashley Bouder for the finale of Western Symphony? (It sure looked like her during the curtain calls ...) I hope nothing is amiss.
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