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Kathleen O'Connell

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  1. Kathleen O'Connell

    Sara Mearns Weds Josh Bergasse

    Seriously. I would like to find one in my size in my closet tomorrow morning.
  2. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    As NYCB is currently organized, the artistic staff and the administrative staff are housed in separate, parallel organizations. Executive Director Katherine E. Brown is responsible for the following departments: Communications, Development, Marketing & Media , Education, Operations & Company Management, Production & Design, Music, Costume & Wardrobe, Health & Wellness, Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, The George Balanchine Trust, and NYCB Moves. I assume that she reports directly to the Board of Directors. The artistic staff, under the leadership of Jonathan Stafford and the rest of the interim team, is comprised of the ballet masters, the Resident Choreographer (currently Justin Peck), the guest teachers, and the children's ballet master. It is quite possible that the new AD will be primarily responsible for the dancing and repertoire and that Brown will continue to have responsibility for all the other functions. That is, the new AD may have some collegial input into matters such as the budget, production, HR, etc., but might not be responsible for them. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if both the AD and ED reported directly to the Board rather than the ED taking direction from the AD.
  3. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    Happel talks a bit about each costume's "bible" in this short video feature about remaking the costumes for Theme & Variations. Yes, the costume shop is on it!
  4. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    While we're saying nice things about Marc Happel and the costume shop ... It turns out Happel designed Sara Mearns' wedding dress. Scroll down this story in Brides.com for the details. As one might imagine, it's a lovely dress.
  5. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    I wish someone would make a good documentary about Happel and his costume shop. A binge-able, multi-part series documenting a "year in the life" might even be in order. I appreciate NYCB's little costume gala featurettes about the costume design and construction process, but Happel and his artisans deserve a brighter spotlight.
  6. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    Also, I'm trying to imagine one of Balanchine's ballerinas asking him to coach her on the finer points of the lighting plots rather than, you know, dancing his ballets.
  7. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    Wait ... Clifford is seriously worried about not getting the lighting plots and decor aesthetic directly from Balanchine and thinks that that's going to lead to "further degradation" of the repertoire. Hazarding a guess here, but I suspect the lighting plots are pretty well documented, as are the original costumes and decor, and that these are the least of our worries.
  8. Joseph Gordon has danced the first movement of Symphony in C and Russell Janzen has danced the second, so there were some attractive options on the roster. The company certainly had enough time since the departure of Catazaro, Finlay, and Ramasar to get a cast rehearsed and ready to go. Frankly, Gordon and Janzen would have been preferable first and second movement alternatives to Catazaro, Finlay, and Ramasar in any event.
  9. Kathleen O'Connell

    Job posting for artistic director

    OK. I watched the video Clifford refers to in the comments to his IG post. And ... I absolutely loathe the way the extreme arch in Kent's back and neck make that particular moment look. In this video at least (and video is not always an honest or accurate record of what happened in the theater) Kent's aggressively arched torso makes makes Amboise's lifting her up from one backbend swoon, releasing her into gravity, rotating her, and lowering her into another swoon looks so effortful (and unmusical) it just kills the moment. It needs to read like one long, sweet sigh. How far back the ballerina arches her back and drops her head is just about the least important thing about this ravishing moment. Again, it's only one video, but I wouldn't want it to become a model of how the Divertissement MUST be done. Peck and (especially) Hyltin happen to be dancing the role rather beautifully at the moment. While there's always room for improvement, any complaints about their current level of performance is pretty much nit-picking.
  10. Kathleen O'Connell

    promotions 2018

    Maybe Judith Fugate? She joined the company in 1973, was promoted to soloist in 1979, and then to principal in 1986. So, it took her 13 years to get from corps to principal, and she spent about 7 years as a soloist. (And one also had the sense at the time that she was going to finish her career there.) Laracey's been with the company for 15 years and a soloist for five of them.
  11. Kathleen O'Connell

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Oh, I didn't mean his dancing - although there have always been moments when it's looked labored, even when he was a freshly-minted member of the corps. But yes, it wasn't that long ago when he did more than emulate bravura.
  12. Kathleen O'Connell

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Veyette always looked like he was born 40. Here's when each dancer joined the corps: J. Angle - July 1998 La Cour - RDB 2000 / NYCB 2002 Daniel Ulbricht - November 2001 Veyette - Spring 2000 Bouder - June 2000 Reichlen - October 2001 Megan Fairchild, Sterling Hyltin, Georgina Pazcougin, Adrian Danchig-Waring, and Sean Suozzi all joined in the 2002-3 timeframe.
  13. Kathleen O'Connell

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Those three men are roughly of an age with Ashley Bouder and Teresa Reichlen, who appear to be in the high summer of their prime.
  14. Kathleen O'Connell

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Peter Martins? 😉
  15. Kathleen O'Connell

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I agree about Ball, but I don't think Apollo needs necessarily to have a "look." Although for a very long time Martins tended to cast blonds as Apollo (and tall or at least "princely" blonds when he could get them), it has always struck me as a pretty porous role that could be open to just about any dancer with the requisite stamina, technique, and presence. If it can be deemed to accommodate dancers as different as Peter Boal, Nikolai Hübbe, Nilas Martins, Adrian Danchig-Waring, and Igor Zelensky — Apollos from the Martins era who are alike mostly in being blond — it would seem to be pretty capacious. (Among them, only N. Martins didn't bring something unique to the role. ) I'd like to see both Ball and Gordon in Apollo — and yes, I would indeed crawl over broken glass on my hands and knees to see Taylor Stanley take it on. (But I'm a Stanley fangirl. I'd show up to watch him walk across the stage in his practice clothes.) I think the role might be a useful challenge for Janzen as well. (And it would have the added benefit of maybe, just maybe, giving us a Reichlen Terpsichore.)
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