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Everything posted by Emma

  1. It must be hard though. Wheeldon and Ratmansky did not become star choreographers over night. New choreographers need opportunities to develop. I just wish the new choreography were sprinkled in with Balanchine.
  2. Amplitude -- great description! Nanuska, that's a really interesting observation about the shape of her shoulders. Conversely, I've thought Mearns always looks like a queen on her stage in part because of her shoulders.
  3. I don't think it's her body type -- NYCB is stacked with talented shorter dances. Erica tends not to project or expand her limbs through space. Her arms are wispy rather than strong and lively. I saw her and Ashly Isaacs in the Thrid Movement of Symphony in C within a week: Erica blended in with the corps; Ashly, I knew a star was on stage.
  4. The Washington Ballet does not typically publicly announce casting in advance although their playbills include the casting for each performance in that program. Sandi K suggests a great idea--I wish I had thought that of when I was in DC!
  5. I didn't mean to imply I don't think it's awful for the dancers. But I don't have much more to say than that -- the state of the arts is depressing -- but that adds nothing to the conversation. I have no insights. I do expect journalists to do a better job covering the dispute.
  6. Neither here nor there but why does the Times have a photo of SAB students in an article about ABT ...
  7. Is it a relatively new development for Martins to cast shorter women as Dew Drop? Megan Fairchild immediately comes to mind but I imagine Ashley Bouder and Tiler Peck are on the shorter side for City Ballet dancers, if not "short." To be fair in the real world, Fairchild is definitely average height.
  8. I really loved Lowery in Tharp's 50th Anniversary Tour. She brought a lovely energy and excitement. I haven't seen much of her at City Ballet.
  9. I believe corps members are salaried based on their class year with the company and paid regardless of the number of performances danced.
  10. I found Scheller to dance rather stiff and uninspired. She has beautiful technique and turns but I prefer dancers to dance with passion. She didn't seem to make an effort in that regard, unlike Megan Fairchild, who I find blossomed beautifully in the last few years.
  11. To be fair to Kathryn, she essentially said that in her video. That's what I got out of it anyway (well and some messiness re: what it means to have a consensual relationship with one's superior)
  12. I remember the same Instagram post. Definitely seemed to be her decision.
  13. Heather Watts, in her interview with Conversations on Dance, mentioned that she's coaching Peck to be even more daring (since Tiler is just too good, her words). Peck might be reaching an even higher level of artistry if that's even possible.
  14. It seems like so many young principal dancers leave Boston. I guess this helps to explain why.
  15. A very cute article about the two girls playing Marie: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/23/arts/dance/nutcracker-young-dancers-new-york-city-ballet.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdance&action=click&contentCollection=dance&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
  16. Fairchild has 26,900 followers on instagram. If he did not want certain information to be public, he should not have posted and commented on a public facing medium.
  17. As did ABT studio company this fall.
  18. Lovette said in a recent interview (perhaps the one linked in her instagram bio) that she has been cast less in recent seasons to make time for her choreography. From her instagram stories, she is learning dewdrop.
  19. Thanks for the clarification! I miswrote when I said roles -- I forgot how many roles a dancer can play in a single ballet!
  20. I've always wondered-- does the nine shows refer to actual performances performed or the number of roles performed across the rep, regardless of the number of performances? It just seems like they would all get corps contracts so quickly if the former, but I never attended frequently enough during a single season to confirm.
  21. In my rough count, this makes 14 male principals and 9 female principals. So interesting. Congratulations to Catazaro!
  22. The balconies of the last two WB programs I attended in March and April respectively were similarly not well sold. I recently moved from DC so I don't know whether or not this is still the case, but in past years while every other company successfully sold excess tickets to young professionals through the Kennedy Center's MyTix program, the WB never offered discounted rates at the Kennedy Center through MyTix. They did have young professional rates for the shows at the Shakespeare theater and ... a fancy theater on 13th & E ... I forget the name, but they only advertised those rates in one single email. As a student at the time, affordability was essential -- if I can see world class troupes for a discounted rate -- even cheaper than that of a regional troupe -- that's where I'd spend my money. Anyways, my impression is that WB needs to completely revamp its advertising and especially that targeting young professionals.
  23. I also think City Ballet has a marketing problem in DC. It's marketing in NYC is incredible but I never see any type of ads in DC beyond KC mailings - and I only get these because I see ballet at the KC frequently. In NY we have targeted subway ads, videos, art nights, the works. Moreover, the Balanchine Trust's restrictions on student performances also hinder the Balanchine market beyond the NY metro area (in my opinion). If ballet students had more familiarity with Symphony in C or Tchai Concerto No. 2, I'm sure they would clamor to see NYCB ballerinas perform these roles.
  24. I agree. I didn't thinking she was blaming anyone, just acknowledging her own personal priorities and devotion to dance.
  25. I understand finances may dictate otherwise, but I would truly hate for City Ballet to change its programming to better suit the taste of DC audiences. ABT and Mariinsky already bring story ballets annually. I love that City Ballet's programming mixes up the DC dance scene and its shows, along with Suzanne Farrell Ballet's, are the highlight of my DC ballet going year.
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