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  1. What a shame, I too expected a long career for him at NYCB. My first thought seeing the topic's name was "I hope he will continue the podcasts!" So I am happy to hear he is, his voice is perfect for those. I wish him well in his next adventures, and hopefully he does return in the future in some sort of teaching capacity, I can picture him in the studio with his patience and presence.
  2. I do appreciate the proactivity and realistic assessment of the situation by the company. With the current state of the U.S. regarding COVID, and how cases are rising left and right, it is a sensible albeit heartbreaking decision. I hope the company will not have to make some cuts because of the budget losses. I am very sad, but also quite excited to get another digital season to discover many new ballets and dancers. Of course, I am sure it doesn't match the ticket sales (or does it?), but it is better than nothing I suppose.
  3. I kind of wish we had seen full, impactful ballet instead of a whole bunch of excerpts, but I suppose I'm being picky at this point. I also wish they had concluded the season with a "bang"... Maybe something less contemporary, and more iconic and memorable from Balanchine (Serenade, Agon, Mozartiana or even Emeralds from Jewels). But that's okay, again, I can't really complain and I am super thankful we even got to see anything at all. My favorite part of this whole assortment was definitely Taylor Stanley and his solo. Wow. I'm also happy we saw a little bit of Unity Phelan in Easy, although I wish we had seen her in a more prominent, pointe-based role. I love her dancing. Harrison Coll was also fantastic. I really enjoyed this piece overall...Now, this is the Justin Peck people were talking about! I'm pretty excited to move on to the Lincoln Center selection with some oldies but goodies!
  4. Woohoo! This just popped up in my YouTube notifications! MCB has posted a video of Firebird which was recorded from the premiere season in February 2020, with Nathalia Arja in the role. It is available to watch online until June 28, 2020. I know what I'm doing later today 🤩
  5. Just watched Donizetti Variations and wow, wow, wow! What an exhilarating ballet! Balanchine was such a genius. I have no words. And Bouder! She was on fire. And Veyette! So light and sharp, those turns! The ensemble was stunning as well, and I really appreciated the attention to detail and all the little Balanchine notes. The bit at 23:15 with the the two pairs rotating beneath the arms of the other Corps members was delightful, I could watch it endlessly. What a brilliant mind. I loved this ballet. I had a smile on my face the entire time. See, this might not have been one I would have died to go see in the theater as it totally was not on my radar, but I am hopeful I'll get to see it live once in my life now!
  6. Thank you for this link Kathleen, what a gorgeous movement, and gorgeous dancers. Peck was stellar as usual, and so incredibly light. She made the entire dance look so effortless. Stunning partnering from Angle as well, the way he smoothly catches her in those falls at 2:44 was... *chef's kiss* And that lift at 4:50, I cannot get enough. It's like she's just floating away in his arms. So effortless.
  7. *facepalm* I did watch After the Rain, which NYCB streamed a few weeks ago. Good job me. I did enjoy that, but I suppose it didn't really make a strong impression one, did it? I do think my favorite has been "This Bitter Earth." Well, at least from that little excerpt NYCB released with Mearns and ADW. It really gave me goosebumps.
  8. Liturgy was definitely... interesting. Although I now understand people's comments about Wheeldon now. But it was lovely to finally get to see Kowroski, although I would have loved loved to see her in Agon or Mozartiana instead. I did get a bit distracted by the heavy breathing we could hear at times, so that was unfortunate. Agreed with everybody's comments about Carousel, and I too wish we had seen more of Lovette. This was my first time seeing anything from Wheeldon and I have got to admit I wasn't blown away. Maybe his style is not for me either.
  9. Thanks for letting us know. I probably would have missed it as well, but YES to a pay digital season On Demand. I believe us overseas and non-NYC residents would love that - I know I do! I can't wait to watch Diamonds later today.
  10. After the delight that was Tuesday's broadcast, this one is a bit disappointing. I too was expecting more, but much like Rotunda, I wasn't blown away and had a hard time staying engaged throughout. The costumes are awfully distracting - although not as unflattering as in Rotunda. I get the whole "nod to Commedia dell’Arte" there and I wish it also showed in the ballet itself, with more humor and satire, but alas. It was all very "technical" dancing, and there weren't any movements or expression that really reminded of the Commedia dell'Arte and its characters themselves with all their specific traits. Or maybe that's not what he was going for anyways? I wish he had gone all in one way or the other. If you're going to have such costumes and play into that, then I'd have liked to see it exaggerated in the choreography too. I found the whole piece just... dull. I agree with vipa on the poor musical use, as it was just dancers moving to the background music instead of really using it and appropriating it. Lovely to get a closer look at Indiana Woodward and Miriam Miller though. And as usual, a stunning and delightful Tiler Peck.
  11. Interesting. As nanushka said, I'm surprise the company would say its his debut in the video description when it's technically not, but it's a small detail. I am in awe. I literally can't take my eyes off of him, and I had to consciously force myself to pay attention to Reichlen and the Corps. What a great presence. I can't wait to see more of him and yes, please promote the man!
  12. I finally finished watching, and wow I looooved Western Symphony, to my own surprise! To echo what everyone else has said: more of Roman Mejia, please! I can't believe this was his debut in the role, he looked so confident, at ease, and like he was having a blast. I'm going to go watch it again. I also very much enjoyed Gordon and Hyltin in Afternoon of a Faun. A very ethereal piece of dancing. I am happy I got to see it.
  13. I went back and watched it three more times. It just as flawless and unreal every single time. She really embodies the whole "see the music." I can't help but wonder the kinds of ballet Balanchine would have created on her.
  14. I have been watching each ballet separately as I slowly make my way through Tuesday's video. I just wanted to say WOW at Tiler Peck in Theme and Variations. I mean, I know she's fantastic but.... WOW. I could watch her on repeat here. It looks like it's on fast-forward, yet it's flawless. I hope Tchai Pas de Deux is on the program next because she's stellar there also. What a treat of a "season." I never thought I would get to see and discover so many different ballet from my home.
  15. I'd absolutely pay for that as well since I'm in Europe, but also while trying to attend as many live performances when I can. Mearns and Bouder have been two of my favorites (along with Peck), but I have not had the chance to see them dance live as they simply weren't casted on the few days I was in NYC. So, this has been thrilling. I've been wanting to see so many of these ballets and dancers for years, and to just have it all on YouTube like this has been incredible. I quite liked Concerto DSCH as well. Again, a cast of Bouder, Mearns and de Luz is just dreamy. I feel like I need to watch it many more times to be able to appreciate all the details particularly from the Corps. This looked like such a fun piece to dance for all involved, and I loved the energy right from the beginning, as it really pulled me in. The little 'games' with Bouder, de Luz and Garcia were so fun. This was my first time watching De Luz and wow! What a treat. The adagio with Mearns and Angle was ethereal. This ballet was really well-rounded.
  16. Wow, thank you for sharing this. Reichlen got me hooked from the second she moved. What an incredible "tall girl".
  17. I enjoyed Rubies as well, but I really wished we had the whole set of Jewels. I have never seen the ballet before and it's been on my list for so long, and I feel like everything probably flows nicely when shown at the same time. I liked Mira Nadon a lot, and I thought she really played into the luscious and sultry side of this role. Again, I can't compare with another cast like most of you have, but I enjoyed her dancing. I do wish I could get to see Reichlen in that role though. Fairchild was lovely and crisp, but I have to agree that Garcia was pleasant and that's all, I guess? I don't know. I'm just missing a little "wow" or more pizzazz here I suppose.
  18. Ballo Della Regina was so refreshing. I was mesmerized by Huxley; now I understand the hype around him when he got promoted. Wow. The height, sharpness and lightness of his jumps are out of this world. What a treat to watch Whelan and Hall dance. I only recently started to follow ballet closely and wasn't as into it back then. I liked the different angles and shapes in the choreography. Maybe a tad too long for my liking though...There were no real variations in the music, and I thought the choreography could have ended perfectly in places, but it kept going. That said, it was lovely overall.
  19. I realized I missed a whole bunch of words in my original message. For some reason I was writing and it posted automatically (I type a little too fast sometimes), and I just went in to edit the end of a sentence without reading the full message. Anyways, yes Woodward was so lovely! Granted, this is my first time seeing this ballet so I don't have any point of comparison for how Calliope is/should be performed, but I really loved her interpretation of it. She definitely portrayed what I would imagine a muse would be: playful yet assertive, and eloquent. And yes, Tiler Peck is really out of this world. I think I'm going to start off my morning watching it all again 😌
  20. Yes! It's funny you mention that, as I found myself thinking the same thing. I noted how commanding he was of the muses at that time, and his quality of movement was just so outstanding. I couldn't look away either.
  21. I loved Apollo. What an iconic piece, full of picture-perfect moments. I had a smile on my face the entire time. Balanchine truly was a genius. What a gorgeous, gorgeous work. This is the first time I see this ballet in full, and also that I really see Taylor Stanley dance. He was a bit nervy at times, but what a beautiful dancer. The pas de deux with Peck actually got me teary, and Peck was just splendid. I really am out of words for her performances every time I see her. I also very much watching Woodward as Calliope, who was so playful on stage and seemed to really enjoy the entire ballet. I actually oddly liked the shots from the wings, and it made me feel like I was almost part of the company. This is a viewpoint we rarely get to have, so that was a cool experience. I'd rather have those than the overhead shots, if we're going to be picky about the framing. But wow, this is my favorite so far. I was enthralled the entire time. Serenade is my favorite Balanchine ballet, but this one is right up there with it now. Stunning.
  22. I haven't seen all of Peck's work, but I remember being enchanted by Year of the Rabbit when MCB performed it. Rodeo is the other one I've seen and enjoyed very much. I too hope they show these two eventually. I'm also crossing my fingers for a showing of Christopher Wheeldon’s This Bitter Earth. The little preview they showed with Mearns and Danchig-Waring at the beginning of April moved me to tears. And Max Richter's score just... transcends everything for me. I understand it's "only" a short pas de deux, but I'd love to see the full piece.
  23. I do agree with everyone saying Rotunda was hectic. I did enjoy the repeating patterns/tableaux, but there were just at times a bit too much happening too fast. The casual strolling on and off the stage and relaxed stances at times reminded me very much of Robbins' style. The second half and ending of the piece were stronger to me (but I should say I am not a pro) and more enjoyable overall. I also agree that the costumes are unflattering. Mearns was so gorgeous in her solo and in the pas de deux with Gilbert Bolden III, but that "ballet class outfit" truly did not do her any justice. She deserves better. Same for Bolden actually, he already has a strong build and this costume really accentuated that, maybe a bit too much. Anyways, I think beside Mearns, my favorite bit was Gonzalo Garcia's solo. Stunning, and the music alongside his dancing was a fantastic experience and made this one of the most memorable part of the ballet for me. I was happy to see Jovani Furlan on stage again. I had last seen him at Miami City Ballet a few years ago, and I have been dying to check in on his progress with NYCB. All in all I am so happy NYCB is doing this. I get to see so many of these dancers for the first time, it's fantastic. A bit eerie to see this was premiered on February 26. Only so little days before everything changed. Hearing people cough in the background actually made me feel strange 😅
  24. I am thrilled about this digital season. I live in France now and quite far from any major ballet company, but I very much miss all the Balanchine ballets and style of dancing, so this is fantastic. I'm also so excited to finally be able to watch some ballets I've heard so much about (and on the podcast!), but never caught live with Miami City Ballet or during sporadic trips to NYC. I just finished watching Allegro Brillante and Tiler Peck is as magnificent as ever. Dazzling. Like someone above said, that's an understatement. She's so fast and precise in everything she does, and she makes it look effortless. This was such a lovely ballet, and I'm so happy this was made available. What a treat. It was also nice to see Cameron Dieck in there, who has since retired. I can't wait to watch what's next (Apollo!).
  25. Her and Unity Phelan, please ballet gods... I check for news of their promotions regularly, yet here we are. Anybody went to see the Bouder/Furlan Swan Lake run? I'm mostly interested in how Furlan did.
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