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  1. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    I think Steifel danced in City Ballet for a while, but point taken.
  2. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    Artistic Director reporting to a Chair of the Board.
  3. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    Totally agree. As stated earlier, Balanchine called himself Ballet Master. The term choreographer was possibly not as commonly used as it is today. Aurora said; Lady painter is certainly not a modern phrase. It is exceptionally old fashioned (Victorian era). And is often not very accurate. Rosa Bonheur was certainly female but she was no lady. Even woman poet (etc) are not what I would consider modern usage. If you are going to designate the gender of the artist (in whatever medium), I'd argue "Female poet" or "female artist" is more the norm. Lady painter, woman poet and all their sibling terms, like woman doctor, male nurse, etc. sound so antiquated they're comical. Almost.
  4. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    Actor shouldn't really be gender specific. We say poet and not poetess, even though the latter exists. Singer, not songstress. Since English is not a language with true genders, like romance languages, it makes sense to use the same word to describe all people who practice the same art form. Painter, not paintress. Potter or ceramicist. No female sculptor I know wants to be described as a sculptress. It sounds trivializing.
  5. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    "Ballet Master" was good enough for Balanchine, but apparently not for Martins. I always disliked that "in chief". Maybe it's a good idea to retire the BM title and use Artistic Director.
  6. Marta

    Celestial Bodies by Laura Jacobs

    I enjoyed the book a lot. It has something for the hard core balletomane as well as for more casual dancegoers or newcomers. Her style is flowing and her knowledge is impressive. It didn't hurt that some of her favorite dancers are also my own! I loved the section on Serenade. Her opinions on why certain greats of 20th century dance were important are concise and very well stated. My only criticism is that I did not like the drawings.
  7. Marta

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    My top picks would be Kim, Shklyarov, Sarafanov, all unlikely to cross the pond I think. Muntagirov is terrific and I think may have guested at ABT a few years ago. Semyon Chudin or Heymann would be good choices too. My absolute last choice is Golding who leaves me completely cold, even without the weird grimaces. I also thought of Finlay, although not of Catazaro but they seem unlikely to cross the plaza. Has any City Ballet dancer ever been a guest at ABT, other than Veyette who only danced one ballet?
  8. Marta

    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    Your comment reminded me that I'd read a review of a bio of Yakobson -- although I didn't read the book. In case you haven't seen it, here it is: https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/23/books/review-like-a-bomb-going-off-leonid-yakobson-and-ballet-as-resistance-in-soviet-russia.html
  9. Marta

    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    I've seen some of the Yakobson at Boston Ballet. I really like his work, but I thought BB's interpretation of it was just too pretty and superficial. There are some very good clips of his work on youtube.
  10. Marta

    Boston Ballet 2018-19 season

    As someone else wrote, I'm not terribly excited by their season. That's an understatement. I'm happy to see Balanchine, although not Coppelia as I just saw it at NYCB, and maybe the Forsythe. Conti and Nezha were two of my favorites at Boston and I'm sorry they've left. I really don't understand why, but perhaps they weren't getting the roles they'd expected to get. I'm interested to see Kapitonova.
  11. I also am not a great admirer of Zakharova. I'm not even sure which DVDs exist at the moment, but I would vote for Makarova's Giselle or Swan Lake, the Vishneva or Ferri Giselle, Lopatkina's Swan.
  12. I second that enthusiastically. I also like the Makarova/Nagy earlier performance although Nagy is danced out by this point.
  13. Marta

    Odile Variation Hops on Pointe

    I recently saw the Feijoo/Carreno clip of the BS coda you refer to and I was astounded by her backward hops en pointe. I really thought this was an interpolation and had no clue it was the traditional vaquita. Have to say I didn't like it although Feijoo was terrific. She was one of my favorite dancers at Boston Ballet.
  14. Marta

    ABT 2018 promotions

    Oh, come on! I don't think Fairchild is a classical dancer either, and I'd be shocked if he accepted such an offer. ABT should be promoting Hoven to principal.