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  1. Marta

    Winter 2019

    I think Taylor Stanley is a fine dancer. I have to say I haven't found him incredible, although I'm very happy to be seeing him in Apollo instead of Garcia. Garcia has never moved me in any role. Agree that the decline of the Angles and Veyette is quite glaring. While I liked Catazaro, I was underwhelmed by his Apollo last year. I think Joseph Gordon is terrific!
  2. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    How I would love to see Farrell as AD, but I also don't think she's inclined to take on NYCB. Her age has been mentioned as a signifcant minus. Neither Kent, Kowroski or Ringer are likely possibilities to me. Are we going to be completely surprised by the final choice? I'd be shocked if it were Woetzel.
  3. Marta

    Natalia Makarova

    I love this ballet and have watched the youtube clip possibly hundreds of times. Makarova and Baryshnikov are sublime together. They created the roles and in some way "possess" them as no other dancers can. Do you also like the solos and the ending duet? There are some interesting comparisons on youtube of other dancers in the solos, emphasizing to me that the original is the gold standard.
  4. I completely agree. Both films had corny and trashy plots, but still worth seeing for the dancing.
  5. I love Balanchine's Nutcracker the most. I also love Baryshnikov's film and have seen it dozens of times. I've seen both the Maryinsky and Bolshoi versions on film and disliked both intensely, despite wonderful dancers.
  6. Wonderful film that I'd never seen. Thanks for the link!
  7. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    Dirac said: Also, given the apparent emphasis on hiring a woman, in the recent past Whelan hasn’t exactly been outspoken on behalf of, say, female choreographers: I’d hate to think of women not getting a crack at opportunities because Whelan senses weird energies coming from them, or something. If she's going to run the company, I just hope she's now ready for that woman-to-woman connection ....... Weird energies that clash and weird connections ... "physically and emotionally not ready for ... the woman to woman connection"? It was her right to choose whom she wanted, but her answers, or rather her responses [she didn't really answer the questions] are disappointing and seem to hail from another decade. However it isn't fair to prejudge what she would do if she becomes the AD.
  8. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    Signs aren't pointing to Lopez because she was in the company while Balanchine was still living.
  9. Thank you so much Katia for posting this. I love Makarova. I'm watching it now.
  10. Marta

    Job posting for artistic director

    Maybe there are mystery candidates that none of us have yet mentioned. All of the mentions are unlikely. Either happy where they are, have no experience, too old, combinations of those. Woetzel to me would have been the best choice, but I would be very surprised if he left Juilliard. I agree with fleurfairy that the interim team is managing very well yet I don't think they should remain permanently. Many people have advocated for Jon Stafford. Lopez or any other woman shouldn't be considered because she ticks the female and minority boxes.
  11. That is exactly how I feel. Farrell created that role, and without her it's another ballet.
  12. I'm quite sure you're correct. When I read that Farrell was invited back to stage DQ and refused, I thought that couldn't be right. Somehow this ballet without the original cast doesn't seem "viable". Not that I ever saw it in the theater. Clifford has clips of it on youtube however.
  13. Marta

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Thanks for posting this, Ivy. This video is wonderful for those of us who couldn't see it in person.
  14. Marta

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Good point, you're right.
  15. Marta

    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    True ... except for point two. Very few SAB alumni get jobs with NYCB? I thought it was more like very many.