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Everything posted by Marta

  1. Agree. i just love it and can't wait to see it again in person. Also: P.S. I hate it when dancers pronounce "pas de deux" as "pas de duh." Why do they do it? It seems almost every NYCB dancer says this!
  2. balletforme said: NYCB ballet dancers are collecting unemployment (those who can.) Not foreign dancers. That's verified through numerous Instgram posts. They are not being offered any classes through the company. Th What a sad company. They have the HIGHEST budget of ANY ballet company in the US (89 Million in 2018) and yet companies with less money are paying their dancers, using relief funds to give them classes, performing in small works and chamber pieces (SFB, MCB, PNB). I don't think this is completely correct. I recall reading in March, when the spring season was canceled, that NYCB planned to pay its dancers through the end of May when the spring season would have finished. Some dancers may be getting unemployment now. You mention other companies, however, the rate of infection in those cities was/is not as high as it was in NY, therefore it wasn't possible to present small works. Are you saying the companies you cite are still paying their dancers?
  3. It was a wonderful program. I recall seeing it when it was first televised. I loved Farrell and Andersen and saw them dance several times in the 1980s. It's certainly worth repeated viewings.
  4. I agree, but also couldn't NYCB have made the announcement on their site? It's unclear which organization decided to cancel.
  5. I started searching the ABT 1978 performance on Youtube on my TV at 7:45. No go, I then went to ABT.org and the LC site. What a mystery, it's unfindable! I finally was given a link courtesy of another ballet lover's site that required you to put your email address in and I watched it on computer Does ABT/Lincoln Center really think people are going to copy it? Films of a film, come on, we can see that on Youtube now. We can see the T&V there now. We can see better versions of Les Sylphides by ABT too. I loved T&V especially. What a masterpiece and what a beautiful definitive performance of it by Kirkland and Baryshnikov. It doesn't get any better than that! I thoroughly enjoyed DQ PdD and the Firebird. I particularly liked Tcherkassky in Les Sylphides but overall I thought it wasn't a particularly special performance of that work. Later, after the program was over, I found this link to the Youtube site. It is totally unclear how long ABT 1978 will be available. On the LC website it says available for a limited time on demand. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wn45Q4SbiGk&t=209s
  6. The Doubrovska Remembered DVD is just wonderful. I watch it often. I love the way she speaks so expressively, and how she moves when teaching. What a thrill it would be to see a film of her actually dancing!
  7. BalanchineFan said: I was surprised they didn't have toasts from more of the past generations of ABT stars. Either they weren't invited to toast, or they were and declined.
  8. Grab it! I was interested, too, and also checked eBay where there are used copies for $50 and new for $200+.
  9. I'm also echoing what almost all of you have said. No dancing, "perfectly dreadful", infomercial, way too much talking, boring celebrities, amateurish. I don't mind seeing Jennifer Garner as she is a known balletomane. Most of the others just struck an off-key note even more than Tony Bennett. Why didn't ABT show 5 minutes of the new Ratmansky instead of a speeded up mashup montage that gave no sense of what it's like? Same with the stars of tomorrow montage in which you couldn't identify any of the dancers or choreo, and most of that was also in fast forward. Those were deeply unimaginative wastes of footage. Jessica Lang in my opinion is a mediocre to crappy choreographer and her PdD was not interesting. I was particularly struck by who did NOT appear in a cameo toast to ABT. As someone noted on another site, there was no mention of Tharp, or others who were of significant importance to ABT. Whaa??? I'm sure you can fill in the blanks. I sent a contribution too, but it was not the equal of those I gave to NYCB and the Metropolitan Opera.
  10. I absolutely love Farrell. I thought I had seen the film on youtube, but searching doesn't find it. There is an interesting interview with her though: I saw the film at the MFA in Boston, introduced by Farrell herself. She also spoke with the filmmaker [I think] afterward, or mayb before. It was memorable! Several years ago I watched the film again on a DVD from a public library. You could try your local.
  11. A video just appeared recently on youtube: "An Evening with Natalia Osipova", showing Valse Triste [Osipova & Hallberg], Ave Maria and Qutb, a work by Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui danced by Osipova, Kittelberg, and O'Hara. It's worth a look. I'd watch her in almost anything. There's a charming intro by her in English. I liked Valse Triste . I wouldn't want to see either of the other two pieces again. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRct7defoiU
  12. Thanks, pherank & cycling martin. I don't recall going to the WP for months but maybe they really track forever!
  13. I was unable to bypass the pay wall. Does anyone know how to do this without subscribing?
  14. I also got my refund from NYCB within 3 days. I don't have a subcsription to ABT, but did request refund from Met Opera and received it quickly.
  15. California said: I still have the Giselle Videotape and it says it was taped at the Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center. But if the issue is whether the sets work in a smaller theater, like the K*och, the Colorado Ballet rented the ABT sets (and costumes) and they were just fine in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House in Denver, which seats 2,225. Yes. I have the tape too and was just about to post the same thing. Maybe ABT started dancing at the State in the later 70s.
  16. I didn't see an overt statement of No public gatherings until 2021 from De Blasio. What I saw quoted by De Blasio was talking about thousands of people at public gatherings. Am I reading the wrong source?
  17. Thank you Leah. I did read about next year but then didn't read the forum for a couple of days.
  18. ABT canceled its spring season. I haven't heard anything about a shorter season starting later in spring and ending by late July. How confused am I? Drew said: It already overlaps just a week or two -- which has rather been a bad thing for me as an out-of-towner, but of course makes sense. But I gather from @Leah's post and others that the plan now is for a shortened season anyway, not a season extending into late July. And this is assuming that in the wake of Covid 19 and its economic fallout the company doesn't go the way of New York City Opera.
  19. Now that Lincoln Center has cancelled all summer programs, I wonder if there will be any fall seasons. NYCB, ABT, Paul Taylor?
  20. I agree completely about Onegin. The great Hvorostovsky, that beautiful set, Renee Fleming. No Mozart is listed for the next few weeks but maybe in April or May. I saw the Macbeth, Don Carlo and Norma at the Met with the same casts and all are wonderful. I'm really looking forward to watching them again.
  21. In case you haven't seen it, this NYT article about how Italian dancers are managing to keep dancing is wonderful and has an upbeat inspiring video. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/17/arts/dance/italy-coronavirus-dance.html
  22. I loved it too and the set design was great. The Netrebko Hvorostovsky Trovatore is magnificent. I've seen it 3 times.
  23. I thought Smirnova was excellent. True, she sometimes doesn't emote. I think her dancing is much richer than it was 5 years ago although I've never seen her in person. I was underwhelmed by Tissi. He's very princely but somehow just didn't sing. I dislike Grigorovich's SL, the production in general, the almost total loss of mime, and visually the colors, the costumes, the gloom, the lighting -- are not thrilling. The national dances in particular were quite dull, even the Spanish, although Sevenard is a dancer to watch.
  24. Somewhere I read that Shipulina was cast for Sunday. although it seemed unlikely since she is not getting many roles. I was really looking forward to seeing her. I do like Smirnova but she's been in 3 recent transmissions, so I had hoped to see a different dancer.
  25. Very sad news. She was a wonderful writer. i read her New York mag reviews and later on her own blog. For quite some time I've wondered where she was.
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