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  1. It was my first time seeing Chase Finlay in Apollo. He looked like a Greek god, and danced it very well. For whatever reason, I’m always fascinated by the way Finlay uses his arms and hands. There’s strength and softness at the same time. I’ve only ever seen Robert Fairchild do this role, and I think I remember one of the moments in the pas de deux as being danced “jazzier” when Fairchild did it. It’s this moment (see 0:44 at https://youtu.be/ce0YxtyZIGM done by Herman Cornejo in the clip). I was expecting it to feel like three steps, but with Finlay it felt like one continuous movement, if that makes any sense. All the muses were fantastic. Loved seeing Maria Kowroski is Mozartiana. The prayer was particularly moving. I loved all four ladies in the pas de quatre, and it was good to see Isabella LaFreniere back on stage. I thought Tyler Angle was great in his solos. I always see him as a great partner, that I sometimes forget how good he is in his variations. Daniel Ulbricht was great in the Gigue, but he just looks so short next to the four tall girls and Maria. Cortège was great fun. Lauren King continues to dazzle as the first solo girl in Cortège. She is a joy to behold in that variation. Sara Mearns was great, but something felt a little off to me with her performance. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. It looked like she was dancing on the precipice, unnecessarily getting as close as she could to disaster, but coming back from it somehow. Russell Janzen was great, maybe could’ve steadied Mearns a bit more. His a la seconde turns were very exciting. I love him in this role. I was not expecting to like this ballet as much as I do, but the more I see it, the more I enjoy it. I just want to keep re-watching Lauren King’s variation.
  2. I agree. Im looking at the principal dancers in the playbill and we currently have 14 men to 9 women. It seems likely that the company will be looking to promote ballerinas in the near future. I don’t think it’s in any of the female soloists’ best interest to get complacent just because there’s no permanent AD if they’re gunning for a promotion.
  3. I agree. But Martins seems to like casting shorter girls in roles for in roles that I think better suited for taller girls. ex. Ashley Bouder as Choleric and Sterling Hyltin in Mozartiana. They were good in their roles, but sometimes longer limbs help a lot. When I saw Maria Kowroski and Tiler Peck last fall do “In Memory Of...”, I felt like I was seeing two different ballets.
  4. This was my worry. I liked her enough as Hippolyta in Midsummer Night’s Dream, but not so much as a the tall girl in Jewels. I know I’ve seen her in a couple of other things, but I can’t remember what or how I felt about her dancing. I was hoping she’d be good in this role, since I prefer a tall Choleric. I’m curious to see how Emily Kikta might do in this role.
  5. Guilty. Looking forward to seeing her dance again. Has anyone seen Lowery’s Choleric?
  6. I’ve only ever seen Finlay after his injury in 2015, and has been a bit underwhelming. Ive read amazing things about his Apollo, and I hope he brings it.
  7. I didn’t even notice. I hope that’s the case. Megan did post on instagram last spring about dancing with him for that first time since they divorced.
  8. I’m looking forward to this cast of 4Ts, especially Tiler’s Sanguinic.
  9. It turns out Daniel Day-Lewis was an intern for Mark Happel in the costume shop to prepare for his role in "Phantom Thread". He worked on the Firebird costumes. https://nypost.com/2017/12/27/why-daniel-day-lewis-had-to-go-to-fashion-boot-camp/
  10. Sad not to see a repeat of Isabella LaFreniere’s Dewdrop. I haven’t attended any of the Nutcrackers this season. I don’t think she’s been been cast in any other featured role either. For those that have gone, was she in the corps? I hope she’s not injured.
  11. http://www.dancemagazine.com/wilhelmina-frankfurt-peter-martins-investigation-2516966253.html the article also links to another article about an encounter with Frankfurt and Balanchine.
  12. You’re not alone in thinking that. I didn’t see her dancing much in the past two seasons. I was wondering if she might retire relatively early, like Krohn or Somogyi. I’m interested in seeing her dance more (in Balanchine ballets, specifically), but I don’t know if that will happen even with Jon Stafford at the helm. I loved her in the weird Russian Dance in the Martins Swan Lake that looked vaguely Arabian.
  13. I wonder if that's why there are three other people on the team.
  14. She is such a gorgeous dancer. What a loss to ABT. It's fascinating how relevant the lyrics of the song are to Veronika's own journey.
  15. From the Conversations on Dance Podcast, my impression was that Watts and Woetzel took Tiler Peck under their wing quite early on. In another interview, Damian said he first noticed her in the corps of Opus Jazz, but I can’t remember the source of where he said this.
  16. I find that Clifford has a tendency to make a lot of things about himself. Whether talking about working with Balanchine, his dancers in Los Angeles Ballet, or the models he's discovered, he usually adds a dash of of "look at me, look at me".
  17. I don’t understand why Copeland is getting two O/Os. Does ABT really have that much trouble selling Swan Lake tickets?
  18. I wonder if it would be better to split up the administrative and artistic responsibilities of the AD so the burden isn’t all on one person. Obviously, I don’t know if it’s even possible to disentangle the AD’s responsibilities neatly.
  19. Doesn’t she still teach at SAB? She probably reports to Mazzo who then reports to Martins. I’m suppose this is Ok?
  20. Jon Stafford Jock Soto edit: for AD/ballet master in chief. if it’s not gonna be Farrell, I would prefer someone who likes to teach. Also, if Martins were to depart, I wonder if this would allow City Ballet to at least mend some old fences and lead to some Balanchine ballets returning to the rep.
  21. I was also planning on going, but got sticker shock. I mean, $100 for the 4th ring?!
  22. 100% this. I agree the poster who said that what seems to bother them is that people are talking about it.
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