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  1. 1 minute ago, vipa said:

    Thanks for pointing that out. I've never seen him do it but would love to hear from someone who has. As far as I recall I've seen it with men who were on the taller side.

    That has been my experience with this ballet as well. I have only ever seen shorter girls that get cast in this ballet (Hilton, M Fairchild, Bouder). Suzanne Farrell danced the role, but she seems to be the exception. 

  2. On 2/24/2018 at 9:20 PM, vipa said:

    It's interesting to me that this work [Duo Concertante] is still cast for a smallish woman and a tallish man. It's a challenge for a tall man to move that fast.

    The photo in the program for Duo is Huxley and Bouder. So some smaller guys have had a chance to do the part. Has anyone here seen him do it? 

  3. What a great season Mejia is having so far! I’m so sad I couldn’t see his debut in Four Seasons, and I’m skipping R&J altogether. 

    I hope he gets to do Four Seasons again in the Spring, and many other Robbins ballets. 

  4. 1 hour ago, E Johnson said:

    If they redid the costumes for the Martins  Swan Lake it would be a lot more bearable, IMO. 

    The Costumes and the set in Act 1 need a redesign. It looked like they were celebrating Siegfried’s birthday in hell. 

  5. 1 hour ago, nanushka said:

    That's great! I was really hoping she was just thrown off mentally by the fall and that the toppling supported arabesque was merely an effect of that. When she came up from the fall, there was no look of pain on her face, that I could see — more a look of consternation.

    It was that wobbly supported arabesque that got me worried that she was soldiering through with an injury for the rest of the Choleric/finale section.  Glad to hear she’s alright. 

  6. On 2/1/2018 at 12:19 PM, abatt said:

    Just noticed that next week's casting has been updated.  Veyette  is replaced in the Fall section of Four Seasons by Catazaro.  That part requires a virtuoso.  Catazaro is a fine dancer in many respects, but  he is no virtuoso.  They should give that part to Huxley.   The casting is particularly lopsided because the other leads in Fall are Bouder and Meija, both of whom are virtuosos. 

    A few days ago he posted an instagram story of him practicing a la seconde turns. Maybe it’s for this role. He has his work cut out for him. 

  7. 2 hours ago, cobweb said:

    I noticed this also. I know I’ve never seen that before. 

    I suppose he didn’t really have any other option other than to commit to the early entrance. Going back into the wings was not an option at that point. Nevertheless, I was internally chuckling watching Chase just stand there in the background. Oh, the perils of live performance. 

  8. Count me in among those who loved Maria. In the opening night performance, it did look like she had some issues with some pirouettes. Although Sara was more technically secure, I thought Maria was much more effective in the role. 


    Also, in the Mearns/Finlay Mozartiana performance on the Saturday matinee, I think Chase made a premature entrance, and ended up just standing onstage until Mearns finished her solo. I couldn’t remember if that moment was part of the choreography or not. I’m fairly certain that particular moment happened before the T&V couple started dancing together again. I don’t recall it happening in the Kowroski/Angle performance this afternoon. 

  9. 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. 

  10. 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. 

  11. 24 minutes ago, abatt said:

    I thought Tiler Peck was miscast as Terp.  She is too short for that role.  Terp. looks much better on someone with long limbs.

    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. 

  12. 17 hours ago, fondoffouettes said:

    She was very disappointing in this role last season, and, indeed, in every work I've ever seen her in.

    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. 

  13. On 1/17/2018 at 1:53 PM, DC Export said:

    Also, seems that LaFreniere is back in action in week two. I know there are many fans of hers on this thread.

    Guilty. Looking forward to seeing her dance again. 

    Has anyone seen Lowery’s Choleric?

  14. 46 minutes ago, fondoffouettes said:

    I'm looking forward to exactly the same things! I'll be seeing this Saturday's matinee and it will be my first Apollo at NYCB in some years. What are people's general impressions of Tiler Peck as Terpsichore? It's not really a role I can really picture her in, temperament-wise, though I relish seeing Peck in just about anything. I guess I think of Terpsichore as being one of those goddess roles where the ballerina has an aloofness and mystique about her. Or maybe I've just watched that Farrell video too many times...

    I can't wait to see Mearns in Mozartiana.  I've been unimpressed with Chase Finlay, so I'm curious to see how her fares (is he just a pretty face?). 

    I wasn't very fond of the Cortege choreography when I saw it last season, but the new cast is enough to make me want to stay (more for Bouder than for Veyette). 

    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. 

  15. 52 minutes ago, abatt said:

    Nobody has commented on the fact that Megan Fairchild and Andy Veyette are cast in the same ballet (Divertimento).  Has there been a thawing of relations?

    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. 



  16. 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. 

  17. 12 hours ago, vipa said:

    I guess I think of Stafford as in the twilight of her career because she was out a lot with injuries and took a lot of time off after giving birth. This is not criticism of her, but my observation as an audience goer is that she was gone a lot. Since her return, she's been cast infrequently and specifically. She's in her mid 30's, and with all the up and coming talent, I don't expect her rep to expand.


    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. 

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