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  1. Well... casting Brandt or Trenary opposite Cornejo would make more sense than what they have now. I might have to give the Simkin/Lane performance a go - I haven't seen Hurlin enough to gauge how she would fare as Myrta. I'm very curious who will get the TBA opposite Murphy for her return - Stearns and Whiteside are both already dancing, so I guess a guest artist. Unless they're keeping the slot warm for Hallberg?
  2. Thank you so much for the detailed response! I think I'll go with Batoeva/Parrish then - I've never seen him, and I always welcome the chance to form my own opinion of dancers
  3. Is this the cast you would recommend seeing? I have seen Timur Askerov 3 years in a row at KC, and I find him a fine dancer, but not terribly inspiring. I admit I was hoping for Kimin Kim! I saw Khoreva last year in Corsaire, and she shows some promise, but maybe I should give her a few more years to develop. I liked Batoeva's Gamzatti a lot 2 years ago. So, who should I see this year? I'll only get tickets to a single performance - I'm not that much of a fan of Paquita, and NYCB tickets are eating much of my ballet budget for the coming season.
  4. I have tickets to both Bolle/Seo and Cornejo/Lane. I couldn't miss Bolle's NYC farewell, and I have noticed in past years that he really gets the best out of Seo (who with Stearns is indeed very bland). So I would go with that cast if I were to see only one, especially with the uncertainty of Cornejo being injured.
  5. Welcome, Bellawood! No squeaky shoes on Bouder last night either, and I was sitting very close to the stage (and noisy pointe shoes drive me nuts!) Agree with you on Jared Angle - there are some roles he should retire (anything shirtless...) but he remains a great partner and expressive dancer. Agree also on Miriam Miller, who has had technical issues more than once when I've seen her dance. I hope she gets a chance to strengthen her core and work on technique before tackling more soloist/principal roles
  6. I thought Rachel Hutsell did very well in the kilt variation. Laracey looked a bit tense at the beginning, but really got into the ballet and by the end was so gorgeous and poetic. Veyette looked tired and his jumps leaden. I almost dread seeing him as the Hoofer in Slaughter tomorrow... Overall, last night was a lovely night at the ballet! I wish they did Scotch Symphony more often - it's a fun piece, and I really enjoyed it last night. On the other hand, although I enjoyed Bouder and Janzen in it last night, I wish NYCB would give Duo Concertant a bit of a rest. I don't live in NYC so attend only a limited number of performances each year, but I think I've seen it 4 times recently! I loved Sonatine, which I had not seen before. Megan Fairchild really looks radiant post-leave, and Taylor Stanley has such a wonderful fluidity of movement, it was a really beautiful piece. But it seemed an odd programming choice to have it just after Duo Concertant, another piece for 2 dancers in blue costumes with the piano on stage... Finally, Stravinsky Violin Concerto was fantastic - speaking of potential promotions earlier in this thread, Aaron Sanz has really blossomed this season. I think he still needs another year as a soloist, but he is one to watch, for sure. I simply cannot get enough of Joseph Gordon - and Lauren Lovette was a great partner for him. Sara Mearns seemed to be having a lot of fun on stage, which isn't always the case, and really brought some contagious energy to the piece.
  7. Thanks for reporting on this. I wonder how many people may have changed tickets rather than see Ramasar perform and have a negative reaction. I know I did for next weekend after casting was announced
  8. I could only make the Tuesday night, and it looks like I lucked out - very excited to see Kim as Ali! Now off to read what the regular Mariinsky watchers think of Tereshkina and Shakirova. I didn't care for Kondaurova when I saw her as Nikiya last year, so I'm glad I get to see some other ballerinas. Although I would have liked to see Batoeva again - she was a great Gamzatti!
  9. My thoughts exactly... I love the book and am generally a fan of story ballets, but no way on this one! Too bad the casts aren't more inspiring - I was curious to see the ballet itself. I'll have to make do with Manon - can't miss the Bolle farewell (and he tends to bring the best out of Seo) and Cornejo the next day!
  10. The Kennedy Center is not helping TWB by having ballet subscriptions limited to the visiting companies. It strikes me as a rather odd arrangement. Because I get up to NYC often enough to see NYCB and ABT, I end up not subscribing to the ballet season at the Kennedy Center, although if I could have a mixed TWB/touring companies subscription I probably would.
  11. The casting sheets have yet to be updated for next week. However, on his Instagram, Adrian Danchig-Waring posted that Joseph Gordon would replace him in Afternoon of a Faun, debuting October 11. I expect that will be the case for the other performances that week (I have tickets for the Saturday matinee with Afternoon of a Faun as well as the DeLuz farewell that weekend). (Sorry for the lack of link, I can't figure out how to embed it)
  12. I fully agree. I honestly hope they don't try and promote more mediocre or not yet ready dancers from within their ranks, and go outside to recruit credible principals. The female side of the principal roster was boosted with internal promotions but I have yet to be impressed with Teuscher (pretty but stiff, boring, no arabesque to speak of or acting chops) or Lane (too inconsistent and one-note). Although I will say I was very impressed by Seo this year who seems to really have worked on her technique, so perhaps there is hope for one or both of them. Still, there are very few casts I would pay full price to see at ABT at the moment.
  13. Me too! I was planning trips to NYC for both these programs. Oh well... it's always a fine night at the ballet with NYCB
  14. Theo - I attended the Saturday night performance, and noticed the same thing. The bows were done "opera style" - all the cast on stage, no special curtain calls and no flowers for the principals. The cast was Grettel Morejon as Giselle, Rafael Quenedit as Albrecht and Ginett Moncho as Myrta. Morejon was spectacular, especially in the second act. Quenedit was OK - I didn't find the Albrecht variations as satisfying as the ones I'm used to in Paris or NYC, so maybe that was part of it. Sorry to report I never as stiff a dancer as Moncho as Myrta. I know the arm positions are different in this version, but the corps and Morejon didn't look as tense! The corps was very nice in Act II - a welcome palate cleanser after the mess that was ABT a few weeks ago! It was nice to see Alicia Alonso in person, although it felt a little forced to have to clap on command... I do hope NBC comes back to the US more often, and would agree that other ballets would be nice to see too.
  15. On the plus side, my ticket states clearly "with the Kennedy Center orchestra". So no canned music! My Giselle will be Grettel Morejón. Has anyone seen her perform this role?
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