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jessa_sissonne

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    I used to be a dancer and now I'm a frequent ballet goer
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  1. So where is Miss Tiler this season? I have seen countless photos of her and her pretty model boyfriend (?) doing numerous Valentino events/parties (on her public IG) but is she injured?? As much as I love her dancing I find her to have a sort of boring “she’s so perfect we know she’s going to nail it” where as Sara Mearns goes out there and gives it her whole heart and soul in a much different way than Tiler and I am growing to love this sense of abandon so much. Sara is growing so much and I’m just in awe of what’s coming from her. Last week I went to see Whipped Cream, which made me appreciate City Ballet so much more - in more ways than I can count.
  2. Last night was a lovely night at the ballet, thanks to Stravinsky Violin Concerto closing out the show. There were several fumbles throughout the night (I missed the one with Indiana Woodward and Harrison Coll) - Nieve Corrigan went down hard in Scotch Symphony and for whatever reason Sara Mearns' tights had many holes in Stravinsky Violin Concerto! I hope the new directors work on the dancers with their "dance faces". While I love Ashley Bouder's dancing, the constant mugging is too much for me. I think Lydia Wellington is just lovely and has a pleasant, elegant expression on her face at all times. Oh and back to Harrison - I liked his dancing but his expression was just too smug for his own good. I am also loving Aaron Sanz - such nice long limbs and I enjoyed seeing him paired with Sara Mearns. A few dancers stood out as possible concerns to me - Sarah Villwock is looking painfully thin and Jacqueline Bologna is just not in the same shape as she was before. There was a NYCB YouTube video awhile back where Wendy Whelan was coaching Sara Adams on Liturgy. She said that she really likes Sara and is surprised nobody gives her a chance. I'm hoping to see more of Sara because I really admire her clean technique and turnout. I'm also wondering if the new team will be weeding out long-term corps members or certain principals that might be needing to retire. I've seen speculation on here, only time will tell.
  3. Does anyone know if Mira Nadon is still dancing as an apprentice? I really enjoyed her in the Workshop performance of Scotch Symphony and noticed she wasn't in the last batch of promotions to corps.
  4. I love her too! She has such a great presence and holds herself like a queen.
  5. I'm not seeing a lot of reviews of the season so far. What are people thinking?
  6. I have noticed Rachel Hutsell in the past and always admired her great jumping skills, but she was definitely thinner. Perhaps she's just developing more muscles, I hope that's the case.
  7. While I don't like Lowery in the leotard ballets (too exposed for her physique) I do enjoy her powerful dancing when she is wearing a longer skirt as pictured above. I don't mean to encourage extreme thin-ness among the dancers but I have noticed that a few corps dancers (notably Meaghan Dutton-O'Hara and Rachel Hutsell) are looking quite out of shape to a point where it is distracting. Maybe the interim management is trying to promote healthier bodies and that's great, but maybe some cross training would help.
  8. I agree with jerryb. It was a long and grueling show. When did they do away from the plastic looking costumes from Neverwhere? The dancing was a little sloppy and with the practice clothes I felt like I was watching a rehearsal. I'm failing to see the allure with Namouna. I was really excited by what I thought was the finale and then it dragged on for another 10 minutes. I was at the Sunday matinee.
  9. Did anyone see Indiana Woodward last night as Juliet? I was interested to hear what people thought.
  10. jessa_sissonne

    Gomes and ABT

    Has anyone seen Marcelo’s movie? I see it’s playing at Film Forum in New York.
  11. This article mentions a dancer named Wilhelmina Frankfurt that made some comments about Martins. https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/ballet-chief-peter-martins-under-investigation-after-sexual-harassment-allegations/2017/12/04/a474eae6-d3a3-11e7-a986-d0a9770d9a3e_story.html?utm_term=.a29afbac8521
  12. Hi Everyone, I was just wondering if you all have been attending the Nutcracker and if you've seen any good castings or performances by new corps members or apprentices. I won't be attending this year - tickets are just too much! Jessa
  13. I agree!! I loved Liturgy and Polyphonia, but that last piece was way too loud! I was in row D on the side and five people from my row left just minutes into it. Not sure how I feel about Odessa. Sara Mearns didn't look as confident as she usually does, not sure what was up. However, Unity Phelan sure is one to watch. She was just stunning in the "Eyes Wide Shut" PDD in Polyphonia. Did anyone else attend the Heather Watts lecture on Agon? Unity performed at that. I didn't know if there was a thread for that elsewhere. It was very interesting.
  14. Does anyone know what happened to James Dunne? I had him as a teacher shortly before he died and the studio wouldn't tell us anything. He was such a great teacher.
  15. I went to see SL last Wed. with Theresa Reichlen and Russell Janzen. I had never seen him dance in a principal role before and was very impressed. He had nice lines and a good stage presence. As for Teresa .... I have always admired her physique and was hoping to see some long legged gorgeousness along the lines of Maria Kowroski. It seemed that she barely used her extension AND her face was completely blank the whole time. For both Odette and Odile! This was even from the front row of the orchestra where I had a clear view of everything. The corps was great at dancing in unison in the swan sections, although in the palace scenes I could have done without the Jester character. When I sit on the far right side of the orchestra I notice that Peter Martins can barely wait until the curtain is down before he can run out and give notes to the dancers. He seems so overbearing and I can't wait to see who his replacement will be when he retires. I have had little respect for him since watching the Wendy Whelan documentary. And please PM, no more new choreography.
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