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Phrenchphry11

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  1. Yeah - I do agree that just because she's been on multiple magazine covers, tv shows, etc, doesn't mean any of that will translate into her being a great dancer. She probably could have done without those references in the video. I think it diminished from her main story around the problematic behaviors of MCB promising her roles early on and not living up to those promises. Unfortunately, having a loud social media and PR presence does seem to come with the territory of being a successful ballerina nowadays. I do appreciate that Morgan uses hers in ways that seem more "real" than what
  2. Wow. Nothing new to add, but just echoing that nothing about Kathryn Morgan when they hired her was an unknown quantity - she's been extremely open for years about having struggled with her weight nearly her entire professional dance career. Furthermore, Morgan's always been outspoken on social media about her past dance experiences, struggles with casting, partners, working at NYCB, etc. She's not stick thin, and she's got a huge social media following - why even hire her in the first place? It reflects extremely badly on MCB. Hoping Morgan finds something better. She deserves it,
  3. Wow, sad but maybe not surprising. It seems like it got a bit toxic at the end for her, with the Firebird casting, among other things. Has she mentioned anything about finding a new company? Nevertheless, regardless of what happens with her performing career, it does seem like she's sort of evolved her social media platforms to speak out about cultural issues in the dance world, I hope there's a bright future for her around activism for the physical and mental health of ballet dancers. This is a bit of an older video, forgive me, but I thought this video was really thought provoking:
  4. This was great! Felt so much San Francisco nostalgia, just missing out on all these beautiful locations while in my apartment. Loved Walsh's segment - presumably that was Peck's choreography, and it looked great! The filming in the fog was really enchanting for Hummel and Deivison-Oliveira's scene. The wind in Chung's scene was so great. I think my favorite bit of cinematography was the PFA. All of it was very well done. Definitely a great watch!
  5. A few weeks old now: Nederlands Dans Theater in a work choreographed specifically to be distanced.
  6. I've only been able to watch the first 20 minutes so far, but what a treat! Stars and Stripes is so much fun!
  7. Agree with you 100% Pherank! And, I've always enjoyed that SFB has had a few Russian dancers on the roster. Kochetkova was one of SFB's most versatile dancers, and with her Bolshoi foundation, I think she really did push SFB to a very high level. Same to be said for many other Russian-trained dancers at SFB. Yeah - probably there's a bit of unfortunate timing here, too. I know this hiring didn't happen overnight. Had this been announced a few months ago I'm not sure we'd be having this discussion. I do feel heartened that SFB hired Fogo (and I know they didn't hire her p
  8. I hope this isn't the only path forward for SFB to hire more Black dancers (and dancers of color generally)! I'm in no financial position to donate to the level to make an impact on that scale, but I wonder if there's a way to create a donor mutual fund of some sort? Clips I've seen of Julian MacKay do show that he's a lovely dancer with nice lines, and given his current family situation, I understand why he wants to be back in the USA. However, the more I think about it, I'm a little frustrated SFB didn't hire a dancer of color. MacKay was a first soloist at Mikhailovsky, not yet a pr
  9. Wow..... that certainly is unexpected. I've only seen clips of him on YouTube, etc. Seems to have really nice classical lines, long legs, good feet. I have to say, I never ever in a million years expected him to return to the US though - I distinctly remember seeing an interview of him online where he lamented the quality of ballet and ballet teaching in the US. I wonder what brought him back? Especially given how different SFB's rep is from Mikhailovsky. Fwiw, I did notice he also posted about a new modeling contract he signed too - perhaps SFB is able to offer more flexibility fo
  10. I'm super glad most of the cancelled programs are returning! Wonder what the reasoning was for backloading all the full-lengths. They seem to be the big sellers, maybe it's with the hope that we'll have a COVID vaccine by then, so the later performances are less likely to get cancelled? Really really glad to see a new work by Danielle Rowe. sf_herminator, you bring up a good point about Giselle - I generally prefer SFB's Giselle to Swan Lake. I didn't realize it had been so long since they've last performed it! Hoping they bring Giselle back soon.
  11. I'm totally with you, Pherank. I only got to see Snowblind once, I definitely think it benefits from multiple viewings. It's dense, complex, metaphorical, but I think it's really smart ballet. The part I struggled with when I first saw the ballet is whether we're supposed to empathize with any of the characters. Not sure who, if anyone, was the hero of the story. Mathilde was a sweet and passionate Mattie, but SVP's portrayal of Zeena was so fascinating. Zeena's (SVP's) movement was so rigid and structured through the entire ballet, that it was sort of an interesting dichotomy - as
  12. I'm truly no expert here, but am genuinely curious. I'd assume they'd retain some level of rights to a piece if it were choreographed specifically for them? I can understand them not being able to publicly stream performances of Balanchine works, for example, but they've had plenty of work choreographed in-house. Maybe for Of Love And Rage there's the possibility that Ratmansky thought it wasn't yet ready for Primetime and wanted to rework some of it, but what about his Sleeping Beauty? They've broadcast their Swan Lake and Corsair on PBS, so I'd assume they'd be able to pull out some
  13. Just echoing what everyone else has said here. What the heck did I just watch?! They went to the trouble to film so many high profile people, but they would've just been better off showing actual performance or rehearsal clips. Way too much talking, not enough dancing. They should feature the real assets of the company - the dancers performing on stage! Not this random collection of depressing interviews that ended up feeling so out of touch with what the company actually has to offer. I've loved the offerings brought by SFB, NYCB, and others - so much so it has prompted me to donate
  14. Wow I'm so glad SFB put this out. Mathilde Froustey dances with so much abandon and passion. What a wonderful Juliet. The sets, costumes, and music were all fabulous.
  15. Wow, that interview with Ashley Bouder was fascinating. I can't believe that point shoe thief story (well, two thieves?!). That's alarming, I certainly hope that doesn't happen with any regularity. I loved how well Ashley Bouder spoke about diversity and inclusion. She had such a great perspective and brings so much empathy. I loved how she advocated for a mothers' room at NYCB and that they finally got one! Her comments about female choreographers were particularly resonant, especially with regards to Anabelle Lopez Ochoa. I saw one of her works at SFB and loved it - couldn
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