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  1. JuliaJ

    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    Tonight's show wasn't so great.... Arron Scott does not have the technical chops for the lead role -- his jumps have no height -- and the corps was very off in the opening scene. I would have loved to see Simkin or Cirio in this part. Cassandra Trenary and Calvin Royal were lovely as Praline and Coffee though... she nailed the fast footwork and his movements were more graceful and effortless than the other male dancers'. They both have wonderful stage presence. Teuscher was good as Tea Flower but didn't seem 100%. Loved Forster in his small role as the guy in brown with the mustache. Everything came together well for the finale but for much of the performance I did not feel like I was watching a "world-class" ballet company. And this music really isn't great for dance... I guess Ratmansky made the best of it?
  2. JuliaJ

    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

    They're still doing Liebeslider the last week of the Winter season: https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/SubscriptionDocuments/4055-FY19-WinterCalendar_V09.pdf
  3. JuliaJ

    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    To be fair, I did see Misty perform pull off lovely fouettés -- albeit only around 3 of them in the sequence -- in Christopher Wheeldon's "Thirteen Diversions" last fall... there were four lead women fouttéing in the finale, and only Sarah Lane was slightly out of sync with the others. Misty is much better suited for contemporary pieces than the technically rigorous classics that ABT is known for. I loved her in Afterrite.
  4. JuliaJ

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I saw them on Wednesday... thought they were great together. Hallberg is a more graceful dancer than Boylston, but she really nailed the acting elements. Musically, I thought she was better in the Act III opening pas de deux than in the balcony scene. This was my first time seeing this production -- aside from the balcony scene snippet with Julie Kent and Ethan Stiefel in "Center Stage" -- so I don't have much frame of reference, but I couldn't see much to criticize. The audience sure was into them. If anything, Jeffrey Cirio and Calvin Royal were a bit "off" as Mercutio and Benvolio in Act I, but Cirio came back with full force in Act II with ultra-precise, high jumping sequences.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    I can't say anything about the quality of the production, as I haven't seen it, but I find that ABT generally draws in a less sophisticated ballet-going crowd than NYCB... that is, people there more for spectacle than substance. Every time I've attended an ABT performance, there's be at least one of the following completely inappropriate distractions: a crying baby or otherwise loud child, people talking, texting, etc. And, as others have stated, the Met is not a good venue for more "intimate" productions. The stage is just too far away from most of the seats to feel fully absorbed.
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    Coppelia 2018.

    I went to the matinee yesterday and was pleasantly surprised by Pereira. I've never been blown away by her before, but in Coppelia her classical technique and stage presence were excellent... really great projection and command of the stage. I think this role was perfect for her. Huxley was also excellent in his technical ability and artistry... his traveling jumps and overall precision are insane, despite a couple of slightly awkward landings in the double tours. Swanilda's friends were mostly good and in sync; one pair seemed consistently "off" though. Loved Woodward, King, and Gerrity in the waltz/dawn/prayer solos. Overall was really impressed by the quality of staging and storytelling as well... unlike some other story ballets, the plot was easy to follow -- it almost felt like a silent film, especially in Act II.