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  1. She's really a special dancer. Fingers crossed that she will perform at SPAC this summer so I can see her again before she retires. Just saw in Broadway World that her final performance will be at the October 9th matinee. She will dance in Opus 19/The Dreamer and Namouna. And there's a NYCB press release: https://www.nycballet.com/about-us/for-the-press/principal-dancer-lauren-lovette-to-give-final-performance-with-new-york-city-ballet-during-the-2021-season/
  2. And Justin Peck was the choregrapher. https://variety.com/2021/music/news/dolly-parton-remake-9-to-5-squarespace-super-bowl-ad-campaign-1234898226/
  3. Taylor Stanley from NYCB is going to be featured in an Inside the Pillow Lab" on February 18th. More information here: https://www.jacobspillow.org/events/inside-the-pillow-lab-taylor-stanley/ Links to information for other "Inside the Pillow Lab" presentations, both past and future, can be found here: https://www.jacobspillow.org/programs/opportunities-for-artists/pillow-lab/
  4. Jacob's Pillow just premiered a short film about a Dorrance Dance's residency in late 2020. Watching them dance really cheered me up. Joyful!
  5. The New York Times has published an obituary for Barbara Weisberger, founder of the Pennsylvania Ballet. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/01/13/arts/dance/barbara-weisberger-dead.html
  6. My local paper has an article today about plans for the summer for some of the many local arts organizations with summer seasons/festivals. https://www.timesunion.com/entertainment/article/Classical-Notes-15821518.php Among the small signs of hope for the summer: SPAC says that NYCB, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Opera Saratoga are all committed to a summer presence, with discussions ongoing. Elizabeth Sobol says, “Whatever door to presenting our resident companies is open to us next summer, we want to be primed and ready to walk through it,” It also sounds like Glimmergla
  7. This is the smaller of the two theaters at the Pillow, and it's a total loss. Thankfully, no one was hurt. Pamela Tatge (artistic director) says they will rebuild. https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Duke-theater-at-Jacob-s-Pillow-destroyed-by-fire-15733854.php?IPID=Times-Union-HP-CP-Spotlight https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/17/arts/dance/jacobs-pillow-massachusetts-fire.html https://www.berkshireeagle.com/news/local/jacobs-pillow-theater-destroyed-in-fire/article_0e5885d2-28db-11eb-aea2-a3d92bb1741e.html
  8. The New York Times has published an obituary. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/26/arts/dance/susan-hendl-dead.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Obituaries
  9. The NYT weighs in: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/25/arts/dance/alexandra-waterbury-chase-finlay-lawsuit.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Arts
  10. I don't understand all the legal ins and outs of this case, but it looks to me like Chase Finlay is appealing some of the decision. Among the many "interesting" claims this appeal makes is that Waterbury assaulted Finlay. Details: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=1w8RR10q1obR_PLUS_l_PLUS_goRiN3Q==
  11. The NYCB Facebook page has announced Susan Hendl's death: The New York City Ballet family mourns the passing of Susan Hendl, a beloved member of the Company for more than 50 years. Susie joined NYCB as a dancer in 1965 and was promoted to soloist in 1972. Upon her retirement from dancing in 1983, Susie began a career as a repetiteur, generously sharing her extraordinary first-hand knowledge of the works of NYCB’s co-founding choreographers George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins with countless NYCB dancers and numerous ballet companies throughout the United States and Europe. A
  12. Between the lawsuit documents and this article, Longhitano comes across as a really lovely person. From the article (on protests about homeless people being housed at an UWS hotel to mitigate coronavirus spread): There are references to second amendment rights, and one commenter Jared Longhitano, who declined to comment further on what he had written when reached over the phone, proposed “having round the clock militias shooting these assholes.” He also suggested that residents “kick them in front of a bus if possible.”
  13. Also, Titania in Midsummer, the Susan Stroman ballets, Slaughter on Tenth Ave.
  14. I'm very happy about this. These programs really gave me something to look forward to every week this past spring.
  15. SPAC is replacing the ballet floor and looking for donations to help fund it after the cancellation of this summer season. The floor was already ordered so that it would be in place for this summer and since it was custom-made, they couldn't cancel the order. Daily Gazette article here: https://dailygazette.com/article/2020/07/30/spac-seeks-help-with-ballet-floor-plan?utm_source=SPAC+Master&utm_campaign=0e5c5530bf-EMAIL_GFM_halfway0810&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_506934f83b-0e5c5530bf-217250197&mc_cid=0e5c5530bf&mc_eid=bee1c0630b GoFundMe link here: https://charit
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