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  1. The original complaint named only NYCB and Finlay-- SAB, Longhitano, Ramasar, and Catazaro were added in the amended version.
  2. Happy to see Bourree Fantasque being programmed. It's a busy time of year for me, but I'd love to see it again.
  3. This memorandum of law in support of the motions to dismiss was also posted: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=YXYPD0Yk3YpIy9r/cVF22w==
  4. After seeing Ephrat Asherie with Dorrance Dance this summer at Jacob's Pillow, I was really looking forward to seeing her with her company this past Saturday night at SUNY-Albany. I was not disappointed--this was a really fun program. The music (her brother, Ehud Asherie is the music director), was by a composer I was unfamiliar with--Ernesto Nazareth, and had an African influence and somewhat resembles jazz (but predates it). It was very danceable--at least by those dancers. The entire program was one piece, about an hour in length, called Odeon, which was the title of one of the Brazilian tangos. The performance was completely sold out and the audience seemed very happy with it. Asherie's dancing (and that of her company) is a mixture of street, social, and African dance. Each of the dancers had solos but they also danced together or in groups or as backup for the solos. There were parts that reminded me of hand-clapping games and some solos had voguing. It's difficult for me to describe so I'm linking to a clip. Asherie is the woman dancing with the man with green hair (Ousmane Wiles). The man who solos at the beginning is Matthew West, (who also danced with Dorrance this past summer). I think the other woman is Manon Bal. I'd recommend seeing her/her group if they come your way. Also, If you're in/near the NY Capital Region, the Dance in Albany series has been great so far and a terrific bargain. My subscription ticket for this performance was <$10, full price was $15.
  5. Jared Longhitano has filed a motion to dismiss: https://iapps.courts.state.ny.us/nyscef/ViewDocument?docIndex=Mc8wnBw5h6WrZ5wrLunFFg== The gist is that neither he nor Waterbury were NYCB employees and that his text conversation was private and did not involve her and that he was not involved in the conversation where photos were sent, so she has no standing to sue him. He claims that some of the infamous quotes were from the movie "The Social Network." In a recent interview, Amar Ramasar (via Google Translate) said that there will be a hearing in March. https://www.ilmessaggero.it/spettacoli/teatro/amar_ramasar_al_teatro_dell_opera_con_questa_carmen_esco_dal_buio-4264223.html Amar recently performed in as Don Jose in Carmen at Rome Opera Ballet https://www.gramilano.com/2019/01/jiri-bubeniceks-carmen-debut-at-rome-opera-ballet-with-amar-ramasar-as-guest/
  6. It sounds a bit like Corsaire to me--a beautiful woman is kidnapped, sold as a slave, etc. Very 19th century.
  7. I think her eyebrows can give her a stern or angry look.
  8. There was a recent interview with Millepied who said he was a candidate but isn't interested. Millepied, known to the general public for choreographing dances in the movie "Black Swan" where he met his wife, confirms that he was among the candidates to take over the NYCB. This company is itself shaken by the retirement of its director over 30 years Peter Martins, accused of sexual harassment before being cleared. But scalded by the experience in Paris, he is not interested: "It's the same thing: stay locked in a theater the majority of the year". https://culturebox.francetvinfo.fr/danse/benjamin-millepied-de-retour-a-paris-j-avais-besoin-de-creer-284930
  9. Ditto. It sounds like a wonderful trip. Especially Shurale.
  10. Sounds good to me. I hope we'll get some reports
  11. In Balanchine's Complete Stories of the Great Ballets, there is a long note after the description of Apollo that includes this quote: "When the ballet was first performed, a French critic said that this was not Apollo at all, that the choreographer had cultivated the deliberately odd, that Apollo would never have done this, or this, or this. When the critic was asked how he knew what Apollo would have done, he had no answer. He was thinking of some familiar statue of Apollo, the Apollo Belvedere perhaps, and imagined that a ballet about the god would personify sculptural representations. But Apollon Musagete is not Apollo Belvedere; he is a wild, half-human youth who acquires nobility through art."
  12. Last year, the NY Times named Millepied as one of three frontrunners for the position (along with Whelan and Peck).
  13. I'm with you on this--I was trying to consider what the author might have been thinking in choosing to use the word, perhaps not fully understanding the connotations.
  14. She's no Diaghilev, but if you go by the definition of a person who manages a performance, Wendy has done that. I thought that this article was generally favorable to everyone discussed... e.g, Lourdes Lopez is described as "an eloquent, visionary leader," and Jennifer Ringer is described as "one of the most sought-after master teachers in ballet" and "just the kind of principled, considerate leader the company desperately needs." .... with the exception of Suzanne Farrell: Her relationship with the company is a bit complicated, and though she has an unparalleled mastery of the Balanchine technique, she doesn't have much experience—or interest, it seems—in programming contemporary work. And when asked about NYCB's sexual harassment problem in 2017, she responded with "no comment": Not exactly the hard stance against harassment that the new director needs to have. For everyone else, the negatives were primarily ; 1) reasons that they might not leave their current positions (Woetzel, Wheeldon, Lopez, ; 2) that they have indicated lack of interest (Peck); or 3) that they fit the company tradition, but the company might want to go in a different direction (e.g,, not hire another choreographer--Wheeldon, Millepied). For shmoozing and fundraising power, I suspect that Woetzel or Millepied are the best-connected. I agree that Stafford has been doing a good job--I've been really happy to see a number of dancers getting new opportunities. On the whole, I wish they'd just pick someone already.
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