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  1. I think I qualify as a relative ballet newcomer. I’m under 40, and ABT is my favorite domestic ballet company. That being said, I read the description of the event and was deeply disappointed... and when my calendar alert went off for the event I kind of sighed and didn’t even bother. It sounds like I made the right choice. Not to say I speak for all new/younger audiences, but if that’s what they were going for here, I’m not sure they succeeded. The auction also seems to be doing rather poorly....
  2. Any idea when we might expect initial casting here? (Ditto the Kennedy Center dates.) I expect much like the lead up to the ROH performances last year that casting will change a lot, but I’m eager for any news on who might be dancing.
  3. As does Javier Camarena on Instagram. Disappointing from both, each of whom are gifted artists and whose performances I have enjoyed very much.
  4. For what it’s worth, I (a woman) had no intention of buying tickets to the Women’s Movement program—but I will almost certainly buy a ticket to the revised program when casting is announced. I found Garden Blue terribly dull last year and was not keen to see either that or the Dorrance piece again. (I usually love Dorrance works, but I didn’t feel her piece last year was among her strongest.) But I am curious about the new Bond piece, and incredibly eager to see Nee American Romance. I’ve been following Whiteside’s choreographic work and I often find it fun and fresh. I’m very pleased ABT is g
  5. ! This was my first time seeing Ratmansky’s Sleeping Beauty and I did notice there seemed to be a remarkable lack of dancing for Desire. Honestly it took some of the wind out of my sails for Lane/Cornejo tomorrow. I’m happy to hear this was an accommodation (it seems) for Bell, and not standard. Looking forward to tomorrow with all the more enthusiasm. (And I agree—Boylston was lovely.)
  6. Ah, I see. Does this mean complete casting is not generally available until the night of the performance?
  7. This will be my first time seeing the Bolshoi on tour. Is it possible that full/complete casting will be available before the performance? Has this been done in the past? Some of the performances I am attending still have plenty of seats remaining, and I would consider upgrading the seats I have if certain soloists are performing.
  8. For those who are interested, Hallberg has confirmed via Twitter that he will be performing Program C, Aug 13-15. No further details on what specific pieces will be performed that evening.
  9. Agree with this wholeheartedly. I went last night to see Cornejo specifically, but I was astounded by the number of children in attendance—several of them with Misty Copeland dolls on their laps throughout the performance. It was incredibly moving for me to see so many young people so deeply engaged with ballet and excited to be there. From my perspective, Misty sells, which helps keep ABT afloat. I do not go out of my way to see or avoid her, but i recognize that she plays an important roll in the company, and I am grateful to her for the roll she has played in drawing new audiences to the ba
  10. ...who is also (if this board is any indication) one of the few male principals that can reliably draw certain audiences to the theater. (I also have tickets for Cornejo/Copeland; I really hope he will be back by then.) I’m sure the fact that it’s SL has quite a lot to do with it, and Copeland’s star power is undeniably a big draw for some audiences. These performances would sell well on those merits alone. But I also think Cornejo and Hallberg draw bigger crowds than say, Stearns, who seems to be partnered with Copeland a lot this season.
  11. It's also the only Swan Lake that Hallberg is dancing—and he is only performing three times this season. That performance has been quite well sold since single tickets went on sale. (I purchased a bunch of single tickets in addition to my subscription before they were released to the public, and was surprised to find how far back in the orchestra my seats were for this particular performance, despite ordering early and being an ABT member.)
  12. In other casting news... Cassandra Trenary posted a story to Instagram today advertising the Tharp strip program next week with the caption “Me and @HermanCornejo wanna see y’all at the Met Opera House” with a photo of the two of them dancing In the Upper Room. Not exactly a confirmation that his injury isn’t serious, but cause for hope, maybe, that he’ll be dancing next week.
  13. That was my plan—to get rush tickets and go back! Regrettably something came up literally at Intermission last night... ah well. Perhaps in the Fall. And could not agree more with @abatt above—Forster is doing wonderfully. (Which is partly why I wanted to attend the matinee—to see his Sergei in Dnieper.)
  14. Last night the Family Circle and Balcony were woefully undersold. That being said, there was a lot more energy in the theatre last night than there was at both performances of Harlequinade I saw last week. This was my third time seeing Songs of Bukovina—it grows on me with every viewing. This season I am noticing many lovely qualities in Boylston’s dancing that I had not before, first as Columbine last week and now in Bukovina. I admit, I bought tickets to her Manon for Hallberg, but now I find myself looking forward to her debut. Hoven looked great. (I saw him last week as well, but he
  15. Stumbled upon this while looking for more info on the live screening today (May 19.) Thought I would share it here since the article above made no mention of the cinema relays. I've transcribed the dates below: May 19 2019 - Carmen Suite / Petrushka Oct 27 2019 - Raymonda Nov 17 2019 - Le Corsaire * Previously Recorded Dec 15 2019 - The Nutcracker * Previously Recorded Jan 26 2020 - Giselle (Ratmansky Production) Feb 23 2020 - Swan Lake Mar 29 2020 - Romeo and Juliet *Previously Recorded April 19 2020 - Jewels I'm delighted that we'll be getting a cinema broadcast of the
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