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bluejean

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  1. I performed the role of Berthe several times, once upon another life. And if I'm understanding the part you're asking about correctly, I believe she may be helping remove hair pins from Giselle's hair, which comes out of the bun during the mad scene.
  2. I have no in-depth knowledge of the law, but understand that many of you are educated in this area. My question is: at what point does Alexa have grounds for some kind of civil defamation suit against Alexandra? Or does she? Trying to put myself in Alexa's shoes here, though obviously that's impossible, and feeling like I would want to seek some legal solution to keep Alexandra from attacking me all over the internet....
  3. To each his own, of course, but you perfectly describe the type of ballet I prefer to see.
  4. Looking back, it's pretty impressive how much she danced this past spring (including several debuts, if I'm remembering correctly) while presumably dealing with the usual fatigue and nausea that accompany the first trimester of a pregnancy. And twins! Wow!
  5. Speaking of technically demanding: I watched the first movement on this video (thank you, @canbelto!) and found myself thinking - not for the first time - that Balanchine's choreography was too tough for the dancers he created on. We're fortunate so many of his ballets have survived and truly shine on the dancers of this generation. Just my opinion, and of course I mean no disrespect to the dancers in this video, or at any time between now and then. I was one myself, and had the joy of dancing the first movement of Western. I'm simply saying these steps are hard as the dickens and tough to make look polished and clean.
  6. Not sure if this is a terribly legitimate news source, but this article mentions that Peter Martins has been working with the Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg. https://pagesix.com/2019/04/17/disgraced-ballet-master-peter-martins-hiding-out-in-russia/
  7. Such a heartfelt video. She honestly does have an incredible story; I can't think of another like it. I hope she'll go on to have a long, happy career at MCB.
  8. I'm happy for her, but a little surprised I guess. In watching her YouTube videos, I see that she's lost weight and has been working on getting back into shape. But I hadn't yet had the thought that she was ready for employment in such a strong company as MCB. I am glad, though, to see her professional journey continue. She's certainly an inspiration to many!
  9. I think you're referring to "Caught," by David Parsons. I first saw that piece performed by the Alvin Ailey company during a tour in Texas, and I was blown away. I've been dying to see it again ever since. Here's the link to the article in the Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/goingoutguide/theater-dance/its-hit-or-miss-for-new-york-city-ballet-in-first-kennedy-center-program-under-new-directors/2019/04/03/6125114e-5633-11e9-a047-748657a0a9d1_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.f327984f518e
  10. @BalanchineFan, thank you for posting! I was starting to get severe "Ballet Alert NYCB board withdrawal!"
  11. Somehow this pairing seems like a really logical and "safe" choice... and yet, it never crossed my mind. I'm so interested to see how this works!
  12. Having been a dancer who also choreographed a bit, I never considered casting myself in one of my ballets, although I did step in for an injured dancer once. I never felt I could adequately set and clean the choreography while simultaneously worrying about my own dancing. How do you watch rehearsal if you are participating in rehearsal? But I'm sure there are some dancers who wear both hats with ease.
  13. Thank you for sharing your perspective, Traveling Ballerina! Your story led me to https://www.yellowface.org/choreography where people seem to be pondering the same questions I am. The website gives some interesting historical perspective and encourages companies to reconsider the choreography, makeup, and costumes used for the Chinese variation. There are more questions asked than answer, I feel, but they do post a video of the San Francisco Ballet version to demonstrate how Chinese can be done with less stylized makeup and movements. The suggestion on the site is that we must understand the difference between between "caricature and character," which seems wise. I can certainly now understand how the use of a particular style of makeup might be offensive to some. And yet, I have more questions than answers. I find myself thinking back to years and years of dancing Spanish, using eyeliner to draw spit curls onto my face per my company's direction. Did some consider that offensive? I've also performed Arabian a number of times, with greatly exaggerated eye makeup in an attempt to appear the true "Arabian Princess." Was that an offensive choice? I'm unsure. This isn't an ethnic issue, but what about the makeup and movements used to "age" dancers playing older characters? I'm thinking of the grandparents in The Nutcracker. I, myself, was cast as Berthe (Giselle's mother) and Cinderella's Step Mother in my late teens, during a time of injury and being unable to dance other roles. I remember being coached to use makeup to give myself wrinkles. Was that offensive to some? I'm unsure of that also. I have more questions than answers, but surely this will become an ongoing discussion in the ballet/opera/broadway worlds where, in a sense, we are always creating a caricature of someone.
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