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  1. Honestly I think the most shocking thing is that Gorak actually gets three principal performances...! Also to point out to everyone who believes matinee casting to be a slap in the face: Teuscher, Stearns, Shevchenko, Cornejo, Copeland, Murphy, Whiteside, Boylston and Simkin are all scheduled for at least one matinee.
  2. Not to mention Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner just coached ABT in Jardin aux Lilas for Vail and have just been coaching Some Assembly Required.
  3. A great dancer does not automatically equal a great coach / teacher / director / stager / repetiteur / regisseur / choreographer / anything else. Having experience as a dancer does not equip you for being a good coach which encompasses so much more than just “passing along things people have told me”. Not only is it having knowledge (and knowledge isn’t solely passed along from principal to principal), but it also means having a good eye and having a strong understanding of how to psychologically and emotionally get the best out of the dancer you are working with. Coaches don’t turn dancers into copies of themselves.
  4. Dying to hear about the new Tharp... Tharp-Kamali-Tipton dream team!
  5. I don’t think he was making any kind of comment. He finds AD-W’s name difficult to pronounce so instead he calls him Double-Barreled, probably because he thinks it’s witty because his surname is literally a double-barreled surname.
  6. Yes. I didn’t think it was unknown. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-barrelled_name
  7. Honestly I don’t think “double-barreled” was meant as any kind of description for AD-W at all, I think “double-barreled” is just a term for that type of surname. For example Jackson-Barrett is double-barreled surname.
  8. If the critics and a “large segment of the public” consider it a triumph, is the show then not a success? Is longevity the only factor in determining something’s success? If that was the case, only a handful of shows would truly be successful.
  9. I agree, Cobweb. I also like the pleated skirts and I am also looking forward to the prologue and apotheosis which I feel add so much interest to the ballet. I’ve always found Apollo to be reliant on a group of intriguing individuals, rather than its success being the product of this company or that.
  10. Definitely looks to me like something that should remain firmly in the past.
  11. Agreed. Sometimes it’s just not the same ballet without the right dancer chosen by the choreographer.
  12. I feel it’s a pretty complex issue, but if a role has been designated a specific race (Madame Butterfly, Othello...) then that role should be given to a person of that race, rather than a white person masquerading as a person of that race. If you don’t have the dancers for a piece of repertoire, don’t programme that rep.
  13. Definitely a big difference between casting an Asian dancer in an Asian role and casting Asian dancers only in Asian roles...
  14. It’s my guess that this part is considered particularly vital and/or difficult which is why it merits a front-of-curtain bow. It is certainly out of the ordinary to have the corps now in front of the curtain. I don’t really see it as a problem.
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