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  1. I saw Ishihara today at the company class for Canada Culture Day. She was so impressive with superb technique and beautiful lines. I cannot wait to see her live in peasant PDD in Giselle.
  2. I want to give a different recommendation on Somova. She is THE best Aurora in Mariinsky IMHO. Super beautiful and sweet with great technique and musicality. Her weakness in arms is not obvious in Sleeping Beauty. She was cast in dvd and online broadcast. I have to agree with Fateev on these decisions although disagreeing on many others. Askerov may not look so handsome as Parish but his technique is no worse. You can check out her and Novikova's video online as other fans to find out your own preference.
  3. According to the podcast interview, she will be back to studio in September or October. She will probably miss the fall season.
  4. This website might help with real seat photos with audience in the front to feel the rake. https://aviewfrommyseat.com/venue/segerstrom+hall/
  5. Thank you so much for the information. I hope that she will get the main roles soon.
  6. Brendan Saye is not a great classical technician, but he is excellent in modern ballet, such as Apollo and Forsythe, with great musicality and stage presence. His Apollo was almost as good as Hallberg's IMHO.
  7. I went to Sunday Matinee performance too. (I sat in upper tiers, so I do not want to comment on what happened in orchestra stalls. But yes, it was Forsythe who came out during the second bow.) The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude (Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Jordana Daumec, Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye) Maybe it is the music and the tutus, it gave me an impression of Forsythe style in a more classical form. Brendan Saye was gorgeous. He has a perfect body, superb musicality and stage presence. Skylar Campbell was quick and light as a feather, as he always was. The three ballerinas were average, I have to say. They worked through those quick footworks, but not very exactly. And their phrasing has nothing special. Bravo to the minimalistic costumes by Stephen Galloway. Simple, modern, elegant and unpretentious. Approximate Sonata 2016 (Sonia Rodriguez and Donald Thom, Xiao Nan Yu and Brent Parolin, Greta Hodgkinson and Kota Sato, Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté) I did not get the choreography itself for this first view. I will try again on Wednesday for another cast. Xiaonan Yu and Greta Hodgkinson did not have the attack for Forsythe, which is understandable considering their age. I liked 4th Sonata by Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté the most. They showed me the energy and humour that I linked with Forsythe. Sonia Rodriguez was impressive in 5th Sonata. The Second Detail My favorite piece of the triple bill. With more dancers, there were more diverse body movement, more complex stage geometry and more humorous correspondence. Due to the weird casting list, I can not tell all the dancers. I recognized Greta Hodgkinson, Sonia Rodriguez, Chelsy Meiss, and Félix Paquet. I loved Sonia Rodriguez and Chelsy Meiss in this piece. They had the athletic lines and energy for “attack”. They also showed more playfulness and joy of dance on stage. No wonder Rodriguez was chosen to feature the poster. She can definitely tackle Forsythe.
  8. Casting for The Merry Widow: https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2018-19-Season/The-Merry-Widow Hanna Glawari Xiao Nan Yu (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Heather Ogden (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Sonia Rodriguez* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Greta Hodgkinson (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm) Count Danilo Danilowitch Guillaume Côté (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Harrison James* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Piotr Stanczyk* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Evan McKie* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm) Valencienne Jillian Vanstone (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Miyoko Koyasu* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Tina Pereira* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Chelsy Meiss* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm) Camille de Rosillon Naoya Ebe* (June 19, 22 at 7:30 pm) Jack Bertinshaw* (June 20, 22 at 2:00 pm) Skylar Campbell* (June 20 at 7:30 pm) Félix Paquet* (June 21 at 7:30 pm/June 23 at 2:00 pm)
  9. I am a big fan of Svetlana Lunkina (definitely a jewel in the crown). For Mixed Programme in March, I liked Brendan Saye’s Apollo and Campbell’s Night the most. So I will definitely try to go to their performances. Frola was lovely in Alice in Wonderland. It is a pity he will stay with ENB for Cinderella in June.
  10. Casting for Physical Thinking (William Forsythe Programme) https://national.ballet.ca/Productions/2018-19-Season/Physical-Thinking The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude Jillian Vanstone, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik Naoya Ebe, Harrison James (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm) Hannah Galway, Jeannine Haller, Hannah Fischer Skylar Campbell, Brendan Saye (June 2 at 2:00 pm/June 7 at 7:30 pm) Hannah Galway, Tina Pereira, Jordana Daumec Siphesihle November, Félix Paquet (June 6 at 7:30 pm) Jillian Vanstone, Chelsy Meiss, Calley Skalnik Siphesihle November, Donald Thom (June 8 at 2:00 pm) Approximate Sonata 2016 1st & 5th Sonata Sonia Rodriguez and Spencer Hack (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm) Jenna Savella and Donald Thom (June 2 at 2:00 pm) Jillian Vanstone and Donald Thom (June 6 at 7:30 pm) Jenna Savella and Spencer Hack (June 7 at 7:30 pm) 2nd Sonata Hannah Fischer and Christopher Gerty (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm) Xiao Nan Yu and Christopher Gerty (June 2 at 2:00 pm) Xiao Nan Yu and Brendan Saye (June 6 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm) Antonella Martinelli and Brent Parolin (June 7 at 7:30 pm) 3rd Sonata Svetlana Lunkina and Félix Paquet (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm) Greta Hodgkinson and Kota Sato (June 2 at 2:00 pm/ June 6 at 7:30 pm) Elena Lobsanova and Ben Rudisin (June 7 at 7:30 pm) 4th Sonata Tanya Howard and Kota Sato (June 1, 5 at 7:30 pm/June 8 at 2:00 pm) Chelsy Meiss and Guillaume Côté (June 2 at 2:00 pm/June 7 at 7:30 pm) Jenna Savella and Trygve Cumpston (June 6 at 7:30 pm) The Second Detail Jordana Daumec or Sonia Rodriguez or Hannah Fischer, Tanya Howard or Stephanie Hutchison or Andreea Olteanu, Rui Huang or Calley Skalnik or Jeannine Haller, Antonella Martinelli or Selene Guerrero-Trujillo or Hannah Galway, Chelsy Meiss or Mallory Mehaffey, Heather Ogden or Kathryn Hosier or Tirion Law, Jenna Savella or Greta Hodgkinson or Jillian Vanstone Jack Bertinshaw or Brent Parolin, Skylar Campbell or Donald Thom or Spencer Hack, Siphesihle November or Naoya Ebe or Joe Chapman, Ben Rudisin or Harrison James or Guillaume Côté, Kota Sato or Jimmy Coleman or Alexander Skinner, Brendan Saye or Giorgio Galli or Christopher Gerty, Nan Wang or Félix Paquet or Nicholas Rose
  11. I have one orchestra ticket for Jul.5 (Fri.) performance of The Royal Ballet's LA tour - Mayerling. It was bought at ($125+11) on the first day of general public sale. I ask $100 for this. We can transfer through ebay. It is electronic ticket which will be sent immediately after purchase. PM me if you are interested. July 5 Cast Ryoichi Hirano, Natalia Osipova, Sarah Lamb, Kristen McNally, Francesca Hayward, Marianela Nuñez, Alexander Campbell, Christopher Saunders, Gary Avis Event: Mayerling Event date/time: Friday, July 5, 2019 7:30 PM Dorothy Chandler Pavilion A (Premier Orchestra): J10 1 Standard @ $125.00 each $125.00
  12. Cast for The Royal Ballet's Mayerling: https://www.musiccenter.org/tickets/events-by-the-music-center/Glorya-Kaufman-Dance/1819-season/royal-ballet/ July 5 Cast Ryoichi Hirano, Natalia Osipova, Sarah Lamb, Kristen McNally, Francesca Hayward, Marianela Nuñez, Alexander Campbell, Christopher Saunders, Gary Avis July 6 Cast Matthew Ball, Sarah Lamb, Laura Morera, Itziar Mendizabal, Meaghan Grace Hinkis, Mayara Magri, James Hay, Gary Avis, Nehemiah Kish July 7 Cast Thiago Soares, Lauren Cuthbertson, Itziar Mendizabal, Lara Turk, Anna Rose O’Sullivan, Claire Calvert, Paul Kay, Alastair Marriott, Gary Avis
  13. Superb program for classical ballet. And I love the change from Nutcracker to Coppelia for Christmas.
  14. MARIINSKY BALLET George Balanchine's Jewels The Music Center's Dorothy Chandler Pavilion October 24-27 https://www.musiccenter.org/mariinsky
  15. Thank you so much for the recommendation, @NinaFan Joyce Theater has such a brilliant program including the Australian Ballet, Maria Kochetkova Gala, Ballet Festival curated by Kevin O’Hare featuring Lauren Cuthbertson and Edward Watson. https://joyce.org/performances As a non-New Yorker, I had not even heard about it.
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