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Everything posted by nanran3

  1. I have tickets to attend and wondered what people think the program will be? Which ballets? Symphony in C? Serenade? Rodeo 4 Dance Episodes?
  2. Great choice. I would love to see Lovette's interpretation.
  3. Those are my two favorites of Peck too. And I also loved Belles Lettres.
  4. I saw the show. Lauren King did a great job in Stafford's part, and Woodward also, though no one can match Tiler Peck in that role, in my view. She is a phenomenon.
  5. I agree with both of these statements. I'm glad as an audience member that I'll be able to see Ramasar dance again, but what he did is classic Frat Boy mentality, and he is a man in his 30's. Not okay.
  6. nanran3

    Kathryn Morgan

    I was thinking the same thing. What rank will they give her? She got to soloist at NYCB... There is nothing yet on the MCB website, so we'll just have to wait...
  7. I checked the MCB website as well and noticed that they still show Jovani Furlon on their roster when it has already been announced that he will join NYCB this year. So maybe they are waiting to update that info on their site. Also, it will be interesting to see what rank they give her. She got to soloist at NYCB...
  8. Apparently, the press release has just gone out that Kathryn Morgan is joining Miami City Ballet. Good for her! Having to leave NYCB after coming down with an auto-immune illness, and thinking she might never dance again has to have been so tough. I wish her the best in that fabulous company. It was announced on a FB live broadcast from YAGP.
  9. I have 2 great seats in the orchestra available for this date. Program: Hallelujah Junction, Herman Schmerman, The Exchange, Concerto DSCH just send me an email at nraines59@gmail.com or respond here. Thanks!
  10. Thanks for posting this. I've put it on my calendar. it looks like NYCB has been using Silas Farley for these types of public lecture/demo events. He does a great job and is very well spoken. Good for him!
  11. Regarding the possibility of not renewing some contracts, to be honest I wouldn't necessarily renew Abi Stafford's for instance, but this is her brother. Who were you thinking of, who hasn't danced much? Just curious...
  12. One question I have is about promotion and hiring. Who will decide which SAB students to make apprentices, and who will decide on company promotions? Perhaps both of them will weigh in.
  13. I am thrilled by this decision. It seems a very nice marriage of the managing expertise of Stafford and artistic and dancer knowability of Whelan. Sorry for the strange wording, but I think they have good interlocking talents and I'm all for this. Whelan is, I believe, very committed to the Balanchine rep as she danced in many of those ballets, especially the leotard ones, and loved them. I imagine they would confer about promotions and hiring, but I did interpret the wording from Schraft to mean that they felt they needed someone who got the final say and that would be Stafford. Something I also commend about this choice is that both of these people seem to me to be kind, understanding and generous persons who can keep the company fully professional while also creating an atmosphere free of fear and intimidation. Very curious to see what unfolds over these next few years. I did love Runaway by Abraham in terms of the inventiveness and creative challenge for the dancers as well as for Taylor Stanley's extraordinary solo, however I found the rap jarring, words that seemed not to fit in that theater, sentiments that were harsh and, I guess, not my thing. I don't look forward to more rap music talking about killing people and oneself. That's just me.
  14. The idea of Martins changing casting at the last minute, and presumptively walking backstage before the dancers had finished their show is utterly confounding to me. It seems to be a power play, and one that must be responded to immediately, as Stafford hinted they would do. He needs to get out of there and let this company recover and heal and move on. It is unfortunate that their blockbuster audience hits are choreographed by Martins. It is hugely expensive to make a new production, with all new costumes and sets etc. But do they have a choice in the long run? I was also dismayed to read of the loyalty to Peter in the board member quoted, and presumably other board members that he must have groomed and seduced during the years of his tenure. How are those people, who may or may not know anything about arts admin or personnel issues, etc, how are they to come to agreement on a new leader if they are still loyal to Peter? It sounds like a mess. We need a good spring cleaning over at that board for starters, and a new AD, and Peter gone for good.
  15. Kind of a weird non-sequitur but I was wondering if perhaps Robbie Fairchild could come back and bolster the principal male ranks at NYCB? Or is it a no-go because of his break up with Tiler Peck?
  16. I have a $35 orchestra seat for this Wednesday, February 6. I cannot go. Does anyone want to buy this ticket from me? $39 with facility fee. In Vento, After the Rain pas, Variations pour une porte et un soupir, Duo concertant, The times are racing
  17. Great seat! Third row, C26. Please let me know if you would like this ticket. I cannot go. Full price is $39 with facility fee. Thanks!
  18. Just came home from the Sat evening performance. Gonzalo Garcia was beautiful tonight in Apollo. He is physically stunning and moves with assurance and feeling. Of his muses my favorite was Lauren Lovette for her gracious, spiritual quality, though both Sterling and Abi Stafford did quite well too. Seems that Stafford has gotten cast more since her brother took over. When Peter was at the helm in the last few years I seldom saw her onstage. Anyway, it was expertly danced by all and the music is so gorgeous. Orpheus was good tonight and I was especially surprised by how well Ask La Cour did. This is the best thing I've seen him in; he articulated the movement very well, and really played the blind part convincingly. Perhaps he's found a niche here? Reichlen was his Eurydice and she was statuesque and lovely. Agon was great. I was astounded and impressed by Miriam Miller. I had found her rather bland in the past, but she was crisp, articulate, musical and focused tonight. Expertly partnered by Russell Janzen. Gerrity did well in her trio with the two men, but I would say Miller was the stand out. Rest of the cast was okay. All in all the night was fabulous. Orchestra sounded great, and I felt very uplifted and hopeful as the company seems to be thriving right now. Has everyone been able to breath easier since Peter's departure? Who knows? As my husband said, it's a well oiled machine. True. And its future looks bright from where I'm sitting.
  19. I absolutely loved "Ballet Imperial" too! I had never seen it and was captivated. And Serenade, for me, often moves into the realm of the mystical.
  20. I saw Alston performing this season already. I went to opening night and last night. Can't remember which I saw her in, but she was there...
  21. Ramasar was fabulous in Agon and is greatly missed, I agree. Also I agree with your other assessments and imagine that Stanley was nervous and being perhaps more careful than he will be later on when he has more experience in the role. I am bewildered that the Angle brothers are still performing with the company. I saw Jared doing Serenade tonight and Tyler doing Mozartiana. I understand loyalty to long time company members, and I get it that they are good partners, but they are no longer appealing physically. When Joseph Gordon came onstage tonight to dance Tchai Piano Concerto #2, we finally saw an elegant, fit and handsome young man with clean and athletic technique. That's what this company needs in its male dancers. Do they need to go across the pond to Denmark to find another gorgeous Dane like Ib Anderson?
  22. Taylor Stanley was beautiful, sensual, and expressive in his debut tonight in Apollo. Muses were Tiler Peck, gorgeous as always, and Brittany Pollack and Indiana Woodward. Hurray for this historic moment: first man of color to be cast as Apollo in a normally programmed NYCB performance. Orpheus was beautiful, the set design is stunning and costumes good too. I like Gonzalo Garcia and also I always enjoy Sterling Hyltin. Peter Walker was very good tonight as well. Agon, Megan Le Crone looked very good, so glad there is more life in her after so many injuries. Maria Kowroski was magnificent in the pas de deux. Lately I had been wondering if she was ready to retire, but tonight's performance showed only mastery. All in all a really good beginning to the season. Fourth ring almost empty, oh well.
  23. I'm kind of tired of the speculation. Announce who it is and then we can all move on. I wonder if Dance Magazine has any insider info, re when they said it could be any day now, that NYCB makes the announcement. Anyway, I hope it's soon. I'm getting exhausted!
  24. Agreed that in the male soloist ranks there are definite potential stars, as well as Mejia in the corps. Let's see what happens. Also agree that while Segin is an appealing and perhaps dependable corps member, not sure why she would get an award particularly. I had thought she would probably stay in the corps for her career but who knows?
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