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  1. "Die Toteninsel" was easily my favorite from this past season.
  2. Any recommendations of contemporary fare for 2020? The name of Program 3 sounds apt, as do 5 and 6. However, I just saw Etudes this past season, I didn't find "Snowblind" interesting in the least, and am generally not a fan of Ratmansky.
  3. Certainly not short, and maybe old news, but if you have SF Public Library card, you can watch full-length performances of The Little Mermaid and The Nutcracker through the SFPL website.
  4. I wonder what it's like to have your own personal peanut gallery.
  5. If you don't mind a duffer's opinion, my erstwhile general culture blog on dance and ballet. I also achieved some internet renown for my SYTYCD blogging, but that was another lifetime.
  6. And apropos of the discussion some pages back about the social ramifications of the pointe shoe, I fondly recall a conference where one presenter described ballet dancers as cyborgs, since they use technology to enhance and augment their biological abilities. So, the transhumanist (if not specifically feminist) reading of ballet does exist.
  7. Thanks all for the responses and recommendations! I've finished Apollo's Angels, and SFB does rate a mention... in the author's biography. SIGH.
  8. I've just finished the book and generally enjoyed it -- I'm qualifying "generally" because of the epilogue, of course. I'm a neophyte compared to the other contributors on the board, and so as a historiographic survey AA is a useful starting point(e) (first position?), if you'll permit me the puns. Homans' preferences for ballet as restrained, graceful, and elevated -- in short, an endeavor of elitism -- shows through enough of her prose throughout the book and early on enough that I knew that her tastes and mine diverge. This difference in taste largely isn't an issue (I was disheartened
  9. I'm just about finishing Apollo's Angels and have some opinions about Homans' epilogue... would this be an appropriate thread to air my grievances or should I start a new thread specific to AA?
  10. If this thread produces nothing else but this delightfully piquant turn of phrase, it will still have been worth it.
  11. I'm reading Apollo's Angels and have reached what's probably my favorite artistic era ('20s modernism), namely the Ballet Russe and even namely Le Sacre, all of which I'm eating up. But I got to thinking that I'd love to see a book-length history of SFB, since it IS the first major American ballet company that nevertheless seems to be ignored when the subject is American ballet since it's so far from the NY epicenter. Is there anything out there at all on SFB? I just had the bright idea to check the bibliographic section of the SFB wikipedia entry. Has anyone read any of these?
  12. I went for opening night, and while I really liked the first 10-20 minutes (up to and including when the Poet first meets TLM) and the ending image is chilling and beautiful, I found a lot of the stuff in between to be protracted repetition. I've been reading Apollo's Angels and its discussion about the narrative limitations of dance/ballet seem relevant: I spent a lot of time trying to figure out where in the story we were at any given time instead of letting the emotional affect carry me forward. (Then again, I think the narrative pacing in Frankenstein was a lot brisker and thus more engagi
  13. I didn't mean to suggest that she's angry, only that her game face is one of stern, imperious hauteur -- which I think she uses to great effect!
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