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Everything posted by leee

  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!
  14. I've been seeing Dores Andre on a lot of SFB's promotion materials this season, seems like she's getting pushed as the (angry) face of the company now.
  15. My first post in this forum! I didn't care for Rodeo, probably because I don't care for Aaron Copeland. It's hard for me to take something seriously on an artistic level that was once used to sell beef. I had no expectation of Die Toteninsel, but the deeply ominous atmosphere of doom had me entranced. Loved this. Bjork Ballet... boy. It has its moments, but the choreography misses the mark by a wide margin. A rave is IMO supposed to be a modern example of ecstatic dancing, but because of the precariousness of that platform, whoever's on top of it has to be mindful with their dan
  16. leee


    @pherank thanks for the response! That's a shame that I missed out on such a well-received Quixote! Ah well, at the very least such effusive praise will fix it in my mind for 2020. The proximity of working choreographers and dancers is definitely something that leaves me reeling; not exactly specific to dance, but I once attended a pre-ballet Q&A fore Firebird (Ballet San Jose) where the AD casually mentioned being at a party where none other than Igor Stravinsky was holding court. IGOR STRAVINSKY! Of the Ballet Russes ballets, I've seen Le Sacre, L'apres midi (both Nijinsky
  17. leee


    Thanks, Drew! I'm not terribly fluent in ballet grammar yet, so I might have to take pointers from the more knowledgeable folks here. But whatever the language used to describe it, to me ballet is a kind of beauty unmatched by any other art form. Also, some of my favorite ballets: The Rite of Spring (Nijinsky), The Rite of Spring (Possokhov), Glass Pieces (sorry, got it mixed up with another Glass composition), Borderlands (McGregor), Guide to Strange Places (Ashley Page). I'm usually not one to abide by sacred cows, but seeing that Lorena Feijoo's signature performances were in
  18. leee


    Hi everyone! If you asked me 10 years ago what my opinion of ballet was, I'd say that it was stuffy and boring. But then I discovered Le Sacre du Printemps (both the ballet and the score) and have since gone to at least one show every season at SFB for about 5 years now. (I even tried ballet classes for a year -- alas, they did not take.) My tastes are definitely centered around contemporary ballet (Wayne McGregor especially), and of the 20th century greats I'd take Jerome Robbins over Balanchine any day (Glassworks is amazing). Frankenstein is the only full-length story ballet that I've
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