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  1. I notice that they gave Ask a big number, and Jared one coming up. Are these their retirement performances? It is probably time, but a shame to happen in this way - like so many things COVID.
  2. Let’s all hope the corona virus stays away so the show can go on! I feel terrible for all those SFBallet dancers who won’t get to perform in Midsummer.
  3. Casting is posted for the KC dates. https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/explore-by-genre/ballet/2019-2020/new-york-city-ballet-68712/ Looks great! There's a whole new cast of corps dancers for Summerspace. What a great opportunity for them to push themselves and shine.
  4. I attended both programs Saturday on a mini-ballet-blitz from Richmond. I was really moved by Megan Fairchild and Jovani Furlan in In G Major Saturday. It was her premier, but looked like a seasoned performance from her. There might have been a couple of minor slips in partnering, but I think she had rehearsed with Danchig-Waring. First exposures to Haieff and Concertino - can't wait to see them again. The boys pas in Rodeo was again magical. I adore Alberda and wish he'd get more soloist parts. DGV was even more annoying to me than the last time I saw it. The music is relentless and loud. The people doing semaphore in the background highlight that what is going on up front is inconsequential. And all that carrying around women like sacks of potatoes... But 6/7 that I enjoyed ain't bad. Overall a great day at the ballet.
  5. Kowrowski's Diamonds PDD was breathtaking this past spring post-Farrell coaching. Maybe I was projecting a bit, but it was my most cherished ballet memory to date.
  6. I feel like there is a subtext in this article, but also in the general conversation about this situation, of unspoken, not-wanting-to-be-spoken, and/or “don’t you dare call me homophobic” homophobia. When I read about Ramasar’s “gusto,” or “machismo,” contrasted with Huxley’s reaction to a fall, I am left feeling like the community is still struggling with tremendous ambivalence about moving past traditional norms of gender. I just finished Michael Langlois’s book, and was struck by his description of the importance of gender-normative attitudes in a business that is decidedly queer. This “team Ramasar,” like the “team Martins” divide can feel like a pretty homophobic trope.
  7. Did Veyette dance today? Curious how he’s looking.
  8. I can't wait to hear from anyone who was at Tuesday's performance. How was Diamonds w Mearns/Janzen?
  9. I couldn’t agree more!
  10. Just saw today’s matinee. Mearns in Slaughter is a hoot. Legs, legs, legs. I don’t care for Barber at all. I think the partnering for the women is just gross. Diamonds made me gasp in delight multiple times. The corps was beautifully synchronous without being wooden. Much less icy than the Bolshoi corps at City Center, but much more put together than NYCB was at that foray. Maria and Tyler were a miracle in the second movement. Expert coaching? Pure artistry and command. They were less impressive in the allegros, but still strong. The Demi-soloists also looked great, with Alberda again leading the way. The audience was enraptured.
  11. It was a treat to see both of yesterday’s performances. Standouts for me were Lovette in Sonatine, who just glowed, and Fairchild in both roles. WOW, has she come back from maternity time with a renewed sense of herself that comes through. I had a more positive impression of Tanowitz’s work than most, it seems. Multiple people spoke to me at intermission to express their dismay, and I’m not one to engage with strangers (gross). I agree that it was too long, and pretty difficult to love, but I found her movement vocabulary refreshing (in contrast to Peck’s, which seemed like, well, Peck with more lifts than average). I quite enjoyed the gnarly quartet, and appreciated relationships I saw between the movement and, in particular, the folk themes. Let me agree in hailing Alberda’s. His unmannered dancing and beautiful lines should put him in line for promotion!
  12. Ramasar is on in week four in Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet opposite Mearns. https://www.nycballet.com/NYCB/media/NYCBMediaLibrary/PDFs/Press/Casting/NYCB-Casting_May-14-19-2019_2.pdf
  13. Thanks so much, Jane. That's exactly the week I'm hoping to go! I hope there will be tickets available.
  14. Hello, all. I've been lurking for several years, and finally decided to come aboard. I'm a dance fan in RVA, come up to NY for NYCB several times a year, Kennedy Center a couple times a year, and other performances when travelling.
  15. Any idea when single tickets go on sale for RDB? Can't figure it out from the website. I'm planning a trip next Spring.
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