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  1. I was just coming here to see if there was an update since this forum is always well informed. I had emailed ABT and Met Opera yesterday to check on the status of the season and my tickets, as I have not been able to check my mail in the city. I'm not surprised by the news, but had hoped that there would be some season even if later in the summer. I really do hope for a proper farewell for Stella, as she has been my favorite female ABT dancer since I started attending. I was looking forward to a few things this season: Gillian back, Osipova, Hallberg, Simkin, Kimin Kim, Sarah Lane, and T&V. I don't get very excited about their short fall season, but I'll probably try to attend more this year. Hope all the dancers can take this time to heal injuries and recharge and can be in great shape come fall and next year. It's unfortunate but not unexpected. I had just been thinking about how soon I'd be willing to sit in the Met Opera House or Koch Theater for several hours in close proximity to others and the coughs that typically annoy me would actually worry me. Hope you are all staying safe out there.
  2. I noticed how cautious Tiler was tonight, but I loved loved seeing her back and was excited to see her perform all the fouettes without any issue. She looked great. Joseph Gordon was excellent - his spins and jumps looked effortless. He's really grown on me over the years, a confident and beautiful performer. I really wish I could go again this week, as it was a great night all around. Daniel Ulbricht was a standout tonight as well.
  3. Allegro started the night off strong with Tiler Peck delivering the speed and musicality we expect from her. I'm always excited to see Roman Mejia and although his take wasn't quite as expected, I was not disappointed. It was my first time seeing La Source and I enjoyed the music, Joseph Gordon and the corps dancers. Baily Jones didn't have enough presence onstage, but I would be open to seeing her in the role in a few years as she continues to grow and progress. Ashley Bouder was technically fine. Now that casting is up, I'm thinking of swapping out my Swan Lake tickets from Bouder and Furlan to Peck and Gordon. Highlight for me was seeing Teresa Reichlen in Firebird tonight. I found her to be truly captivating in the role.
  4. I attended only 2 Nutcrackers this year, the first of which I bought back in August and ended up seeing Lauren Lovette and Joseph Gordon. Lovette is not my favorite and I was hoping to see Sterling Hyltin or Sara Mearns as SPF and Daniel Ulbricht as Candy Cane. I enjoyed the performance and it was nice to see the full view from 2nd ring dead center (usually am on the side). The dancing was fine but didn't leave me wowed. Once casting was posted and I saw Tiler Peck was back, I was very tempted to spend the money to see her but didn't. I was very excited to see her SPF on TDF for last night's performance and got tickets. It was a magical evening, even though the holiday season has passed. I was in row C, which offered a very different view than 2nd ring. I loved seeing everything up close and felt very engaged. Sometimes, I find myself bored by the party scene and it deters me from buying tickets for more performances. Last night was different. Tiler and Tyler were beautiful and exciting to watch. Even being recently back from injury, Tiler was close to perfection and Tyler an excellent partner. I really enjoy watching both of them. Lauren King as Dewdrop was absolutely fantastic and a real highlight of the evening. She was so radiant, elegant and secure in her dancing. I don't get to see her often, but can't wait to see more of her. I enjoyed her Dewdrop more than Unity's back in December. Daniel Ulbricht shined as usual and truly brings energy and thrill to his performances. I can't make it to the final Nut today, but from last night's performance, they finished this nonstop season on a high. Looking forward to winter season!
  5. I attended programs B and C and then program D twice. Of the 3, I think I enjoyed Program D the most simply because of the dancers. I couldn't get enough of the four of them, especially Sarah Lamb and Edward Watson. I'd only see Watson once in 2015 and loved him. Overall, the programming as a whole did not blow me away, but reminded me of how little we actually see these dancers here. I am overdue to return to London again to see as many performances of The Royal Ballet as I can jam into a long weekend. It was a treat to see Robbie Fairchild in NYC, as I hadn't seen him since Brigadoon at City Center in 2017 after he retired from NYCB. As David Hallberg is barely at ABT anymore, I thoroughly enjoyed watching him dance with Joseph Gordon in the Bejart piece. At this point, I'll take anything in which I can see him. Of B and C, I was very impressed by Marcelino Sambé and Lauren Cuthbertson in "Two Sides Of" and Cassandra Trenary. I attended an event at which Trenary noted how much she loved MacMillan, so I was excited to see her in "Elite Syncopations" and she was great. Both of the Bond pieces that I saw were elegant and enjoyable, but not particularly memorable. The last piece in Program D was "Cristaux" and it reminded me of a magic show with the glittering crystal costumes, music and lights.
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