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  1. It really is sad that so many wonderful dancers have this production as their Swan Lake vehicle. They deserve better. I wonder if it’s on the table for Stafford/Whelan to do a new version? I think it would be well worth it.
  2. Just read the piece - very insightful and she’s lucky to have a cheerleader like marika to guide her. Also I think this is the first time she’s directly mentioned the divorce from Robbie Fairchild? I’m sure that was so stressful for her and many times emotional stress leads to physical stress.
  3. 100% agree. I would even go so far as to say they were willfully blind to what they were doing - still wrong, of course. I do have to say that I was surprised when Amar was cast in west side story. I thought he would just continue his career quietly at NYCB since being reinstated.
  4. I agree with this....however, after reading Maxwell’s statement she unequivocally has forgiven him and they are moving on together. Whether that is right or wrong, it is not our choice but hers alone. Another woman may have dropped him and that would have been fine too - if not more in the line of public opinion. We are not in their relationship and can only speculate. Side note: I remember seeing images of Waterbury and Finlay prior to the scandal on IG, and thinking “my god what a fast life they are living”. It showed through - I was not at all surprised that a scandal broke out.
  5. Saw this version twice - first time many moons ago with I think Sterling Hyltin and then was lucky enough to be at Tiler Peck’s debut performance. The dancing itself I have always found to be top notch, but the production itself is lacking. The sets and costumes are bad (ESPECIALLY the costumes). There is something about it that leaves me not as emotionally vested as other productions. Can’t quite put my finger on why. The ending is def unique in its own way - I don’t hate it but I don’t love it either. P.S. Tiler was fabulous, of course. So many well deserved curtain calls!
  6. What was the season maybe two years ago that had so many different programs that dancers were getting injured left and right? I remember seeing things on IG about how stressful a season it was.
  7. Very interesting that Mearns has never done firebird before! I think she will give it her all as usual. I’ve only ever seen Tess Reichlen in that role who was quite good. Might get tickets to see Mearns though - noticed she is doing both the matinee and the evening performance on the 25th.
  8. To add on - I do also think the rise of social media has contributed to this. Agreed that a person who attends only once a year or rarely will want to see an established principal, but coupled with that is the presence that these dancers now have on instagram. Sara Mearns and Ashley Bouder are two that come to mind quickly. People feel close to them and have gotten to know them via that platform which can only increase their demand in person.
  9. Obviously we don’t know what goes on behind the scenes. I can see the point earlier that if a debut happens there is expectation that the person would perform again the following year. Do we know how often that actually has happened? It’s possible that it caused strife in the background when dancers were not recast the following year. Dancers are notoriously hard on themselves for a whole host of reasons. I do think part of it is also stafford/whelan not wanting to do everything Martins did and doesn’t necessarily reflect on his approach to the dancers.
  10. Completely agree!! the rosin box is by far my favorite so far followed by the episodes that Wendy Whelan did.
  11. Just wondering if anyone was at Kathryn Morgan’s comeback performance? I saw her when she was with NYCB and she was always stunning.
  12. If Ramasar was leaving the company, wouldn’t he be given a farewell since he is a principal? Or would the scandal obfuscate that?
  13. Was still thinking about the opening night of jewels and thought I’d go on you tube to watch some performances. I found this live recording of Pat Neary rehearsing Rubies and Diamonds with the Royal Opera Ballet from 2017. I found it so interesting and thought I’d share here. FWIW, I find Steven McCrae to be so talented and think even in this short rehearsal was more compelling than Veyette.
  14. Had such a wonderful evening last night! I love going opening nights as I feel the audience is always so engaged. For Emeralds, agree that Unity stole the show. She was just gorgeous and delicate. Stafford was meh as discussed and I feel Unity easily outshined her. Amar was good but not great I felt. For Rubies - LOVED Emily Kikta!! It was so dramatic every time she was on stage and I loved every second of it. She’s perfectly cast and owns that role fully. Hyltin I thought was wonderful and I enjoyed seeing her dance compared to Bouder who I saw last year. In regards to Veyette - he was good. However, I did prefer Joaquin De Luz last year who had a wonderful charm on the stage that Veyette does not have. De Luz of course is retired but I always enjoyed his dancing compared to some of the other men. For Diamonds - highlight of the whole night for me. Maria Kowroski danced with an abandon that I have never seen from her which I thought lent itself to more drama and passion. And totally agree that Tyler Angle was superb - was definitely the finest man on the stage last night.
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