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  1. Regarding casting over the years (not speaking of this series)....I'd add Zakharova. Don't know if it's a role she still dances. (Perhaps not if she hasn't been cast this go round... )
  2. It was interesting to me to read your comments--oh! as I'm typing @cobweb just weighed in as well. I have tentatively decided against a trip to NY in Fall, strong emotions notwithstanding -- and there will probably be a lot of emotion in the theater and onstage. My reasoning is that not one single weekend do the two programs promise enough that (for me) qualifies as "must" see/can't live without -- and it's very hard to justify travel expenses for a weekend even when I factor in that sometimes the programs or ballets I'm less excited about turn out to be much better than expected and that all
  3. Pre pandemic they were talking about a contemporary/20th-century program at Ken Cen with Push Comes to Shove (which Kim dances) and, I think, Serenade on the program as well. In that context, well, I'd rather see Jewels. I had wondered if post pandemic it would be Swan Lake. Which, since it's the Mariinsky, I could definitely live with and enjoy. In my fantasy, I was hoping (or, really, just daydreaming) Sleeping Beauty--either version they do, though presumably touring with the Sergeyev production is easier. So would Jewels have been my first choice? No ...but it's far from last choice!
  4. I think I have to adjust my eye a little when watching the Mariinsky dance Balanchine...But I am certainly very much looking forward to the April Jewels -- assuming no lingering pandemic problems get in the way. And I'm hoping Illiushkina will be on the tour!
  5. Count me another who very much enjoyed the footage of the recent Skorik/Kim Giselle. Both of them seem to have grown in their respective roles --with the caveat that I'm basing this on past video footage not actual performances -- and looked beautiful together. (Her neck and arms in Act II...sigh). Caveats? I have developed a high tolerance for high extensions in Giselle (to me, it seems an old story), but maybe in one or two spots I might have preferred them not quite so very high... I am very pleased, too, with what I have seen of Illiushkina in Raymonda. Some of her earliest outin
  6. Atlanta Ballet has been giving live, outdoor performances at Georgia Tech, performing their Silver Linings program(s) to modest audiences organized into pods of 2 or 4 with each pod seated in separate temporary enclaves. They also arranged a food truck for before the performance, so you can sit in your little enclave and eat (I guess). It sounded fun and I'd like to have attended or attend this coming weekend when there will be more performances. Unfortunately it's not in the cards. In fact I'm not sure how many people were there last weekend--the video they posted suggested not many as d
  7. Quite interesting reading about this...Traditionally one of the values of having an in-house choreographer would be that s/he could put their stamp on the company style. (Of course that is both more likely to happen and more valuable when your in-house choreographer is Balanchine or Ashton.) It also may benefit dancers, but even more so the choreographer to be able to develop a collaboration in a stable situation over time. When Justin Peck first got a permanent position with NYCB, he talked about this issue saying that when he is invited to a company other than NYCB they want a recognizable "
  8. Marguerite Porter bore a striking facial resemblance to Fonteyn. I don't believe she danced like Fonteyn or on that "level"--and I vaguely suspect that the resemblance may have ultimately hobbled her career at the Royal as well as helping it. But a much closer Royal Ballet watcher than myself would have to weigh in.... Croce remarked Stephanie Saland's resemblance to Kirkland--and I agree, though Saland seemed to me a more...well...glamorous version. In this case I'd say a facial and bodily resemblance, which meant that their lines sometimes looked similar, or to me they did, I don't kno
  9. A wonderful life! Rest happily Jacques D'amboise!
  10. Very sorry to learn of this. I never had the chance to meet her, but her tours sounded fascinating and I sometimes fantasized about going on one. As I always enjoyed reading her posts, I thought I would enjoy meeting her one day as well....Sending best thoughts to her friends and family.
  11. Just learned a few minutes ago, through an announcement on Atlanta Ballet's FB page, that one of the company's best dancers, Jackie Nash, is departing. She has long been one of Atlanta Ballet's strongest and most reliable dancers --often (as in their Nutcracker where she played ...well...a super adorable and graceful chicken) one of the most charming and witty as well. I missed her Effie in Sylphide but she was terrific leading the highland reel at the performance I attended. I also got a kick out of the fact that one of the teachers at the school where she trained in Connecticut was, years
  12. For those who would respond that way, and mean it, well, I could wish they would choose their words more carefully. (I think a lot of ballet fans just wish the larger problem would go away -- and that's not a recipe that seems likely to protect future talent whether we are thinking of dancers on the receiving end of mistreatment or rising stars given leeway because..."genius" or some such.)
  13. Just as I was typing this @canbelto responded and I think that response is pertinent. I will say that I think you (Pherank) are right that the word "automatically" was not well chosen, but I wouldn't say the anger around Scarlett's suicide has "nothing" to do with victim blaming as you do. I have seen a lot of comments on "rumor" and "insinuation"--as if the person commenting somehow knew that was all the Royal Ballet had to go on and no-one had actually experienced or testified to anything first hand; also generalized remarks about how anyone can say anything out of spite and questionin
  14. @canbeltoI am sorry you went through such a horrible ordeal. I'm grateful you are with us (even if I can only really know you online)-- In thinking about Scarlett's death, I keep thinking about finding a middle way through these issues. In my eyes, Scarlett was young enough that it should have been possible for him to have a second act--he might have been given (or taken) the chance to grow up and act differently. Certainly, his death is extremely shocking and saddening to me. But it's disheartening to me, too, that his death is being automatically "blamed" in part on people who, it
  15. Thank you @pherankfor drawing attention to this. This video has footage of Mary Ellen Moylan dancing Sugar Plum Fairy and Sanguinic. It opens with Tallchief talking about her but also includes an interview with her. Likely others have seen this video--I'm quite sure I have--but this seemed an appropriate place to post again. I would have loved to see her dance! May she rest in peace-
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