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Drew

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  1. Wow! or, rather, once again.... shudder ....
  2. I had missed this news. Thank you for passing it along. Ivanova has been an exceptionally lovely presence at the Mariinsky--I join you in wishing her a wonderful next chapter....
  3. I was thinking of Wheeldon’s Variations Sérieuses....I think it dropped out of the rep so people don’t remember it much...,
  4. Welcome @TheAccidentalBalletomane — rapturous” is a perfect word for how wonderful ballet can be. I think many of us are mourning the loss of live performances. Next year in the theater!
  5. I'm kind of ecstatic with excitement for the dancers and trust this will be be a shot in the arm for company morale. I think most if not all of them have great futures ahead of them! Perhaps, when I allow myself to think more coldly about the matter, I do find it...risky...to promote dancers to principal who haven't proven themselves in multiple principal roles and--in the context of ABTs repertory specifically--who haven't shown repeatedly that they can carry multiple full length ballets. I love Trenary (as I do Brandt) but Trenary's full length leads have been what? A very successful Aurora and a very charming Princess Praline (I saw the latter and read about the former)....? Is there another that I've forgotten? Forster (one of my favorites!) has danced what in terms of principal roles in full length classics? The lead in Nutcracker? Royal...purple Rothbart? etc. etc. If the spring season had happened as planned, then most of these new principals dancers would have been "tested" in new full length roles and perhaps the company feels that under these extraordinary circumstances they should be given the promotions they would have likely earned especially since a number of them waited more than long enough to be cast in major lead roles. But to me it still ends up a bit of a gamble even if an exciting gamble because of the talent involved....Anyway, the future will tell if these promotions are a stroke of genius or a rear-guard action as the company looks to the future... And finally--I missed a number of Lane's most acclaimed performances and never had the chance to admire her dancing as many others on this site do. But I did see her dance remarkably in Ratmansky's Shostakovich Trilogy and The Tempest as well as giving a number of terrific soloist performances. She was also my favorite of the three Princess Praline's I saw. Her career is--from the outside looking in--another puzzlement. I hope she is still with ABT but if not, wish her a fabulous future.
  6. Congratulations to Avsajanishvili --
  7. I think (young) women are, in some contexts, implicitly and sometimes explicitly encouraged to wear less and less (by advertising for example) for reasons that don't necessarily have anything to do with thinking nothing is "wrong" with nudity. That is, women's fashions sometimes have less to do with freer, less repressed or neurotic views of the body than with the commodification and hyper-sexualization of women's bodies. The latter is entirely complicit with puritanical views of nudity, and definitely not a benign "let it all hang out" emancipation from body or gender hang ups. Of course, I am speaking primarily about the United States...other societies may reflect other norms etc.
  8. I read your post with interest...What strikes me though is that ballet (classical ballet--not dance in general) emerged in a court society in which nudity was definitely neither a norm nor an ideal nor an acceptable social alternative so that even it were true that "we" are heading in that direction, ballet itself as an art form would be substantially changed if nudity were considered just another costume. And at a certain point it might no longer be ballet. It might be dance; it might be great art; and it might even be something ballet companies included in their repertories now and then just as they now include Martha Graham or Paul Taylor. But not ballet. (And yes....these distinctions seem important to me.) That is, I suspect certain ideals and norms are baked into the ballet cake -- you can push them, prod them, revise and reform them--indeed have to do so to keep the art alive--but at a certain point you are no longer eating cake. (For example when movement no longer stands in any relation to turn out whatsoever, not even a negative relation.) So I think I agree with critics cited above who see ballet as a stylization of the human body that extends it in certain ways and am skeptical that nudity could be merely another ballet costume. But I suppose it will be choreographers whose work finally decides the matter not my speculations! (The above goes along with your premise, but honestly I'm also not convinced we know which way these things are headed socially.)
  9. A wonderful ballerina -- stunningly beautiful (and great at comedy too). I very much hope she can give a live farewell performance.
  10. Thank you -- I often think how hard it must be for dancers who were planning to retire at the end of this season to have "lost" their final season dancing. (I assume some retirees I read about have re-assessed due to the Covid19 time away, but they too are ending their careers in an unexpected way that may feel abrupt and a little sad.)
  11. Big news--sad that Watson's final season was no season at all. (Something he shares with any number of dancers and a real loss for all of them and their audiences.) He's a remarkable dancer and has had a remarkable career. I'm a little sad about Tristan Dyer as well--I only saw him twice (once in Scarlett's Age of Anxiety and once as Benno in Scarlett's Swan Lake) and found him quite interesting both times. (I don't remember ever having had the chance to see Montes). Wishing all three dancers wonderful and exciting futures...
  12. I had not posted this before but a few days back Atlanta Ballet cancelled its Nutcracker season. I can only guess at the financial repercussions. Its season is now supposed to begin in February...Supposed...
  13. Very pleased to read this news. Congratulations to her!
  14. Thank you. Goodness knows under the circumstances it’s easy enough to believe several of the artists have fallen ill. Wishing everyone a swift recovery .....and prudent leadership.
  15. Not entirely unexpected reports of Coronavirus among the artists at newly reopened Mariinsky and Bolshoi theaters (I think only the former has had public performances); these websites are both ostensibly news sources, but I don't actually know how to evaluate these stories (esp the 2nd one which comes from a website with which I'm completely unfamiliar); I did notice on Instagram today three Mariinsky dancers I follow posting photos of themselves with masks --something I had not seen before from them: https://www.corona24.news/c/2020/08/08/rbc-reports-on-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-infected-with-coronavirus.html https://www.archyde.com/in-the-bolshoi-and-mariinsky-theaters-artists-were-quarantined-society-rbc/
  16. Welcome to Ballet Alert -- it's great that you have developed a passion for learning about ballet. It is a wonderful art form.
  17. From what I read, she died in her sleep at home....That seems like a gentle ending and I hope it was. May she rest in peace.
  18. @dirac posted a link to an article about Helen Pickett's recent work with Boston Ballet dancers -- it dates back several weeks but I only caught up with it today and a search doesn't turn up any other discussion of it on this site. Pickett collaborated to create three short new digital works evoking the experience of sheltering in place during the pandemic. I'm posting a link to a more recent article about the work that was also shared on the balletcoforum site -- hoping to catch the eye of additional people. From the article: "'Home Studies'” is the first installment of a greater triptych and is composed of two duets and one solo, each piece exploring the experience of being 'cooped up' and how the emotions of that circumstance differ so greatly between individuals. Pickett also worked with British composer Peter Salem, who offered the stunning score for the pieces, as well as cinematographer and long-time Boston Ballet videographer Ernesto Galan to capture the project on film — both of whom donated their time and services along with the dancers for the sake of making art in this difficult time." The article includes separate links to each separate section of the work (each a little over 3 minutes long). I especially liked the solo--with it's V-shaped enclosed space heightening the feel of claustrophobia and, perhaps, the urgent need to move too--and the second duet. The dancers are LIa Cirio, Paul Craig, and My'Kal Stromile and all quite wonderful in these video vignettes: https://www.wbur.org/artery/2020/07/20/boston-ballet-home-studies-choreographer-helen-pickett
  19. Goodness! When I saw there was a new post from you about De Havilland, I started preparing my "rest in peace ..." message...Evidently not. Hurray for Olivia De Havilland!
  20. Solidarity! I'm worried about Autumn and, even more, winter. Fortunately I live someplace where we usually get a "late" summer and winters are not severe so I will be able to go outside sometimes. Still...it will be dark and dreary. (I am anticipating being sealed in until mid-spring at earliest, but at least once it's warm it's possible to get outside more.)
  21. Thank you for posting...will look forward to reading more....
  22. Thank you, but unfortunately, that account is private...
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