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Drew

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  1. Atlanta Ballet has posted a short excerpt from the Maillot Romeo and Juliet with Alessa Rogers' Juliet; she is currently with the Royal Swedish Ballet and has danced the lead in their Nutcracker:
  2. I remember Alizade too--I liked her very much the two or so times I saw her dance--admittedly in relatively minor roles. I had always thought she left the Bolshoi under her own steam and certainly it's wonderful she is getting to dance the ballerina repertory. Sorry i missed the video....
  3. Today Atlanta Ballet posted video of a pas de deux from Yuri Possokhov's Firebird (in this version the Princess is on pointe and gets a pas de deux with Ivan)--I'm posting because it features Alessa Rogers who was, until her departure, my favorite Atlanta Ballet ballerina. She left the company a few years ago and now dances for the Royal Swedish Ballet. Rogers also has a blog (The Expat Ballerina) that she updates now and then and which mostly documents her travels (most recently a hiking trip through the alps). I wish I could post footage of her in the Maillot Romeo and Juliet or Tharp's Princess and the Goblin, but this will have to do. She is dancing with Christian Clark who is also no longer with the company. I expect they are posting this because they plan to bring back the Possokhov Firebird in September:
  4. Just a note to say that the very second you posted, I had just finished editing my post to moderate the tone a little. However, the content is the same...and your post responds to it....while...uh....preserving my earlier words....
  5. But finally this has nothing to do with being a couch potato or waiting to be taking care of — i can’t help but reject that way of framing the matter even if I think you are making a generously optimistic point. This (the need for protective gear for medical workers) concerns competent public health policy and competent political leadership. Nor do I imagine health workers prefer not to have the most sophisticated and secure protection—however grateful they (and we) may be for these efforts by the costume departments of ballet companies and others. Which are—yes, of course—altogether admirable. But what they are is not a replacement for what the country needs. And to ignore that while admiring what they do risks leading to other kinds of passivity....
  6. I didn't respond to this earlier, because it's hard to avoid politics in touching on these issues. Of course I'm glad the companies are doing this kind of project, but I find it kind of appalling that the country isn't better prepared with medical grade protective materials for those on the medical front line....So I have a certain ambivalence about these "feel good" mask stories. If medical workers are really in need of ballet company costume shops....then, well, we're in bad shape.
  7. Atlanta Ballet has announced its upcoming season. The highlight is that Claudia Schreier will be choreographer-in-residence for the next three years. Next year, she will premier a one hour "family" production danced by Atlanta Ballet II. AB II does these one hour family performances every year and I always skip them, but with Schreier as choreographer I may go...Her ballet First Impulse premiered with the main company in September 2019 --I thought it was terrific and immediately wished I could see it again. (For those looking her up on youtube, vimeo etc. I have to say, too, that First Impusle was much more neo-classical than anything of hers I have been able to find online.); Pointe Magazine included it on its list of "standout performances" of 2019. Some of this season's cancelled ballets will now be performed next year including Giselle. Still no word on who staged it on the Atlanta Ballet website which just lists the choreographers as Petipa, Perrot, and Coralli. I'm glad those three weren't left out, but not having any information about the staging, or any that is easy to find, seems frankly disrespectful to the person responsible for it and to the audience. The planned spring 2020 Juliano Nunes premier has been moved to next season which will also see the return of Possokhov's Firebird. These three works are scheduled for September along with a collaboration with Atlanta Opera with Choreography by Alonzo King and Helgi Tomasson's Concerto Grosso. I personally am not sure that this September performance will happen and if it does happen I'm not sure my husband or I will consider it prudent to attend. Giselle and the family event mentioned above are scheduled for February. The 2021 March program includes company premiers by Cathy Marston--Persisting Memory to Gorecki--and Remi Wortmeyer--Significant Others, no composer listed. On the same program...something of a blast from the past (that is, my earliest ballet-going days): the company is staging Ben Stevenson's Three Preludes. Back in the day I'm pretty sure I saw this with the now-defunct National Ballet, but in any case I did see it...A little later I saw an extraordinary performance with John Meehan and Gelsey Kirkland during her wilderness years (post ABT/pre-rehab) -- I traveled to Boston to see it--she was making a guest appearance with...?? well I'm not sure...I do remember that as the lights went down, either the theater manager or, perhaps, the company director appeared before the curtain to make an announcement and the first words out of his mouth were: "Ms. Kirkland IS dancing"--before he went on to say something about the music. The night we went, not only did she not cancel, but she was...well, she was full-on unforgettable Gelsey Kirkland.... Back to topic: The season ends with a doublet of Taylor's Company B and Balanchine's Stars and Stripes. I think people will enjoy that program a lot. And I am always very pleased to see the company dance Balanchine. I do hope the ballet will not be truncated in the manner of Who Cares? All of the above presumes the company survives the tremendous loss of revenue from this year--which they seem to anticipate doing--and one has to hope that next year its audience returns. I suppose people may be craving theatrical events...but who knows?
  8. After such a long time away from the stage one can't help feeling that losing yet another season due to covid-19 must be a bad blow for Morgan's comeback whether or not she would be able to stay in Miami. (I've been rooting for her in a big way...)
  9. It already overlaps just a week or two -- which has rather been a bad thing for me as an out-of-towner, but of course makes sense. But I gather from @Leah's post and others that the plan now is for a shortened season anyway, not a season extending into late July. And this is assuming that in the wake of Covid 19 and its economic fallout the company doesn't go the way of New York City Opera. Count me as another person rather gutted for Thomas Forster...ABT waited long enough to give him opportunities for major male leads (from the 'outside,' at least, it has seemed mysteriously long) and now...poof! He's not a young dancer with time to spare....and even if he were, ballet careers are unpredictable in a zillion ways. Very sad for all of the dancers and of course the situation must be peculiarly painful for Abrera...
  10. "...'PNB is not sustainable without revenue from ticket sales and school tuition, which together account for 75% of our income. There is an even more persistent misperception that large arts organizations like PNB are kept afloat by their generous donors and therefore can weather adversity like this: Again, we are deeply grateful for our supporters at every level who have donated back the cost of their tickets or written a check to help the organization; our future would look very different without that invaluable support – but that support is just one part of the sustainability equation for PNB and many organizations like ours.'” This, I think, is on a lot of people's minds -- and probably for almost every performing arts organization in the country....
  11. I fear not too many non Atlanta Ballet fans are likely to see this post--which is, perhaps, too bad. Airi Igarashi is one of the company's best ballerinas (my favorite now that the wonderful Alessa Rogers has departed) and, I think, lovely by any standard. (I could wish I had video of her fouettes in the Don Quixote pas de deux performance i saw, just for the -- 'whee....' aspect of it.) Anyway, the company posted the video below on their FB page a little earlier this afternoon: it's the "'Loss' Pas de Deux with Airi Igarashi and Jordan Leeper from Ricardo Amarante’s Love Fear Loss:"
  12. Yes....I actually did know that--I was just, frankly, irritated by the (old) review's "Created for the Bolshoi and not yet performed elsewhere..." But it may be that social distancing (and accompanying issues) makes me too easily irritated....
  13. Thank you. They also note at the end that "staging the ballet for the Bolshoi Theatre, Pierre Lacotte promised to increase the number of characters in the new edition and the diversify dances for the corps de ballet of the Bolshoi Theatre – the theatre, which became “his second family” according to the choreographer. And he kept his word." So it's the same ballet somewhat revised.... In other words, too: the Bolshoi do not, on their website, erase the Rome Opera Ballet production (they also discuss Nureyev's role in the creation of the ballet). The South China Morning Post did erase them in describing this as a production that originated with the Bolshoi and done nowhere else (possibly because the writer thought a revised production could be described that way or hadn't researched its history). That somewhat bothered me...it needn't take anything away from the Bolshoi that this originated elsewhere. And Nureyev's role in its history seems important to me too....
  14. Was the Bolshoi version of Marco Spada created for them as the article says? That is, I had read Lacotte choreographed Marco Spada for Nureyev and the Rome opera ballet in 1981--I had been supposing the Bolshoi production was (for the most part) a revival of that version..?? I don't know of anyone else dancing it now...
  15. It's become a ritual in several parts of the world--story below just mentions two cities, but I know there are more. A forlorn hope I fear--but but may the positive energies at least boost health workers' spirits and yours @cubanmiamiboy ... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/good-news/rousing-videos-show-atlanta-and-vancouver-residents-cheering-on-healthcare-workers-from-their-apartment-balconies-amid-the-coronavirus-crisis/ar-BB11HzWa?li=BBnb7Kz
  16. Fantastic news and something to look forward to!
  17. Atlanta Ballet has cancelled their upcoming Giselle--scheduled for this month originally--but has said they plan to present it in May instead (in place of a previously planned mixed bill). I think SFB's announcement is the more clear-eyed one. Unfortunately.
  18. I confess I thought perhaps you were making a sarcastic remark about the UK's slowness to act, so I googled "herd immunity...UK...Coronavirus" and and OMG!!! -- you were not being sarcastic!!! That seems like the government is gambling with the entire national health system and a lot of lives. We will see what happens.... (Mr. Drew is approaching 70 and has asthma and I'm not exactly young...so...uh...solidarity.)
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