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About atm711

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    once a student; now an avid ballet-goer.
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  1. One of my favorites! How I love 'The Heiress". My one claim to fame is that back in the 80's we used the same hairdresser in Manhattan!
  2. Belated!! but Happy Birthday Alexandra!!
  3. Loved the C.Colbert observation!!. I must look for it when I watch "It Happened One Night" again (for the umpteenth time). Happy to know we are on the same page with Lopatkina.
  4. I probably should have said refined performance rather than technique But surely in comparison Farrell is ahead for those viewers who haven’t seen too many interpretations I recommend they watch Farrell in the role and also Ulyana Lopatkina
  5. This was was the first time I saw Means in "Diamonds". I have been avoiding it for the reasons you cited above. I hoped she would get coaching from Farrell--if she did it wasn't apparent to me. The role calls for a more refined technique and the facial expressions must go.
  6. I was disappointed with Peck's Pulcinella. He used his nine dancers effectively in the opening and closing sequences--- but the long middle section was boring. One frenetic solo after another with a pdd thrown in. It needed more imagination. Perhaps varying all those solos with small groupings? In my many years of ballet watching I have witnessed the progression of the careers of Robbins (from the very beginning) to Tudor in the (US from the beginning). While not every piece was a hit---they were always interesting and their talent leapt out at you! The costumes were the most innovative part of Peck's Pulcinella.I guess we are all looking for the next great choreographic hope! On a positive note--Peck is an improvement over Martins.
  7. 'Ballet Imperial' was even better!! I can see Ananiashvilli's hand in that! She was a brilliant interpreter of the role with ABT.
  8. Thanks Helene. That was a bit of therapy I needed!! With some luck all those naysayers will move to Tuscaloosa!
  9. With my beloved city suffering this is the last thing I need to read! For Shame!!!
  10. Well Helene--thanks for the recognition! I was one of those people---I taught in a high school and involved in many productions. My favorite was 'Fiddler on the Roof'. I did have some help though. We were sent a 2" thick book of the Robbins choreography andI adapted it to the athletic students, and they were great.
  11. I was fortunate to see it with both original casts--Alicia Markova and Nora Kaye, both with Hugh Laing, For too many years I have been listening to the "too expensive to revive" mantra. When NYCB was planning a R&J I was hoping they would do the Tudor..but we all know the mess we got. I guess Martins forgot he was once a member of the Company and it would have been a great way to honor him. The ballet had so many beautiful subtle moments in it, One of my favorites (which is out there somewhere on tape) is the scene where Romeo is leaving Juliet after their night together and as he walks out he looks over wistfully at the bed he shared with her.
  12. I guess I am one of the many few who saw her in her prime --1940's---I wrote about that time on my blog, "Ruminations" which is available on this site.
  13. I guess, I too, love Fitzgerald too much and it makes me over react to Zelda!
  14. True -- but look what he did with that material! To me, it reminds me of Tschaikovsky's use of Russian folk themes in his compositions -- look what he did with them!
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