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  1. Graci per I bei ricordi. Riposare in pace.
  2. My earliest memories of Jacques go way back to his student days at SAB. He was 13 then, tall and skinny with straight black hair that was always in his eyes. He stood out from the rest of the boys by his sheer exuberance, and looking like he belonged on a sandlot instead of a ballet studio. Eternal rest, Jacques.
  3. Good News!! He was a disaster to the Company I once loved. A bit of forward thinking please.
  4. I never saw Doubrovska dance professionally (she was long retired by the time I went to performances) but as a student in NYC in the mid 40's she taught at the School of American Ballet and I saw her teach many classes. She was in her early 50's at the time and still in good shape. She wore a knee length chiffon skirt and carried a long chiffon scarf and was perfectly coiffed! Those long legs were unusual at the time and she swooped them over the barre beautifully. Maria Tallchief (Company Ballderina at the time) was also in class but looked rather mousy compared to Felia.
  5. Thanks. At the time he left it was felt by the fan crowd that he 'sold out'. That crowd also felt the same way about Robbins!
  6. I first saw Tommy Rall when he was at a tender age. He was in the Corps of Ballet Theater and had an electrifying solo in "Graduation Ball". He performed a Tyrolean dance and always brought the house down---and it was a big House--the old Met in nyc. RIP
  7. That's one way of gertting the audience back in their seats !!
  8. Nijinska's Early Memoirs is my favorite "ballet" book. I cherish my copy and re-read its every few years. At the. time of her daughter Irina's death in 1991 she was in the process of editing a sequel. As far as I know, it wasn't completed.
  9. What an electrifying performer she was on stage! Rest in peace and thanks for the memories.
  10. That's the best way to be---'knowing nothing'. You are free to let the poetry of the movement and music wash over you. That was me so many years. ago when I saw my first performance (1944)
  11. 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!
  12. Belated!! but Happy Birthday Alexandra!!
  13. 'Ballet Imperial' was even better!! I can see Ananiashvilli's hand in that! She was a brilliant interpreter of the role with ABT.
  14. Thanks Helene. That was a bit of therapy I needed!! With some luck all those naysayers will move to Tuscaloosa!
  15. With my beloved city suffering this is the last thing I need to read! For Shame!!!
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. I guess, I too, love Fitzgerald too much and it makes me over react to Zelda!
  20. 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!
  21. "Sorry I didn't read Hemingway's book......bought 'Save Me The Waltz" and am not able to finish it! Zelda, among other traits, was an abominable writer!! The foolish girl did not know her limits (in ANYTHING she attempted). Poor Scott!
  22. Yes! Yes! That decision has so affected me that I haven't been to ABT since she left!...and l am only a short subway ride away.....
  23. "mouthpiece for the corruption of the Catholic Church"---where is evidence of that in your references? His abortion views are not mine but there appears to be a basis for them from his life experiences. His married mother was pregnant with another man's child and came close to abortion--and as a young man he came close to being shot by a Nazi death squad-----perhaps these close calls gave him a special reverence for life.
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