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atm711

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  1. 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.

     

  2. 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.

  3. On 7/12/2020 at 10:19 AM, Hogmel said:

    hi! I am a couch ballet fan, i know basically nothing about ballet but for some reason i find it fascinating and beautiful. 

     

    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)

  4. On 3/24/2020 at 2:32 PM, Helene said:

     

    I've been thinking a lot about the dearth of female choreographers, and the argument around whether there are a lack of women choreographers or whether they just haven't been given their chance.  I would argue that the great majority of choreographers are women:  they do it all the time in high schools, for high school musicals, 

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. On 10/17/2019 at 1:28 PM, Roberta said:

    Oh, no. Rest in Peace.

    Adding a day later:  The international reaction has been, uh...interesting. I suppose that there are very few us are around who saw her dance live. I saw her Giselle, Carmen Suite and Grand Pas de Quatre when the BNC was on tour in Spain, around 1980. Age 60 but still fantastic. Esquivel was her partner. But that was a long time ago!

    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.

  7. 15 hours ago, dirac said:

     

    Still, his position was a little bizarre ("You can't use your life and our marriage for material! Only I can use your life and our marriage for material!") 

    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!

  8. 21 hours ago, Barbara said:

     Not that I agree with the treatment of Part. It was unforgivable for her career to end like that. 

    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.....

  9. 2 hours ago, canbelto said:

    "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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