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  1. Petrouska's always been one of my favorites, and I happily found Clavigo available through Netflix. I'm adding it to my queue immediately. Thanks for all the tips. I'm sorry I'm too much a lurker on these boards:) In my own little corner of the ballet world, I'd add Jose Mateo's House of Ballet (1993), set to Alfred Schnittke's Gogol Suite. I try to avoid shamelessly plugging work I've danced in...but this one is truly creepy and very good. Vaguely about a crazed balletomane's world
  2. I'm so grateful that I saw her dance Juliet (about a year ago at the MET). She gave one of the rare performances I see that evokes a genuine emotional reaction. Absolutely stunning. All I could see was Juliet...I can't even give any technical details of her performance. Just that she embodied the character and was 100% perfect. I've had the fortune of seeing her in class a number of times and actually dancing right next to her at the barre. Very gracious, lovely, and friendly. Best wishes to her.
  3. I wanted to mention Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre. They're currently finishing a two season program, 20 Years By Mateo which is a retrospective of his work. http://www.ballettheatre.org/ I hope that anyone traveling to the Boston area would check this company out. It's a lovely theatre and the performances have been going really well. I'm an apprentice with the company, so I hope it's OK to mention here. Just thought that it's worth mentioning. Some excellent work to see in Boston.
  4. Oh, thanks. I LOVE the opportunity to learn and dance this repertory. But believe me, I'm lowly. But I only meant to say that because I didn't want to seem presumptuous about Maria's knees and back! I've seen a few things now...and you can't judge based on what you *think* you know about someone's body, based on thier technique. Too many factors.
  5. I made that post so long ago! It's so strange to read it... Maria is amazing. She's *quite* a special talent. I'm working in a company now (well...as a lowly apprentice). After experiencing a lot more, I'd NEVER presume to predict what area of a dancer's body is prone to injury. At least...without knowing them personally and knowing thier patterns of pain, history, etc.... But back to the topic at hand... A dancer like Farrell appeared, to me...from what I see on tapes...to have a focus that allowed her to muscle through her turns, while off her leg. It appears to have something to do with
  6. lampwick

    missing dancer

    I think took a Master Class from him a while ago at Jose Mateo's Ballet Theatre in Cambridge Mass. I think he comes to guest teach occasionally for the summer intensive. It must be the same guy...Andrew Kelly from Dutch National? He taught a Vaganova class...level 8.
  7. I think last fall was supposed to be Rite of Spring.
  8. I thought Sylve looked fantastic, actually. Didn't stike me as lacking anything at all. I wouldn't expect that final line of 4 women to be perfectly together, either. I, for one, would have fallen flat on my butt or barely missed knocking over my fellow dancers before even getting to that point, so it's all pretty impressive to me
  9. There was a minor glitch in the computers at the ticket window, and I hadn’t given myself any extra time, so I sadly missed most of ALLEGRO BRILLANTE. From what I saw, both Philip Neal and Miranda looked good. Too bad I missed it. I can’t believe how a dancer known for her geometry and angularilty can be so feathery. Wendy Whelan just flows so beautifully. I love the choreography and music of Liturgy. Albert Evans is gorgeous and I’m happy to see him filling Jock Soto’s roles so well. He has a grace which matches perfectly with Wendy. MONUMENTUM/MOVEMENTS was flat. Darci Kistler and Chuck A
  10. I'm an apprentice in a small non-union company. This is the first time I've ever worked with a professional company. Shoes are reimbursed and all classes at the school are free. As far as I know, performances are not compensated, but that's OK by me for now. My roles are not terribly demanding, but I am getting some time on stage which is very valuable to me. I was spending a BIG chunk of change in NYC for training, so am actually able to save a bit as an apprentice and receive the type of "finishing" to my training that I *really* need at this point. I'm continuing to work on the things I n
  11. Cheryl isn't dancing for Suzanne Farrell right now? Last I saw her (a few weeks ago) she was training, and looked to be in good form. She has such beautiful quality in class, and I'd love to see her perform.It may have been her... I don't really know Cheryl personally...but no sister that I've heard of. Could someone post a cast list or roster? I'm very curious who's dancing for Ms. Farrell. I'm not going to be able to make it to the performances because I have Nut obligations further North...and I'm very sad I can't make it to DC. I was looking forward to it. And I would have LOVED to see
  12. I'm intimidated to write here, because I don't have so much knowledge. But I wanted to add something to the discussion. I seem to remember Allegra Kent talking about how little preparation time was given to the dancers under the reign of Balanchine . Doesn't Ms.Farrell also take a very "hand-off" approach to coaching her own company, preferring to let the individual dancers find thier "voice" and interpretation of roles? Didn't Gelsey Kirland need to seek out additional coaching on her own during her time in NYCB because she was frustrated bythe lack of it within the organization? Perhaps
  13. I'm 29, and I buy tickets specifically on Balanchine evenings. It's that repertory that interests me. But I'm a dancer. And I've always had a strong interest in 20th century modernism in the arts. I don't want to offend Mr. Martins, but none of my friends (all in their 20s--mostly younger than me, and dancers) enjoy Martins ballets. The Stroman thing was popular. Personally, I thought it was fluff, but entertaining. I'd bring a date or friends to see it. My non-dancer coworkers, also all young artists types, prefer City Ballet over ABT. They like to see a mixed bill. A variety of programmin
  14. Not if you set it up properly with all the content contained in an external XML document. But you need the resources to hire someone to set up the site properly in the first place... Too many dance organizations have such awful-looking sites. It's really a shame that an artistic entity should be represented with such bad design.
  15. Wendy Whelan is smaller than she appears.
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