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    Royal Ballet 2018-19 season

    Well, she is in good company--John Martin of the New York Times dismissed Symphony in C as "That ballet of his, this time for some inscrutable reason to the Bizet symphony". The second movement (which I love) is like Swan Lake without Tchaikovsky.
  2. She certainly cut the pas de chat in her solo, just before the fouettes--or at least just barely indicated it.
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    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    Yes, I remember it. It was years ago, and Stiefel was wonderful as the boy in blue. Gillian Murphy (I think she may have been a soloist then, but maybe she was in the corps) was phenomenal as one of the girls in red. (with all the turns)
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    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    It is a combination--Sleeping Beauty in practice costume would certainly not be as effective as the complete production. Costumes are important for the overall look and effect of a piece--City Ballet did "Les Sylphides" in practice costumes for a while--it is certainly great choreography but it just looked flat.
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    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    Last year, I went to an interview with Ratmansky and Cassandra Trenary, and he talked about "Whipped Cream" as a ballet feerie. At the question time, I asked him if working on Sleeping Beauty had influenced his thinking and he said "Most definitely". Here is the quote from my writeup. "There are a number of processions in the ballet presenting these, [fantistic creatures] which he said are based on the ballet féerie idea. (Petipa's "The Sleeping Beauty" is also a ballet féerie and in answer to a question at the end of the interview, Ratmansky said emphatically that his work on "The Sleeping Beauty" was a great influence on "Whipped Cream".)
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    ABT 2018 promotions

    I remember her performance in "Symphonic Variations". She was one of the side girls, and It was the first time I had heard of her. She was absolutely stunning. I saw a ballet acquaintance on the subway later and we both just said "Fang!". There was such a serenity about her and absolute authority. She used to do the nocturne in "Les Sylphides" too, which was so lyrical, and again, had such quiet authority.
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    Marcelo Gomes

    I think you meant Apparitions, not Illuminations, though it would be fascinating to see him in that one! Sarasota has done Illuminations, so we can hope.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Maybe she changed for the curtain calls! I definitely remember a dress with colorful splotches at the beginning of Act II.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    It looks like they are using the first act Bonne Fee costume now for the finale--I saw it the first two nights and she had changed for the second act into something more colorful, though I didn't think it was quite as elegant as the first act one.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Everyone had hats and they were gorgeous! Especially Boylston's in Act I. I loved that the hats were part of the choreography, bobbing around.
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    The Lilac Fairy

    As I recall from the Maryinsky reconstruction, Nikiya was certainly in character shoes in the first scene, and point shoes in the shades. I actually don't remember if she was in character shoes other times, but I do remember she did the sad little dance before the poison flower trick carrying a vina (a sort of a guitar). There are some vestigal gestures sometimes now in that solo , but I guess carrying something would make the modern show-off balances too tricky,
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    The Lilac Fairy

    I do so love the variety of those older dances. Nikiya was in character shoes in Bayadere's first act too, so there was so much more contrast between it and the shades scene.
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    The Lilac Fairy

    I think that the Sergeyev notations have Lilac in a tutu for the Prologue (there are notated dances for her) and then in heeled shoes and a longer gown in the vision scene.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    I don't necessarily agree that the Shades solos should be corps roles. When the Royal Ballet first did the Nureyev Shades version, often principals danced the shades (at that time, they also often danced the Sleeping Beauty fairies, too). Roles like that are as big or as small as a dancer can make them.
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    Coppelia 2018.

    In some Coppelias, the Doctor is present at the wedding and Swanhilda apologizes to him, which I think works very well, as it includes him and shows that Swanhilda has changed. ABT does it that way, as I recall, and they use a version set by Freddie Franklin, who knew an older version. I have never seen the Royal Ballet's version, which was based one set by Sergeyev, so I don't know if that happens, but it should!