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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!
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    I find the ending more gratuitous than shocking. I would feel the same way about the piece if Ferri and Cornejo and the two little girls walked off into the sunset petting bunnies. For the me choreography was so unmusical, jerky, and overwrought, making the dancers look ugly for no apparent reason than to signify "this is not your mother's ballet", like a boy writing naughty words on a wall, just to feel important.
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    ABT 2018 Firebird / AFTERITE

    For me, the issue isn't the topic so much, it is the way it was treated. Ballets like Echoing of Trumpets and Les Noces (Nijinska's version, please!) are certainly bleak and uncompromising, but the subjects weren't used gratuitously, and the choreography used form and shapes expressively. AfterRite and certainly some of MacMillan use violence as a decoration, and seem to revel in it.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Sorry if I wasn't clear--I didn't see the performance and wasn't talking about it specifically. I just meant that I thought the word stingy to descripe a less than perfect arabesque was a wonderful description. Mary
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    I agree. Stingy is a perfect word and I wish I had thought of it! Mary
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    Winter 2018

    I actually really enjoyed The Unanswered Question. Loved the music, and the odd sets and costumes (I remember an old fashioned bicycle) seemed to fit the quirkiness. It was done orignally for the American Music Festival with some dancers from Feld's company (Buffy Miller rode the bicycle) and as I remember, it was one of Damian Woetzel's first major roles. It did come back a few years later and I saw it as often as I could, but I was certainly in the minority!
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    Royal Ballet Giselle

    Mashinka, I was at the Collier and Eagling R&J too. It was just stunning. I remember a picture of a curtain call in Dancing Times, and they were both had tears in their eyes.
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    Winter 2018

    It's from Peter Martins' "Barber Violin Concerto"--Mearns was part of the classical duo and Jared Angle was the modern male dancer.
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    Pavlova film

    For New Yorkers, the Film Forum is showing the Anna Pavlova film Dumb Girl of Portici on September 16th. http://filmforum.org/film/the-dumb-girl-of-portico-lois-weber-film
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    Jewels in The Economist

    The blog is called Prospero "An enchanting mix of literary insight and cultural commentary, in the spirit of the hero of “The Tempest”, which seems just a bit of a stretch!
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    Great dancers&great choreography

    I can't remember all the details, but there was a story of a mistress talking to an older man about a younger mistress, saying I am better looking, etc., etc., than she was, yet you can't forget her. What did she have that I don't? And he said "She had my youth". That's what I feel when I think of the dancers I saw in my 20's (Sibley, Dowell, Beriosova, etc.)
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    ABT 2017 Giselle

    I didn't see the Pacific Northwest Ballet version that tried to go back to the original French sources, unfortunately, but Doug Fullington has said that the original first act Giselle was quite spunky, not the one-foot-in-the-grave Gorey cartoon we sometimes see. (My words, not his!)