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  1. nysusan

    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    I've seen both casts of this first program and have been enjoying it, albeit with some reservations that I'll try to go into later. Amy Wood has been my favorite dancer so far, but I miss Danielle Brown. I really liked her last time they were here. Anyone know if she is still dancing with them?
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    They seem to be comfortable casting him as the lead in more modern full length pieces like Whipped Cream or in the second fiddle character roles like Hilarion, but I agree - they need to cast him as the lead in a full length classical role like Albrecht or Siegfried or Solor.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Please, please no Matthew Golding. I didn't like him when he was with ABT and seeing him in the RB cinema SL a few years ago did nothing to change my opinion. I would LOVE to see Sarafanov or Shklyarov guest with ABT but based on their family situations I don't think either of them are likely. Maybe as 1 offs here or there but not even for a full Met season. Osiel Gouneo would be interesting, as would Alejandro Virelles, formerly of ENB and Bayerische Staatsoper. I love Fabrice Calmels, but if he hasn't guested with ABT in all of these years I don't think its gonna happen now. My number 1 pick would be Friedmann Vogel - tall and an absolutely gorgeous dancer! Within the company,I wish they would give Forster and Gorak more opportunities but management doesn't seem to favor them. Its clear that ABT has to import some male dancers while simultaneously developing their own. I'm sure there are lots of talented men around besides the few we've been discussing - the question is whether ABT has the will & the money to do some real top shelf shopping.
  4. Its true, I always go to the box office to buy tickets and they do close for vacation every year in August. They re-open about a week before fall for dance tickets go on sale.
  5. Too bad, Parish is my least favorite of the Mariinsky men. I'd much rather see Sergeev as Apollo. Now it all depends on who his Muses are...
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    Much as I love Abrera I'd be surprised if she was cast in it this time around. Several posters noticed a decline in her technique during the Met season, and this is a notoriously difficult ballet. Murphy might still be up to it, but I'm more expecting Teuscher/Shevchenko
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    Retirement of Daria Pavlenko

    Thank you, Madame P, for sharing this news. It breaks my heart to think that I'll never see her dance again. I was hoping the "powers that be" at the Mariinsky would let her dance the tutu roles again, and let her tour again, but I guess it is not to be. I fell in love with her the first time I saw her - dancing in Swan Lake at the Kennedy Center. I was lucky enough to see her O/O again in another KC tour, as well as her Giselle, her Cinderella (and Cindy's mother), her Zobeide, Chopiniana, and in Forsythe. Her combination of great technique, musicality and beautiful epaulment was wonderful, but what I loved most about her was that whatever role she was dancing, she always let her humanity shine through. She will be missed.
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    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    I'd love to see his Albrecht. And, if they revive Manon he'd make an amazing des Grieux - opposite Stella, of course. They've shown such great rapport both as Mercedes/Espada and Teaflower/Coffee.
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    ABT 2018 Whipped Cream

    I just got a sponsored facebook post from ABT with the ABTJuly promo code. This is the same one I used several weeks ago, I think it was a 25% discount, but only good for orchestra tickets.
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    ABT 2018 Swan Lake

    I saw Teuscher/Stearns on Thursday night and those were my impressions, too. Watching her as Odette I could not get over how stiff her back was, and how low her extensions were. Plus there was something I really didn't like about the way she held her shoulders and head. I thought her Odile was much better. While it does bother me when someone travels that far forward doing the fouettees there's no denying that quadruple at the end was very impressive. Stearns was a non entity, Williams & Hurley were both lovely with Hoven in the pas de trois. Forster was FABULOUS as Von R, so commanding and those jetes were fierce. He's done a lot of second lead roles like Von R, Hilarion etc, I really hope they give him a leading role in a full length next season. Just one - Albrecht or Siegfried or Solor or Romeo - its time to let him show us what he can do.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Based on how ENB worded the press release I'd suspect that he is leaving ABT. They said this about 2 dancers from NBC: From The National Ballet of Canada, Francesco Gabriele Frola and Emma Hawes join the Company as Principal and First Soloist respectively, while remaining dancers of The National Ballet of Canada. and this about Cirio: Following his recent guest performances with the Company in Song of the Earth, La Sylphide, and Akram Khan’s Giselle, Jeffrey Cirio, currently Principal at American Ballet Theatre, joins English National Ballet as Lead Principal. I guess we'll see if we hear anything from Cirio or ABT, but I suspect he is leaving.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I was there for the first act on Wed and the entire ballet on Saturday night. My impressions pretty much mirror ABT Fan's. I was there to see Hallberg because these were his last performances of the season and I wonder how often he'll be dancing with ABT in the future. He was wonderful, his dancing was so beautiful and free and I loved his characterization of Romeo as a hopelessly romantic dreamer. Boylston's Juliet was very well danced, but I didn't feel any chemistry between her and Hallberg . She acted the part well, but I was always aware of her ACTING. The best R&J pairs - the ones we have become used to seeing at ABT like Ferri/Bocca, Ferri/Corella, Vishneva/Gomes and the one time we were privileged to see an absolutely heartstopping performance by Osipova & Hallberg - they lived the roles onstage, totally in the moment. Now of course I know that they were acting but you never felt it, you only felt their raw vivid emotions and total immersion in the story. I didn't see anything like that with Boylston and Hallberg and for me, R&J is pretty boring without it. And, yes, I too always think of Franklin the minute Friar Lawrence comes onstage. Even into his late eighties, he was such a presence. I usually go to ABT 3-4 times for most productions, but I see R&J as a 3 hour ballet that contains about 45 minutes of amazing dancing. It really lives or dies depending on who is cast in the 2 lead roles, and without great performances I find it pretty boring. In my book, this was not a great performance. On any given night I see 8-10 or more of my friends during intermissions, but each night this week I only saw 2 people I know, so I guess most of my friends felt the same way I did.
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    Marcelo Gomes

    As reported in the Sarasota Ballet thread, Marcelo will be performing the final pdd from The Two Pigeons with Victoria Hulland during the company's August engagement at the Joyce Theater in NY. This will be presented at the Saturday matinee and evening performances. Program 2 Starts with Wheeldon's There Where She Loved and then to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ashton's passing the program will include Monotones I & II and four Ashton diverts/extracts (La Chatte Métamorphosée en Femme; the pas de trois from Les Patineurs; Méditation from Thaïs; and the final pas de deux from The Two Pigeons, performed by Victoria Hulland and guest artist Marcelo Gomes).
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    Sarasota @ Joyce Aug. 2018

    Ettore, thank you so much for clearing that up. I can never see Monotones enough so now all disappointment is gone and I am thrilled that i have tickets to 4 performances. I may have to break my "no Saturday matinee" rule and buy another ticket so I can see the Ashton diverts twice. Once everybody in NY knows that Marcelo is dancing on Saturday those 2 performances will surely sell out so I'm buying that extra ticket now!
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