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  1. I was also looking for this last night. With the SAB celebration they announced that it was postponed. With Coppelia they announced a new broadcast date. This was different. There was no word from Lincoln Center, it just disappeared from their program list. Very disappointing, and very bad form from LC.
  2. I've seen Makarova's DQ PDD many times back in the 70's and she almost always did the fouettes (even though she hated them). Ditto with her Swan Lake. This performance was one of her first after returning from maternity leave and she was not 100% back in shape so I can forgive her substituting the fouettes here. Its very different from a ballerina who is at full strength and simply can't execute the steps. Agree that it was a wonderful video and hope that its available for awhile longer. That T&V is legendary and the Sylphides was gorgeous!
  3. Hmm, I see a line forming and dissolving several times, and their positioning changes. Towards the end the line up is Anderson, Hod, LaCour, Kretschmar (blond) and Kitka (super tall).
  4. Reichlin and Kondaurova are my two co-favorite Tall Girls, though I enjoyed Nadon and especially Kitka. Hyltin is my favorite of all the current NYCB ballerinas in the pas de deux
  5. I received a refund for my ABT subscription today. I also ordered single tickets and that money has not been refunded yet so I guess they are issuing refunds in stages.
  6. Thanks abatt! I just set it up to DVR it. Zelensky retired maybe 10-15 years ago so it will be interesting to see when this was recorded and who dances the other roles.
  7. Can you tell who the leads are?
  8. Barbara, if you didn't receive the letter that came with your subscription you may not know that you can't exchange into the Osipova/Hallberg performances or the Smirnova/Kim Bayadere, as well as the Gala. I expected the Gala to be excluded but was surprised and disappointed at the others.
  9. I got that one. If you join at the supporter level or above ($750 per year or $62.50 per month) you can buy single tickets starting 3/15. 3/15 is also when subscriber exchange week starts. It runs from 3/15 - 3/21 and then single tickets go on sale on 3/22.
  10. I saw it on Friday night. There were a lot of things I liked about the staging and the performance. Aside from the 48 swans it was a pretty traditional production with a full 16-17 minute last lakeside scene and tragic ending. The sight of the 48 swans was gorgeous and the swan corps was beautiful, very well synchronized, lovely positions and fluid in their movements. The corps scenes may have been my favorite part of the ballet. All of the dancers were good, particularly their O/O, Qi Bingxue. She had beautiful epaulment, strong balances and strong technique. I was less impressed by her Siegfried, Wu Husheng. He had elegant bearing but his arabesque wasn't great and nothing about his dancing was really outstanding. The downside was that I didn't find it very dramatic or emotionally engaging - not sure if that was due to the staging or the performances.
  11. Thanks Mashinka, "old Kirov" is my favorite style so it looks like I'll be going to Brooklyn in February!
  12. She is dancing in Swan Lake at BAM on February 16 & 16 and I'm trying to decide whether or not I want to go. I haven't been able to find much online - just that their Swan Lake is a standard Russian version though with somewhat reduced sets and scenery. Has anybody seen her O/O and this production? Is she an O/O not to be missed, or just average? Any info would be appreciated as I debate whether to trek out to Brooklyn on a Sunday afternoon...
  13. I did not see problems with Lane's performance last night, except for poor partnering from Gorak. She seemed relaxed and danced well. There were a few areas where she could have done better - I thought her phrasing was a little brittle at the beginning of the pdd and she did not radiate the joy that you see from Peck or Bouder - but I don't know that a performance like that is even possible with ABT's staging. Was the music slower last night than on opening night? I wasn't at opening night so I don't know, but ABT has always taken the music at a funereal pace and the orchestra just stops and waits for the dancers to position themselves for each new movement - which sucks all the life out of T&V. The real disappointment for me was Gorak. He is such a beautiful dancer, my eye is always drawn to him but he did not make a good case for himself last night. You'd think by this time he would have taken the initiative to build some upper body strength but he is still unable to partner even tiny dancers like Lane. And his solo variation was shockingly bad. Its a real disgrace for ABT to put a dancer who can't do the steps onstage in this iconic ballet. Especially when there are so many others who can. I liked the new Tharp - didn't love it but I found it interesting and am looking forward to seeing it again. The Seasons was the hit of the evening for me. I still find the costumes incohesive, but I just love everything else about the ballet and all of the dancers looked great in it.
  14. NYCB posted some footage of Nadon's debut:
  15. Mira Nadon's Rubies debut was a smashing success. She is not the tallest tall girl, her 6 o'clock penchee doesn't really hit 6 o'clock, and her plie in 2nd isn't the juiciest around, but all of those elements were still good enough. So while there is room for improvement, everything else about her tall girl was great. Her musicality and phrasing, the way she articulated those angular body positions and the way she wielded those legs as weapons, mon Dieu! As for the rest - Bouder/Stanley were a HUGE improvement over Stafford/Ramasar in Emeralds and while LeCrone is not a great fit for the walking ballerina she wasn't bad. So all in all I liked last night's Emeralds much better than opening night. Mearns & Janzen were beautiful in Diamonds, though I thought I saw a couple of very uncharacteristic small stumbles from her in the coda. Nothing major and Janzen gave her all the support she needed to prevent any mishaps. Still, even while watching them I couldn't get the memory of the Kowroski/Angle opening night performance out of my mind, I longed for their elegance and slow unspooling of the pdd
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