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  1. Here's the trailer. Sounds familiar. Please report back here if you see it!
  2. A new TV series with a ballet theme, 'Birds of Paradise,' debuts on Amazon.
  3. Gia Kourlas writes on the new documentary "In Balanchine's Classroom" for the Critic's Notebook in The New York Times. Kourlas reviews NYCB for the Times.
  4. New York City Ballet returns to live performance. (Video)
  5. It would be cool to see Odile in scarlet-lady red, but I guess people would think it was the Firebird gatecrashing the party.
  6. Which could also account for Balanchine's marriages - young ballerinas tend to be accompanied by vigilant ballet mamas. Bette Davis said something similar to Dick Cavett - she and her first husband wanted to sleep together, so they got married. At the time marriage was often the only way many young women could leave their parents' house. It used to be said that Taylor married all her lovers, but that was untrue; it was just something for her PR to provide a semblance of propriety for a love life that would be pretty combustible even today.
  7. Twelve husbands between them! I can't even. At least fifth time was the charm for Powell.
  8. An interview with Chloe Angyal about her book, "Turning Pointe."
  9. dirac

    Monday, September 13

    Syracuse City Ballet presents "Peter and the Wolf."
  10. Nashville Ballet opens its season next month with "Peter Pan."
  11. dirac

    Sunday, September 12

    Gay Morris writes on this year's festival at Jacob's Pillow for DanceTabs.
  12. A list of Best Ballet Movies.
  13. Thank you for posting this, Petra. This exhibition looks intriguing and fun. I wish there was a photo gallery, but I clicked around and didn't find one. A story in The Jerusalem Post:
  14. The 1961 movie shifted uneasily between the stylized and realistic and ended by falling between two stools. I would not be stunned if that happens with this version also. One difference is that the first movie was not a period piece -- some critics thought it really had something to say about contemporary young people and gang life --and this one is set almost seventy years ago, when WSS was new. I think the Spielberg who made E.T. might have been a reasonable choice, although I get what you're saying. I'm not sure I'd choose Scorsese in any era, not because he wouldn't have an interesting take on this New York story but he'd want a different kind of score, most likely, and not unreasonably. I might nominate the young Spike Lee, who was crazy for vivid colors and movement and also had American racial/ethnic urban tensions as his subject.
  15. Also it's a lengthy number, with lots of opportunities to expose a (relatively) unskilled performer, and Powell seems to sail right through it. Shewas also a good actor, who could contribute depth and feeling to scenes when given the opportunity.
  16. If Peck doesn't get much attention from this I'll regard it as karmic justice, given that his dances are replacing those of Robbins, who thought up the whole project in the first place. As I remember, the original movie of West Side Story was praised in just those terms, as being "more than a musical." I'm not sure how well known the property is these days, and they're probably trying to attract younger viewers who don't know WSS as a legacy show, so to speak, as well as people who do know its history.
  17. Thanks to miliosr for the heads-up. Sorry to hear this, although 92 years is a good run. Obituaries and appreciations below. The New York Times Variety Newsweek i know Powell mainly from Royal Wedding, not being a huge fan of Seven Brides. She was a last minute replacement for Judy Garland and did a great job. Astaire noted, "She surprised everyone by her handling of the dances." Her rendition of "Too Late Now" is a highlight of the picture.
  18. miliosr reports the sad news that Jane Powell, one of the last survivors of Hollywood's Golden Age, has died at age 92. Here are his comments:
  19. Overwrought self-importance is a problem with the 1961 movie and both Spielberg and Kushner are more likely to double down on that rather than ease up on it. Neither man is known for his lightness of touch these days. Hope I’m wrong but this trailer does not inspire optimism.
  20. I follow the initial thinking. Richards was one of the better guest hosts and as he was already working there he'd be cheaper than a lot of the starrier names. But once this more recent stuff surfaced he was toast. I just hope Bialik doesn't get the regular gig. If Aaron Rodgers doesn't get back to form, maybe Green Bay will trade him.
  21. And as a teacher as well. There's also a bio, it seems. From the Times obit:
  22. Mazzo was absolutely on my wish list. I’d have like to have heard more from people who’ve been/had been interviewed less frequently, or haven’t/hadn’t written their own books. For example, I remember Richard Tanner had interesting things to say in “I Remember Balanchine.” Helgi Tomasson. Robert Weiss. And, yes, I’ll say it, Peter Martins, who had great things to say in the PBS documentary on Jerome Robbins with regard to the difference between working with Robbins and Balanchine. Kyra Nichols instead of Watts. Maybe even soloists who were in the company a long time without making it to principal, since this is about class, not the making of ballets. But I’ll reserve judgment till I see the movie, which I’m definitely looking forward to doing.
  23. An item on the current exhibit at the Edward Gorey House in Cape Cod, with a photo of the house. th.
  24. dirac

    Sunday, September 12

    A preview of the new season in San Diego dance.
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