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BalletIsLife

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  1. There is an old PBS documentary about the Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet that has an excerpt from a ballet "Twilanka" set to Mozart's variations on Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. It featuresa tiny Vanessa Zahorian (with Zach Hench? I believe). Sean Lavery is originally from CPYB.... I wonder if the piece for SAB is related to the piece in the documentary. The choreographer is not noted in the documentary. Either way, the piece in the documentary is lovely!
  2. I was also going to suggest Peter Boal. If Martin's has 20 or so years left as AD...maybe at that point Mr. Boal will leave PNB and move back to NYCB.
  3. Helene Alexopous (formerly NYCB) had twins!
  4. 1. This documentary sounds great! Do you think it will be released to the public at any time? 2. A while back there was a discussion on the word "boyfriend" in article on Miss Whelan's wedding. Interesting that in this interview Jock uses that same word. 3. I really got a kick out of his choice of least favorite word. "Again" is truly a word dancers come to both hate and love. It struck me as clever and quick on his feet.
  5. I attended the same performance and echo everything posted above. The substitution for Giselle was Christine Mangia. Her technique was very pure and she has an exquisite line. I was quite impressed. In terms of Act I, it seemed a little too condensed for me. Even the large waltz for Giselle's friends (normally 12 of them I believe?) was cut, as well as much of the miming, etc. It was definately rushed. The quick development between Giselle's entrance and the mad scene, would have made me wonder why she was going mad (if it was my first exposure to Giselle). I agree that Act II was beau
  6. I agree with Ashley Bouder..... she appears almost superhuman, outshining and outdoing everyone else on stage. That is what I would consider larger than life. Gomes as well.
  7. http://www.issuemanagement.net/marknym.html Who are the dancers on this page? They are amazing photos. I am especially blown away by the girl on right in the photograph on the far left.
  8. I second the finale of Vienna Waltzes and all of Serenade...
  9. Ballet Talk is truly a "twenty-first century" resource.... What an amazing opportunity. Thank you Ms. Holmes.
  10. the possibility of suzanne farrell staging for PNB is good to hear... here's hoping that more companies see the value in using her....
  11. I can only see a ballet fans finding humor in Korb's references. (If it can be called humerous at all.) I don't think he will attract any clueless spectators with this piece. The truly clueless would probably read this review and think ballet was all the more confusing and unappealing!
  12. Has Liturgy ever been performed by anyone other than Jock with Wendy? Will he return as a guest artist for this ballet or do you think it will be re-cast?
  13. I am in Indiana, but the company my husband works for always spends upwards of 100k on their annual Christmas party for regional employees. I imagine there is a company somewhere in Austin that would think hosting their annual Christmas party at an exclusive performance of the Nutcracker is a great idea! At my husband's company, the wives and kids would love it! I hope Ballet Austin finds a bidder!
  14. I hope that this is not considered gossip, It is first hand information. Please delete if inappropriate. Kaitlyn Gilliland was nursing a knee injury at the SAB workshop in 2004, which required major surgery over the summer and many months of recovery. She began carefully taking classes again at SAB and with NYCB just recently. It is another sad injury story, but I am anxiously awaiting her return to the stage later this year! ****Edited to add - Kaitlyn was seen frequently watching from the second ring "SAB section" of the State Theater during the Nutcracker and Winter Seasons****
  15. I attended ABT last night. Here are some impressions... Theme and Variations was a terible choice for the size of the Wexner Center stage. The outside rows of dancers were constantly hitting the wings, and in the finale where the lines of male and female corps are constantly passing through each other - it was like rush hour traffic.... Because of this, the dancing in Theme was (at best) reserved. Gillian has such beautiful technique, but in most of the sections she was adjusting her spacing and movements to work around the crowded conditions. It is hard for me to really access the danc
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