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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
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  1. Has the company stopped the practice of having the free Open-Air performance in August that gives the smorgasbord of the season?
  2. I'm of the opinion that "passionate advocat" and "critic" are not synonyms and actually is problematic with the way that dance is written about. There is a place for both (and many other permutations of the way to put movement onto the page) but if you ascribe advocacy to people who are meant to form a critique it is a complicated and slippery slope. Luckily, everyone gets to be as passionate as they so choose--regardless of the discipline. (Please move if inappropriate and too far off topic)
  3. Interesting that Character Dancers are often the most experienced of the company and the RDB grooms people to have such experiences at various points in their career (occasionally younger dancers or injured dancers find their way into character roles that are generally reserved for the veterans).
  4. Adding to the lament of Hall being overlooked, as I've been appreciative of his ability to dance not only from the neck-down but also with his face, I cast another vote for Apollo. I'd like to see Scheller as the siren in a little while. I think that she has the capacity to inhabit the role with a steely resolve.
  5. I'd suggest MIXTO on Pine and 11th--still a five minute walk to the theatre, but just far enough to avoid the theatre crowds pre-show. It is great Latin/Carribean fusion in a casual atmosphere that includes cloth napkins and a wine menu.
  6. For those curious, Guidestar publishes the reported tax documents for 501c3 organizations and it is open for anyone to look at once you've registered (free). You can get the general operating budgets as well as salaries for several of the top employees and other noteable information.
  7. The title is also the direct translation of the mime: "You I Love", which gestures to the intended then to the speaker and then to the heart. This is the spoken text of the movement that is used when teaching the ballet.
  8. It would be difficult to skip Manon in this category. Having seen it with a friend as a first-go at the ballet world, he exclaimed at the end "Well, the harlot got what she deserved!"
  9. A little late to the game, but I'm of the opinion that the folks in Copenhagen aren't trying to keep their Bournonville a secret by not putting it out for the general public. The costs of paying royalties to the artists is most likely a sticking point in negotiations which is why there weren't DVD's available at the festival--a location where there would be an obvious audience of international interest.
  10. I certainly think that Hall is up to the challenge and I'll be glad to see him featured in this and hopefully more rolls.
  11. If anyone knows where Johnson pops up, I'd be all ears.
  12. You can easily get a seat if you arrive early. The policy last year involved herding the cattle into the fenced-off area for a while, delaying the "house opening" time and a few cranky folks. They sell concessions.
  13. There are four new soloists. Izabela Sokolowska is also included in the group.
  14. I suppose I was just taken by the timing of it all. I suppose it could be considered a 'rebuilding year' but that might take me into some horrid sports metaphor which we could all do without!
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