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  1. One theory would be that the Trust has gotten too worldwide in trying to mount so many productions of Balanchine's work every year and quality has become uneven as a result. Another would be that too many company directors are programming Balanchine regardless of whether or not their companies have any stylistic or technical affinity for his work. And then there's this: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_danc/who-really-controls-balanchines-ballets-the-dance-world-deserves-to-know/2019/03/28/3e8bca96-5017-11e9-af35-1fb9615010d7_story.html
  2. Maina Gielgud has taught the solo Squeaky Door (which Maurice Bejart created for and gave to her) to Maria Khoreva: Gielgud talks about this and other matters (including the lost art of epaulement and her exposure to Lester Horton's technique) here: http://www.balletposition.com/tag/squeaky-door
  3. The 1795 storyline is the beginning of the end for Vicky as a character. Vicky prior to and just after Barnabas' arrival still had a functioning brain. The clip I linked to above doesn't show it but there's additional dialogue after Barnabas finishes with the 'Josette Soliloquy. After an upset Carolyn flees the drawing room (with good reason given the content of Barnabas' story), Vicky begins peppering Barnabas with questions, particularly about his use of the word 'bloodless'. That is the Vicky I always liked -- the one who, early on, tended to be more perceptive than those around her. But the character of Vicky became more and more blanded out as the show became more and more supernatural; a fate which also plagued the characters of Carolyn Stoddard and Maggie Evans.
  4. November 20th, 1967 was the first full episode set in 1795, which itself was the first of the show's multiple time travel storylines. (A séance held at Collinwood in 1967 hurls the governess, Vicky, back to the year 1795. a time when Barnabas was not yet a vampire, Josette was still alive , , , and a rather unusual maid servant named Angelique was about to arrive at the great estate.) https://darkshadows.fandom.com/wiki/366
  5. Premiere danseur Alessio Carbone has announced on Instagram that his last performance with the troupe will be on November 23rd. (He has reached the mandatory retirement age.) More surprisingly, his fellow Italian, the sujet Simon Valastro, wrote this on his Instagram account: "Rehearsal of Body and Soul by #crystalpite. I couldn't expect better memories for the last year of my career." I don't think he's 42 yet. Retiring early? https://www.instagram.com/p/B5FaA9MoO0r/
  6. Bolero (w/ Bolle), currently playing at La Scala:
  7. The cast members themselves have said that they were always amazed at how Frid's desperate search for the teleprompter during taping took on a different dimension when the shows actually aired. On the air, Frid forgetting his lines and looking for the teleprompter came across as Barnabas lost in melancholy reverie.
  8. I think she pioneered the 'clutch the throat' acting technique. Here's a sample of how moody Dark Shadows looked in black and white: I would direct people's attention to the 7:00-10:00 mark where Jonathan Frid (as Barnabas) recounts the death of Josette DuPres in 1795 to the governess Victoria Winters (Alexandra Moltke) and Carolyn Stoddard (Nancy Barrett) in what is now known in Dark Shadows fandom as the 'Josette Soliloquy'. What really adds to Frid's performance is the tremendous job the production staff did in lighting the entire scene. The set-up for Barnabas' speech is that there has been a power failure at Collinwood and the only things lighting the drawing room are candles, the fireplace and the flashes of lightning from the storm raging overhead. The lighting and sound effects work the crew did on this episode is worthy of anything Universal Pictures did with its horror movies of the 30s and 40s.
  9. Rizzoli has released a new book devoted to legendary M-G-M costume designer Adrian: https://www.amazon.com/Adrian-Lifetime-Movie-Glamour-Fashion/dp/0847860116/ref=sr_1_1?crid=JTS6KCJ2SAMU&keywords=adrian+hollywood+designer&qid=1573344653&s=books&sprefix=adrian+hollywood%2Caps%2C187&sr=1-1 This is the third book devoted to Adrian in the last 20 years. Lyons Press has also released a monograph anout legendary M-G-M art director Cedric Gibbons: https://www.amazon.com/MGM-Style-Cedric-Gibbons-Hollywood/dp/1493038575/ref=sr_1_1?crid=HINORJ1YJ948&keywords=cedric+gibbons&qid=1573344927&s=books&sprefix=cedric+%2Caps%2C171&sr=1-1
  10. Victor Ullate has announced that the company he founded 31 years ago is to close as it was no longer viable to continue. Ullate has been quoted as saying that despite alleged funding of one million euros from the Government of the Community of Madrid, he no longer has sufficient funds to pay for hotels when the company is on tour, or even food for his 25 professional dancers. Source: Dance Europe
  11. For the first round of each classification, there's an imposed variation. In the second round of each classification, each competitor gets to choose their own free variation.
  12. Fun fact: Nikolaus Tudorin, Thomas Docquir and Pablo Legasa all danced the Dancer in Brown's first variation from Dances at a Gathering, And they were all promoted! Otherwise, the results weren't terribly surprising in the men's competition. Simon Le Borgne was the lead in Alexander Ekman's Play and Thomas Docquir was highly cast in the company's most recent revival of Swan Lake. So the competition results just caught up to events.
  13. Antonio Conforti and Nikolaus Tudorin promoted to coryphees Florent Mélac, Simon Le Borgne and Thomas Docquir promoted to sujets
  14. From the competition program: The women's field: https://www.facebook.com/dansomanie/photos/a.383575178480097/1293924747445131/?type=3&theater The men's field: https://www.facebook.com/dansomanie/photos/a.383575178480097/1293925034111769/?type=3&theater By my count, there are 32 women competing and only 24 men. Is the competition less of a "thing" for the men than the women? (Only 5 men competing in the sujet-to premiere danseur classification. Did all the male sujets over 30 just say: "To Hell with it"?)
  15. The annual competition for promotion is this week. Hopefully, some of our French correspondents will report! Here are the number of positions in play: 1 - première danseuse/3 - sujets (f)/3 - coryphees (f) 2 - premiere danseurs/3 - sujets (m)/2 - coryphées (m)
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