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miliosr

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  1. With the death of Jacques d'Amboise, that leaves Russ Tamblyn as the sole surviving "brother".
  2. Agreed. Tomasson's primary legacy will be how he took a well-regarded national company and turned it into a ranking international company. But it has to be said that, in terms of diversifying the roster with black dancers (and black American dancers in particular), his directorship has been a failure. I went back and looked at the program for the Harkness Ballet's 1969-70 season, of which Tomasson was a part before Rebekah Harkness disbanded that iteration of the company at the end of the season. It's jarring to see that the San Francisco Ballet of 2021 is no more diverse in terms of blac
  3. Just focusing on the Joshua Kosman article, I would say that the quotes from the company's management are a "triumph" of consultant-speak. This comment from Toni Wilson is particularly "amusing": "Diversifying the workforce also becomes harder, Wilson said, when there are so few hiring decisions to be made." The easy, obvious reply (which Joshua Kosman should have made) is why did the company make one of the few hires Julian Mackay, who embodies the traditional male danseur look? Now, the company might reply that they put out word they were looking for a male principal and they
  4. I had the opposite reaction to the camerawork for Emeralds. I found it static and inert, and it took me out of the actual performance. Fairly or not, I couldn't help but compare it mentally to the extraordinary film of Suite en Blanc that the Royal Swedish Ballet has been streaming with its "you are on the stage" quality. (Yes, I understand the filming conditions were different.) I enjoyed Rubies more, mostly due to Mathilde Froustey and Pascal Molat (Froustey in particular brought a Folies Bergere showgirl quality to it.) Haven't watched Diamonds yet.
  5. Julie Newmeyer a.k.a. Julie Newmar, who will turn 88 this year.
  6. Happy Birthday to Jane Powell, who turns 92 today! I didn't know until today that Powell shared a birthday with Debbie Reynolds, who was three years younger. Powell and Reynolds co-starred in Two Weeks with Love (1950), Athena (1954) and Hit the Deck (1955) at M-G-M.
  7. I have to defend McKenzie just a little bit. When he took over in 1992, no one wanted the job. The company was bankrupt and on the verge of dissolving altogether. McKenzie rebuilt the company using who remained from the Baryshnikov era (Bocca, Ferri, Gardner, Hill, Jaffe, Kent, McKerrow), who he could bring in from the outside (Beloserkovsky, Carreno, Corella; Dvorovenko, Steifel) and who he could promote from within (Abrera, Cornejo, Gomes, Hallberg, Herrera, Murphy, Radetsky). That 15-20 year period under his directorship was magic. (I freely concede that the last 10 years have been mes
  8. She would but she also just replaced Terry Orr as the director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre. Even if she wanted the top job at ABT, it would be poor form to walk out on a job she's barely started.
  9. The Abrera-Radetsky duo would be ideal. They spent their careers at ABT and know the culture and repertory by heart. The ship may have sailed for Angel Corella and Julie Kent-Victor Barbee. Corella is building the kind of company he wants in Philadelphia after a very rocky start. Does he walk now just when his plans for the Pennsylvania Ballet are coming to fruition? The Kent-Barbee team have done OK in Washington but I don't know that their joint directorship has produced anything extraordinary. Once, I would have said that Ethan Steifel had the inside track but I'm not so sure anym
  10. Actor Geoffrey Scott, who played tennis pro/gigolo Mark Jennings for two seasons on Dynasty, has died at the age of 79. Even though he was only a member of the cast from 1982-84, his contributions were significant and he is still remembered fondly by Dynasty fans.
  11. More Dark Shadows- related cast deaths: Actor Chris Pennock, who joined the show in 1970 and played prominent roles in the Leviathans, Parallel Time and 1840 storylines, died on February 12th at the age of 76. Actor Geoffrey Scott, who appeared from January-March 1970 as Angelique's husband, died on February 23rd at the age of 79. (He achieved greater fame years later when he played tennis pro/gigolo Mark Jennings for two seasons on Dynasty.)
  12. Remembering the late Jorge Donn on what would have been his 74th birthday.
  13. "Funny" you should mention this. The mention of Garcia's name has had me thinking that dancers (particularly male dancers) at San Francisco Ballet who decamp for other pastures are rarely seen with the company again, even as guests. The only one I can think of who left and then returned in some capacity is Aaron Robison.
  14. I'll play . . . I would add Ashley Wheater to the pool of candidates who have worked under Helgi Tomasson and have since acquired directorship experience. But he is secure at the Joffrey Ballet and wouldn't gain all that much moving up a little further on the hierarchy of American ballet companies. Not only do Vanessa Zahorian and Davit Karapetyan know the repertory by heart but they would bring a certain glamour to the directorship. Karapetyan also has a lot of contacts in the Euro dance world. But they seem settled with their academy in Pennsylvania. I would throw in Felipe D
  15. Bumping up this thread because I don't think the late, great Diahann Carroll got a remembrance when she passed on in October 2019. Here, Carroll's character, Dominique Deveraux, meet Alexis Colby (Joan Collins) for the first time: Alexis Colby and Dominique Deveraux - Shade Fest - YouTube Also bumping up this thread because Dynasty turned 40 years old on January 12th! To celebrate, here's a fun feature about the Filoli estate in California, which served as the exterior of the Carrington mansion on Dynasty, and whose interior inspired the soundstage sets used on the show: Bobbing
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