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  1. miliosr

    Job posting for artistic director

    We'll have to agree to disagree on that point. I think it's possible to find fault with Balanchine for pushing someone who was so young and inexperienced in certain directions regardless of the actual ability. The push need not be seen as malicious -- merely that Balanchine contributed to inflated expectations on the part of the recipient of his attentions.
  2. Probably doesn't climb the camp Mount Everest like Valley of the Dolls and Showgirls did. But, if you're in the right frame-of-mind, it can crossover from tedious to ridiculous.
  3. miliosr

    Job posting for artistic director

    "Another" is doing the heavy lifting in the original sentence. Much testimony exists to the problematic nature of all of Clifford's ventures and his role in them. What are we to make of John Clifford? In one of his recent posts, Clifford mused whether he had, "peaked too soon." Perhaps the more penetrating question would be: "Did you overestimate your abilities as an artistic director and a choreographer?" (A corollary to that question -- and a criticism of George Balanchine would be: "Did Balanchine overestimate or overpraise Clifford's abilities and lead him into areas that were ill-suited to his actual talents [dancer, stager, teacher].)
  4. miliosr

    Annual Concours - November 9th & 10th

    Results from the women's competition: https://www.dansesaveclaplume.com/a-la-barre/1035399-concours-interne-de-promotion-2018-novembre-resultats-des-danseuses/ Marion Barbeau to premiere danseuse Heloise Bourdon to premiere danseuse Bianca Scudamore to sujet Victoire Anquetil to coryphee Nais Duboscq to coryphee
  5. miliosr

    Tribute to Jerome Robbins

    I did as well. Thanks anyway silvermash!
  6. miliosr

    Annual Concours - November 9th & 10th

    Results from the men's competition: https://www.dansesaveclaplume.com/a-la-barre/1033555-concours-interne-de-promotion-2018-novembre-resultats-des-danseurs/ Marc Moreau to premiere danseur Axel Magliano to sujet Antoine Kirscher to sujet Leo De Busserolles to coryphee Andrea Sarri to coryphee No surprise regarding Marc Moreau's promotion especially given that Jeremy Loup-Quer didn't compete this year.
  7. The annual competition for promotion starts today!
  8. Bel Air Classiques has released the double bill from March 2016 consisting of the opera Iolanta and the ballet The Nutcracker on a two disc set. I've only had time to watch the first disc and will report back in full when I've had time to watch the second disc. But here's a funny taster until then. Iolanta segues immediately into the party scene of The Nutcracker, in which the sujet Daniel Stokes, dressed in a brown argyle sweater and tan slacks, plays one of the party guests. At the end of the party scene, the guests leave only to return a short time later in more menacing form. When we see the Boy in the Brown Argyle Sweater again, the corps dancer Simon Le Borgne is playing him instead of Stokes. (We see Le Borgne in close-up at 2hrs 3mins and full body at 2hrs 5 mins.) At 2:06:02, we see Le Borgne again only now he's wearing a mustard-colored vest and brick-colored slacks. At 2:06:18 -- 16 seconds later -- when we see Le Borgne once again, he's back to wearing the brown argyle sweater and tan slacks. Holy Continuity Errors, Batman!
  9. I saw Suspiria last night. My verdict? Don't bother. As a horror movie, Suspiria didn't have a single scare. It makes the recent Halloween remake seem like a masterpiece of horror even though that movie isn't particularly scary either. Suspiria doesn't compensate for its failures as a horror movie by being great (or even good) camp. If Suspiria wasn't going to be good horror, I was hoping it would at least be a camp classic along the lines of Valley of the Dolls, Showgirls and Glitter. Alas, it was not to be. Even Tilda Swinton (in the old Joan Bennett part of Madame Blanc) intoning portentously on the dance didn't deliver enough pure camp. (And, truthfully, Susan Hayward [as Helen Lawson] lip-synching "I'll Plant My Own Tree" in Valley of the Dolls is scarier than anything in Suspiria.) There were three things I liked in Suspiria: Dakota Johnson (as Susie) performing a violent solo for Madame Blanc, which has an equally violent effect on Olga, another member of the company who has run afoul of the witches' coven. It's not scary but it is powerful. The Markos Tanz Theater performing its signature work, Volk, in one of the company's studios. The general look and period flavor (i.e. the constant background references to the Baader-Meinhof gang) of 1977-era Berlin. It's the complete antithesis of Dario Argento's conception of Berlin in the original.
  10. The December 1970 issue of After Dark has a lot of content related to ABT, including an ad for its December 22 - January 10 season. Here's what the company and repertory looked like way back when: Principal Dancers Men: Erik Bruhn/Royes Fernandez/Ted Kivitt/Bruce Marks/Ivan Nagy/Michael Smuin/Gayle Young Wome: Eleanor D'Antuono/Carla Fracci/Cynthia Gregory/Toni Lander/Natalia Makarova/Mimi Paul/Lupe Serrano/Sallie Wilson The Season December 22: Special performance of Giselle "introducing Natalia Makarova with Erik Bruhn December 23-27: Coppelia December 29-January 10: A Rose for Miss Emily (premiere - Agnes de Mille) Ontogeny (premiere - Dennis Nahat) Schubertiade (premiere - Michael Smuin) Les Patineurs (revival - Frederick Ashton) Miss Julie (revival - Birgit Cullberg) "Plus 10 Repertoire Favoriites" That was the ABT world that was 48 years ago!
  11. The New York Times picks up on the modern dance element (specifically Pina Bausch, Martha Graham and Mary Wigman) in Suspiria: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/02/arts/dance/luca-guadagnino-dance-suspiria-damien-jalet.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fdance&action=click&contentCollection=dance&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront I would take issue with this comment by director Luca Guadagnino, though: “Dario making it classical ballet was a big mistake, a misstep,” Mr. Guadagnino said. You don't watch Dario Argento's original version of Suspiria for acting, plot or theme. You watch it for color, mood and music (Goblin's score).
  12. Allister Madin is leaving as well? I like the first photo of Josua Hoffalt in the following link: https://www.dansesaveclaplume.com/en-coulisse/1019424-adieux-a-la-scene-de-josua-hoffalt/ With the hair and the beard, he looks the part of Conrad in Le Corsaire.
  13. Thanks for confirming Colette! Hoffalt retiring this week and Karl Paquette retiring in December leaves the ranks of the male etoiles in a depleted state: Mathieu Ganio Mathias Heymann Stephane Bullion Germain Louvet Hugo Marchand I would imagine that Francois Alu and Paul Marque are the two likeliest candidates for being made etoiles but who really knows with Alu? He has such an up-and-down relationship with management. Justice for Alu!
  14. Has Josua Hoffalt also taken his last bow at the Opera?
  15. miliosr

    Where is Brooklyn Mack?

    I had the same reaction when I read that quote, especially the part about, "what the audience wants." The audience wants even more Peck/Ratmansky/Wheeldon -- really?