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  1. That's definitely Wayne Byars! A great teacher, and I feel lucky to have taken his class. Thank you, Tapfan, for posting this article. Misty Copeland isn't the only one, by far. When I was growing up and taking ballet classes, Virginia Johnson, Stephanie Dabney, and Cassandra Phifer were my role models. I'm happy for Misty's success, and even happier that all this publicity is simultaneously shining a spotlight on the lack of diversity in classical ballet companies and highlighting the ballerinas of color who are soldiering on and dancing.
  2. I downloaded a copy of this beautiful book onto my laptop three years ago. The laptop was recently stolen. Unfortunately, I hadn't backed it up I will never make that mistake again!!! Now, I'm trying to put everything I had back together. The link is no longer working. If anyone has this book and wouldn't mind forwarding it on to me, I would be very, very grateful.
  3. Sugar Plum: Alina Cojocaru, Myriam Ould-Braham Prince: David Hallberg
  4. Giselle- Alina Cojocaru, Diana Vishneva, Natalia Osipova Albrecht- Marcelo Gomes, David Hallberg, Johan Kobborg Myrtha- Veronika Part, Maria Allash, Marie-Agnes Gillot
  5. I was trying to quote part of nysusan's post above- that's the first paragraph!
  6. Cojocaru is one of my favorite ballerinas and while her Giselle was certainly well worth seeing IMO what I saw this time around is no longer on the same level as Osipova and Vishneva. I HOPE this can be attributed to a current injury and not just a decline in her technique due to the cumulative effect of her many injuries and well known foot problems. She still has a wonderful, floaty quality to her dancing, beautiful, easy extensions, gorgeous phrasing and line and is a very great interpretive artist but her technique has definitely declined. Last season when she flubbed a bit in DQ I put i
  7. Of course! As soon as I leave New York I will have to rely on BTers and Youtube to let me know what I'm missing!
  8. Thanks for the advice! I was unlucky with the standing room queue, but my friend waited inside and we were able to get real seats. I found the performance a bit disappointing, though. I was really looking forward to seeing Uliana Lopatkina for the first time and in her signature role. The Parisian audience went wild for Lopatkina, but she seemed mechanical and cold to me. Her interpretation of Odette/Odile was very deliberate and it didn't feel like she made any effort to interact with her partners or engage with Nureyev's particular version of Swan Lake. It seemed as though she could have b
  9. It was absolutely impossible to get tickets for the run of "Swan Lake". I would like to try for standing room at the Bastille. I was lucky to stumble across standing room tickets last Christmas for "Casse-Noisette". How early should I queue up outside? I can only see the Dec 21 performance with Lopatkina!! I'm prepared to wait out in the cold for awhile
  10. Thanks! I wonder if binoculars will help...
  11. David Denby gave the film a pretty scathing review in "The New Yorker". Favorite quote: "Dance lovers will find it so over the top that they are likely to be amused".
  12. I came across this announcement the other day on the ROH website. http://www.roh.org.uk/theO2.aspx Has anyone been to the O2 arena? What is the seating like? Can anyone hazard a guess as to what "Romeo and Juliet" might look like in that space? I'm spending this year in Glasgow and London, so I'm very happy to be able to catch up with the Royal Ballet in person!
  13. Is she supposed to look like that?? More chicken than swan. The audience's enthusiastic roar is highly inexplicable.
  14. Wow! What artistry! Thank you for posting these clips.
  15. Yes, Nunez is absolutely beautiful in "Concerto". Steven McRae and Yuhui Choe also deserve to be mentioned for their wonderful energy in the first movement. Contrary to Natalia, I think Acosta is a dramatic black hole in "The Judas Tree". All of his beautiful technique and flawless jumps do not illuminate the character or the story. I had no idea what the Foreman felt about the Woman or anyone else onstage. So the focus was shifted to Leanne Benjamin as the Woman and Edward Watson as the Friend. What extraordinary performances from these two dancers! Benjamin is sexy, sinewy, fierce, and dis
  16. Tatiana! With a bit of Odette and Odile. What a fun little quiz and clever design.
  17. Wow! What wonderful totals! Mine is small in comparison, 22, but I'm working on it: Agon Allegro Brillante Apollo Ballet Imperial Ballo della Regina Chaconne Concerto Barocco Cortege Hongrois Donizetti Variations Jewels La Sonnambula Liebeslieder Walzer Mozartiana The Nutcracker Prodigal Son Serenade Slaughter on 10th Avenue Square Dance Stravinsky Violin Concerto Symphony in C Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux Theme and Variations Companies: New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Pennsylvania Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Kirov/Maryinsky Ballet, Hamburg Ballet, Royal Swedi
  18. If it's an American-made movie, I'm pretty sure Vincent Cassel is ALWAYS the villain. Very true, ks04. His over the top hamminess just MIGHT make this film worth seeing. Otherwise, based on the trailer, the film looks atrocious.
  19. Yikes! Are we sure Vincent Cassel isn't the villain of the movie? He's scarier than either of the two girls.
  20. After reading the positive comments on this thread about Neumeier's production and concept, I ordered a copy of the DVD from Amazon. It's a fascinating adaptation that will reward re-watching, I think. And what wonderful dancers and actors the Hamburg Ballet are! I have a couple questions that Ballet Talkers will probably be able to answer. In Act II, during the corps' Tempo di Valse, I noticed some unusual arm movements, like brushing away tears, similar to Odette's mime. I'd never seen that movement before from the corps de ballet, or at least hadn't noticed it, so I pulled out my Kirov vid
  21. I would recommend skipping Yoshida altogether and going to the first filming with Lesley Collier and Anthony Dowell. That was before Peter Wright began messing around with the production and inserting Clara and the Nephew into all the second-act dances. I think that Collier has no equal as the Sugar Plum Fairy, and she and Dowell show amazing unity of style. The You Tube clip of the variation doesn't have properly synchronized sound, so it may actually be better to watch it without the audio, because, needless to say, Collier was actually right on the music. I did enjoy the dancing of
  22. I would recommend the earlier RB Nutcracker with Yoshida, Alina Cojocaru and Ivan Putrov are Clara and the Nephew and, as a bonus, the too-rarely-seen-on-DVD Zenaida Yanowksy dances the Dewdrop Fairy.
  23. Sugar Plum Fairy: Miyako Yoshida Cavalier: Steven McRae Clara: Iohna Loots Nephew/Nutcracker: Ricardo Cervera Drosselmeyer: Gary Avis
  24. It will be great to see two plotless MacMillan ballets on DVD- we don't often have that chance on this side of the Atlantic. And I second the request for releasing the Ashton programs. Also, what happened to "Cinderella" with Cojocaru and Kobborg?
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