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ami1436

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  1. Hi folks, I'm hoping to be in NYC the weekend of May 11 (that evening is booked), with a few days before and after...and am staring at NYCB and ABT schedules trying to decide what I'd like to see... or, more accurately, trying to narrow my list down from 'everything'! I have seen both companies, but it's been a while (I last saw NYCB in London... and ABT at the Ken Cen), so am not as up-to-date on the dancers as I usually am. In particular, I'm curious about NYCB's Spring Gala, and the matinee on the 12th (wishing Russian Seasons was not on the same bill as DGV, which I saw when it came out
  2. Wow, I find that unnecessarily vitriolic. If we are calling a dancer who could sit on my shoulder a heave-ho? I mean, I'm 5'1 (so yes, she's taller than me), but tiny, and...well. This is unnecessary. From what I can gather, there are several reasons, including his own other ambitions. The speculation can be fun, but can also detract from the fact that: HE RESIGNED. And, interesting, he seems to have been planning this for a while, but apparently gave the company just a few hours' notice.
  3. I didn't see the Ratmansky Cinderella, so that would be great, but would LOVE to see Little Humpbacked Horse!!!!
  4. Thanks to all! I had called the box office this morning - nothing was available, no standing would be sold they said, and no standbys. But now, there are tickets... huzzah for me!
  5. Hi folks, I'm looking for a ticket for this Saturday's performance by the Mariinsky at the Kennedy Center. I'm happy to pay face-value, but I am a post-doc... (in other words, there's no way I'll be able to afford the top-priced tickets!). If anyone has an extra or suddenly can't go, please let me know. I need to know no later than Friday, as I'll have to drive up to DC on Saturday. Thanks so much!
  6. Could anyone comment on casting for the Kennedy Center shows, especially Napoli (doubt I'll be able to drive to DC during the work week, sadly....). Here it is: http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/index.cfm?fuseaction=showevent&event=BLBSH
  7. Ooof I just don't get all this about shoes and balances. I've seen both of Alina's pointe shoes (she wears Blochs and Gaynor Mindens), and I've seen her dance close-up. She has seriously. bad. feet. They are tiny, but really wide around a really horrific bunion. If you look at the shoe, it's actually a tapered/semi-tapered box with a wide forefoot for the bunions -- just like her feet are shaped. Rojo's are also somewhat tapered. Wearing a big, square platform does not help you balance if it does not support your foot! In fact, sliding around/down in that shoe makes it much worse, and
  8. Oof -- I think I had opposite reactions to Program B than Natalia. I sadly did not enjoy In Dreams much -- I was actually wondering why they brought it? For a program like this, I should want to call my friends in the Memphis area and tell them to see this company... but when the piece finished, I wasn't sure of what the dancers could do. I also felt that there was not that much cohesion; choreography should be more than putting steps to music. On the flipside, I enjoyed PNB's work -- as a program note, the costuming was apparently done by (suggested by?) Isabella Boylston (sp?) of ABT! I
  9. dirac, I'm with you, and I've been thinking about this more. I know I was one who would dance around the house and what not, sometimes mimicking pop stars (which seemed so much more tame back in the day -- but that might be my own nostalgia!). But I'm still concerned about the gendered norms of sexualizing young women, especially as someone who often teaches college freshmen and served as an RA for undergraduate dorms for a while in grad school.... To me, I can see certain trends spanning age ranges -- where it's the females who get dolled up/sexed up and the guys get to play with trucks and
  10. This has hit the ceiling today, which is part of the reason I think the video was taken down. Anderson Cooper discussed it on CNN, and I think he said the girls were 6-8. The parents of some of the girls were apparently on some of the morning talk shows here, and from what I've seen reported in the press their accounts revolved around 'this was a competition', 'it's what everyone does' and 'it was not intended for a wider audience'. To me, there are two questions -- whether or not this type of overt sexualization at a young age affects the individual (question 1)? Secondly, what does our a
  11. I'd agree with Nunez for Ballo, but also for Morera -- she's got lightening sharp pointe work.
  12. Sure -- I saw a different cast than jsmu. Jan Burkhard was the Sylph, and the outstanding James was Richard Krusch. (I hope I spelled these right). Krusch, especially, was impressive, especially considering that these were debuts from both. JSMU -- again, I saw a different cast -- but I'm glad that in 9x12 I wasn't the only one seeing the references!
  13. I just wanted to mention Carolina Ballet's latest production, which was on stage last weekend. For La Sylphide, they had costumes and sets from Boston Ballet, and they were gorgeous, as was the dancing -- I went on Friday night and saw the debut of two second soloists, who did an outstanding job! I can't wait to see them settle into these roles... sadly, it was an extremely short run over 4 days. I hope they do it again! La Sylphide was prefaced by a new work by Lynn Taylor-Corbett, Nine by Twelve. I enjoyed this fun piece, but thought that first half was somewhat referential, and enjoye
  14. Very excited for most of this, including RDB -- although I wish they were bringing La Sylphide as well, as I love it so.
  15. Yes! I've been sick for about 2 weeks (but still had to work), so I missed dance classes -- timed nicely with the Olympics. I mainly remember the moguls, snowboard cross, and the halfpipe (holy cow!!!!!!!). I also saw some aerials, ski jumping, curling, speed skiing... a bit of bobsledding/luge, but that track freaks me out. Again, I recognized I'm rather a novice in following all this, and appreciate the discussions here. I enjoyed the Kourlas article as well. I'd also be interested to hear who those of you in the know think are the 'ones to watch'. I really enjoyed Mirai (ladies) and
  16. Thanks sidwich -- This is the first Winter Olympics I've been able to watch for about a decade, so definitely the first one under the new scoring system, and I definitely felt that the overall choreography had more of a 'cookie cutter' feel. I appreciate you taking the time to explain the system. I'm guessing that jumps are the most heavily weighted component?
  17. Can someone here explain the requirements for 'on ice'? I feel like the jumps are so emphasized that we miss out on understanding anything else. I'm guessing there are required positions for the spiral sequences. Is that also to for the spins? (How many spins, different edges, positions, rotations?) And the footwork? Sorry for all the questions -- I'm truly interested. And to some extent, I find the focus on jumps similar to what I see amongst the younger dancers at my studio -- you may dance beautifully, but if your triple pirouette became a double -- HORRIFIC! I know a lot of people w
  18. Yes!!!!!!!! Thanks for the news Jane -- I can't wait!
  19. I'm an Olympics junky, but this is the first time I've had a TV during the Olympics since summer 2000, so....I've missed a lot in terms of how the sports and coverage of them have evolved. However, this: BRILLIANT!!!!!!!! I find the commentary disturbing, but I'm also overall disturbed by NBC's coverage, so that's another story. I did, however, prefer Takahashi, Lambiel, and Lysacek to Plushenko. They were much more musical, impassioned, etc. And how, how, how I wish that Lambiel's footwork and spins could be rewarded more. (Okay, I realize the spins border 'tricks', but his are a
  20. Jane, I hope you're well. Anything and everything I read about the RB makes me miss the UK more and more! Please keep us posted on how the performances are!
  21. ami1436

    Tamara Rojo

    Although I moved away from London about 18 months ago, Rojo continues to be one of my favourites (if not my absolute favourite!). I've perhaps been lucky, because I've never found her to be inconsistent. She's beautiful, for sure, but moreso, to me, is that she is an intelligent dancer. Yes, she can hit high extensions... but her Rose Adage? A beautiful 90 degree attitude. She does indeed do Pilates, and was featured on a dvd on Pilates along with Ed Watson and.... I want to say Johannes Stepanek. Unfortunately, the dvd is not really a 'fitness' dvd, but really much more about watching
  22. I've not seen this particular video, but I'm a big Rojo fan, and have found her to be a tremendous actress. That said, I don't think Acosta is her best partner, and (small voice) he's not a great actor. But there's a demand for him on film, so.......... She really shone (in my eyes) with Cope, and I don't see anyone currently pushing her emotionally/dramatically in the same way.
  23. This was posted on Ballet Talk for Dancers this morning -- apparently, Ms. Jensen is now a corps member with the Boston Ballet: http://www.bostonballet.org/Company_Dancer...ney_Jensen.html
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