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  1. The Royal ballet production with Acosta uses the Discord/Guerre as the male variation in the pas. Acosta is crazy good in that variation.
  2. I remember reading about this in the Times and came across it as a YT clip. An opera tenor singing a very famous aria is "asked" by the audience to sing an encore of the same aria during the performance. He's done it at the met and at La Scalla. Have we ever seen this in a ballet performance? A dancer perhaps repeating a variation or a pas de deux because the audience demanded it? I could see Nureyev maybe doing it. Has it ever happened at one of the large companies?
  3. There was a video of the Nureyev/Fracci Giselle on Youtube that showed him doing the sixes so they go back at least as far as Nureyev and probably further. Not sure if he was the one who stuck it there originally but they sure are breath taking.
  4. Disney can't copyright the name entirely as a concept because it clearly exists in the public domain. What they are doing is copyrighting the image associated with their Aurora from their 1959 film version. If you follow the links from the original article you can find the application from Disney to the patent office...and it says.. International Class 041: Entertainment and education services. Intent to Use: The applicant has a bona fide intention to use or use through the applicant's related company or licensee the mark in commerce on or in connection with the identified goods and/or services. (15 U.S.C. Section 1051(b)). The identified goods and/or services would be Disney's rendering of the princess and the mark would be Disney's name association with it. It only matters to Disney because they make countless millions of little plastic dolls and ornaments and lunch boxes and anything else they can dream of making a quick buck on that will have Aurora's image on it. And they have to guard against reproduction. Disney doesn't care about the ballets unless you specifically made your ballerina look like their version of her.
  5. I just received the ABT spring Met season Brochure in the mail and on the cover is a very striking image of Michele Wiles in a not so classical ballet pose. Her fists are clenched and her head is thrown back with hair flying and she is blurred in between frames of the camera. Definitely my favorite image in the brochure as she seems so very passionate and openly defiant. I've only seen her dance once as the Lilac fairy and I thought she was very technically assured and convincing in terms of dramatic characterization. I liked her and would like to see her more.
  6. Bart took a ballet class and dances in an episode of the Simpsons. Although he had to wear a mask to keep from getting beat up by the other kids so it doesn't paint a great picture of ballet for boys. The Family guy also had an episode where Peter and Quagmire text each other at the ballet/ Swan Lake. Tom and Jerry had an entire episode dedicated to the Nutcracker on cartoon Network this past Xmas.
  7. Not knowing that much about gymnastics, I was was amazed when one of the announcers mentioned the girls had to be 16 years old to qualify. Am I the only one who thinks some of those Chinese girls were 13 or 14?
  8. My currently dancing cast. One for turning, one for jumping, one for partnering and one for his lines. Marcelo Gomes Carlos Acosta Ivan Putrov Ivan Vasiliev
  9. Tom Cruise in Far and Away. He sounds like the Lucky Charms Leprechaun.
  10. jllaney

    Siegfried's vow

    Maybe I'm remembering this wrong but in the Kirov version with Mezentseva doesn't she prevent him from making the vow by lowering his hand?
  11. "YIKES! Edited to include MISTY COPELAND debuts as Gamzatti on Saturday May 24th MATINEE! All the casts are strong, but the May 21st Evening is incredible with Herrera, Gomes, Abrera, Carreno, Corella and Cornejo!" When you read the ABT website and see the schedule for Corsaire, are the dancers listed in any certain order of the roles they dance? From the above list, could you guess that Herrera is Gulnare-Gomes is Conrad-Carreno is the slave? Is there a rhyme or reason to the way the performers are listed on the website? Thanks
  12. Someone mentioned Ridley Scott's Blade Runner earlier so I'll nominate Legend. It has a universal good vs evil story line, a young hero and heroine, and a potential corps of fairies. Not to mention a bad guy named darkness that would keep the make-up crew busy all night. I think I've seen it mentioned that ABT's Nutcracker has unicorns so we can borrow theirs if we need them.
  13. The Exorcist was pretty frightful for me. And although Jaws is not strictly horrow, it scared me straight out of the family swimming pool for about a week when I first saw it. Looking back, I'm not sure how a 25 ft shark was going to get into our pool but as a kid, the water was a pretty scary place.
  14. Alagna returns. But not to La Scala http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071017/ap_en_...E0xIEO.JEtxFb8C
  15. For those of us who don't live in the city, is there a version of this piece available on video?
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