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Amy Reusch

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  1. Is it perhaps due to ABT's financial structure as opposed to NYCB's? NYCB nurtures dances up through SAB and has always done so... ABT now has a school and is training some nice dancers (I'm watching Calvin Royale's career with much interest), but can ABT's international star headliner system accommodate the bridge from unknown to new star? Is it an executive management problem more than an artistic one? Are McKenzie's hands tied by the institution's business plan? People give Misty Copeland a hard time for her impressive self marketing campaign, but isn't she just taking on the celebrity
  2. Meanwhile, this Sleeping Beauty seems a wonderful thing... What will Ratmansky revive next? Does McKenzie get no credit for shepherding it?
  3. I miss the old floating grand jetés... Sometimes it seems the craze for flexibilty has come at a sad cost... The loft does not have to disappear... Halberg manages both flexibility and elevation. Worst is grand jeté with an oversplit. It seems a misunderstanding of the use of the step... Not that there cannot be a range of dynamics in grand jetés -- Sometimes what one wants is a darting slashing grand jeté -- but that the floating jeté should be lost.... Perhaps it is because Nijinsky has left the collective consciousness of the step's possibilities...
  4. Anne Bass then? (Trying to think of someone with big bucks who has enough of a passing familiarity with ballet that s/he can remember the difference between Kevin McKenzie & Peter Martins ( as Koch could not)
  5. Yes, but doesn't Tbilisi still deserve her attention? I too feel like it's time for a female director for ABT... but whom? Cynthia Gregory? It would be nice if it were an American born dancer...
  6. Didn't he use to omit the POB in his list? Wonder why he changed his mind?
  7. I like how doll like the Nijinska Florine make-up is... Of course everyone in the ballet is a fairytale character but the wedding guests feel somehow more so..,.
  8. Well, if Corella took over ABT, based on what he's done at Pennsylvania Ballet, he would immediately fire all the ballet masters and mistresses. I think there are some pretty good ballet masters and mistresses at ABT right now. I'm not so sure they should all go.
  9. I like the team prospect. I vote McKerrow & Gardner, with Susan Jaffe as second choice. (Could it be a triumvirate? Wasn't it something Iike successfully with Lucia Chase?) What did Steifel make with Royal New Zealand?
  10. It's interesting that Forsythe was changing things given that it is hardly a new piece... Was he changing steps or aspects of steps?
  11. I am not crazy about the marketing of the 2014-15 season, and the program names do not thrill me. However, Whitney Jensen in the Cirio premiere "Fremd" [not a typo] does. Wow!!!!!! Talk about focus, stage presence & moving with intent... This dancer was phenomenal. Backtrack... This was the Sunday 5/24 matinee. Theme & Variations... How long have regional companies been presenting this? Boston does a pretty good job of it. Misa Kuranaga starts off showing us why she is a principal dancer... Beautiful arms, grace & aplomb despite the vertiginous tempo, throws off gargouillad
  12. You are right, of course. I just thought press attention might be split but they are at different times after all...
  13. My thoughts too!! How will Nikolais play today? Kind of takes the focus off the Limon anniversary, but still, Nikolais!!
  14. Karen, ABT may have had the recording already, but the expense was not the cost of the making the recording but rather of clearing the rights to broadcast and sell that recording.... a very different thing. I still prefer to see the dance to the music.
  15. Abatt, do you mean in Petipa's staging of Giselle or strsight forward Petipa like Sleeping Beauty?
  16. A non dance friend came up to me today in $tarbux and was just bubbling over with how wonderful the PBS documentary on ABT had been and how she planned to buy it for her sister... How she had never known half the history nor realized how ephemeral dance was and how it only lives from performance to performance... And on & on about the oral tradition and how much it has changed over the years eith each era adding a new element... I haven't seen it yet and imagine from having seen the promo that It will hit a nerve... But perhaps for the non ballet going public it has opened their eyes a
  17. Watching the late Plisetskaya in Don Quixote, I was mystified by the man with the monkey puppet behind her. It seemed a surprising amount of business to be going ehile the balletina was dancing. I have not read Cervantes novel, but the internet tells me there is a puppeteer character... Is that Ginés de Pasamonte ( at 2:11 in this clip? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9wbgEHxGVOw&feature=youtube_gdata_player Or at 3:20 in the clip on this page (same exact clip but clearer) http://balletoman.com/552-don-quixote-plisetskaya-liepa.html
  18. okay... this is odd... but that flash clip of the homeless girl... I swear I used to see exactly that character in real life in the late '70s... always wondered about her... is that recreated from someone's memory? (I guess I should add that I mean a particular homeless person... there have been countless homeless in the city in the last few decades, but this image speaks of a particular child...)
  19. " At some point I won’t be here anymore—I’m sure they’ll get to do other ballets again." I wonder, is he planning only a short stay? Or does "they" refer to the POB but not necessarily the current dancers?
  20. How much improvisation was worked into the original? I have been under the impression that Pavlova's version evolved over the years.
  21. I couldn't agree more, Vipa... And I think some of the trendy choreographers have been spread a little too thin for their own good... I'd rather see them working longer and more intensively with one company instead of jetting around the world pressured to create a big hit with every new commission.
  22. Program for Part III American Ballet Theatre at 75 Part III 1990-2015 PANEL (in alphabetical order) David Hallberg, ABT Principal Dancer Julie Kent, ABT Principal Dancer John Meehan, Moderator and Professor of Dance, Vassar College Alexei Ratmansky, ABT Artist in Residence Ethan Stiefel, Former ABT Principal Dancer ABT PERFORMERS (in alphabetical order) Skylar Brandt, Corps de Ballet Brittany DeGrofft, Corps de Ballet Blaine Hoven, Corps de Ballet Courtney Lavine, Corps de Ballet Isadora Loyola, Corps de Ballet Veronika Part, Principal Lauren Post, Corps de Ballet Calvin Roy
  23. Program for Part 2 American Ballet Theatre at 75 Part II 1965-1990 PANEL (in alphabetical order) Ric Burns, Documentary Filmmaker Eleanor D’Antuono, Former ABT Principal Dancer Robert La Fosse, Former ABT Principal Dancer John Meehan, Moderator and Professor of Dance, Vassar College Martine van Hamel, Former ABT Principal Dancer ABT PERFORMERS (in alphabetical order) Stella Abrera, Soloist Mai Aihara, Corps de Ballet Skylar Brandt, Corps de Ballet Zhong-Jing Fang, Corps de Ballet Nicole Graniero, Corps de Ballet Alexandre Hammoudi, Soloist Blaine Hoven, Corps de Ballet Duncan
  24. I had the red screen issue as well. Was wtching on an old iPad. Wasn't sure if it would behave the same way on a normal computer. It takes a while to get through to it but the Calvin Royal footage is impressive for how well he manages to appear to dance full out without the actual room to do so... One thinks Stieffel is teasing him about spacing during the "coaching" session.
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