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maxboswell

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  • Birthday 06/18/1940

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  1. Leigh, Thanks. I hadn't noticed the 'ballet landmarks in NYC" thread. Thanks. I guess my little piece belonged there. Believe me, I have more, when I have time. Max.
  2. You're right. And ballet -- along with ballet dancers -- also seemed to have "a place in a neighborhood" and be more connected with the rest of American society than it is today. I mean the theaters, the touring system, the schools.More and more -- when I compare what I know of the dancers of that period with what I observe today -- I think the quality I appreciated most in American ballet dancers of that generation was a streetwise, theater-district, let's-put-on-a show quality. This existed alongside, and in no way contradicted a their sense that they were devoting themselves to bringing
  3. Culinary Footnote to NYCB history: Does anyone else remember Francine's? It was a lunch counter spot, right across the street from the stage entrance to City Center. Everything about it illustrates how the city has changed, and how the relationship between its public and the NYCB has also changed. Francine's was a hangout, not just for civilians, but for dancers too. Right there on W. 56th Street, in a storefront a few steps below street level. Hayden, LeClercq, Hobi, Robbie Barnett -- many others -- you'd be having yr own burger at the counter and in they'd come, after rehearsal or somet
  4. Bourree brings to mind the wonderful, versatile Beatrice Tomkins, a member of Ballet Caravan, Ballet Society (she was in the premiere of the 4 T's), and later a soloist at NYCB, where she was the 'chief monster' in the Firebird premiere and danced in many of Mr. B's ballets. I remember her in Orpheus, Symphony in C, among others. She was truly a dancer-actress, and a comedienne. She had a very funny role opposite LeClercq in Ruthana Boris' Cakewalk, and sometimes did Bourree with Robbins as her partner [the 2 of them always got lots of laughs in the opening sequence]. She danced in many o
  5. I was there too. And I remember Jacques as one of the goons in Prodigal. He danced many corps parts. But then he became the darling of Lincoln and of Ashton: thus Tintagel. He was gorgeous in it. The costume -- in the first scene, of course, under a cape -- was all white. Even alongside Adams, the costume, the choreography, was designed to make him the standout. Robbie Barnett was a terrific character dancer. Mr. B liked him alot. cf. the premiere of Nutcracker: the grt solo for Barnett. Max -- more later, as I say,I was there, too.
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