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  1. off topic a bit, but I found this news interesting in light of the NBOC dancers going to ENB. Shale Wagman, winner of this year's Prix de Lausanne, has taken a corps contract at ENB: Canadian dancer goes to ENB
  2. I wish both these dancers well, and will miss seeing them onstage in Toronto. I don't know why the company didn't announce these moves along with the promotions, as they normally do. It's been my great pleasure to watch Robert Stephen perform since he was a student at the National Ballet School, and I'm so glad that I got to see his cast in "Men in Black" this past Sunday. I am incredibly sad that to learn that he is leaving the company.
  3. Tedaldi is a wonderfully talented dancer. No less so in my view than the two who were promoted. His height is similar to theirs as well. He and Campbell joined the company the same year; Frola the following year. I actually haven't seen much of Frola in a leading role (that blasted Sunday matinee again), but his photo appears often in publicity material and he has been getting some nice casting in the last season and a bit so obviously KK et al liked him. Would be interesting to know whether the ENB contract came before he was given principal status with NBOC.
  4. Thank you kbarber. I hadn't seen this anywhere official as yet, just found this link: https://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/Skylar-Campbell-And-Francesco-Gabriele-Frola-Promoted-To-Principal-Dancer-at-the-National-Ballet-of-Canada-20180618 I've heard about a dancer leaving the company, but have yet to see anything about that news officially.
  5. posted this afternoon on NBOC instagram: nationalballet2018/19 Promotions: Congratulations to Skylar Campbell and Francesco Gabriele Frola on being promoted to Principal Dancer. nationalballet2018/19 Promotions: Jack Bertinshaw will be promoted to First Soloist. nationalballet2018/19 Promotions: Congratulations to Christopher Gerty, Spencer Hack and Miyoko Koyasu who will be promoted to Second Soloist.
  6. If memory serves, the gala is tonight. Historically promotions are announced just after the gala. Predictions anyone?
  7. I agree with you both about the Shanghai segment. It made me feel quite uncomfortable, to be honest, and the dancers actually looked a bit uncomfortable themselves.
  8. correction: there were several corps members who danced in the ensemble roles. These dancers included: Jeannine Haller, Miyoko Koyasu, Meghan Pugh, Kota Sato, and Calley Skalnik.
  9. I've only read one of the reviews (Globe and Mail). My reaction was similar to that review. The concept of mixed media that was used is quite interesting, and I'm sure has lots of potential. There were some moments that I really did enjoy. Overall however the work was far too long. Two hours with no intermission. It was presented in little stories or chapters, the way you might see in film. Most of these could have been shortened quite significantly - especially the ones with no specific theme (e.g., "lines"). About 3/4 of the way through the curtain came down and the house lights went up slightly. We were informed that there was an unexpected delay due to technical difficulties. Say WHAT? Some audience members left at this point. Others had trouble making it through such a long performance, and had to excuse themselves and return (which of course is disruptive for the rest of us). There was only one cast for this work, and from what I can tell no corps members had roles. Will have to double check that. Odd I thought that there was only one cast - well as it turns out there is very little actual dancing, so I guess the need for rest between shows is mitigated significantly. Please NBOC do not bring this back for another season. Put it on film - a nice CBC special perhaps.
  10. Has anyone else seen Frame By Frame? I attended the matinee today.
  11. Blackcurrant - they are likely good friends, I don't know that I'd read anymore into it. They were both at the school around the same time, perhaps even danced together during some of those years (I mention this only as both are tall; Binet is a few years older however if I remember correctly, so I really don't know if they actually would have had classes or performances together back then). She was in the first cast for his piece "The Dreamers Ever Leave You" for the company. My experience as a mom of a dancer is that it's not uncommon for small groups within a company to become quite friendly, and even to vacation together. Certainly there are advantages and disadvantages to these close friendships within a working environment, but I don't think the world of dance is unique to that...
  12. Found this article, noting that Binet Senior completed his term on the Board in October 2017, after 6 seasons: https://www.broadwayworld.com/toronto/article/The-National-Ballet-Of-Canada-Posts-Surplus-For-Eighth-Consecutive-Season-20171026 The programme for Sleeping Beauty still has him listed on the cabinet for the Soaring Campaign, but he is no longer listed as such on the NBOC website as others have mentioned. This link is more of a professional bio, and mentions his involvement with the Board of both the National Ballet School and NBOC. https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/people/person.asp?personId=8075066&privcapId=515275
  13. JumpFrog - I have handy the two programmes from March 4 and March 11. As of March 11 Binet Sr. was still listed under the "Soaring" campaign. They must have had these printed before things started coming off the website. I'll see if I can take some time over the next couple of days to compare what's in the programme and what's online. Last week you'll recall that I did do that and he was still listed on the company website (Binet Sr.). Is someone from NBOC lurking here, perhaps?
  14. I just used Saye as an example. They could have used Ebe with Nan Yu I think (though I have trouble judging height beyond tall/short from the audience). I was happy to see Ebe dance Bluebird - he was pretty perfect I must say - but it made me wonder why he was doing Bluebird and Jiang the Prince. According to the program, Ebe has two performances as the Prince, with two different Auroras. Lobsonova was to debut on the 13th, so today - did they change the dates from the program? Another note - I had noticed Sephesihle November the week before at the mixed program - wondered who he was. He seems quite short, and with a stockier build than most of the men (even the shorter ones) in the company. He is also first year corps, and is apparently the youngest member of the company. Saw him do "Pussycats" on Sunday. Wow. Can he ever jump! Amazing. HE and Miyoko Koyasu were very cute in the role. Mr. November is definitely one to watch!
  15. Saw Sleeping Beauty yesterday (Sunday March 11). A few notes/observations: * once again there were a number of changes to ladies' casting. Couldn't follow everything, but it would seem that Ms. Fischer didn't dance yesterday, so changes were made around her. This impacted the Variations in the First Act in particular. One of the cast who danced but wasn't on the program for that performance was Elena Lobsanova; she did not look happy. Who knows if this had anything at all to do with casting - she just didn't seem herself or look as happy/content as she usually does onstage * Aurora was danced by Xiao Nan Yu, who as always was pretty flawless. I'm sure she was more than patient with her partner (more in a bit). * The Prince was danced by Peng-Fei Jiang, who is new to the company this season and is a corps member. He has two shows as the prince. By comparison, Brendan Saye only has one. Mr. Jiang has a very princely air about him - I could certainly see coaching from Lindsay Fischer on the acting part of the role. Mr. Jiang looks like a prince as well, and he does have potential. In my view however it's a bit too soon for him in a lead role. Some of his jumps lacked finesse, he fell out of turns, and he kept forgetting to point his feet. Argh. Will have to finish later - sorry!
  16. Curiouser and curiouser. Fitting, as the company is doing Alice again next season it appears...
  17. Very nice sleuthing! My thoughts would be something along the lines of: 1) young Binet is very lucky, both in terms of family connection and the wonderfully talented dancers who he gets to work with. 2) There are other quite talented dancer/choreographers in Toronto who do not have the advantages mentioned in 1). A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see a piece of Robert Binet's performed by NBOC dancers at the end of the summer program. The other choreographer that year was a woman with many years of experience; no NBOC dancers were in her piece, and only NBOC dancers in Binet's piece. The Binet work was not something I was swooning over, but it made some sense, the dancers were incredibly talented, so generally I'd have to give it a "good." Now, at that time the Banff program was for dancers fairly new to the professional world - so the NBOC dancers were either from YouDance or first/second year corps (Lindsay Fischer was head of the Banff program at the time). The piece was quite appropriate for that setting and event. At minimum KK has pushed the "fast forward" button a bit too strongly.
  18. According to yesterday's programme and the company website, David W. Binet is on the "Soaring Campaign Cabinet." https://national.ballet.ca/Donate/Soaring/Leadership The Goal of this Campaign is to raise $100 million dollars for the Ballet. In addition, David W. Binet is listed as a member of the "Director's Circle" (donors of $25,000 or more), and the "Music Circle and Orchestra," which indicates donations specifically in support of the ballet's orchestra.
  19. Went to the show today. Feel like I should post here, although the thread is really for next season.... First was Binet's piece. Agree with JumpFrog - it was painful. Student level choreography in my opinion, and LONG. This piece was FORTY MINUTES long. Five would have been quite sufficient. Luckily for Binet, he had incredibly talented dancers to work with. There are 9 or 10 dancers for this work - four changes were announced so I'm not really sure who I saw exactly. Isn't this quite a high percentage of changes? Next was Kudelka's Four Seasons. This is a favourite of mine, both in terms of music and choreography. I'll note that, in the Winter entrance, one of the dancers (Ottman, who was not named in the program) lost his eyeglasses and they stayed on the stage for the longest time. I was amazed that nobody tripped! Finally someone picked them up. Finally Pite's Emergence. This has been performed a number of times by NBOC in recent years. I have seen this several times before, and I appreciate it but to be honest I don't really enjoy it. I try, but it's just not my taste (I know, I'm in the minority here). That said, this work is well beyond the level of Binet's piece, just so we are clear. Again, I think this work really showed the skill of the NBOC dancers, and I imagine that Pite was hoping for this when she created the piece. In summary, this is a company fully of extraordinarily talented dancers. I think KK could have come up with a better program to show Canadian works on this company.
  20. Thanks for the review. Am going to the matinee tomorrow (March 4). I should check casting; am not anticipating a great start to the afternoon.... I have always enjoyed the Four Seasons, so looking forward to that. Emergence - have seen multiple times. Have issues with the bug heads and the dark lighting, but have always appreciated the dancing and Pite's work.
  21. I don't think folks are saying that Binet's bad (though I am not always excited by his work... in my view it has stood out because he's had wonderful dancers to work with). My take is that a lot of other aspiring choreographers would have done well with the opportunities he's received, and the dancers he's had the privilege to work with... and THAT'S the issue. In fact, I've seen other student choreographers from NBS present wonderful pieces at the school, but not end up with the opportunities young Binet has had.
  22. its the mom - I agree, it would have been great to see the Royal dancers partner with some from other companies. I did quite enjoy the cross-company partnerships that we did see. Imagine it is quite difficult to put everything together in a short period of time - at altitude I might add. I can't believe they did Tarantella - (gasp). A cardio challenge at the best of times.
  23. I attended both of the "international" evenings this weekend. Both evenings were wonderful - almost too much to take in! I loved the couple from the Royal - they were clear standouts for me. I also really enjoyed the new ensemble work evening II, and I always enjoy the movement of Lil Buck and colleague. Just read the review in the NYT, which doesn't mention Lil Buck, which is unfortunate. The opening number on Friday with the kids and Bill Irwin was also very special - what a great opportunity for the young ones! mom2
  24. I believe kbarber was quoting the company's newsfeed - it was out last night on twitter and other social media. Congratulations to all.
  25. I am not intending to suggest that Ms. Fischer is not talented. Indeed she is. It would still be my opinion that personal and professional growth might be facilitated for a young woman if she is not working under and with her parents on a regular basis. I would have this opinion regardless of field of work.
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