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  1. At first glance, the new season looks ok. We'll see what they do to ticket prices. I would like to see the Pite piece - I saw last week that her company is in Banff preparing a new work, assume this is the one? Not sure how I feel about the Swan Lake. I like the idea of three fall shows, however I admit to not being a Binet fan so we'll see how that goes.
  2. Hello everyone, I did have a reply from NBOC. Basically they said that AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) Standards require that they accommodate patrons who require the assistance of a Service Animal. I knew this, however I'm still not clear if they were required to admit an animal "in training." I got the impression that the Ballet was aware that the dog wasn't perhaps yet ready for the show, if you know what I mean. I was told that my comments would be forwarded to those managing the Front of House, as well as Ballet Senior Management. For those of you with extreme allergies to animals, I'd suggest that you contact the ballet before your ticketed performance to make your issue known. I would hope that if a service animal is to attend the same show that you'd also be accommodated. In terms of issues relating to scent sensitivity/allergy - I know that workplaces are more frequently making spaces "scent free," but I don't know that I've seen this in a performance space as yet.
  3. Hi California, Thank you for this. I know a bit about the issue as I worked for a large school board here in Canada for many years, and we had to deal with this challenging legal issues a number of times. It's perhaps a bit more complex in a school setting for a variety of reasons, but certainly a dog "in training" wouldn't be allowed in a classroom that I'm aware of. There are many different agencies out there now training service animals, and with that the behavioural expectations for the animals and their people varies too. Coincidentally, on the train ride home from the ballet I saw an individual with a dog whose vest said that he was an "emotional support animal." At any rate, two weeks ago after I attended NBOC I had an e-mail asking for feedback about the performance. I didn't comment then, but this time I think I'll draw the issue to the company's attention. If they don't have a policy yet, they should. Edited to add: just went on NBOC website and found their policy regarding service animals: Service animals are welcome in all parts of The Four Seasons Centre that are open to patrons. Service animals will be accommodated in select areas of the theatre where aisle or leg room allows space for the animal and does not obstruct other patrons while considering fire codes and evacuation procedures. Please note: Seating is subject to availability. It is the responsibility of the person using the service animal to maintain control of the animal at all times. We request that anyone using a service animal informs the box office prior to the performance by calling us
  4. Yesterday as I was in the lobby at the Four Seasons waiting for the doors to open, I noticed someone with a dog. This was certainly unusual, so I took a closer look. The dog had a vest on which said "Guide dog in Training." Now I know these dogs need to be acclimated to all kinds of situations, but I'd never seen one at the ballet before so I took note. The person with the dog went off to a seat in a different area of the theatre than mine. I didn't think about the dog again, until we were into the Dream and the boy's choir was singing. Then we heard the dog. More than once. I don't mean to imply that the performance was ruined (it was not), but we certainly noticed the canine presence. I doubt the professional dancers and musicians were impacted by this; however it may very well have had an impact on the young boys singing. I imagine the Human Rights Code covers the fully trained dogs with people whose disability necessitates them; does "The Code" also cover dogs in training?
  5. Thanks for your post Blackcurrent. I'll add my thoughts below. The cast I saw was different than yours - Cote as Vronsky, McKie as Karenin; Ogden as Anna. There were some changes announced in other roles - I think it was the third cast I saw as Levin and Kitty, whereas other roles were 2nd cast. First of all I have to say that these are talented dancers, who as far as I can tell were doing the best they could with the work they were given. As a whole, I did not like this work at all and hope I never have to sit through it again. That said, there were pieces here and there that I did like (such as the opening act). I felt that it did not hold together as a story, that the attempt to set it in the present day was inconsistent, and the jumps in musical genre were just too much for me. It was jarring to say the least to transition from Tchaikovsky/Schnittke in the Lacrosse scene to Cat Stevens and hay bales. Say what? Perhaps Neumeier just doesn't know much about modern farming, but one would think that he's at least driven past a farm somewhere. If he had, he would know that harvesting is not typically done with scythes these days. I did like the "farmer" scene, however it just doesn't fit in with a ballet which also uses a cell phone as a prop. I thought the use of an older model (yet moving) tractor was unnecessary. The farm costumes were way too stereotypical for me. Just overalls would have been fine. Casting an adult male as Anna's son I found somewhat disturbing. Not sure why this bothered me the way it did, but there you go. I saw Felix Paquette dance the role of "A Mushik" (essentially this is the worker who dies at the train station). I thought he did quite well, not sure how I feel about the way Neumeier created the role itself, but Paquette certainly gave it his all. Ditto the scene of Kitty in the mental hospital, and Cat Stevens again. It almost felt like Neumeier was looking for a reason to include some Cat Stevens music. Don't get me wrong - I really like Cat Stevens, the music just didn't fit for me in this ballet. McKie was for me the perfect choice as Karenin. I enjoyed the opportunity of seeing Ogden and Cote dance together - I don't know that this happens very often, at least not in the shows I've been to. I saw Kota Sato as Levin - he did well but I have a bit of a soft spot for Campbell so was disappointed I didn't get to see him. Calley Skalnik danced Kitty and did a wonderful job. So, in sum, some interesting bits but I would not buy tickets for this one again. If KK spent millions acquiring this work, not a good choice in my view.
  6. Saw Anna Karenina today - has anyone else seen it?
  7. I tried accessing the Supreme Court document online - it said that the document is not available for public viewing at this time. FauxPas, I assume you were able to access it?
  8. Found this article from 2011, which notes that the company was in the process of developing a social media policy. The article gives some examples of things that the company wouldn't want dancers to do. NCYB social media policy from WSJ 2011
  9. If memory serves, NYCB did develop a social media policy for the dancers a number of years ago. Given this, it's possible that posts with derogatory comments regarding management or other company staff members could result in disciplinary action such as termination (though I would assume termination would be after other steps are taken).
  10. He was supposed to perform in Vail earlier this month (as per the big glossy program), but did not. I assumed that this was a result of injury, but no announcement was made. (Misty Copeland was to have performed on Friday August 3, but it was announced that night that she was ill and would not be dancing). I hope Mr. Lendorf is well.
  11. Found this article from 2017, saying that he will step down from Vail: Woetzel
  12. I was in Vail for a number of days over the first week, so through the International Evenings. Saw three performances and one rehearsal. No mention was made about Woetzel leaving (though I thought it had been announced quite some time ago). He was very present and involved, so one had no indication that there was any succession planning going on. I did see "Suite of Dances" btw - both in rehearsal and in the International Evening II.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. If memory serves, the gala is tonight. Historically promotions are announced just after the gala. Predictions anyone?
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. Has anyone else seen Frame By Frame? I attended the matinee today.
  23. 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...
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