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mom2

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  1. 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.
  2. 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,
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. I believe kbarber was quoting the company's newsfeed - it was out last night on twitter and other social media. Congratulations to all.
  6. 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.
  7. Re Streetcar - I don't know that I would call the performance emotionally flat in any way - it was just disturbingly graphic - even more so really when you consider that it's not a new ballet. I appreciate that Neumeier wanted to get people thinking, and I understand that art shouldn't always be "easy" or "pretty" - however this went, in my view, well beyond thought-provoking.
  8. I did see Streetcar, I believe a brief comment above. Still taken aback by the violence, and wondering why anyone would want to choreograph that? My seat is near the front (Row F), so the enlarged stage not overly appreciated by those around me, especially those in front of me. A number of people moved. I feel that the NBOC should have forewarned patrons of this. I did think it was well danced and acted, but like you not sure I would want to see it again. Am also going to Swan Lake next week. It is not my favourite version but oh well. It's a
  9. I feel for her as well. Wonder if her casting was tied to Maddox's? Can't remember now. Certainly I do wonder sometimes if Hannah F. would be doing all the roles she's doing if her parents were not ballet master/mistress. She is a talented dancer, yes. Can't help but wonder. Honestly starting to regret that I've renewed my subscription. I cannot understand all the excitement over Binet - TWO of his works in the gala? Yesterday I saw Streetcar. Holy catfish batman, that was a lot of trauma and violence for an afternoon.
  10. Thanks for this JumpFrog! I saw the show at the last performance. I enjoyed Genus but then I hadn't seen it before so couldn't compare it like you could. I agree with you on - does an intellectual theory make a good basis for dance question. I had a hard time seeing the connection with Darwin. Lindsay Fischer tried to explain/defend during the ballet talk - but I'm not sure that he was really sold on the connection either. I too loved Tarantella. In this show the male lead was Skylar Campbell, who was also superb. In fact he was in Genus too - so quite a day's work for him t
  11. Yes I did see Pinocchio (referenced above). As I said, not your typical afternoon/evening at the ballet. I was glad I went, but more because I got to see someone I've watched for a number of years in a lead role. Not what I would call classical ballet by any means, however. My daughter went the other night (she is a dancer, a much more critical eye than mine to be sure). She saw a different dancer as Pinocchio (Campbell), and thought he did very well. I had seen a props issue with the nose - this wasn't present in the show she saw. She liked some of the more creative aspect
  12. I attended today's show. Very interesting - not your typical afternoon at the ballet, to be sure. Pinocchio was danced today by Robert Stephen, who I've had the pleasure of watching since he was a student. I'm sure that all lead men are wonderful in the role, but I feel I just have to give Mr. Stephen kudos for a wonderful performance! I can't imagine that anyone else could have embodied the part better.
  13. JumpFrog, I'm glad you were able to see the show, and that you enjoyed it. It really is nice entertainment! Because I've been around for a while now I have the odd piece or two of trivia. One of these is that I remember seeing Robert Binet (now choreographic associate) in Nutcracker - one of the roles he played was a little chef - and I remember that he was so incredibly cute, and really seemed to enjoy the stage! Curiously I don't recall him being overly tall for his age then (he's quite tall now as a young adult).
  14. I admit that I do like this Nutcracker, though it's been a few years since I've seen it. There is something for everyone - but it does have a LOT of roles for children - I agree that the battle scene is quite busy - it's hard to know where to focus your attention - but also a reason to see it more than once. For me, it's hard to justify the expense when I've seen the production a number of times, and have nobody special to share it with. I will be going to Nut in another city though.
  15. Attended the show this afternoon. I have been known to complain a bit about Sunday mat casting , however not this time!! Today I was incredibly thankful to have my ticket today! First of all I ran into some dear ballet friends I hadn't seen in a long while - that alone was priceless! Next - we had the amazing cast of McKie, Lunkina, Frola, Lobsonova, and company. What an amazing performance! The audience just about leapt to its collective feet when the curtain closed, and I was right there! I don't know if I even have the words. McKie truly
  16. Guess this is why they're wanting to raise 100 MILLION dollars....
  17. My tickets are for Sunday matinee, so for Onegin I think I've won the lottery - not so much for Cinderella. That said, I've seen this Cinderella quite a few times now so my expectations were high, and Maddox is not my fave. Emma Hawes was lovely in the role of Cinderella, however there were some lifts in Act 2 that didn't seem to go quite right. I'm not sure what it was - under-rehearsed if that is possible? Regardless, they looked very tentative which is not they way they should look. As one of the Stepsisters Hannah Fischer has some growing to do also. Of course s
  18. I didn't see this, but my daughter did. I don't know that I would have come in from the burbs to pay $50 for this event. I should also mention that I have been an NBOC season ticket holder for a long time and received very little information about this event. Oh- am also an AGO member. At any rate, my daughter liked parts of it (the obvious talent of the dancers, as you mentioned) - but wasn't overly keen on all aspects of the choreography. One thing she mentioned was that she felt they shouldn't have taken a bow at the end - that this ruined the aspect of "dance as art" for
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    Joy Womack

    I haven't watched all of the performance video yet, but have been watching the vlogs for a while now. Based on that I would agree with vagansmom and vipa. I see strong elements in her dancing, but to me it seems more technical than an artistic interpretation. I know she tries VERY hard - extraordinarily hard perhaps - and I almost wonder if she doesn't try a bit too hard. I admire her for what she is trying to do - establish a career and a life in a country far away from family and friends, learn a new language and experience lots of new things. She's also pretty good in the self advoca
  20. I am not overly pleased with next season's programming, NOR I am pleased that the prices have gone up again, or that we only have till April 18 essentially to make a decision as subscribers. After that date prices go up, and our current seats are only held until May 1. I really don't want to subscribe to a full season this year, but feel rather hostage by my seat choice (which I love). I will likely lose this seat, which I've had since the Four Seasons opened, if I change my subscription package.
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    Miko Fogarty

    Miko Fogarty is with the Birmingham Royal Ballet: https://www.brb.org.uk/profile/miko-fogarty
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    Joy Womack

    I should admit that I have been following the vlogs - not sure what has my interest really. She complained that she was injured due to her partner (as others have noted above); complained that she wasn't allowed to go back to the US which she needed to do for medical treatment; then in fact did go to the US for a number of days, had hyperbaric treatments and IV (don't know of anyone else who has such easy access to these treatments...personally I don't think I was aware that these were even available in the way she describes); then returned to Russia. First blog back in Russia said she was s
  23. Just a quick note to say that I located the blog today for tours en l'air - I contacted the "word lady" and she responded quite promptly. Thank you to the originator of this thread - you helped me find something I'd been looking for!
  24. Yes, Tours en L'air is the one I was thinking of! The "word lady" is the person I was trying to describe - you will find her much more articulate! Please let us know if you do decide to go.
  25. I know that there are some tours arranged by a group connected with the National Ballet of Canada, but I don't know the contact information off the top of my head. Will try to look. They have gone to Europe (various countries) and spots in the US. The woman who leads the tours also gives a continuing ed class in Ballet History at the University of Toronto. From time to time she leads ballet talks prior to performances, and I always feel I learn the most when she is speaking. When someone else steps up to the podium it is never the same. I would love to take part in one of the ballet tour
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