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  1. 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.
  2. 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 embodied the role, in every way. Lunkina almost - my only possible criticism is that she doesn't always look as young as one expects Tatiana to be. That said, none of the women cast in that role would have. Both lead couples were wonderful together - none of the awkward lifts that I noticed in Cinderella. Speaking of Cinderella, also saw nothing today which would have suggested a lack of rehearsal. At any rate, I have nothing but superlatives today - and thanks to the Ballet Gods that I had the opportunity to see this cast. Slightly off topic - I do note that S Campbell, D Tedaldi, R Stephen have not been seen by me so far this fall and none of them were cast in significant roles in Onegin. Don't remember about Cinderella now - would need to check my program but I'm not at home.
  3. Guess this is why they're wanting to raise 100 MILLION dollars....
  4. 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 she can dance perfectly, but in Acts 1 and 2 she seemed more like Regina George in "Mean Girls" than the comical character for the ballet. Act 3 was better. The "other stepsister" was Tiffany Mosher, who has danced the role before. Ms. Mosher was quite a comic treat. Georgio Galli was hysterical in Act 1 as the dance teacher - probably the most I've ever enjoyed watching him. The "Four Officers" in this performance seemed a bit under-rehearsed as well, as they were out of sync with each other more often than not. In this performance all the men were very tall. The women who joined them in Act 2 at the ball were some of the company's shortest. This seemed an odd bit of casting to me. One of the best parts of the afternoon for me was watching parents bringing young children to the ballet for the first time.
  5. Interesting. This appears to be a new position. Wonder what is up. I can think of one or two people who are currently doing much of the role as posted - carving more of an opportunity for them? Or is there more to this?
  6. 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 her. She attended the dress rehearsal - did they do a bow (with expectance of applause) for other shows? It was the bow/applause part that she felt was awkward. She did really like the interactive aspect of the event, and hoped that it would make dance more relevant to people. I will have to talk to her about your review JumpFrog. Beyond that I would say that personally I think Binet's talent as a choreographer is a bit over-rated. He is an exceptionally lucky young man, and I do wish him well, however I do wish that NBOC/KK were a bit more open to those beyond the NBS/NBOC circle. mom2
  7. Adding my thanks California for the review. I'll be in Denver soon (sadly not Vail this year), and plan on visiting the exhibit.
  8. The Canadian competitors Saeka Shirai and Yue Shi both won Silver medals in the Senior competition. They are with Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet and are listed on the company website as apprentices.
  9. oh - forgot to mention that I really didn't care for Giselle's 2nd act costume. It must be new, and the Willi's older - it was so different from theirs (yes whiter, but different in style and embellishment also), and I didn't think the bodice fit as well as it should have. An unfortunate distraction for me.
  10. I could never report as fully or articulately as volcanohunter, but did want to comment briefly on the performance yesterday, which was both the last of the season and the premiere for Jurgita Dronina as Giselle. I have quite enjoyed Dronina this season, and Giselle did not disappoint. No technical issues that I could see (though I would not have expected any!). In the "mad scene" her Giselle went mad quite quickly - don't know that I've seen it portrayed quite that way before. Certainly was convincing! I thought James did very well overall, but on reflection perhaps he wasn't as sympathetic as he could have been in the first act volcanohunter - however he danced it so well I could forgive him this time. Wilfred was danced by Ben Rudisin, who needs to learn a few things about portraying a character. He has some good opportunities for expression which unfortunately he did not utilize. Nerves? Don't know that I've ever seen such a "mean guy" Hilarion - however that is the way Renna portrayed him as you mention above. Probably one of the better performances I've seen from Renna. I would imagine his dancing quite different from that of say Campbell of course - but if a "mean guy" was the intent, Renna did it well. Giselle' friends in the first act were Selene Guerrero-Trujillo/Rui Huang and Christopher Gerty/Ethan Watts. Again I would agree with volcanohunter. I thought the women were very accomplished - the men inconsistent and perhaps not quite ready for the roles. Clearly they have potential, but there were some bobbles. I always enjoy seeing Huang in any kind of a featured role - I watched her with the Washington Ballet doing principal and solo roles before she came here, and am glad she is getting more opportunities now. Alexandra MacDonald was Myrtha - I thought she did quite well, maybe a bobble or two, but overall a very nice representation. We did not have the problem with timing or dancers not being able to hear the music in yesterday's performance. Jordana Daumec and Chelsy Meiss were the Lead Wilis. Daumec I think overdid the "face" a bit - and it came off just angry rather than ghost or wili-like. Not sure that was the intent. All in all, a wonderful afternoon and great way to end the season.
  11. Thanks so much for this volcanohunter! You are lucky to have seen so many performances! I go tomorrow; I believe casting is Dronina/James.
  12. Thanks for the news kbarber - re Harrison James: wow. Quite unprecedented for NBOC, don't you think? He hasn't been with the company all that long, and from what I recall completely skipped the ranking of second soloist, going directly to first soloist from corps? Am I remembering that right?
  13. So I gave my ticket to a friend on Sunday as I had too much else going on. Wow - guess I picked a good show to miss! My daughter saw the dress rehearsal on Friday night, and reports pretty much what was said in the Globe and Mail article...
  14. very interesting indeed. I think my ticket is for the 19th - am happy to see Dronina!
  15. Will read the link volcanohunter - thank you for posting! Saye did a wonderful job in the mixed program this past weekend. And on that note, Dawid T was quite a treat in La Sylphide. Had been looking forward to seeing Frola, but the guest artist did not disappoint.
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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 advocacy and promotion department (although I still think she could filter her comments a bit. For example she did go to lengths to say how kind and welcoming company members are in Astrakhan. One wonders if this was meant to imply that such is not the case in her own company...)
  17. 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
  19. I saw the McKie/Dronina cast in Toronto in November. Thought it was wonderful. I hadn't seen Dronina dance before; lovely seems like an insufficient word to describe, but vocabulary is failing me this morning. I always enjoy McKie. I thought Lunkina was very well suited to the role of Paulina. Lobsanova was wonderful in Perdita as well. If I were to choose from the casts mentioned above I would not go with Maddox/Ogden, but this is because Maddox is not my favourite NBOC male principal. I'm sure Ogden will do wonderfully in the role. If you see that cast, you'll enjoy Skylar Campbell as Florizel (actually all men doing Florizel will be very good indeed). One note about Stancyzk/Fischer: Ms. Fischer is a relatively new member of NBOC. She was in the corps only two years before being promoted to second soloist; this is her first year in that position. As she is first cast, I assume that Mr. Wheeldon chose her specifically for the role of Hermione. Enjoy and let us know what you decide!
  20. mom2

    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 still jet lagged and in some discomfort due to treatments in US; next vlog is saying that she is bored as she isn't preparing for a principal role. So - my reflections are as follows: * I wish this young woman had an advisor/coach regarding appropriate online discussion topics, and generally how to discuss (or not) one's colleagues in public * Ms. Womack needs to give some thought to what she is complaining about. That is to say, if one complains about being overworked, it is probably not a good idea to complain about being bored a week later.
  21. volcanohunter - re casting and Brendan Saye - last season I don't think I saw him dance at all, definitely not in principal roles. Assume that he was recuperating from injury, but don't recall if the company posted anything along those lines. I am looking forward to seeing Felix Paquet - had the pleasure of watching him in Banff this summer.
  22. Kaysta, You'll be fine! It's actually a pretty short distance from the highway exit to get to the Four Seasons/Sheraton. But I know what you mean about driving in new places!
  23. Driving in Toronto is comparable to driving an any large city, at least in my opinion. It's quite straightforward to get to the Sheraton, and to the Four Seasons. The Sheraton is steps away from the Four Seasons. There are driving directions on the website of the Four Seasons - and likely on the Sheraton one as well. You'll just need a bit of patience to get through bits of construction on the Gardiner Expressway, and again as you exit the Gardiner and inch up towards University. Once you are at your hotel there is lots within walking distance. Enjoy!
  24. Today promotions were announced on the company's Facebook account. I don't see anything on the company website as yet. A LOT of action this year - haven't seen this much in quite some time. A couple of men seem to have leaped from corps to first soloist (Frola, James). I can't recall this happening before - at least in the years I've been paying attention. I'd be interested in your thoughts…. Promoted to Principal dancer: Naoya Ebbe Elena Lobsanova Promoted to Principal CharacterArtist: Stephanie Hutchinson Etienne Lavigne Jonathan Renna Promoted to First Soloist: Skylar Campbell Dylan Tedaldi Jordanna Daumec Chelsy Meiss Jenna Savella Harrison James Francesco Gabriele Frola Promoted to Second Soloist: Jack Bertinshaw Hannah Fischer Emma Hawes Kathryn Hosier Brent Parolin
  25. Hi everyone, I attended Tuesday evening and posted a little blurb over on Ballet Talk for dancers. It was a wonderful evening of dance - very strong competitors (dancers and choreographers). mom2
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