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  1. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The program for this year's Chamber Dance Project production mentioned that both Francesca Dugarte and Jonathan Jordan will be dancing with BalletMet in the upcoming season (Jordan's wife, Sona Kharatian, wasn't involved with the Chamber Dance Project, so I haven't heard what her status will be). This will test the WB's depth; if the WB had (public) ranks, they both would probably at least have been soloists (Jordan might have been a principal). A few years ago, 3 dancers (including a married couple) left the Colorado Ballet for BalletMet. It doesn't seem to have worked out that well, as 2 of them only stayed with BalletMet for a year.
  2. Judging by the ticket prices, I don't think that the Kennedy Center thought that NBC would be as big a draw as it's turned out to be (they might have underestimated the interest in the Cuban arts groups in general, given that several programs scheduled for the smallish Terrace Theater sold out well in advance and probably should have been in the somewhat larger Eisenhower Theater). I think that the WP reviewer's comment about the dancing at times being a bit mechanical is not unjustified (my accomplice would probably disagree). That being said, it seems that she has developed a pattern of looking for things to criticize about ballet performances while looking for things to praise about modern dance performances.
  3. By far the best staging of Don Quixote that I've seen. Also, the best costumes. Grettel Morejon totally nailed the fouettes. If they were having a 3rd performance, I'd watch it again.
  4. I was reminded that this is also the 3rd production of Don Quixote at the Kennedy Center in 5 years.
  5. I would have preferred a schedule of 3 x Don Quixote and 4 x Giselle. With the 2 vs. 5 schedule, there will probably be people who miss out on Don Quixote and lots of empty seats for Giselle. Giselle has about reached saturation level in DC; I got a little bored watching the Washington Ballet's rendition last Friday at the Wolf Trap (admittedly, they seemed a little rusty).
  6. Don Quixote fans need to get tickets NOW if they don't have them already. Both performances are virtually sold out.
  7. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The WB is only slightly smaller than the Colorado Ballet, and the Colorado Ballet has put on some quite credible performances of Sleeping Beauty. The small theater might be an issue, however.
  8. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The problem with Serenade is that it's been performed so often here. Both the NYCB and Suzanne Farrell have performed it in the last few years.
  9. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Do we need to be concerned that finances played a role? It's my understanding that when a company rents choreography they get the use of it for 3-5 years.
  10. YouOverThere

    Colorado Ballet 2017-18 season

    This season was the final one for Sharon Wehner (her 21st season). She was the last remaining dancer who had a significant role in the company when I first started watching.
  11. YouOverThere

    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Programming Serenade 2 seasons in a row seems a little unimaginative.
  12. YouOverThere

    Mark Morris "Layla and Majnun" at the Kennedy Center

    My suggested theme for a season would be "Making Arabesques Great Again".
  13. YouOverThere

    2017-2018 season: Washington Ballet

    OK, I admit that I did attend this (more than once), but I was going to spare everyone from my usual uneducated "review" which generally consists of little more than "I liked this. I didn't like that." I agree that all 3 have their pluses but they all showed the inexperience of the choreographers. Bond in particular might have tried to crowd too many things into her piece, as young choreographers (and composers) often do. But on my first trip, I liked her piece the best (perhaps biased by her choice of music), changing my mind to Gomes' piece the second time. If there was an allusion to homosexuality in Gomes' piece, I missed it. To me, it was about someone who wanted to break away from the safe, comfortable home of his childhood and experience the rest of the world. I do think, however, that Brown's piece is the most "mature" of the 3 and therefore the one likely to be performed again somewhere (at least without revision). One thing that did strike me was the lack of a role for Rolando Sarabia in this production, after he played only a minor role in Romeo and Juliet. As far as I know, he only appeared as a substitute. When he did appear in Brown's piece, he seemed to be the most polished of the men in the performance, though he still might have had some sort of injury that limited what he could do that wasn't noticeable. It was great having live music at least for 2 of the 3 works!
  14. YouOverThere

    Mark Morris "Layla and Majnun" at the Kennedy Center

    No big works - always 3 or 4 pieces/program.
  15. YouOverThere

    Mark Morris "Layla and Majnun" at the Kennedy Center

    Mark Morris Dance appears at George Mason University yearly (except this year), so I've seen whatever they've presented since 2015. I never cared to remember what the names of the pieces were.