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  1. I like Forster very much but I didn't think he looked as comfortable in The Seasons as did Whiteside in the alternate cast. That said, he was fantastic as Sergei in on the Dneiper in the cast you didn't get to see. I thought far superior to Stearns in the role.
  2. No. It would be an idiotic ploy because now you have a bunch of angry people who are less likely to buy tickets in the future.
  3. I basically would echo everything you said with only minor differences! I had seen On the Dneiper before but that was 10 years ago, and while Hee Seo didn't have the emoting power of Veronika Part (who originated that role) I thoroughly enjoyed it. In fact I enjoyed it all so much, and wanted so much to see The Seasons again, that I bought a ticket for the other cast at today's matinee!!
  4. As someone who himself was accused of inappropriate behavior (by his account absolutely wrongly so) Macaulay might be said to bring his own history into account when thinking of this scandal.
  5. A really interesting interactive about the fire in the New York Times.
  6. Same--I am interested in that and in the Ratmansky, and the tickets were reasonable enough that those 2 are enough to make it worthwhile to me.
  7. Thanks for sharing that. It really is a very thoughtful piece. Well worth taking the time to read. And yes Misty is there at the very end, as the popularity she enjoys goes straight to his major point of the power and importance of representation in the arts.
  8. I see no reason why either of them should regret anything they said in the materials above. And any new leadership that took issue with it would be way out of line to do so. As other people have also pointed out, I think this is a misreading of her statement on the new leaders. She's not taking sides (I don't see why we should assume there are sides to take: Team Wendy Vs Team Jon!). She is, as an avowed and vocal feminist, saying that she is "thrilled...to have such a strong woman, Wendy Whelan, as part of the new era." [emphasis mine] She tags #jonathonstafford in her post, which would be an odd thing indeed to do if she wanted this to be read as an insult to him. She is simply saying she's happy a woman is part of the team leading the NYCB forward, which is neither an unexpected or peculiar reaction to the news.
  9. I'd guess that will be their fate. It will surely take a bit for them to eliminate his full lengths though. They are popular, so they'd probably need to be replaced with other versions, which will require time and money.
  10. aurora

    Simone Messmer

    Agreed, though ABT usually only acknowledges principals, which she was not.
  11. aurora

    Simone Messmer

    What is the indication that she was unhappy with her situation? Do we have any official information about why she is no longer at Miami besides the (unconfirmed but public) suggestion she was fired for objecting to a guest artist of questionable character?
  12. Also from ABT: Stephanie Williams and Lauren Post Other names of note include Brooklyn Mack and Siobhan Burke. It is easy to miss people though, after all as of now (1:43 eastern time, saturday) it has some 3,836 likes!
  13. The article is clear that certain dancers "own" opening nights of specific ballets. Hyltin gets R+J. And apparently Bouder *was* cast for opening night of SB as per usual until it was changed "last minute." Seeing that as an affront says virtually nothing about Hyltin's abilities. Since Bouder was still cast, and therefore it wasn't a reflection on her ability to do the role, the fact she takes it as an intentional slap in the face and retaliation seems totally reasonable to me. I would as well in her shoes. I don't take Bouder's comment to be a slighting of Hyltin. What she said about her own response to Martins vs Hyltin's is accurate--and I'm sure Hyltin is happy to own that she supported Martins, just as Bouder is happy to own her views.
  14. I can certainly understand that feeling. After I quit ballet (and I was not a professional) going to the ballet hurt so much that I found I couldn't for several years. I can't imagine the profound feeling of loss after spending basically your entire life as a dancer. It would certainly be an adjustment! I'm glad she does come now though.
  15. Someone certainly is--they were deleted back to early 2017 a few min ago, now they are deleted back to nov 2016. The bio is now quite odd as well... It is in Turkish and seems to indicate "Rich" hacked it. Rich is also now the only person Polunin's account follows.
  16. I think he only removed the one about slapping fat people.
  17. Many dancers have a lack of formal education, but don't have his problems with saying the wrong thing. It just isn't much of an excuse, or even a viable explanation (I don't think you were trying to excuse his behavior). He's 29 and moved to the UK at 13. He is old enough to know better, and if he doesn't understand the world outside of a soviet perspective, well that says very little for him as he's been exposed to it for most of his life.
  18. Interestingly though, if you click on her, it says no productions this season
  19. I don't think its fair to say this situation is the same with regards to those men. Lendorf has made it clear ABT is his priority, he's been out due to injury and has seemingly (social media etc) been very involved in the company nonetheless. Simkin and Hallberg are cutting back their involvement for various reasons, but they are long time company members--in Hallberg's case coming up through the company and still being very involved in company initiatives (promoting young male dancers and choreographers). The only person to whom it does apply is Bolle--but he is leaving after this season so no longer an issue.
  20. Many others see it differently. She did not, with one exception, name any other women. The people who brought the other women into it are the 3 men in question. It is their responsibility that any of this is happening, it is not Waterbury's to keep what they did to her and others quiet.
  21. The solution to that is not to give anyone the password. He did. There is still no reason for some of the insinuations.
  22. Lots of misogynists use that sort of language. See Lindsey Graham's "Slut Whore Drunk" comment . Not saying it isn't Longhitano, I have no idea (nor does anyone else here) just pointing out that this language is in no way specific to him.
  23. It has only been a year... How fast do you think redemption should happen? They get a few months vacation and boom! all is good again?
  24. The problem is not her, but the men who behaved disgustingly towards her and towards the women in the company (and the ABT dancers discussed as well). And just because other women haven't spoken up doesn't mean they don't have a problem with it. The hashtag #WhyIDidntReport is clear evidence of the many reasons women do not come forward.
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