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    Former ballet dancer, former ballet teacher, fan, ballet lover
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  1. I agree about the design, and as julaij said it isn't particularly user friendly. I wonder who their target audience is? I have to say, I'm not impressed with the planned programing, but perhaps it's too soon to make a judgement about the direction the new leadership is taking.
  2. There's a good discussion on the Fairchild/Lovette interview under: NYCB cancels Fall 2020 and Nutcracker seasons
  3. In all the interviews I've heard Fairchild give, this was the most frustrating in that I wanted to hear more from Lovette. In some other interviews it seemed more natural for Fairchild to interject her own experiences. IN any event, I'm glad Megan Fairchild is putting them out there, it must be quite a learning curve for her.
  4. Wasn't sure where to put this, or if it's been posted already, but a fascinating discussion Megan Fairchild had with Lauren Lovette.
  5. I so agree with this. There were years when things were really dismal at NYCB. A certain blandness set in, in the performances. I started to go to see ABT more! Then something happened. I too remember Ansanelli bursting out, followed by a stream of dancers who had technique, musicality and imagination. For whatever set of reasons, NYCB became thrilling again and has stayed that way. Now we're in a situation in which the dancers are losing more than a year of performing, and new leadership is trying to settle in. I hope for the best. We'll see.
  6. Interesting discussion that is branching off in many directions. In my statement, I certainly didn't mean no new works. I was just struck that the NYCB's press release was very focussed on new works and choreographers. I am hoping to be able to return to the theater again, about a year from now, and see live dance performances. What do I want to see? To me the NYCB is special. It's special because of the vast rep of Balanchine and Robbins, and the training of the dancers which results in a go-for-broke, musical approach that combines expansive movement with incredible speed. Do I need to see t
  7. Maybe dance audiences will be eager to see NYCB do a lot of new works when they return to the stage after a year and a half, but I'll be eager to be re-immersed in the Balanchine rep. I'm all in favor of giving opportunities to new choreographers, but great art is hard to come by, and I fear the emphasis on turning the page could mean ignoring the fabulous NYCB heritage.
  8. The next season is almost a year from now. There may be dancers who decide not to come back, and even with an extended rehearsal period to allow time to get into shape and build stamina, some dancers will return more ready than others. We might see some shifts in casting and career trajectories.
  9. Forgive me if this has been posted before but I just came across Wendy Whelan leading a panel with Merrill Ashley, Gloria Govrin, Kay Mazzo and Allegra Kent. Allegra is really something!
  10. Agreed. I hope this isn't the end of her dancing career. IMO her career at ABT was filled with lost opportunities for the company and Lane. Her promotion came a lot later than it should have and then she was under under utilized. Personally, I feel it took a toll on her confidence. It may not be easy to join another company in the time of COVID, but I hope she is able to, if that's what she wants. Lane has special qualities.
  11. I watched Kathryn Morgan's video with great interest. I don't think we can have a full idea of what happened, and how conversations played out from start to finish. Clearly she thought that losing weight was the key to casting, and maybe it was. At the same time I was not very impressed with the rehearsal clip she showed of Firebird, but have no way of knowing how her dancing compared with that of the dancer who was cast. Perhaps a MCB viewer could better comment on this. For Morgan, it seems management's expectations weren't met for whatever reasons. I contrast this situation with Lauren F
  12. I saw Elusive Muse a number of years ago but haven't been able find it since. It suddenly appeared on youtube.
  13. I too would happily pay to watch a complete Liebeslieder and, in my experience, it's a ballet that is best appreciated close up.
  14. She could be deciding what to do next so she can make an announcement with a positive spin.
  15. I too am bummed about Sarah Lane, if it is true that she is no longer with ABT. She had become a really fine dramatic artist of depth and beauty. It is weird that Kevin M. bothered to promote her but then didn't cast her. I'm a bit surprised Gillian Murphy is still on the roster. Her comeback from maternity leave was interrupted by COVID so I wouldn't have been surprised if she decided to retire. I also wonder about Misty Copeland. A month or so ago, in an interview, she said she hadn't been able to do much physically during the shut down because of injury. ABT will return a changed
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