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  1. Thank you very much for your review, Haglund’s! I almost fell out of my seat when I read that she would be dancing the lead in this ballet (replacing Xiomara Reyes) – she is one of my absolute favorite ABT dancers. I have been sending mental notes to Kevin McKenzie to cast her in the lead for a full-length ballet ever since I first saw her dance about four or five years ago. I didn’t think I would make it to ABT’s Met season at all this year, but now I am incredibly tempted to buy a ticket to the Saturday evening performance. However, based on the general reviews for “Cinderella” on this boar
  2. I’ve never watched “So You Think You Can Dance” before, but I was under the impression that it was geared toward young, inexperienced dancers who are trying to break into the realm of professional dance by getting some exposure (and another thing to add to their resumes). So what is Danny, who’s already had a very, very prestigious job in the professional dance world (at ABT) doing on the show??? Does he feel a need to prove to the world – via television – that despite his ballet background, he can succeed in other types of dance? Although I have no idea why he left ABT, I agree that the lure
  3. I’m reporting on behalf of my mother, a casual ballet fan who also saw the performance (at my insistence) and called me right afterwards to tell me how much she loved it. Now, she’s far from a ballet expert, and all of her knowledge of/exposure to the art comes from me. But I think that the audience – like most ballet audiences – was made up mostly of people like her, not experts like those post on BalletTalk! She loved the performance and told me that it was a wonderful introduction to ABT (this was the first time she had seen the company live). She was afraid she wouldn’t like “Drink to Me
  4. After the profound disappointment of Wednesday’s “Cinderella” (I still can’t get over how bad the production was, at least in my eyes), the Bolshoi more than redeemed itself with an electrifying Saturday afternoon performance of “Don Quixote.” I’ve only skimmed through the above posts, but I’m fairly certain that everyone shares my opinion that Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova were magnificent. I feel like I should give up and skip all future performances of “Don Quixote” because no other dancers can come close to matching them in these roles, and anything less would be a disappointment.
  5. Koshka – A friend of mine told me that quite a few dancers at the Bolshoi and the Kirov began wearing Gaynor Mindens recently (she’s a dancer, but I’m not quite sure how she got this information…) The Kirov’s Tatiana Tkachenko actually appears in the latest round of Gaynor Minden ads. Natalia – Yes, it was indeed Vinogradov! Wow, I will have to keep an eye out for the two of them at today’s matinee. My opinion does seem to be the minority one, since friends who went Thursday said they enjoyed the performance. But I did spend most of Thursday telling friends who were considering the ballet to
  6. One more thing: I am still kicking myself for not realizing that the man who sat directly in front of me in the audience was Alexei Ratmansky himself! I was annoyed that he always took his seat after the lights had already gone down (and popped out of his seat as soon as the lights went up) – but it wasn’t until the third act that I noticed the he entered the house from the door that leads backstage from the orchestra section. He was with an older gentleman and the two spoke a few words of Russian prior to the third act (when he took his seat a bit earlier), although I did not listen to their
  7. Sarah Kaufman’s review in the Washington Post is absolutely glowing. Between that and the enthusiastic standing ovation the ballet received Wednesday night, I’m beginning to think that I missed something big – although I’m reassured by the fact that neither Natalia or Bill were especially impressed. I had several friends go last night (Thursday), so I will have to get their reactions. Despite the fact that I love ballet and see every company that I can in Washington, DC (and try to catch performances wherever I travel – mainly NYC) I am in general quite a lenient critic. I tend to find somethi
  8. I was there last night, but I’m afraid that Natalia’s review will sound absolutely glowing compared to mine. I entered the theater expecting to be charmed and/or impressed and left thoroughly disappointed. The dancing itself was fine (nothing special, actually, but not bad); the production was absolutely horrible. I alternated between hating it and being thoroughly bored by it – at some point during the second act, I actually fell asleep, which is something that I have rarely (if ever) ever done at a ballet. I read the program notes before the ballet started; I was disappointed to learn that
  9. I was browsing the Kennedy Center website earlier today, and I noticed that the casting for both “Cinderella” and “Don Q” has changed to the following: CINDERELLA Wednesday, Feb 21, 7:30 p.m. Svetlana Zakharova – Andrey Merkuryev Thursday, Feb 22, 7:30 p.m. Ekaterina Shipulina – Aleksander Volchko Friday, Feb 23, 7:30 p.m. Ekaterina Krysanova – Andrey Merkuryev DON Q Saturday, Feb 24 mat , 1:30 p.m. Natalia Osipova – Ivan Vasiliev Saturday, Feb 24, 7:30 p.m. Maria Aleksandrova – Denis Matvienko Sunday, Feb 25 mat , 1:30 p.m. Natalia Osipova – Ivan Vasiliev Sunday, Feb 25, 7:30
  10. Due to my ardent desire to see Obraztsova and Fadeyev again, I bought a standing room ticket this morning to the Saturday matinee. It cost me $25 plus handling fee, which is more than standing room at the Met (at least for operas)! I’ve never done this before and don’t know anyone who has, but I’m going to give it a try… The ballet is long, but I’m young and my legs can handle it, right? Good training for trying to get myself back into ballet class, maybe.
  11. I might have a chance with tickets that are returned at the last minute (I should really write “ticket,” since I don’t intend to get one for any one but myself) – I have had good luck with this on occasion at the KC. There is also the option of standing room, which the KC only sells if the performance is sold out. I’ve never done this (at the KC or anywhere else) – does any one know if I would be able to see anything at all? The ballet is long, but even seeing the balcony pas de deux again would be worth it… Friends who’ve worked at the KC tell me it is illegal for people to buy or sell ticke
  12. I was there on opening night (Tuesday) as well to catch Fadeyev and Obraztsova – two lovely dancers who, through a single performance, have redefined for me the principal roles in this ballet. This was my first viewing of the Lavrovsky version of “Romeo and Juliet” and although I must say that I still prefer the MacMillan (but perhaps that is simply thanks to force of habit), I think it (Lavrovsky’s) provides for an overall more complete theatrical experience. The sets and scenery are lavish and grand (I love that gold-and-maroon theme), the costumes are beautiful and quite detailed, and the
  13. I am about to depart for ABT’s last DC “Othello” (with Hallberg and Murphy), so I am afraid that I cannot contribute my own thoughts until tonight. But I saw the ballet again last night (Saturday night), with the opening night cast again – I must have been a bit confused when buying tickets down at the box office, but overall, I am very happy that I ended up seeing the same cast again. I am excited about Hallberg, Murphy and co. but I cannot imagine that they will be better than the amazing cast of Gomes, Kent, Radetsky, Abrera, and Cornejo. This is the sort of ballet that – for me, at least
  14. (As I am fairly new to Ballet Alert/Ballet Talk, I feel a need to preface this post by stating that I have attempted to see most ballets that ABT has performed in Washington, DC, over the past five years and that I also make a trip to NYC during the City Center season every fall.) I attended the Tuesday (opening night) mixed repertory and Thursday “Othello” performances. Although I much preferred the former, I was deeply impressed by the latter. I’ll take the mixed repertory ballets one at a time and save “Othello” for my next post. A note on the empty seats: I sat in the first tier on Tuesd
  15. ZB1

    My Introduction

    Hello, everyone! I will make this short, as I cannot wait to begin posting about the most recent performances I have seen! By way of introduction, allow me to present a short biography: I am a graduate student (on my way to an MA in Russian and East European Studies) and a big fan of ballet, modern dance, opera, and classical music. I have worked in arts administration (is there a subforum for discussing issues related to that?), I have lived in Russia and parts of Eastern Europe, and I have recently taken up ballet classes again. I am happy to be part of a community of such enthusiastic and
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