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fondoffouettes

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  1. In his Instagram stories, Jovani Furlan congratulates Chun Wai Chan, principal at Houston Ballet, on joining NYCB as a soloist. I wonder if this means news of promotions may be coming. .
  2. Sarah Lane's bio page is still up on the ABT site. If that gets taken down then it will be pretty clear it's not a glitch. https://www.abt.org/people/sarah-lane/ The odds of having a voluntary retirement at ABT are so slim.
  3. This discussion of her lightness and very special stage presence brought me back to this video of her in the Dawn variation from Coppelia. All those very special qualities come across, even in an imperfectly recorded video. When you'd open your program and see her name in roles like this one, it always felt like luxury casting.
  4. Abrera discusses that DC Giselle, which ended up being her final peformance, in this NYT article. She was the first ballerina whose artistry I fell in love with, I believe because of a performance of Symphonic Variations in which she and Marcelo Gomes were the leads, if I remember correctly. In addition to her incredible Giselle debut, I'll always remember the warmth and beauty she brought to the role of Lilac Fairy; the way her arms and hands spoke was incredible. Benevolence personified. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/10/arts/dance/alvin-ailey-retirements-coronavirus.html I've bee
  5. If you needed something to make you feel more depressed, ABT's "gala" was it.
  6. What is any city without its cultural and communal life? But yes, I understand the burdens of city life can come into high relief when there aren't the benefits to offset them. The parks were the last "normal" thing I'd been enjoying in Jersey City, where I live, but they've now closed the last of them.
  7. This is so disheartening, to say the least. If the coronavirus is expected to peak in May, I don't see how ABT can expect their season to go on. I wonder if there's any possibility of ABT pushing their season further into the summer, assuming the Met is dark in July and August. I realize this might not be desirable or feasible for various reasons...
  8. The Kennedy Center has canceled performances through March 31, so at least NYCB's opening night is canceled. Press release below. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. EST A STATEMENT FROM THE JOHN. F. KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS All Kennedy Center Performances and Public Events Canceled Through March 31 in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (WASHINGTON)—The Kennedy Center’s highest priority is the health and well-being of all our patrons, artists, volunteers, and staff. In conformance with the specific public health recomme
  9. Brandt reports in her Instagram Stories that she’ll now be dancing opposite Cornejo on March 26. I assume she replaces Copeland? (Apologies if this has already been reported in another thread.)
  10. If there was no intentionality behind specifically choosing a Hope Hicks quote, it makes me wonder if her comments about money did not have any intended target or subtext. She tends to philosophize in her Instagram posts quite a bit..
  11. At least with dancers like Dvorovenko and Part, who essentially stopped being cast, their retirements would have likely happened anyway within the next couple years. I feel Lane is in that sweet spot of her career where she's at the height of her artistic and technical abilities. There has been no decline in her dancing, and in fact, she's dancing better than ever.
  12. In reviewing the casting for Of Love and Rage, I noticed that the Tharp piece has been renamed Ghost Catcher. (My apologies if this has already been reported up-thread.) I wonder if she's also reworking the choreography, which I found to be rather unfocused and uninspired.
  13. Oops, sorry -- missed that. Just as Ratmansky hasn't been utilizing Copeland in new works recently, nor casting her as Florine in his SB, which I think is a role she could probably still dance well unless the hops are an issue. It's actually my favorite classical role I've seen her in. To be fair, plenty of other Ratmansky favorites -- Abrera, Boylston and Cornejo come to mind -- have not been cast in his new ballet. He has mainly cast taller dancers. Perhaps he was going for a certain aesthetic and wanted "statuesque" dancers to represent this story from ancient Greece. Some of
  14. Simkin being engaged just once for the entire Met season has also dealt a blow to Lane's career. The same could be said for Gorak somewhat petering out as a potential principal; the fact that they swapped Stearns into Lane's R&J is telling.
  15. For some reason, I'm not sure why, I don't feel the post is about Skylar Brandt. If Lane is indeed being pushed out, or feels like she's being pushed out, perhaps the reference to money has something to do with ABT's limited finances. Remember when Part was being pushed out and she posted about how ABT essentially said they didn't have the funds to support her slot as a principal? I know Lane's language seems to criticize a dancer for investing money in his/her career, but it's just hard for me to fathom her throwing such obvious shade at a soloist, or any one of her colleagues. She's essentia
  16. She quoted someone who represents an administration that's anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, anti-human-rights, anti-reality. Hopefully she realized the implications.
  17. I wish I could see the POB dancers in Giselle again; they were extraordinary in the ballet when they visited NYC several years ago. Does this mean the dancers are no longer striking, or are they continuing to strike but still performing on select dates? I'm supposed to see their all-Balanchine program when I travel to Paris early next month. It will be my first time seeing the company in their home country, and I'd be so disappointed if it's canceled.
  18. I just called the box office and they said March 22 at noon. Since single-ticket sales are far more popular than subscriptions these days, I don't know why they make this info so hard to find. I guess they want to push subscription as much as possible...
  19. Lochlan Brooks, whom some of you may have admired in Ratmansky's The Seasons at ABT, as well as in the many impressive videos he posted on social media, has died.
  20. Thanks @Leah, @mille-feuille and @bellawood! I'm looking forward to the performance now.
  21. How do people feel about Bouder's O/O? I've never seen her in the role and due a ticket-ordering snafu, I have a ticket to see her rather than Reichlen, who I'd intended to see.
  22. Wow -- very cool. Maybe this will be the start of a nice new partnership. I seem to remember Lane saying nice things on Instagram about dancing with Stearns when she subbed for Seo (I think) in Other Dances.
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