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  1. I've always thought that ABT has been using the Dancers sets from 1987 to the present day. Even though the current production is dated to 1998, I think McKenzie reused the earlier sets in the same way he reused the Don Quixote sets from the Baryshnikov production when he restaged that ballet. This is the clearest shot of the Act II set I could find, although it's small: : It looks like the same set used in Dancers, seen in the video below, with some modifications. But if you compare the trees, the set appears to be the same. I thought it odd that the press release called out the fact the sets were so old and from a movie that is hardly known. I believe the scenic designer may have been inspired by Caspar David Friedrich's The Abbey in the Oakwood: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Abbey_in_the_Oakwood.
  2. 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. .
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 been pretty out of the loop regarding goings-on in ballet these past couple months, so my apologies if these details of Stella's retirement have already been discussed elsewhere.
  6. If you needed something to make you feel more depressed, ABT's "gala" was it.
  7. 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.
  8. 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...
  9. 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 recommendations issued by D.C. Health and Mayor Bowser, and due to the increasing threat of COVID-19, all public performances and events scheduled at the Kennedy Center through March 31 will be canceled effective Friday, March 13. Until further notice, the Kennedy Center campus and its facilities will be closed to visitors, however, administrative staff will be on hand to continue basic business operations. The restaurant, café, and other food service will also be closed due to canceled performances. Kennedy Center programmers are exploring options for rescheduling artists and productions for a future date where possible. The following events on Thursday, March 12, will continue as scheduled: Shear Madness Millennium Stage Forté – A film by David Donnelly Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter stated: “While this is an extraordinarily difficult decision to suspend all performances and activity throughout the month of March, it is the right thing to do to protect the health and well-being of our patrons, artists, and staff. Kennedy Center leadership has taken swift action and will do our part to help in the serious containment efforts called for by our city’s and country’s top government officials and medical experts.” TICKET EXCHANGE, DONATION, AND REFUND INFORMATION The Kennedy Center is committed to providing the utmost flexibility for our patrons in light of these circumstances. Ticket holders for performances scheduled to take place between March 13 and March 31 have the following options: Exchange your tickets for a future date or alternate show (where possible) Donate your tickets, and receive a tax deduction for the total ticket value Exchange your tickets for a Kennedy Center gift certificate, or Receive a full refund for the value of the ticket and associated fees Kennedy Center Box Office agents will be ready to accommodate individual patrons’ needs. However, due to anticipated volume, we ask for your patience as we address each and every case. For assistance, please contact the Box Office at 202-416-8540 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily or email BoxOffice-AdvanceSales@Kennedy-Center.org. For the most up-to-date information regarding the Kennedy Center’s response to COVID-19, please visit the Kennedy Center website.
  10. 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.)
  11. 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..
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 the costumes look quite heavy and elaborate, and perhaps a smaller dancer would drown in them. But it's truly a head-scratcher that Lane hasn't been cast as the TBA Rose in The Seasons. It's not like she has other obligations that week, unless she's guesting somewhere.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 essentially been a class act on social media, perhaps except for that one post on Cornejo's anniversary (though the purpose of that post was somewhat ambiguous, at least in my opinion).
  17. She quoted someone who represents an administration that's anti-LGBTQ, anti-immigrant, anti-human-rights, anti-reality. Hopefully she realized the implications.
  18. 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.
  19. 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...
  20. 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.
  21. Thanks @Leah, @mille-feuille and @bellawood! I'm looking forward to the performance now.
  22. 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.
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