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    Sleeping Beauty Dreams

    I decided to pass. My instincts about contemporary/ modern dance are usually on point, and after seeing pics and reviews I decided this was not for me. I rarely like anything modern, and even if this might involve pointes-(Vishneva, right...?)- and another chance to see Marcelo, I didn't want to have my last impression of them as an uninteresting one. The last modern thing I saw I REALLY liked was Appalachian Spring by the Martha Graham company.😶
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    Sleeping Beauty Dreams

    Has anybody seen this...? I just saw that it will be playing tonight down here...but I don't know...it sounds iffy to me...
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    Sergei Polunin

    A bit OT...but even The Independent uses "principle" instead of "Principal". Is that accepted...? I thought not.
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    Simone Messmer

    Oh yes...ever since I moved here I started seeing the dancers around...club scene and even at the beach. They look like a tight group of happy youngsters. Never seen Messmer with them...
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    Happy Thanksgiving Day!!

    Wishing you all a blessed, bountiful and warm Thanksgiving with your family and friends. May God keep providing for good health and fortune. Myself on duty tonight, but we might have a small celebration at the hospital. 🤗😍🤗😍
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    Happy Thanksgiving Day!!

    Well, Dirac...lucky me! The unit census was low that night-(historically people don't go to the hospital on holidays)- so they asked me if I wanted to go home as soon as I got there. And of course I gladly said "yes!!". I drove to my best friend's mom's house, where I had been invited. My mom was there too... everyone was delighted that I had been able to join the party, and we ate...PORK!-(😂). (We Cubans find turkey a bit dry...that is..,😏) Great night it was.
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    Nutcracker 2018

    You do it...the sexuality is toned down or eliminated, the orientalism is toned down or eliminated...so the exoticism of the makeup and even, at some point, elements of the costume-(too revealing...?). And then the charm is gone and the variation is unrecognizable.
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    Balanchine's Don Quixote: Worth a Revival?

    I've seen the clips of the vision scene. Watching Balanchine bare himself up there for everyone to see and judge him as a confused, weak, trembling old guy dying of love for a young, unnatainable Suzanne Farrell seems almost like a self flagellation. Extremely bizarre. Or at least in my book.
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    Thoughts on Iolanta/The Nutcracker

    Aggh.... dreadful.
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    Allegra Kent in Symphony in C 2nd Mvt.

    I have seen Symphony in C-(not too often)-and mainly in NY, a couple of runs in Miami and several online videos. Still...every time I watch the John Clifford 1973 video-(on my smart TV)-I get glued to the screen whenever the second movements comes along. What is with Allegra Kent that makes this section...almost surreal..???. There is something on her which I can't quite describe...that comes from within and out. She dances this all the way from her face to her fingers. There is as if she truly inhabits the music...as if she BECOMES the music itself. Very rarely I have seen a ballerina that is able to transmit almost a hypnotic quality to the choreography. What was that?! I can't describe it as aloofness...or sadness-(could it be maybe..??), but it is certainly something she has...probably a natural quality of hers. It is very strange, but that particular movement WITH HER, doesn't fail to move me to tears. Can someone shred some light on the subject...? What is this strange feeling of Kent that she radiates...? Who IS Allegra Kent..? What was going on with her as a ballerina-(or maybe as a person)- while in NYCB....? Yes...it is very peculiar what she gives...what she does....but definitely beautiful and certainly-(and strangely)- unique.
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    Culturally Sensitive Character Dances

    It can be funny too. I can't tell you how many Americans-( seniors mostly)- have reacted with Desi Arnaz' words and mannerisms to their knowledge of of me being Cuban. They find it funny, and so do I. Of course...I know how "real Cuban or not" such portraits are...but as they are not malicious I can't really be offended. And I'm not.
  12. This upcoming Friday the company opens the season with a ballet they really know and cherish: TPC#2. Interestingly...when Villella was still on board he called the work "Ballet Imperial". Reasons unknown to me, given that the version he staged is the "no-tutu/no- backdrops" one, but with the old name. Concerto Barocco is also in, as well as Taylor's Company B. And our beloved Jeanette Delgado is back from her one season hiatus!!!🤗🤗🤗
  13. Choreo wise, this fragment is all Ponomarev....
  14. Wow. Thanks for the report. I am still confused with Dulcinea's/Gamzatti variation. In DQ Dulcinea does not do Italian fouettes. She does sautes on pointe, sissonnes and a round of chainee turns at the end of her variation. Queen of Dryads does Italian fouettes though....
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    Balanchine's Don Quixote: Worth a Revival?

    No...not in a XIX Century way. More like in the way that the gossiping 60's NYC dance world-(and probably many others sitting in the audience at the time)- knew of how bizarre the Balanchine/Farrell afair was.
  16. Well...if to the "last act" you refer to the wedding of Gamzatti, then the Russians might had given us opulence pre Bolshevik era, because the Soviets gave us no act whatsoever. And Vikharev's was buried so early into Oblivion that it can't really count. What the Russians now have is a truncated production, no more..no less. Ratmansky could had corrected the misses and faults of Ponomarev's Makarova's and Vikharev's. I hope he did.
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    Balanchine's Don Quixote: Worth a Revival?

    I haven't seen the ballet, but for what I have read, it was quite art imitating life there, and I find that bizarre.
  18. I firmly believe that, when doing a ballet recon, the choreographer should look at the evolution of the work and not jump into too radical changes that might put the production in jeopardy, to the point of being taken out of the repertoire, which is what has happened so far with all Vikharev works. Temple destructions are usually hard to achieve. I've seen less that satisfactory ones both in Bayadere and in Opera. If he did not achieve that final properly, then we have a problem. The other important issue is to actually bring the original libretto back..the proper story with the real ending. Fake endings do jeopardize classic works-(perfect example with Andersen's The Little Mermaid, where her original suicide is becoming lost in popular folk culture after Disney's changes. Makarova was the real savior of La Bayadere as she was able to rescue the real finale for the modern audiences. By now NYrs are familiar with the whole story, and might look at the Soviet truncated productions with displeasure. I know I do. Ratmansky could enhance this and more by having access to the real music of the last act. The interpolation Dulcinea's variation I don't think was a wise idea. If the original variation/music is not preserved...why didn't they leave Ponomarev jetes one...? Golden Idol should had stayed.
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    Thoughts on Iolanta/The Nutcracker

    A few years ago saw a double bill at the Bolshoi that comprised the better known parts of the score of the ballet followed by the Opera. No inyermezzo. During the Nutcracker music, the stage was open to the audience showing the Iolanta sets. At some point the soprano playing Iolanta got into the stage and kept wandering about during the WHOLE of the ballet score..as if in a dream, her blindness obvious . That poor woman did quite some wandering before the Opera started. It was very awkward to say the least.
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    Balanchine's Don Quixote: Worth a Revival?

    That elderly abuse onstage business that others have referred to...? Isn't that bizarre...?
  21. Where is CharlieH...? I'm dying to read the reports...
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    Balanchine's Don Quixote: Worth a Revival?

    I can just imagine the inner circle of dancers who knew the whole of the drama between the two seeing such a thing onstage, and I'm sure many of those who have seen the original video, and by now know the details of the platonic affair, have drawn conclusions and parallelisms. I know I would
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    I find Boylston very boring. I certainly did, Susan..via Radvanovsky's Tosca! 🤗🤗🤗
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    Boylston was totally out of touch with "In the Upper Room"
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    Balanchine's Don Quixote: Worth a Revival?

    Because of the obvious.
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