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  1. Thank you all for the kind words. We nurses are scared. We might be more used to death around us, but this is different. It is new... something we used to hear happened long long time ago. Pandemics were quite a symbol of the past in my profession, and the last one we had, the HIV , contact, airborne and droplets precautions were quickly ruled out. Add to the equation that we're not being given the proper PPE, and the result is a perfect formula for anxiety and fear.

    Let's keep praying that this is over and we can return to our normal routines. Blessings to all.

  2. I had a long night at the hospital last night. Thankfully, uneventful. But this is not the case everywhere as we know very well. So much death and desolation.  It truly hurts. I just re watched "Revelations", which usually lift my spirits tremendously. But it was during the "I want to be ready" solo that I broke. I pray, oh Lord, that this is all over soon and that we and our loved ones are all spared . 


  3. On 3/29/2020 at 5:10 AM, CarolinaM said:


    If you come back again, please let me know and if the company is not performing we would be pleased to invite you to come to watch classes and/or rehearsals.


    Much appreciated dear! Of course I'll be back.  I've been several times there and keep coming back. It is hard to take Barcelona out of one's heart!

  4. On 7/28/2018 at 3:55 AM, Mashinka said:

    The BBC has a link to this on its home page today.  Something as a surprise as the beeb these days is obsessed with popular culture.


    I looks like Jhonsey is no more a "gender fluid ballerina" but a male looking/male referred artistic director in Barcelona.


  5. On 3/20/2020 at 5:25 AM, CarolinaM said:

    Thank you Cubanmiamiboy!

    Our Artistic Director, Chase Johnsey, admires and respects Iliana very much, she was his coach for many ballets at Trocadero. We truly hope this project can be a reality soon for our company and dancers and also for the audience here in Catalonia and all over the world!

    I was recently in Barcelona, and let me tell you.... If I was to pick a european city to live, it would be there. I saw an amazing, luxurious production of Aida at the Liceu, and all I could think of was how great it would be if the city had a top notch ballet company as the perfect complement to the arts, food and beach. 

  6. 12 hours ago, CarolinaM said:

    Oh, really?! So glad to know!!

    We were already working on it and Iliana and Franklin were scheduled to come to work with our dancers the week before the premiere but now... who knows what's going to be? It's really a pity as we all were really excited and had many theaters interested in this show.

    Thank you very much!! Stay safe and healthy!

    Iliana danced the lead in that performance. She was always a beautiful dancer. 

    You too stay safe!

  7. On 3/16/2020 at 7:03 AM, CarolinaM said:

    Please find an update about Ballet de Barcelona The company has performed around Catalonia with great success both from audience and critics. Chase has really succeed in leading a wonderful team that by now counts on 12 company members, 5 aprentices and 12 trainees (with many dancers interested to join for next season).

    The company has already 3 productions in the repertoire : Mixed Bill, Nutcracker and Peter and the Wolf, being now immersed in preparing Jimmy Gamonet's Carmen together with the second act of Swan Lake.

    Please find videos of the productions for you to see how it looks like:


    Mixed Bill 

    Peter and the Wolf

    Thank you!!!

    I saw Gamonet's Carmen years ago when there was the "Ballet Gamonet" here in Miami. It was quite pleasant.

  8. 17 hours ago, Kathleen O'Connell said:

    Namouna, for all its glorious nuttiness feels more like a coherent story to me than, say, The Tempest...

    Don't remind me that I jumped on a plane once to see this. All my recollections are of Marcelo Ina huge beard looking like Moses and a frikin' boat spinning onstage. I slept through the whole thing. His LHBH and Anna Karenina-(saw them both in Russia)- I also found soporific as well. Not a fan at all of his own material, but certainly love his reconstructions.

  9. 59 minutes ago, canbelto said:

    Lourdes Lopez "liked" Kathryn's body positivity post on IG. So I think this isn't a doxxing of management.

    Lourdes agreeing with Morgan's message of encouragement doesn't necessarily equals Lourdes agreeing on Morgan looking adequate in the Firebird's leotard.

  10. If anything...I just really hope Morgan can eventually enjoy her dancing down here, even if it's less than what she expected.  And this not only in terms of repertoire, but as a part of a troupe. I keep repeating that MCB is a tight bunch. I see them at the beach together...at the cafes around the city etc.  What Morgan should NOT follow are Messmer's steps. The feeling of being an outcast. If she gets there her joy will be certainly jeopardized.

  11. 41 minutes ago, Fleurfairy said:

    We'd all like to think the ballet world has changed but it hasn't. Look at the Russian superstars that everyone adores, one more skeletal than the next. I don't doubt Morgan was taken out of the role because of her body. What disappoints me is that they hired her knowing her body type and her illness and that she would never be stick thin again. What were they trying to accomplish? 

    Again ..I can't stress enough the fact that MCB is a company of VERY petite dancers. Nathalia Arja, the Firebird, Is even smaller than Erica Pereira. The size difference during Slaughter was very obvious. 

    I have the feeling that there was probably a deal for Morgan to get the role on the premises that she continued losing weight. And it just didn't happen.

    I think all performances were danced by Arja.

  12. 20 hours ago, seallen said:

    1-Agreed - Lourdes lent her full support on social media following the Today Show interview. 

    2-Morgan did not complain about not getting a role, but how body shaming beats down the psyche of creative, artistic beings. 


    1- Wouldn't it be Lourdes herself who pulled her out of a role she very much wanted to dance....? 

    2- That's not what I got from the teary video. She clearly feels she was prepared for the role. She clearly states she was pulled out at the last minute.  And she was emotional about it.

    And yes...the biggest picture here is definitely her message to the vulnerable teens that the world won't come to an end if you're not selected for Firebird based on your weight. That life goes on and can be enjoyable even without that role.

  13. I think it is wonderful to be the voice against anorexia, bulimia and body shaming. I think it is fair to be upset because you were pulled out of a role at the last minute. To think that with the evident weight difference with that of the rest of a whole company you won't be challenged to change it-( which I believe there are many healthy, comprehensive ways to do it)- is delusional.

    Exposing problems within the enclosed world of ballet-( just as Kirkland did with drugs, Volochkova with weight or Waterbury with non consensual sex stuff)- is always controversial. The one thing that I see comes up as very positive with Morgan might be getting the message to vulnerable teenagers on how to live with the fact that your body will never be the one that ballet companies look for, and still be happy.  

    Morgan speaking about "unfair" casting decisions with her company on social media is not, in my book, a smart move. Remember Womack.


  14. On 2/26/2020 at 4:42 PM, jessa_sissonne said:

    @cubanmiamiboy - I would love to hear if you have seen her dancing and what your thoughts are?

    @LadyBubbles - Do you recall the name of the podcast she was interviewed on?

    Thanks guys!

    I only saw her as the Striptease girl in Slaughter, which is a minor, heeled, non tutu role. MCB is a company of petite ballerinas, so her weight looked quite disproportionate from the rest of the cast. Dancing wise, that role is just all about grand battements, and she showed very adequate extensions.

  15. On 2/25/2020 at 11:11 PM, LadyBubbles said:

    No idea @jessa_sissonne according to IG she's currently in NYC in some mystery trip. I think she said (was that yesterday or the day before that?) that she can't share details yet. No sure what she's up to.

    I don't think joining MCB was a PR stunt. I think she legitimately wants to dance full time professionally again. As for MCB, I'm sure her social media popularity was a big part of the reason they gave her a soloist contract after almost 10 years of not being on stage with a company and almost 8 years not being part of a company at all. I think if she weren't big on social media she'd have a corps contract (at best) after such long break. In a smaller company, I can see her getting the soloist nod, but not MCB. She did an interview in a podcast recently where she mentioned that the reason she injured her calf was because she was learning too many roles. She mentioned she was learning Mercedes in Don Q, so maybe she'll end up dancing AND it'd be interesting to see if she's also Queen of Dryads (does MCB do dual roles or do they cast two separate dancers?)

    In my opinion, and my opinion only, her comeback is legitimate but she tried too hard too quickly and is just now finding out how much her body can truly handle at this age and after so much time away from the professional ranks. 

    For what I saw in "Slaughter..", she's definitely NOT in tutu shape yet. 

  16. 3 hours ago, nanushka said:

    ETA: Odile needs a better turner than Aurora though, no? That may also be part of the difference.

    Definitely. Say what you want, but an Odile escaping/avoiding her 32 fouettes will be remembered for such.

    On the other side, an Aurora shaking like an earthquake and unable to keep those balances sharply during her Rose Adagio will also be very noticeable.

  17. There's no performance that I don't have to shush, give evil eye or both to someone. The most common offense is those damned candy wrappers, and the excruciating amount of time people seem to have to keep twisting them, folding them and doing the inexplicable after the candy is already in the mouth. 


  18. 44 minutes ago, cubanmiamiboy said:

    Gordon was SUPERB too!! He handled Peck with such care as if she was really Elizabeth Queen of England. And he really shone during his variations-(both white and black acts)- and coda in the drawing room act. He has quite a balloon!! He really floated around the stage.

    Fouettenometer alert!

    She did wonderful. She did one to two, meaning one fouette to one double pirouette, finishing with singles, on music and on pointe!

    And that's it my friends. I'm heading back to Miami in the morning. I truly enjoyed this run of SL, bad production and all. 

    Who's getting the fouettenometer torch...? I need to pass it over...!😆

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