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  1. Ilya, I could not agree more, we are very lucky. Ratmansky is innovative, elegant, his solutions are out of the box yet classical. He does not disappoint! Very much looking forward to see more of his work at ABT.
  2. New York Times published pictures from J&R, here is the one of opening of the balcony scene. Natialia Osipova is "feeling the moon" on her face. She is in the light, clearly visible. (And this is exactly how I remember seeing it.) http://www.nytimes.c...2_ABT_SS-5.html
  3. Yes, that laughter! It was coming from the older couple, sitting next to us in the orchestra. Actually, the whole ballet amused them very much, because they laughed at each movement. Pas de bourre couru seemed especially hilarious.. During the bedroom scene, when they started laughing, people in rows in front of them were turning heads to see what is wrong with them.
  4. I think you are right about intention to make Tatiana in Act I as provincial as possible.. However, children of wealthy landowners did not wear the same clothes as peasants, no matter how provincial. Also, Tatiana in Act I spends quite a bit of time with book in her hands. It is a bizarre combination: typical peasant's outfit, hairdo - and book, as peasants were illiterate. A book goes together with peasant's outfit as a shovel would go with a ball gown. Onegin - gay, what an interesting interpretation! I have never thought about it this way
  5. Absolutely agree. I went to see Kent/Bolle performance, and having never seen this ballet before, I wish I did not read (and love) the actual poem. I love the Pushkin's book, and it did not help me to enjoy performance at all.. I think if I did not read the poem, it would be easier to tolerate ridiculous ballet story. Also, costumes in Act I were laughable.. (why Tatiana and Olga are dressed as peasants??? Other girls of their circle are also dressed as peasants, while man are wearing proper evening attire. And vice versa during the peasant dance )
  6. I attended two performances - with Cujacaru and Osipova. It was a first time I saw Alina Cujacaru dance, and I loved, loved, loved her! Her 'failure to deliver' hops on point in Act I did not disappoint me at all - she was most innocent, delightful, fragile Giselle, deeply hurt and broken by Albreht's betrayal. Her mad scene scared me. For a split second I totally believed that she really gone mad... The Act II was the best I ever saw in my life.. It is still stands before my eyes... She truly was a spirit, not a human.. And her Love was so strong that even Myrtha was powerless.. It was lik
  7. I loved Uliana Lopatkina’s Carmen! She is still dancing before my eyes.
  8. I went to see Anna Karenina yesterday, with Kondaurova/Yermakov. My expectations were very low, after all of the negative reviews. I was especially dreading the music. I started watching performance very carefully, preparing myself not to be too disappointed. Towards the end of the first act I realized that I like it very much! I find Ratmanskys choreography amazingly clean, every step was easy to read, despite of the very complicated emotions/events he had to describe. Sets were very innovative, beautiful, tasteful! Dancing was already described by previous posters. Just want to add t
  9. Thank you for the link! There are couple of pictures of Gabriel Prokofiev, the grandson of Sergei Prokofiev. Gabriel was a DJ at the Gala.
  10. Those who resell tickets in the Empire State must be licensed by the area in which they are reselling them in addition to posting a bond. If the venue of the event seats more than 6,000 people, ticket resellers can charge 45 percent more than the face value of the ticket, while tickets for venues with smaller capacities can be 20 percent higher than the ticket. These resellers must also guarantee refunds, along with a number of other provisions. http://nakedlaw.avvo.com/2011/06/is-scalping-tickets-illegal/
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  13. What an entirely delightful, fun ballet! I went to see it yesterday evening, Part/Hammoudi/Abrera/Stearns cast. Ratmansky’s choreography is brilliant, eloquent, and so funny!! Jemma Bond was a standout as a School Girl. I really, really hope to see this ballet next season. Is it possible?
  14. I attended Osipova/Hallberg/Wiles performance. In my opinion, Natalia, although dazzling, is just not Aurora. This is not her role, and it was clear after few minutes of watching her dance. But I can not wait to see her Juliette. The rest of it has already been said - Hallberg was perfect Prince, Simkin and Lane were highlight of the evening, upgraded production is still painful to watch.
  15. I am ashamed on behalf of my city. Thank God Natalia is ok.
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