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  • Birthday 01/01/1909

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  • Connection to/interest in ballet** (Please describe. Examples: fan, teacher, dancer, writer, avid balletgoer)
    Long-time ballet student in my youth, now an avid balletgoer and fan.
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  1. I must admit that I've never heard her sing but have always thought she had the most beautiful sounding name. RIP.
  2. Barbara

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    I'd rather see Shevchenko or Teuscher get a Manon with Hallberg rather than Boylston. But if he does indeed do Swan with Boylston I'd give that a go based on reviews.
  3. Barbara

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    Salty, I like that description and share it. Guest artist, I'm afraid so. Misty/Manon - No!
  4. Barbara

    ABT 2019 Met Season

    abatt, I don't choose Boylston in the tragic romantic roles but she did get very good reviews in Swan Lake or Giselle (can't remember which) last spring season. I'm still skeptical though, and frustrated that she'd be cast with Hallberg who is a much better fit with Stella imo.
  5. I realize the dancers don't owe the public anything but I think what On Pointe says is true. I would appreciate seeing some kind of press release or social media statement from the dancers with even a vague explanation. I assume someone is advising them about this kind of action.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Has anyone mentioned Philip Neal as a possibility? (It maybe up thread) I heard him interviewed on Conversations on Dance and he was very interesting and passionate about passing on his expertise and growing the "next generation" but he also did sound very happy where he was. Also I'm not sure of his age. https://www.strazcenter.org/Next-Generation-Ballet
  7. Barbara

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Thank you, FauxPas. I did see this post but did not take the time to read the hashtags or the comments to understand fully what she was saying. I'm very sorry to hear this and wish Elina all the best in the future.
  8. Barbara

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    This is the first I've heard about Elina Miettinen leaving the company. I always noticed her and will miss her presence. I follow her on instagram and must have missed any mention of it. She does seem to do a little acting/modeling and product endorsement so perhaps that's what she'll pursue. Has anyone knowledge of her plans?
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    I'm intrigued by many of these suggestions but with one caveat. There is sure to be poor morale if someone is brought in IF some of the current taller male soloists aren't also given opportunities in the full lengths. I'm thinking of Hoven but Forster in particular. My choice would be to hire someone exciting from outside who knows the full length rep, promote Gabe Shayer to soloist this year, give Forster and Hoven real opportunities to test them out, and if one of them seems to have the goods, promote them pronto. Also hoping Lendorf can return soon. I believe he could partner both the shorter and taller women.
  10. Barbara

    La Bayadere -- Los Angeles 2018

    Pleeease Mr. McKenzie, use Tom Forster!
  11. Barbara

    ABT 2018 promotions

    I feel the same about Fang - I cannot take my eyes off her. I think she always shows a little something extra. So happy for her and the C/Katherines!
  12. Barbara

    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I agree with all of the comments above about the entire cast. Oh, let's not forget Alexandra Basmagy-Diaz's beautiful debut as Lady Capulet. Also seduced, if I may say, by Hammoudi's Tybalt. He may have been a character actor/dancer disguised as a leading man all this time. I haven't enjoyed him this much in a long time.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I must respectfully disagree with this description of Devon's characterization. I thought it was a triumph and that she and Bell show the makings of a wonderful partnership. Even from the Dress Circle I could read her emotive body language and the very thing I did think she showed was abandon and passion. They had a palpable chemistry. It was the most moving R&J I've seen at ABT in a long time.
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    2018 Romeo & Juliet

    I totally agree!