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About Barbara

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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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    New York

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  1. I think a co-AD situation would work with Jonathon Stafford and Wendy Whalen. He's had the years experience and she is the much-loved former ballerina who could be the "face" of the company/fundraiser. I realize this is an extremely simplified definition and doesn't tick all the job description boxes. But this would allow others in the interim team to get back to their original jobs full time and by keeping Stafford would recognize the effort they've put in over the last year.
  2. Thank you, Cristian! And I echo your sentiments to one and all!
  3. I must agree re Ashley Laracey. In a recent IG post with Troy on a Nutcracker gig, she looked alarmingly thin.
  4. Me too, Nanushka! This is my dream partnership!
  5. I fell in love with the Ratmansky Nutcracker from the first time I saw it! I love the opening scene in the kitchen and then opening up to the party scene. So much good acting goes on, it's hard to decide where to look. And I think the snowflake scene going from lovely to sinister is masterful. The young Clara and the Nutcracker prince dancing alongside their adult selves always moves me. I also love the colorful costumes. I'm sad it's left the east coast and keep hoping there might be some way to perform on both coasts at some point. I feel much the same way California does about the Balanchine version - I'd be happy to see clips, especially Dewdrop. Sorry to be bah humbug, I know legions of ballet goers love this version and always will!
  6. Cristian, I believe it's next weekend in NYC. I thought about going but also thought it seemed a bit iffy and what with all the craziness of the season, I decided to pass on it. I hope someone goes and look forward to their report.
  7. Barbara

    Kathryn Morgan

    I agree with the Washington Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet suggestions, probably weighted more toward Washington and Julie Kent. She's never mentioned it but I think she'd look lovely in the Ashton rep so maybe Sarasota Ballet?
  8. I must admit that I've never heard her sing but have always thought she had the most beautiful sounding name. RIP.
  9. 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.
  10. Salty, I like that description and share it. Guest artist, I'm afraid so. Misty/Manon - No!
  11. 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.
  12. 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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