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  1. How I wi1sh I could go to this performance! But alas, a bit too far and inconvenient for me to travel to. Look forward to your report NinaFan
  2. Congratulations to Gemma! I've been a fan of her choreography since the first Innovation Initiative (the first and last time the unwashed public was allowed to be in the audience). Most recently loved her evening at the Joyce. I'd like to see a major piece from her for ABT.
  3. I went Friday night as well. I was thoroughly charmed and think this deserves a full production run on Broadway. I watched the movie before going and found it to be pretty awful, from sets to singing, to acting, even choreography (sorry, Gene) . I thought Chris Wheeldon would make improvements and he didn't disappoint. The beefed up role of Harry Beaton for R. Fairchild added to the drama immensely. All of the principal singer/actors were in top form. Even the score, which I've always thought was unmemorable took me by surprise and I was humming, along with others, as we left the theatre. My only quibble was that the funeral dance went on too long. It seemed like filler to lengthen the second act. A minor quibble, since at the same time it was a treat to see Patricia Delgado on a NYC stage.
  4. Wasn't it during a performance with Wiles, might have been SL, when he dislocated his shoulder? I have the book but am waiting until he signs it at the 92nd St Y event tonight to start my reading!
  5. It sounds wonderful, Peg. I heard Ms Rosofsky and Adrian D-W interviewed about this program on the Conversations on Dance podcast, which certainly piqued my interest in the book. I too hope there will be a new edition published. Btw, Adrian is exceedingly articulate and made me wonder if he has plans post-dance career in some kind of public forum. He's a natural.
  6. I'm "not chopped liver" with you, Kathleen ! Wed matinee is one of my favorite times to go; works well with my schedule and frees up weekends.
  7. I only found one performance in the ABT fall season that interested me and fit my schedule. But I was so happy I did attend as it was simply wonderful. The absolute stand-out was Other Dances with G. Murphy and C. Stearns. They were both playful, charismatic, and danced beautifully. It deserved the ovation it got! I've never seen Cory allow his personality to shine through like this. Gillian brought out the best in him. For me the second stand-out was T. Forster's dancing in Seranade/Symposium. Absolutely riveting. Really all the men were fantastic but I've been noticing Jose Sebastian more and more lately. Would love to see him and Gabe Shayer (long overdue!) promoted to soloist and please, Tom Forster to principal! It takes me awhile to warm to Ratmansky's work so I look forward to another showing of Bukovina to let it sink in. It was enjoyable and well danced but didn't leave a lasting impression. I love anything/everything by Ashton but have never seen Symphonic Dances done by any other company but ABT. Thus without a comparison to the Royal it's hard to say if the dancers were in the proper Ashton form. It looked lovely to my eye with J. Gorak seeming the most classical and comfortable in the piece.
  8. I so agree, about Lauren King - she was a standout!
  9. I'm so happy that I took a chance on the Martin's SL. I was prepared by posters here for the awful costumes and scenery so that was no surprise. This was the only date I could go and I guess I would have chosen a Mearns performance based on reputation but I was happy to see what M. Fairchild would do with the role. I agree with those above that it was a beautiful performance that she should be very proud of. I hope Martins casts her in this in future seasons - yea for the short girls! My only qualm and it is minor, is that she seemed to run out of steam during the fouettes. After the breakneck tempo of the earlier acts, the fouette section seemed slow or maybe her turns just seemed slow. But as stated above the singles were clean and well timed to fill out the music. She and Gonzalo were marvelous together; his acting and their chemistry more than made up for any possible lack of virtuosity from him. He is such a warm presence and it's clear she trusts him as a partner. I was also delighted with the pas de trois and pas de quartre - these dancers just put a smile on my face. Now that I've broken the ice, I'd definitely see this production again if only for the 4th act that shames the truncated ABT version.
  10. He's such a world traveler, perhaps better to be based in Europe. With the additional draw of being near family. Best wishes to him in his new creative endeavors! "Dual company citizenship" seems to be the way of the dance world these days. Happy we will still see him during spring season.
  11. Abatt, maybe recently coming off the London American in Paris, then on to Oklahoma, and scheduled for Brigadoon in mid-Nov (just got my City Center brochure in the mail), it was felt he wasn't in ballet-shape for Swan. I also hope he isn't leaving the company. Maybe just needs some time and distance.
  12. I've reconsidered and decided I should at least see this Swan Lake once. I feel certain the orchestra will play beautifully so there's that. Given my work/vacation schedule the date I landed on is Tuesday Sept 26. Not sure who will be dancing but would be happy with practically any of the dancers. Perhaps not Bouder in this role; love her in so many things but not sure about O/O. Time will tell. Thanks for all your thoughtful insights.
  13. I saw Reichlin/Jantzen do the Balanchine one act Swan last winter season and they brought me to tears. I don't know if I can bring myself to see the Martin's Swan. I suppose if I sat through the Bolshoi's I should give the Martin's a try. Thoughts?
  14. Or Fairchild could be paired with Garcia.
  15. I'm wondering who will fill the tbds for Other Dances at the Saturday matinee. That's the one and only performance I'm seeing.
  16. I'm afraid I can't remember individual pieces but I do remember liking his work a lot. I would have been living in the Los Angeles area at that time and think I must have seen the Joffrey Ballet do works by Feld. Would this have been accurate? PS - I also loved him as Baby John in West Side Story!
  17. You should have come to the Joyce to see Gemma Bond Dance! It was a marvelous evening of dance with a talented group of corps, soloist, and principal ABT dancers.
  18. One reason I was not drawn to see the Bolshoi this time. Alas, I worked all the days of the Jewels performances.
  19. From the moment the little girls offered their roses, I was a blubbering mess. I was shouting bravas from the Dress Circle but my voice kept breaking. Her leaving has touched me more than I would have expected. Very sad that she has apparently decided to no longer dance. Heavy sigh.
  20. I definitely agree with this! She has stood out so many times even in a sea of wonderful dancers. This was my only teensy disappointment in the list of promotions this year.
  21. I had no idea this door was open, thanks Needlepoints! I'll remember for the future, for sell out performances at least.
  22. I attended yesterday's matinee and have a few observations/questions: The Met was close to sold out, this I knew, but I've never seen such a long line to enter the house. Only 2 doors were open. It was getting close to starting time and it was horribly hot and steamy so I slid in the gallery door and then merged with the crowds. For a full house the audience was very quiet, only tepid applause, until Misty arrived and then cheering that sounded like mostly young voices. Jeffrey Cirio also garnered lots of well-deserved applause. Misty acquitted herself very well in her fast solo, I was impressed and of course her charming personality fit the part. I noticed Princess Praline was given time for a bow after her variation, when Princess Tea Flower was not. I had not realized that Princess Tea Flower and Coffee do more dancing and had more time on stage, it seemed to me, than Princess Praline. Isabella Boylston and Alban Lendorf stunned me with their full out performance in the first act. My favorite bit of choreography was the supported pirouettes done with the ballerina's head tilted in such a way that she looked like a spinning corkscrew, thrilling! Final question: I didn't understand the costumes for Marzipan Men and Sugarplum Men. Gingerbread Men were obvious but the other two looked more like peppermint and chocolate drops. Can anyone explain? Oh, favorite costume and execution was Worm Candy Man! I look forward to seeing this again next spring season with a different cast. After two viewings I'll probably skip future performances, unless I have a small human to bring along!
  23. I'm going to the Saturday matinee, part of my subscription. Since I don't seek her out, this will be my first time seeing Misty as a principal in a full length role and since her sold out house phenomenon. This is also my first time seeing Whipped Cream so I don't have another Princess Praline to compare it to except for the youtube clip of Trenary, which was amazing.
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