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Barbara

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  1. Well, I learn something new all the time on Ballet Alert! I did not know this. Thanks, Helene.
  2. I have to agree, fondoffouettes. The dancing is beautiful and heart wrenching but I could forgo the curtain calls histrionics.
  3. I love the drama of this ballet and think the partnering is beautiful and intense. I'm seeing Hee because of Hallberg and Stearns because of Abrera. In a perfect world it would be Abrera with Hallberg. Ah well.
  4. I agree, especially after losing Sterling Baca. Tom Forster is a tall dancer that is needed now, with solid technique, fine acting, and princely looks that should be cultivated. I'm sorry I missed him and Herman last night but 3 Swan Lakes were my limit. But those 3 Swans will live with me a long time (Teuscher, Lane, Part)!
  5. I was recently watching a dvd of the 3 Tschaikovsky ballets danced by Royal Ballet. In the extras on the Swan Lake disc there was a group discussion of the O/O role with Beryl Gray, Monica Mason, Leslie Collier, and Marienela Nunez (who dances in the dvd). Ms. Gray pointed out that Moira Shearer could not do the standard fouettes and always did them in a combination of en dehors and en dedans. She went on to say (and I paraphrase), "It worked perfectly well!"
  6. This is very sad. She and Bill Paxton were the best things about the very forgettable film The Circle and now both gone too soon.
  7. The change in the guest policy also seems to have coincided with the departure of the former Exec Director. Could that be a factor? I think the absence of so many guests has had a remarkable effect on the company as a whole who seem to be rising to the occasion. Just look at the depth of talent in both the male and female dancers, especially the females. Lots to be happy about.
  8. I concur with everything laurel said above. I thought Sarah Lane had a triumphant debut as Giselle! I like Gillian very very much but I think Sarah was more poetic, more vulnerable, the picture of romanticism. She did seem like a different dancer today. This performance was fully formed; where did it come from? I don't recall if she's danced it elsewhere while waiting for her shot in her own company. Bravo to her! Please pay attention, Mr McKenzie.
  9. I keep re-watching this beauty! You'd think they'd danced this together forever, perfectly in sync arms.
  10. I also enjoyed Lauren Lovette's piece very much! I too am a fan of beautiful melodic music. More from Ms. Lovette, please!
  11. The transformation of the lounge is beautiful but I have to wonder how long the white couches will stay clean!
  12. I've watched it, pherank! I think it's charm wears a little thin after the first season but hey, how many tv shows are based in the world of classical music? I'll be watching as long as they keep making them.
  13. I wonder if this opens the door for Lauren Fadely to become principal. She moved to MCB from her principal position at PA Ballet and has quickly moved from soloist to principal soloist.
  14. Happy to report that I was pleased with my interaction at the box office yesterday. I made my exchanges and purchased additional tickets. The agent did mention that she wasn't really supposed to reprint the tickets I didn't receive because it looked as if they'd just been printed and would probably be in my mailbox very soon. They're being mailed when we're halfway through exchange week? I didn't say that since she did go ahead and reprint all tickets not received and I'm happy with the seats I was able to pick. But this year does seem to be very haphazard. In any case, I'm excited about the season and hope to see many of you there to chat!
  15. Oh brother! I'm going in to exchange/purchase today and hope I don't run into difficulties. This year they really screwed me up - for the last 2 years I've asked them to mail my tickets to my daughter in the city as it's easier for her to go to the box office to exchange. This year they sent some to me, some to her, and some I've never received! I was told by an agent that tickets that did not come in the mail can be reprinted at the box office. I hope so. She read off to me which tickets I should have received and in one case the quantities were wrong. We'll see when I get there but I'm anticipating trouble. I did join as a basic donor this year (after being badgered with phone calls) so maybe this will help. On a more positive note, when I phoned a few weeks ago to order an additional ticket the agent mused aloud about why I'd been given such bad seats for my subscription when there were plenty of seats left in Dress Circle row b center. She made a note and a subscription employee phoned me back, asked me to mail back my subscription tickets and they would re-issue them. The seat I got on the second round isn't exactly center but better than before. I might ask why the poor seat was assigned in the first place. I'll report my experience tomorrow. PS - I don't think I ever got a mailing about their Trios subscription as in years past. This has been my preferred way to purchase for the last few years. Was this done away with? I only purchased a full subscription this year because there was only one performance I didn't care to see out of the 6. (bless NYCB ticketing!)
  16. Must disagree about Dakota Johnson, I thought it didn't work at all for a young woman. All the others you posted were beautiful but I have to admit, I don't know who some of these actresses are!
  17. Lucky Floridians! Not just for Marcelo but for this Ashton gem. Sigh.
  18. Couldn't agree more, vegansmom. I found myself drifting off too. IMO, the first half hour or so could have been cut. I felt as if they were trying too hard to be charming and for me it fell flat. It did come alive each time Gosling was on screen. He has charisma to spare!
  19. This makes me so happy! Now just to find out his roles and I'm there! He's going to get a loud ovation when he steps on the Met stage!
  20. Thank you all so much for your excellent input! I've passed all the suggestions along - you've given her quite a lot to think about. I'll report back next spring about her adventure! (I'm tempted to be her stow-away)
  21. I'm asking advice for a friend traveling to St. Petersburg in May and would like to attend the ballet. She looked at dates for the Mariinsky and it appears during her stay they are doing short works including Carmen and Marguerite & Armand. However, she would prefer to see a full length and found that the Hermitage Theatre Ballet is doing Swan Lake during her visit. Do any of you have knowledge or opinion of whether or not she should stick with the top tier Mariinsky or if the Hermitage would be an acceptable option? She enjoys ballet but is relatively new to it and hasn't seen a lot of different companies. She mentioned she read that the Hermitage dancers are Vaganova trained so perhaps the difference between companies wouldn't be that important. Any thoughts or suggestions appreciated!
  22. My pet peeve at any theatre performance but especially ballet is when people lean forward in their seats, which may be great for them but puts a silhouette of their head directly in the view of the person behind them. I always politely tell them that they may not realize it but when they lean forward they block the view of the person behind. them. Sometimes it helps, sometimes not.
  23. You have a lot to celebrate these days, Cristian! Thanks for bringing the fun to us!
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