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  1. I attended the Saturday Matinee performance of Giselle. My review is short, but suffice it to say that that the Ballet Nacional De Cuba did not disappoint! Sadaise Arencibia danced Giselle, Raul Abreu danced Albrecht and Ely Regina danced Myrtha. Everybody was excellent and the audience was appreciative. Sadly no flowers or special curtain calls for anybody. I never understand this. Is it a Saturday Matinee thing, a Kennedy Center Crowd thing, or is it just a sign of the times? I find it unconscionable that neither Ms. Arencibia nor Ms. Regina got so much as a daisy. About Ms. Arencibia, she was a lovely, soulful and moving Giselle. I found her to be totally believable. About Ms. Regina, in a word, chilling. I was sitting in the second row. Terrible if you want to see feet, but great if you want to see face, and hers was really something else. Every move she made was chilling and I loved her performance. I would not want to meet her in a dark alley, but on the stage, anytime. I thought the corps did a great job. No dropping arabesques during the chugs for this company. I hope they come back to KC sometime in the near future. The last time I saw them before this was in NY in 1998. They danced Cinderella. Way too much time between performances.
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    Marcelo Gomes

    Looks like Marcelo is also dancing a duet with Alessandra Ferri at the Bolshoi’s Petipa Gala May 31st/Jun. The link is below (see third page). I got this from the Bolshoi/Petipa Gala forum. Mnacenani provided the original link (Thank you Mnacenani!) https://www.bolshoi.ru/upload/medialibrary/0ce/0ce92a73ccc41b46051dbe8754593b88.pdf
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    Veronika Part

    Very Happy for Veronika!
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Boy, I wasn't one for catching details yesterday, was I? Thanks again California for setting me straight.
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Sleeping Beauty may actually be performed at the KC Opera House. We'll have to wait and see when KC actually posts it to their schedule I think. TWB dances in both the Eisenhower Theater and the Opera House. They performed Romeo and Juliet in the Opera House this past February and I thought the company looked really good. I did not feel a sense of smallness. I'm hoping for the best.
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    It's funny, I was really disappointed when I saw TWB's new season, but between what California and Drew have said, I'm starting to think more about it. Bolero does sound interesting and my Husband absolutely wants to see Sleeping Beauty so I guess the new season is "on".
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    California, I stand corrected. I totally missed that! The only twist to the repeat programming is adding guest artists. Interesting, I think (being a little sarcastic). It is kind of strange and I agree, disappointing as well.
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    With the exception of the Nutcracker, I don't believe there are repeats for the 2018/2019 season. Les Sylphides and Bolero were part of the "Russian Masters" program which was performed in October of 2017. That program is not being repeated in the 2018/2019 season. Serenade is actually being performed this month as part of the Mixed Masters program, which is the last program of the 2017/2018 season. TWB is repeating a program titled "Three World Premiers" for the 2018/2019 season, but hopefully it will not be the same three that they recently performed. Otherwise they would not actually be premiers.
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    The last time I saw them was in 1998 at City Center in New York. They performed Cinderella. I am looking forward to this one. I will report.
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Drew your points are well taken. I think it's my own personal taste that makes me think of 'popcorn'. Perhaps it's not the right term. Suffice it to say that I prefer a bit more drama. Give me swans, mad scenes, or star-crossed lovers, and I'm there! The story line of Sleeping Beauty just never appealed to me, so I've only gone to see it once live. I saw ABT do the Ratmansky version at KC a couple of years ago. It turned me off to ever wanting to see it again. The music was the only saving grace. I do love Tchaikovsky. For 2018/2019 there are still some full lengths at KC to consider. There is always the nutcracker, and there is the Mariinsky's Corsaire (not a fan of that either, but it's the Mariinsky for goodness sake) and then there's the National Ballet of China's Raise the Red Lantern, the latter of which I've never seen. So the season isn't a total wash. I'm also going to see The Ballet National de Cuba perform Giselle in June, so I can get my dose of drama then.
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    2018-19 season: Washington Ballet

    Disappointing. I was hoping they might fill in some of the gaping classical holes left open in the abysmally contemporary Kennedy Center 2018-2019 season. Sadly all TWB is doing is Sleeping Beauty. While it may be a classic, IMHO it's a 'popcorn' ballet that makes me want to sleep. They do Nutcracker, but not at KC.
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    Gomes and ABT

    Thank you so much Buddy for the report on Marcelo's fine performance. I'm so glad to hear of it. I hope he has many more to come. And Happy three-quarters to you!
  13. The last two announcements for Washington Ballet were announced in May I believe.
  14. All in all I find 2018-2019 to be a disappointment. Maybe the Washington Ballet will fill the void of classics.
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    Gomes and ABT

    Or maybe somebody did it because they thought they stood to gain something from his departure. This is what came into my mind the moment I heard the news back in December. I mean no disrespect to anybody that may have suffered abuse, misconduct or discrimination at the hands of another, but this to me has smelled bad from the start. This is just my opinion, and no I don’t know all the facts. There are probably few who do, and I agree that it’s really nobody’s business at this point. Marcelo is a human being with a magnificent talent. He is not public property simply because the public pays to see him dance. I am very glad to see that he has begun to reemerge. I wish him all the best. If he chooses to open up about that facts, or lack of them, I will be listening.