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  1. I am glad you too enjoy it. I thought it was an epic night. I personally dont remember a Juliet irradiating so much happiness for being in love, particularly in the balcony pdd, her variation was a celebration of love, she seemed flying all over the stage, I got chills through out the entire performance......and her acting before surrendering to dance with Paris, after begging to her parents was so moving, followed by that gorgeously emotional and heartbreaking pdd, my god, it was sensational. ...I also loveedddd the way she used her bourees to express emotions, in different moments, and how e
  2. I went last night, and I am so happy that I did. I thought Boylston completely knocked the ball out of the park. My expectations were low, however, I can certainly say she stunned me, to the point that I rank her performance in my all time top 3-5 for this role. Her technical brilliance brought the choreography to life, better than ever. She made everything look so easy, yet so beautiful, and used it as a perfect vehicle to tell the story, as I have rarely seen before. Literally every phrase made sense for me last night. I remember reading somewhere that she have been taking acting clas
  3. are you sure about this ? I checked, Teuscher got 2 Bayaderes, I believe, as did Seo and Boyslton. Teuscher seems to be the new AD favorite, KM has a clear tendency to "fall in love" for a dancer and then he will just have her/him do everything, like nothing would be enough, no matter how ready or how good or not so good she/he performs the roles given.... We had Seo ballet theater season a coupe of years ago, and she was clearly not ready for that, still nothing stopped him. The casting this week is a good example of how bringing 1-2 world class dancers could help to lift the quali
  4. Kim owned the met tonight, the house was very well sold. His jump are just priceless, what an elevation, he devoured the met stage with those jetes !. To me he has it all, he projects big, he is elegant, a superb partner and his technique is just amazing. I wish they could bring him full time for the met season at least ! He brought the house down with all his solos. Seo danced beautifully, her lines are to die for, those arabesques, my gosh, her upper body and port de bra are just gorgeous. Now, after she has clearly worked on her technique, her dancing in coming along together much bet
  5. I agree with your post completely, to me one potential solution is "balance". Bring 2-3 big stars, and combine that with opportunities to in house dancers. Having 1-2 shows per week with a world-class casting won't hurt the growing opportunities for the home dancers. In fact, I think it would be a great experience for Trenary and Brandt, for example, to dance next to Smirnova, Nuñez, etc., . I dont understand why does it have to be all or nothing, before we had a constellation of stars to the point that the season looked like a ballet festival more than anything else, and now we went 180 degr
  6. Regarding the empty seats in this round of La Bayadere....Years ago ABT threw an all star week of La Bayadere, which included: Smirnova, Terechkina, Cojocaru, Vishneva and Part.....I personally, went and saw pretty much all the shows....This year I havent attended to even one....and many abt long time fans feel the same, I am sure. The met is a huge theater to fill, no question about it, but when the casting has been of star quality people have consistently attended, for sure...once again, compare the selling of Osipova/Hallberg's Giselle versus the rest...... I dont think that ABT proble
  7. I was highly disappointed when I saw that neither of them got an opportunity at a major classical role this year. I am terrified about Trenary particularly, since I remember she was given the opening night in their SB tour in Paris. I really hope she did well bc if by any chance the artistic team of abt was not pleased, I am quite sure that it will take years for her to get another shot. For references, Wiles was given opening night in SL in London, it didn't go well, and from there on was a downfall that did not stop until she left.....Lane was given a shot also with the old SB production, t
  8. Great news, for all of us, veronica's admirers http://rnzb.org.nz/news/rnzb-welcomes-international-guest-artist-veronika-part-for-dancing-with-mozart-season/
  9. I agree completely with nysusan. ABT had golden years, I remember seasons that I could barely skip a show, it was literally a star couple dancing after the next. The level of mediocrity that has taken over the principal roster is frankly devastating, never in my life I thought I would witness such an awful time in this beloved company of mine.....Facts speak by themselves, Osipova/Hallberg's Giselle is being sold out for months, and tickets has been sold at skyrocketing prices...the rest of the shows, half empty house at their best......nothing else need to be said. I understand that ha
  10. I was at today's matinee. I thought Lane had a truly spectacular first act, both technically and artistically. Her madness scene was brutal, and her Act 1 variation very impressive. There is an elegance, an expansiveness in her dancing that is absolutely magnificent, the way she finishes every phrase is remarkable and so tasteful ! C. Hurlin danced peasant pdd and she stood out too, pristine clear technique, clean, refined and musical....I was much less impressed by her partner though. Act 2, however, felt a bit underwhelming for me. Lane was still technically very, very strong, with som
  11. This is very true. Recently, Lehna Dunham had to apologize for initially supporting a writer of her show, Girls, apparently a friend of her, who had been accused of Sexual Assault. ......It could also be the case here, but I find Vishneva, Ratmasky and Kent statements quite strong, although I agree with your point that believing that someone close has done something really bad its not easy. ...On the other hand, Vishneva did label the incident to have "dubious intentions" and the critic's tweet as a "small indiscretion", I would say these two statements are more indicative of having some degr
  12. I hope that Marcelo gets proper legal advice and that they make a public statement with clear specifics to the case, sooner than later. If what happened or what he is been accused of doing its not that "horrendous", the lack of information is and will only do harm to him. For many people his resignation is an indication of accepting responsibility and he hasn't denied that the allegations occurred either (as opposite to Martins). The only public statement made so far by "an spokeswoman for Marcelo said "This is a time of reflection for Marcelo. He is gratified and strengthened by the supp
  13. I am absolutely heartbroken by this news: http://www.dancemagazine.com/marcelo-gomes-just-resigned-from-abt-2519159661.html I wish this wasn't true, we love you Marcelo and we will miss you very very badly on the met stage.
  14. It seems that there are pretty divided opinions about her here. I am personally a fan, she is small but I found her to be beautifully proportionated and musical. She is technically very strong, I think we all agree on this. I saw her Sylvia and loved it. Her personality off stage seems hilarious to me, there are plenty of videos on her Instagram rehearsing SL with Kolpakova...... This is one from the golden cockerel that I found hilariously funny https://www.instagram.com/p/BGanvyLEUeE/?taken-by=balletrusse&hl=en
  15. I also had been an avid ABT goer for over 15 years, and this is prob the most depressing season I remember in a long time...particularly, I just dont connect with Ratmansky, there hasnt been a single piece of choreography that he has done for abt that I have found particularly exciting to the point of being eager to see it over and over again. Most of his works for me have been a bad experience, as for this year's cockerel for example, or simply ok but no more, thanks....His SB is what I have enjoyed the best, but I dont feel like seeing it 2-3 times in a run, one time is enough for an academi
  16. Since we are talking about the future, and there will be soon a second generational transition in the roster of the principal ballerinas (Gillian, Part, Stella are 38yo, Misty 34, I think), I thought about posting these clips here, with the hope of bringing new ideas for the renovation phase. There is no latin female principal in the abt roster, for the 1st time in many years....so here are a couple of suggestions 1) Maya Piñeiro, Currently a Prinicipal in Pennsylvania Ballet 2) Estheysis Menendez, who recently defected from the Cuban National Ballet and is currently living in the US M
  17. I just noticed that Gisele Bethea has been appointed as an apprentice at abt, since January 2016. This is probably one of the most exciting recent news for the company. Considering the current quality of the principal ballerinas, which to me is probably in an all time low (with few exceptions), having Gisele in the company as an apprentice when she is only 15yo, gives me hopes for better times, sighhh..... I hope Gisele develops as expected, without rushing her.....abt should be reminded of Herrera's career.... Hopefully together with S. Brandt, C. Trenary and some other very talented and
  18. Do you live in London ? Please, let us have her here in nyc for a bit )).....just a few seasons hehe
  19. omg Marianela is a dreammmmm, I have no words to describe this marvel, she was exquisite, her dancing is so luxurious and her technique so strong, clean and transparent, she was also so adorable as Cindirella.....She mades everything look so easy, so natural, her dancing its so creamy, i could go on and on for ever....Marianela has it all, I can only only wish for more of her next year, pleaseeeeee. Isabella was magnificent, she looked to me more beautiful than ever, and those jetes !!! I loved how much more controlled I notices her arms, she really delivered some impressive dancing last nigh
  20. even if she does 3 fouettes in the coda, falls off point, you name it..... she will be promoted anyways........
  21. yay ! thats a great idea, thanks !!! ......I havent seen Raymonda in a long time.......I was very disappointed with the RB program, so that wasnt a choice for me either this time, this is just a personal taste, but I would have loved to see them in the classics....still remember the gorgeousssss Giselle of POB a few years ago.....
  22. You are not alone. I feel exactly the same way, disgusted........many of my balletomane friends feel the same as well. I have been going to ABT shows for over 15 years, 3-4 times a week, many of my friends have been attending even longer than that. This season, I have barely seen them there, and I have attended very few times myself. It has gotten to the point that I even left for a 2 week vacation during the season, something I never did before. I remember having such a hard time deciding which performance I would use to "rest", sometimes I would even see the entire run.....This has turned
  23. Thank you for this, she looks amazing !! ....and I loveddd Skylar Brandt comment !! lovely to see that they get alone so well. I saw C. Trenary dancing in Pillar of Fire last week, next to Gillian. I was very, very impressed with her, I hope she gets more chances to develop soon, you can clearly tell that her potential is huge,..........same goes for Brandt, she is small but her proportions are great, she reminds me a bit to Alina C...... The one thing that I am very happy about abt artistic team this year is that finally J Gorak has been put on principal promotion track and has been given a
  24. i loved the ending, "american or not, a real ballerina is born, not made" uhmmmmmm go figure KM
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