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  1. abatt

    ABT 2018 Fall season

    Maybe I'm late to the party, but I just noticed, to my great disappointment, that a number of important casting changes have been made since this casting info was published. I specifically bought Oct 26 to See Murphy & Abrera in Symphonie Concertante. Guess what I just discovered on the ABT website- they switched Stella & Gillian into the Oct 21 matinee. Also, Lane & Cornejo's Other Dances performance is on Oct 26 now, not Oct 28. Since I didn't buy my tickets until sometime in late September, these changes must be pretty recent. No refunds or exchanges on these tickets, right. GRRRRRR.
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    They are bringing it back because it requires little or no additional rehearsal time. The dancers already learned the roles for this past Met season, so they don't need to spend any additional money or time to rehearse it. I have enjoyed some other McGregor works, like Chroma. However, I would not sit through AfterRite again, ever.
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    I don't think it's the dark subject matter that is turning people off. I love Tudor's Dark Elegies and Jooss' The Green Table. They are modern masterpieces that deal with very dark subjects. I would go in a heartbeat to see those works if they were revived at ABT.
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    promotions 2018

    There are a significant number of debuts for many dancers on the Shanghai tour.
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    The current technology that allows us consumers to see the seating map does not do ABT any favors. I'll bet that a large percentage of the best orchestra seats that are showing as sold are actually house seats reserved for the company or for the press. Unlike at the Met, where every ABT show is part of a subscription, the ABT fall season at the Koch is completely non-subscription. Therefore, they can't even rely on the casual ballet goer who shows up on their subscription date regardless of the program. Ultimately, I'm sure they will "paper" the orchestra. .
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    promotions 2018

    It took Rebecca Krohn a very long time to move up to principal. I think it may have been around 13 years, but I can't recall. I missed Laracey's Concerto Barocco performances last spring. I was surprised they didn't give her a single performance of that ballet during the fall season. Note that she is debuting on the tour this week in Shanghai in Stravinsky Violin Concerto.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    I think certain NYCB dancers who are cast in full length Petipa ballets and other full length dramatic ballets don't have enough experience in mastering the styles needed for their roles. For example, I've seen problems arise in phrasing, upper body carriage, and arm placement and movement. These issues have been noticeable to me in certain performances of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and Romeo & Juliet, to name a few. However, some company members excel in mastering other styles and content, such as Sterling Hyltin's wonderful La Sylphide recently.
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    ABT 2018 Fall season

    Some performances have already popped up on TDF, so certain seats showing as sold were actually heavily discounted.
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    The problem with NYCB is that they commission so many new works each season, but very few deserve a permanent spot in the rep. Nevertheless, NYCB seems to feel that a new work must be shown at least 8 times for them to break even on its cost. The result is that they continue to rotate the new works, whether good or bad, through the rep until the magic number of performances to break even is reached. There have been many wonderful new works created at NYCB, but most are unworthy and do not merit repeated viewings. Given the ever increasing price of tickets, people are less inclined to buy expensive tickets for a program that includes a weak ballet.
  10. Did anyone see Herman Cornejo and Alina Cojocaru at FFD last night? Reports?
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Is she related to corps member Olivia MacKinnon?
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    New York City Ballet Fall Season

    Most offensive to me is one of the spring programs titled something like Balanchine meets Peck. It shows an arrogance that Peck is somehow worthy of meeting Balanchine. They should stick with the simplicity of Balanchine & Peck.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    I've also had enough Whipped Cream over the last two years. I would only go as a last resort if I needed something to exchange into and didn't have any other option. I guess I should not prejudge, but Jane Eyre looks like a vehicle similar to Onegin and Lady of the Camellias. Not a great deal of technique required.
  14. http://www.playbill.com/article/west-side-story-remake-taps-tony-winning-choreographer-justin-peck
  15. The statute of limitations may have expired on some of the potential claims against Levine.
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