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  1. My recollection is that the originally filed compliant was only against Finlay, SAB and NYCB. She subsequently amended the complaint to add Ramasar, Catazarro and the donor (whose name escapes me). If Catazaro and Ramasar were merely called as witnesses in the case, rather than being named as additional defendants in the lawsuit, I doubt they would have been fired.
  2. It's possible that indeed Ramasar and Catazaro have brought wrongful termination claims against NYCB. Those proceedings might be through arbitration as required under their contracts, rather than through the court system. Recall an article in which some NYCB dancers expressed dismay that their union would pursue wrongful termination claims for Ramasar and Catazaro. The legal standard for dismissal of dancers by the company is not the same legal standards that would apply to Waterbury's claims. In my opinion, NYCB made a colossal mistake in how they handled the dismissal of these dancers. One day they are suspended for a few months, and about a week later they are terminated. NYCB needs to explain what changed between the time they announced the suspension and the time they decided to fire Ramasar and Catazaro. Was there some new violation of company policy by these dancers between the time of the suspension and the firing a week later? Or was it merely that NYCB thought their bad publicity might be shut down if they just fired these dancers.
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/19/arts/dance/sleeping-beauty-indiana-woodward-anthony-huxley.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront Terrific article and interview with Huxley and Woodward regarding their upcoming debuts in SB.
  4. There is no way SAB or NYCB would ever sue Waterbury, even if they believed that their claim was 100 percent certain of success in court. It' would just be more bad publicity for them and more attention for Ms. Waterbury.
  5. I find it interesting that although this lawsuit was filed back in September, SAB, NYCB, Finlay, Ramasar and Catazaro have not appeared in the action. Were they served with the complaint, as required under NY law? If so, why hasn't the plaintiff's counsel filed the proof of service with the court? If they were not served, why not? I thought Longhitano's motion was coherent considering that he is not an attorney. However, he lacks personal knowledge to make any statement about whether Waterbury was or was not an employee of New York City Ballet. The majority of his points were mostly persuasive.
  6. I suspect that this season will be Bouder's final run of Aurora.
  7. I was trying to figure out why Janzen was standing around at the side of the stage during the vision scene. Is that part of the choreography? At the end of Aurora's solo variation, Desire runs across the stage to run after her upon her exit. Did Janzen arrive too early for his cue? It was truly bizarre and distracting to have him stand around at the side of the stage. I don't recall that happening when I've seen this production in prior years, but I could be wrong. It was not Hyltin's best performance. Most of her performance was well done, but she was obviously struggling with some of the choreography. There were too many uncharacteristic little stumbles. A friend/co worker of mine who rarely attends ballet performances but took ballet classes during her youth asked me if there was something wrong with Hyltin's foot. This was a very astute observation. Janzen definitely needs improvement, but he did manage to do the fish dives well. His partnering was strong, and I thought he did a fine job in supporting Hyltin. There was one fish dive where she appeared to tilt off center and he immediately was able to bring her into the correct position to execute the fish dive. In the hands of a lesser partner, that would have turned into a disaster. Maria was vivid in her acting as Carabose, although I wish that someone at NYCB could give this character some dignity. I thought Reichlin was a bore as Lilac Fairy. She executed the steps well enough, but I rarely felt that she radiated warmth or dominated the action when she was on stage. The precious metal and jewel dances were marvelous, especially Huxley. Ulbricht's Bluebird was also a highlight.
  8. There are a lot of prominent Broadway performers who also do gigs on cruises. Seems like a win win situation if ABT makes some money, more people are exposed to high quality ballet, and the dancers get a free vacation cruise.
  9. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/14/theater/michael-jackson-chicago-musical-cancelled.html The "pre-Broadway" run that was scheduled in Chicago has been cancelled.
  10. This makes the point that Aurora is being courted by the regal heads of state from around the world. Referring to them as four suitors does not convey their high statures.
  11. Thanks for the report on the dress rehearsal.
  12. By using words like left out and invisible, I get the impression that her absence was not due to injury. I agree with others that Laracey is much more interesting to me than some of the other soloists like LeCrone. I have to wonder if Ashly Isaacs's absence was due to injury or because Stafford isn't casting her.
  13. I think Ratmansky's wife may handle a great deal of the work of staging his ballets on other companies after the works have already premiered.
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