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  1. I think NYCB should follow ABT's lead and promote some dancers, despite the pandemic. There are many soloists who are deserving of elevation, and also a few in the corps who deserve to be soloists.
  2. I keep a mental list of the most astonishing Broadway performances I have seen. Her Medea in the late 90s was astonishing.
  3. Sarah's husband Luis Ribagorda is still listed on the roster.
  4. I was able to log into my NYCB account and see my subscription dates for Spring 2021. May 23, 2021 at 3PM is listed as Maria Kowroski's Farewell. I hope we can all return to the theater to give her a proper farewell.
  5. https://www.inquirer.com/obituaries/peter-martins-obituary-new-york-city-ballet-pennsylvania-20200814.html
  6. thanks for posting the Oropesa clip. I don't think I've ever seen anyone do an encore of that aria.
  7. Mariinsky was supposed to return for its annual KC visit, but I guess they were scheduled for Fall and couldn't arrange to reschedule for the Spring.
  8. NY Philharmonic has canceled all performances through Jan 5, 2021.
  9. For those who were disappointed by Lincoln Center suddenly, indefinitely postponing various dance week offerings, they have done the same with their theater offering. The stream of Carousel that was supposed to be begin tonight was yanked, to be presented at some unspecified future time.
  10. If New York City ballet was trying to do a good deed in seeking to redirect people to offerings by Alvin Ailey and DTH, as suggested by some of the above posts, this would be the height of arrogance on their part. It assumes that these companies need NYCB's help in order to attract people to online streams offered by these companies. Alvin Ailey has a huge following all over the world, and they sure don't need NYCB's help. It also assumes that if people have limited time to watch a free stream, they would automatically pick NYCB, so NYCB must step aside in order to avoid competing for view
  11. Not really sure why a stream on Monday would be impacted by Blackout Tuesday.
  12. Met Opera has cancelled all shows in the fall. The plan is to reopen on Dec 31 with a gala.
  13. I think the stars they had during the late 90s/early 2000s were equal in quality to the stars on 42 years ago (Ananiashvilli, Ferri, Corella, Carreno to name just a few). It is only in recent years that standards and quality have taken such a downturn.
  14. If you have Amazon Prime Video you have free access to the Mariinsky''s performance of Jewels, which includes Lopatkina in Diamonds. I don't think there could be two more different body or personality types than Mearns and Lopatkina in Diamonds.
  15. Yes, that was her final performance. Mr. Abatt wanted to go, but I voted no because we would be seeing it at the Met in the spring so it didn't pay to spend the money to go to DC. Obviously, that decision backfired.
  16. I read the interview the same way as ABT Fan - that Abrera does not intend to return for a farewell after the pandemic. Hopefully McKenzie will convince her to do a farewell once ABT can resume performances. I guess we will know in the fall, when they update the roster of dancers. What a shame.
  17. Does anyone else find those feathers that are part of the ladies corps costumes in Diamonds distracting.
  18. Not part of the digital season, but related to NYCB. California just posted in another thread that a prior SAB workshop performance will be streamed for free starting June 1. More info on the SAB website.
  19. I'm very excited about this SAB workshop stream on June 1. This apparently will include Mira Nadon's acclaimed performance as the lead in Scotch Symphony. Every critic review I read raved about it. Thank you SAB.
  20. Abi Stafford rarely performs, in part, because she attends law school. She's still on the roster of principals, though. I doubt her brother is going to force her to retire.
  21. I agree that the ballets at these fashion galas usually don't end up being anything special. Notably, I don't think Ratmansky has ever agreed to contribute choreography to any of these fashion galas. The galas are about herding together a bunch of choreographers - well regarded or not - so that they can be matched up with a fashion designer.
  22. Pulcinella Variations was an offering as part of the annual Fashion Gala, where famous designers are invited to design costumes and the people donating to the company attend a gala dinner dance after the performance to rub elbows with the designers. These galas are more about indulging the whimsy of the designers than the ballets themselves. That's why the costumes for the ballets that premiere at the fashion galas are often distracting or otherwise problematic in relation to the choreography. The fashion galas have been going for at least 10 years, and were the "brain child" of Sarah Jes
  23. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/12/arts/dance/what-to-stream-this-week-dance.html There was some confusion re ID of the Phlegmatic 4T's ballerinas because the formation was changing throughout the ballet. in the photo in the attached article, 3 of the four ballerinas are the same as the ones that were in the clip that was recently posted on the NYCB site. In the photo from left to right the ballerinas are Hod, LaFreniere, Kikta and Kretchmar. In the video Marika Anderson danced LaFreniere's part. Hope that helps.
  24. ABT did Anastasia for one season many years ago, with Viviana Durante as a guest artist I believe. It ranks among the worst ballets I've ever seen. Not even the starry Ms. Osipova could motivate me to watch it again, ever.
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