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  1. While I agree in theory that Angle should be allowed to appear with a shaved head if that's his preference, I found it a little distracting. Maybe I'll get used to it as the season continues. He also shaved his head for the Saratoga shows this summer. It was a very special evening. The first round of clapping actually began after the audience could hear the dancers clapping behind the curtain before the first ballet. Every ballet received multiple curtain calls. I didn't realize they were selling food on the promenade. Makes no sense from a health perspective, but it makes sense economically. A vendor pays the theater for the rights to sell food. I have to point out in particular that Joseph Gordon rocked the house with his stellar technique in the first movement of Symphony in C.
  2. The casting for week one has been updated and is on the website. The casting for week two has vanished and instead a press release regarding the appointment of Diana Taylor to the Board appears in the link where the week 2 casting should be. update - they realized the error and posted the week 2 casting again.
  3. I find NYCB's policy on keeping us safe to be rather disingenuous. They continue to keep the third and fourth rings closed for most shows. For those who would prefer to not sit cheek by jowl with other patrons during a pandemic, they have effectively cut off the possibility that a ticket buyer can buy in a less crowded area of the theater. They prefer herding everyone into certain areas of the theater. Perhaps now is the time to re-think this approach.
  4. For me the most interesting casting for week 1 is Gordon in Opus 19. I have no recollection of ever seeing Tiler Peck in Opus, 19, but I'm sure she will be fantastic in the role that I associate so closely with Wendy Whelan.
  5. Isn't Lauren Lovette doing Serenade (Waltz Girl) as part of her farewell?
  6. Both Unity Phelan and Emily Gerrity have proven themselves worthy of promotion.
  7. I wonder what the future holds for Ashley Laracey. She is lovely dancer, but I think time is not on her side as far as a potential promotion. Gerrity, Phelan and Woodward are more likely choices.
  8. I vote for Emily Kikta as soloist among the women. I think Miriam Miller is also a viable candidate.
  9. Looking at the schedule, they have now replaced Concerto DSCH with Russian Season on all of the Ratmansky Robbins performances, not just the Stafford farewell. This is the third time they have changed this program. I like DSCH much better than Russian Seasons. These multiple changes of the program is annoying. By accident, I am now slated to attend the Abi Stafford farewell. I hope all of these retirements mean that some deserving soloists move up to principal.
  10. Update- Just heard on the news that in addition to the vaccination mandate to attend a Broadway show, all attendees must wear masks in the theater. Kids under 12 may attend if they can provide proof of a negative covid test.
  11. The Broadway League has announced that anyone attending any Broadway show must provide proof of vaccination. Mayor DeBlasio is considering whether the health department will mandate proof of vaccination for entry into restaurants and bars. It's time for NYCB to step up and impose a vaccination requirement, in my opinion.
  12. I don't think that would accomplish the goal of enhancing safety. It is the un-vaccinated who pose significant danger of spreading the disease.
  13. Since a significant portion of NYCB's income would be lost if they required proof of vaccination (ie, no kids under 12), I think they will not require proof of vaccination unless Cuomo orders that all indoor venues for performing arts have this requirement. This is obviously a big issue for things like Radio City Christmas Show, the Nutcracker and other programs where kids make up a significant portion of the audience. Personally, I think NYCB should just reduce the number of Nutcracker shows, and use some of that performance calendar time for rep programs.
  14. https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwopera/article/The-Met-Opera-Will-Require-Audience-Members-to-Provide-Proof-of-Vaccination-20210728 Any audience member who cannot prove he has been vaccinated is barred from entering the Met Opera. NYCB talks a good game about protecting the audience, but if that protection was really the goal they too would ban people who are not vaccinated from the theater. This will not happen because their Nutcracker sales would tank. Kids under 12, who are not presently eligible to take the vaccine , are the bread and butter of Nutcracker ticket sales.
  15. If I'm reading the press release correctly, they are planning on using the sets (and costume?)s from a 1987 production of Giselle used in the film Dancers. That is different from the version they regularly use at the MET. I presume this is because the sets they use at the MET don't fit on the stage of the Koch. I've been doing a little reading up on the 1987 production and sets, and the press I have found seemed to be very negative about this production. Anyone recall the 1987 production? Since there are six Giselle shows, I presume there will be three casts - Hee Seo, Boylston for sure. The rest of the rep is deeply disappointing. The only ballet I will make an effort to see is Pillar, but only if Murphy is playing Hagar. It is one of her best roles.
  16. Whoever runs IT at the company is doing a very poor job.
  17. Here is what the email says: To support this goal, everyone coming to Carnegie Hall will be required to show proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 with a vaccine approved by the World Health Organization in order to enter the building. There is no info on the documentation required to prove the vaccine. They are also getting rid of intermissions through December 2021, and program times are limited to 90 minutes through December 2021. Since there is almost nothing scheduled during 2021 (except a Jonas Kaufmann concert in October), this doesn't really make much difference. Anyway, I fully expect Mr. Kaufmann to cancel, as he usually does.
  18. Just got an email from Carnegie Hall stating that all ticket holders must show proof of vaccination. I support that policy, but they should have made that requirement known BEFORE they began selling subscriptions several weeks ago.
  19. I agree. It's absurd that they think spending time on the promenade during intermission is somehow more dangerous than being in an enclosed auditorium for the performance. If they really wanted to increase safety, they would require proof of vaccination for all audience members. This is what some Broadway shows are doing. However, that would be a disaster for their bottom line since kids under 12 are their bread and butter for Nutcracker.
  20. So when will Abi Stafford leave?
  21. I suspect there will be pauses of about 5 minutes between each piece. We'll see I think this will cause a lot of parading in and out of the auditorium during the performance, and problems for the ushers. People who must use the restroom are going to leave and expect to be let back into the auditorium.
  22. FYI, the NY Philharmonic also announced that there will be no intermissions. I hope people have strong bladders. The end of the show will see unprecedented bathroom lines. I wonder if they will continue their prior policy of opening the theater an hour before curtain time at the Koch Theater. I didn't really care about the social aspect for the Philharmonic because I usually don't know anyone there except my husband. In contrast, at NYCB I usually know many people and speaking to friends at intermission is part of the joy of attending the show. I will certainly miss seeing friends at intermission on the Promenade, especially since I have not seen most of these friends since February 2020. The only plus here is that everyone will get home early, and we will not be forced to sit through any more See the Music lectures.
  23. abatt

    Natalia Osipova

    I think some of the vitriol directed at Osipova was based on cumulative experiences with her, and that this episode was the last straw. She has a long and extensive history of cancellations for flimsy reasons at the Mikhalovsky (spelling?) and elsewhere.
  24. abatt

    Natalia Osipova

    Maybe if Osipova has called him directly and offered a reasonable explanation instead of having her fiance make the call things would have gone more smoothly?
  25. abatt

    Natalia Osipova

    Interesting article regarding a feud between Osipova and the "Banana King" https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/18/arts/dance/natalia-osipova-mikhailovsky-feud.html
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