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  1. 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 viewer attention with  Ailey or DTH.   

  2. 12 hours ago, California said:

    Wow! 42 years since they showed that. What have they been waiting for! Can you imagine going to ABT now with such a line-up of amazing talent?

    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. 

  3. 2 minutes ago, maps said:

    Was Abrera last onstage at the Kennedy Center in Giselle with James Whiteside?  Great performance.



    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. 

  4. 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. 

  5. I tuned in for the last few minutes of the gala.  It was disappointing.  Every other ballet company has managed to show extended portions, or entire ballets, from past performances.  Why is ABT the only company that isn't doing that?  Do they not have any past performance video to share?  Is there a legal reason they can't do it?   Glad I didn't waste a full hour or more on this. 


    I switched into the sublime digital offering on the NYCB website, and it lifted my spirits.

  6. I think NYCB will try to keep the same number of total  performances, but attempt to cram as many weeks as possible into 2021 in the hope that this pandemic will abate in a few months.  For example, if it could be worked out that shows during the winter and  spring 2021 season added some Sunday evening performances because the fall season is cancelled, that could help to get the company on financial track.  I think a lot also depends on how many weeks the Koch is available in 2021.  I know they previously rented several weeks in January and March to Shen Yun, and at least one week in April usually is a rental to YAGP. 

  7. Other arts organizations have announced that their top people are either taking no salary or that their executives are taking steep pay cuts during the pandemic. For example, Peter Gelb announced back in March that he is taking no salary until Met Opera can resume performances, and that all of the executives at the Met Opera are taking pay cuts.  Does anyone know if McKenzie has  similarly offered up his salary to take care of the dancers?  I recognize that McKenie's earnings are nothing close to Gelb's.

  8. I just noticed on the Koch Theater website that a theatrical production (Notre Dame de Paris)  scheduled for September 2020 is postponed to July of 2022.  That's not a typo. 2022.   I'm assuming the reason they have not posted any info on cancellation of PNB at the Koch for June 2020 is that all involved parties are searching for a way to reschedule the engagement if possible before making any announcement.  The fact that we now have confirmation that a September 2020 engagement is not moving forward seems to be further confirmation that there probably will not be a fall season of ballet at NYCB in Sept/Oct 2020.

  9. In fairness, these refunds for ABT are being processed by the Met Opera, not by ABT.  I'm sure the Met Opera is giving priority to refunding opera tickets. Additionally, the Met Opera is processing subscription ticket purchases for next season at the opera (if there is one!).

    I've noticed a little game being played by some other organizations, which is that even though the performance is cancelled, they don't process the refund until the performance date so that they can continue to earn interest income. As an example, I have an Encores subscription at City Center.  They already announced that performances in May  of Encores are cancelled. However, they will not process the refunds for the May performances until the actual performance date (May 6). Sleazy, in my opinion.

  10. I have been waiting for some time for my ABT refund.  I initially put in the refund request around two weeks ago, when they first announced the cancellation of the season.

    IN contrast, mY NYCB refund was posted to my credit card two days after I made the request.

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