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abatt

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    Stella Abrera

    I think Part was about 29 or 30 when she was promoted. She was never out for a long period of time due to a substantial injury during her soloist years at ABT, to my recollection. Steady wins the race, as they say.
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    Stella Abrera

    Sadly, I think Stella's time for promotion has passed. Not sure of her age, but I assume it is about 33? Promotions usually happen by age 30. I think her severe back injury, which caused her to be out for so long, ruined her chances. Once they see that you have sustained a serious injury which has a likelihood of recurring, they are unllikely to consider promotion. I think that is why she is not given many lead roles, but continues to do the same secondary roles in the full length ballets that she has been doing for years. They tend to give the lead roles to soloists who they are testing
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    Olga Smirnova

    One of the problems with You Tube is that everything a performer does ends up in the public domain for extensive analysis down to the smallest details. If Part's or Lopatkina's first outing as the lead in SL was available on youtube, I would bet that it probably did not look anywhere near as polished as it does today.
  4. Speaking of Ballet Next, they are performing at the Brooklyn Academy of Music next week: http://www.bam.org/balletnext
  5. Some of you Ballet Talkers may remember Emily Coates. I came across this recent article regarding her work at Yale. Enjoy. http://news.yale.edu/2013/03/01/yale-s-dance-laboratories-attract-world-figures
  6. Misha formed the White Oak Project and danced for many years after leaving ballet.
  7. I have not liked either DeLuz or Ulbricht in Prodigal. It's not about their technical ability- which is first rate. The problem is that neither DeLuz nor Ulbricht have mastered the dramatic nuances. I wish Damien Woetzel or Villella would coach them.
  8. Interesting topic to resume, Jayne. What has happened to the Diamond Project, anyway? (Not that I'm complaining about its absence.) One important thing that has happened since that article was published is that many of the principals who gave problematic performances have now retired. The current crop of principals (and new soloists!) is, overall, a very impressive group. I tend to read Gottlieb's articles on a regular basis. I think Gottlieb himself may now be less critical of the company now than he was back when that old linked article was published. Now if we could only bring Eddie
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    David Hallberg

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/fashion/david-hallberg-the-prince-of-tights-leaping-onto-a-new-world-stage.html?ref=style Attached is a NY Times article regarding Hallberg's interest in and participation in the worlds of fashion and art. Interesting read.
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    Veronika Part

    Where is that photo from?
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    Alicia Graf

    http://www.nypost.com/p/entertainment/how_mack_got_her_groove_back_EsQPie6dI4GwEm43iyCBTP For all of you Alicia Graf fans, here is an article about her in today's NY Post. She is one of my favorite Ailey dancers, although I still wish she could revisist the days when she was performing Balanchine works. If you want to look at the photo that is referenced in the article, I've linked it below. http://www.nycitycenter.org/tickets/productionNew.aspx?performanceNumber=6718
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    Roberto Bolle

    Thanks. I was thinking about the full length ballets at the Met. The Bolle/Part SL of a few years ago was among the best I've seen, but then they were never re-united in subsequent years. I will be seeing them at the Oct 20 performance at City Center.
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    Roberto Bolle

    Thanks for posting the above link, kbarber. Bolle posted some photos on his twitter page of his recent performace w. Veronika Part at the opening night at the LA Philharmonic. They look so good together. It's a shame that ABT has not cast them as partners for so many years.
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    Marcelo Gomes

    The documentary on Jock Soto was called Water Flowing Together. That name is a reference to the name of Soto's Navajo clan.
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    Olga Smirnova

    The Apollo pdd or the Diamond pdd would seem logical, but getting permission from the Balanchine Police might be problematic. I'm not sure that I've ever seen the main pdd from Apollo performed independently from the ballet in its entirety. For that reason, I suspect we might get something with fewer copyright hurdles. We'll see.
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    Olga Smirnova

    I wonder what she will be performing at the Stars of the 21st Century gala in NYC on Oct 18. Does anyone know?
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    Kathryn Morgan

    It was a nice touch for her to mention that it was her decision to leave. That way she puts to rest any speculation that Martins forced her out. I hope she can come back, but more importantly I hope she and her doctors can resolve/treat her medical problems. Without your health, almost everything else in life is meaningless.
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    Evgenia Obraztsova

    During one of the intermission segments of the Bolshoi's broadcast of Raymonda this spring, the presenter (Ms. Novikova, I believe) was talking about the fact that the Pharoah's Daughter would be an upcoming broadcast in the fall of 2012. She mentioned that the Bolshoi is the only ballet company that performs this work.
  19. I checked a handy pamphlet from the US Copyright office. It states in part What Is Not Protected by Copyright? Several categories of material are generally not eligible for federal copyright protection. These include among others: • works that have not been fixed in a tangible form of expression (for example, choreographic works that have not been notated or recorded, or improvisational speeches or performances that have not been written or recorded)
  20. Paul Taylor is returning to the Koch - March 5-24, 2013 http://artsbeat.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/paul-taylor-dance-company-returning-to-lincoln-center/?ref=arts
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    Alicia Graf

    I saw her in Home, and of course I always enjoy seeing her. However, her vast talents as a ballet dancer seem largely wasted in a lot of the Ailey rep. I remember seeing her in many Balanchine ballets during her tenure w. DTH, including Dark Angel in Serenade and Siren in Prodigal Son. To see her do hip hop dancing seems like a major step down.
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    Kathryn Morgan

    Kathryn stated on her twitter page that she expects to be back on stage around the fourth week of Nutcracker. I'm glad her condition is under control.
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    Alicia Graf

    Yes, I loved watching Alicia Graf dance. I saw her many times with Dance Theater of Harlem, and later at Alvin Ailey. It's such a pity that her dance career at Ailey ended so soon.
  24. I would say the NYCB version. It's a classic. Based on the prices they are charging for rep, I'm sure the prices for Nutcracker this year will be through the roof.
  25. In the last 2 years, Alagna has improved a great deal. I was pleasantly surprised at how good he sounded during this season at performances in New York. In a review in the New YOrk Times a few months ago, the reviewer made note at Alagna's recent improved vocal abilities. Maybe being separated from Angela G. is helping him focus on his voice.
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