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  1. If they are coming only to see a public figure named Misty Copeland, then I'm not sure any other person who takes the role would diminish their disappointment, regardless of how wonderful the performance was.
  2. "The audience I bring in..."?? I guess Misty assumers that Cornejo, who is one of the world's most notable male dancers, doesn't sell tickets.
  3. Brandt has danced with Cornejo before, so she may be comfortable with the change. The audiences probably are not going to be rude, although I wonder what her fans will post on Copeland's social media about the cancellation. Many of her fans have been down this same road before. If memory serves, she also previously cancelled a SL in DC a few years ago.
  4. I so wish I could be in DC tonight! Reports please. At this point, I'm pretty sure Copeland cancels more shows than she performs in, at least if it involves a classical role.
  5. I also think that Brandt is now directly competing against Trenary and Hurlin for important role debuts. Brandt knows that this is a zero sum game. The next ABT promotions are likely to be focused on the men (Bell, Forster).
  6. The story Brandt tells mirrors how Abrera got her Giselle years ago. Abrera had performed the role in either Australia or New Zealand several months before the ABT season. When Semionova cancelled, Abrera was ready to step in due to her own efforts in previously learning and performing the role of Giselle elsewhere. It is a disgrace that this is how ABT works internally.
  7. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/06/arts/skylar-brandt-giselle.html Great article on how Brandt got her DC debut as Giselle. It sheds a bright light on how McKenzie makes his decisions, and what a dancer has to do to get a lead role over at ABT. I wish I could get to DC to see Brandt, but I doubt I will be able to attend. Here's hoping that at least one NYC ballerina has to cancel her Giselle due to a schedule conflict.
  8. Ditto. In fact, they brought Le Parc with them to NYC the last time they visited the Met Opera House, at least 20 years ago.
  9. Fingers crossed for a New York visit. The Met Opera will be taking a break for the entire month of February in 2021. I hope that POB - or for that matter any major ballet company - will be able to appear there during the opera's month long hiatus.
  10. I agree with everyone who said that the sets are terribly unattractive. The color schemes for the costumes are awful - orange, cobalt blue and green.
  11. Nobody is disputing that the company management should be cognizant that blackface is offensive. But the issue here is that Copeland was insensitive and thoughtless in identifying the photo with the 14 year old girl's Instagram account. With fame comes responsibility. She knows very well that people on social media respond to all kinds of things in extreme and inappropriate ways. For someone who claims to be supportive of the dreams of young girls, and who herself was subjected to a media circus in her youth, the way she went about making her very valid overall point was uncaring.
  12. I doubt a 14 year old Russian girl has a firm grasp of the history of racism in America, so it is not fair to presume that the child knew that she was posting a "very offensive" photo to a "large chunk of the world." I know when I was 14 I was not studying the history of Russia in my classroom in NYC.
  13. I don't think Copeland could have effectively made her point without using a photo of what she was referring to. Perhaps if she could have posted the photo but not identify whose Instagram account it was taken from, that would have been the most appropriate solution. Given that Copeland has been the victim of very negative statements on certain social media platforms, I'm surprised that she wasn't more sensitive to the fact that these were young teenage girls that would suffer the backlash. By the way, I recall the Bolshoi bringing Corsaire to the Kennedy Center about 10 years ago. However, I don't think they employed the use of black face during that tour.
  14. Jane Eyre is no competition. In fact, I'm thrilled that they chose to come when Jane Eyre will be across the plaza. By the way, you can see only the Tharp work and Diamonds on the Thursday gala program. That way you can avoid Millliped and Pite.
  15. Thanks California. FYI, for New Yorkers hoping to go the box office for any reason today, the Koch box office is closed because there was a massive water main break right near Lincoln Center. No word on when it will reopen.
  16. It's very interesting how ABT has allowed people like Tamm and Ribagorda to return to the corps after many years. I think if Tamm had stayed at ABT, he would most certainly have been a soloist by now.
  17. She's a sweetie. Very cute.
  18. Forgot to add - Best - the arbitration decision that NYCB wrongfully terminated Ramasar and Catazaro, and required the company to offer them their jobs back. The union did the right thing in backing Ramasar and Catazaro's claims.
  19. Looking at the casting for the entire run, I did not see Kathryn Morgan listed at all. That's worrisome.
  20. Very interesting. I've been debating whether to see this play. Some people I know have hated this play, and yet it has also ended up on a lot of Top 10 critic lists.
  21. I thought Ratmansky's The Seasons was the best new ballet of the year. I thought Bartok Ballet by Tanowitz at NYCB was the worst of the year. It was a year of exciting young dancers taking on new roles, most especially Joseph Gordon and Aran Bell. The single performance that lingers most in my memory is Herman Cornejo in the final act of Sleeping Beauty. His footwork and elevation of the allegro solo was breathtaking. Although Paquita isn't a great ballet, it was certainly a great pleasure to see the depth of talent of the Mariinsky in Washington, DC. Special mention also to Kimin Kim at the YAGP gala in April. What a spectacular dancer. As for theater, I thought Moulin Rouge on Broadway was a big, splashy, spectacularly fun night. I thought the best play was Lehman Trilogy, which I saw at the Armory. It's coming to Broadway this spring.
  22. JR did a stunning job a few years ago in creating photographic art for the Arts Series at NYCB. The Brooklyn Museum is hosting an exhibition of someof his work. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/arts/design/jr-brooklyn-museum.html
  23. https://www.showbiz411.com/2019/12/09/www-showbiz411-com-west-side-story-adds-tony-winning-choreographer-serge-trujillo The show is bringing in choreographer Sergio Trujillo as a "consultant".
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