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  1. I would guess they display the seats grayed out even though they are not being sold. However @Josette said above that she got front row seats for all performances, so she might be able to tell you which row they are in. I find the DCP website totally unreliable and often faulty (see above) and I haven't been able to purchase tickets through it in 6 months, and despite emails trying to get help to resolve the issue, I have received no response. Once previously, they called me months after buying a set of tickets and told me I needed to move because I apparently bought tickets that shouldn't have been sold which was annoying because months later the selection of tickets was terrible and they also didn't really seem to care about that. Not my favorite venue!
  2. Soares danced with Cuthbertson as Mary Vetsera during the fall, so I would imagine that pairing stays barring injuries. I do hope there are three casts, as I have tickets to the Friday and Sunday shows and those would be the most likely to be repeated.
  3. Thanks for the reply; I think he would be a candidate for something else in the vacancies. He was a great and attentive partner. Saturday evening the cast was Maloney/Trenary and Hoven/Shevchenko. Though this is nitpicky (but what do you want after 3 consecutive nights?), I did feel this was my least favorite cast. No one was horrendous or anything, but that special something was not as present for me. First, I was nagged by the feeling the entire time that Shevchenko is wasted as Pierrette in a way I did not feel watching Abrera and Copeland. She was charming and excellent, and for me the strongest of this set of leads, but I wanted to see her in something more challenging, especially coming off of the triumphant Nutcracker I saw last month. I thought Maloney made a decent debut. He was not fairy-impish like Simkin, or as cavalier and joyous as Gonzalez, but a bit more mischievous. He had some moments where I was really taken aback by his ballon and height in jumps, and other times where he was a bit more leaden and heavy in his landings (weirdly enough, more ballon in Act 2). He and Trenary seemed comfortable with each other, though one of the lifts where she jumps to pose vertically on his shoulder in the Lark pas went awry and he had to bring her down into the cradle pose immediately. Not sure if it was just a mistiming or something else; nothing else seemed particularly problematic between them the rest of the time, though I thought the supported grand jetes that leap behind Harlequin's body (Lark pas) were sketched in comparison to the previous couples. I think a debut that suggests there is something good there that needs to be developed (which ABT is great at...). Trenary for me was a little disappointing next to Brandt and Lane; I felt some of the choreography and poses that I had come to be familiar with over the previous evenings were a bit muted and smaller scale. She was good, and I'm sure if I hadn't seen the other two it wouldn't be as apparent. There were no technical issues or anything. So I think also room to grow for her in the role. Hoven was fine; I think the Pierrots have all been about equal with different strengths here and there. Hoven did a very good Lady Capulet over the Harlequin dummy. Much of the supporting cast was the same as Friday night, with the biggest exception that Aran Bell was Pierrette's cavalier. I though Keith Roberts was more effective Saturday evening as Leandre. Other note/questions: I thought it was interesting that Misty Copeland was the only Pierrette to wear the "shoe jewelry" as the program called it. I can see that it would be really annoying and potentially disruptive to a tight sous sous or quick footwork. AND I forgot to ask--was anyone else there on Friday? I swear I saw Zhong Jing Fang in the corps of the lark section but I don't see her name on casting. I was surprised because she is now a soloist so I wouldn't think she would be performing in the corps? Looking forward to anyone else's impressions.
  4. I did hear illness or something like that regarding Whiteside, as well. I've been to Thursday (Simkin/Brandt and Forster/Abrera) and Friday (Gonzalez/Lane and Royal/Copeland). I think, in general, all four couples have acquitted themselves really well. I thought the opening cast, especially Brandt since the solos are SO difficult, were pretty much ideal and worried about the next night, if it would match the quality. To compare, Brandt was very solid technically and quite cutesy, in a good way. I think Lane was better at making the Lark section a bit more expansive in breadth and carrying the fluttering hands throughout, but also very strong technically. Both got applause in the middle of their solos for the terrifying hop sequence. Simkin was also ideal. He seems much more solid now partnering and he had a great rapport with Brandt. I also thought he handled the characterization of Harlequin quite well; he has a great little signature Harlequin excited-hop. I believe you all mentioned Gonzalez was a debut and he was also excellent. He was a very solid partner for Lane (happy to see after the Nutcracker with Gorak) and also did well with dancing/acting. I wish I could see him and Simkin without masks though! I think Gonzalez could handle more assignments during this ABT-leading-man crisis. Is he cast for anything else at the Met? Abrera was excellent. She brings a great wit and comedienne's touch to the role. I thought Copeland was fine the next night and it is a good role for her technical skills (also on opening night they were giving away posters from her Nutcracker movie to everyone). Forster and Royal both played Pierrot well. Royal did not do his face with the white paint; instead he used some silver highlighter and red sparkles. I had read an article that said he was talking with the makeup artists about what to do because he didn't want to paint his face white. I thought it was fine. I did, however, feel like the optics of the opening mime (and much of interaction between Pierrot and Cassandre, Columbine's father) had a really uncomfortable racial undertone that veered toward the minstrel, though of course commedia dell'arte is its own stock-character genre. Obviously, I am happy for Royal to get this opportunity and he was excellent. I just felt that a white man threatening to beat a black man, his servant, is maybe not the greatest curtain opener. Hammoudi and Hoven were Pierrette's pdd partners (Abrera and Copeland respectively) in the first act. Both were fine. I preferred the bitchiness of Duncan Lyle to Keith Roberts as Leandre. I felt, in general, both casts were very strong and the ballet showcases the talents of the company well. It is a very light ballet, overall, and could use more ADULT dancing (sorry--the children, though well drilled, went on for a long time, and yes, I re-read the thread about this issue from the Met season and I understand their purpose within the context of Petipa, etc. etc.). The Lark scene is beautiful; I hope that if this ballet goes away after a few runs that ABT keeps it as an excerpt. The costumes are also to die for, and I spent a lot of time looking at all those details through my binocs. On the opening night, the Good Fairy (T. Ratmansky) got to borrow some heavy-duty Chopard per the program leaflet. Not so lucky for Friday, though. One more show to go tonight!
  5. Thanks for the info. Good news for me for tonight then! Brandt was the one person I was sad to not to fit in, but I did not want to do two shows on Saturday. However, I hope Boylston and/or Whiteside aren't injured as that is not nice.
  6. Yes, agree with Josette and Ab'sMom--really beautiful performance. It's hard to believe it was a debut because they were so confident and comfortable in the choreography. I've never seen the torch lift accomplished so assuredly; they did the run and jump (not the run, stop, turn, place foot, and hoist) and it took barely a half second for Forster to stabilize her on his shoulder and for her to extend into the standing position (it seemed even more polished and elegant than the instagram clip I saw of Boylston/Whiteside rehearsing). They also have great chemistry and Forster makes it a point of making eye contact throughout and varying his facial expressions (what a big ask from some partners...). I think Kevin should definitely up Forster's assignments for the Met; they are going to need a stable hand as the roster review topic points out and it's clear he has two. In general, I thought the energy was a lot higher in this performance. Snow looked a LOT sharper but I do see there has been a lot of changes in the corps casting since Saturday so maybe these ladies were a bit more on the mark. At this performance, I noticed Xuelan Lu in both Snow and Waltz--she has beautiful epaulement/port de bras, a light jump, and a very natural expressive face/smile. I really enjoyed the Arabian cast with Zhurbin, Bonfiglio, Katsnelson, Loyola and McBride. It was nice to see ZJ Fang in the Nutcracker's sisters; in previous years she has been an almost ubiquitous Nanny/Sugar Plum (I wish they would have her do the make up for Act 2 for the new ladies because she captured the eccentricity of the costume so well), but I wonder if they do not consider that to be a "soloist" role? Cameron McCune and Breanne Granlund were the Recruit and Canteen Keeper; I thought he had some nice arms/feet and might be one to look out for in the future. Overall, very glad I went! Onto Harlequinade in a month.
  7. Some other casting: Recruit / Canteen Keeper: Frenette / Hurlin Spanish: Loyola/Forster, Williams/Sumitani, Degrofft/McCune Arabian: Calvin Royal (never seen him do this before), and Boren/Davison/Lall/Post Chinese: Trenary and Scott. ABT Fan, I have seen them do this several times and find them charming enough but nothing more. The first time I saw Teuscher do the role, I thought she was incredibly virtuosic and made the most of it, but not really anyone since then. Russians: Lyle/Vendt/Zhurbin Sisters: Basmagy, Brandt, Giangeruso, Hamrick, McBride. Skylar Brandt was really wonderful, leagues above the rest of the women in epaulement and control in the tricky turning sequences. Mother Ginger: Tyler Maloney (little understated) Also yes, I expected as much from Gorak based on those same older reports, ABT Fan. He has a lovely fifth position (and feet!) though that he hits all the time in his solo work!
  8. Late report, but I went to the Saturday matinee with Sarah Lane and Joseph Gorak. Overall a decent outing from everyone, though seeming a bit low energy at times (even the cannon which couldn't be bothered to descend from the clock to blast the mice). Luciana Paris and Garegin Pogossian were Columbine and Harlequinade, perhaps a debut? I don't know who Pogossian is, but perhaps Paris has danced it previously and I've missed it. Courtney Lavine was the Nanny/Sugarplum and she is quite delightful in the role, though it's sad to see her not dancing (Luis Ribagorda as Butler/Majordomo). I thought Lane and Gorak were nicely matched in the Snow scene, but there was some definite uncertainty in the Act 2 pdd. She got twisted up at the end and they didn't hit their finishing pose; well they hit a pose but not one I have seen before. The torch lift was not attempted; instead, they did something akin to the lifts at the end of the Manon bedroom pdd (https://youtu.be/pyAdb6xTel8?t=260 see here for what I mean). They did this lift and then he walked with her downstage as with the regular torch lift. He was better in his solo variation. I thought Lane was nice, but not at her finest, probably because of the partnering worries. After several years of this production, I have to get this off my chest (maybe I have before): the costumes for Snow and Waltz make everyone look huge in the midsection. It's really sad and the costume designer and fitters should be shamed. There are a lot of busty ladies in the corps at ABT, I do note, but it's really not fair to them to look entirely square while dancing, especially in Waltz, though the diagonal shoulder strap situation in Snow is also unflattering to the majority of dancers. If anyone is curious about any other casting info, please ask.
  9. Also bought tickets specifically to see Shevchenko. Two new casts for me now (if the casting fairy stays kind)!
  10. Well that's the last straw for me to not keep my ticket to the show for Abrera. I've been waffling between keeping it (maybe the last time to see Abrera in it) or swapping to Lane (who I have not seen yet), and now the answer is clear!
  11. Anyone been able to get the Cyber Monday check out process to happen? Code CYBER for select dance programs (including opening night of Mayerling). I can get the code applied, but am not able to add seats to my cart! 🤔 Their website says their phones are having technical difficulties as well! Nothing much works there, apparently.
  12. Thanks for letting me know--wish they were sending these out to my email. I was going to get the Thursday night show to see Stella Abrera since she was taken from my Friday night show, so I will try again!
  13. There are Buy One, Get One tickets on sale for Black Friday "weekend" for the Nutcracker and Harlequinade, code BOGOBF . I think there are particular shows that this counts for based on the online comments (not clear as the Facebook advertisement is very vague and I didn't receive an email about this--guess subscribers don't matter); I've already purchased several tickets to all of these or I would jump on it, so very irritating! Also for Waitress, Bernadette Peters, and Johnny Mathis. edit: Apparently, it's over. I thought it was all weekend, but it ended last night. I was going to cave and buy another Harlequinade today 😒
  14. Yes, totally agree with Josette about the lack of rake and lack of staggered seating in the orchestra. And yes, all other sections are STEEPLY raked downward. Don't sit in the front rows of one of the upper levels if you have vertigo or a heights issue. Walking down the stairs to the first rows can be a bit nervy, and I am not one who has a fear of heights.
  15. I got on about an hour ago, after I saw your message California. I got tickets into my cart but then a big mess with my password that wouldn't work (despite it being correct). When I called, the guy said they weren't actually releasing them online for another hour so he was surprised I could even add them to my cart? Seems like a series of unfortunate technological mishaps, but I did get one date (so far) by phone.
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