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  1. Thought further - about the last section where the girls are wearing long ceremonial capes that the guys billow and fluff. No actually steps really - it's all about working the capes. So without the capes what have you got?
  2. I don't think it's a viable idea to try to do Bugaku as a black-and-white leotard ballet. It doesn't make any sense. The oriental references are too strong, and what do you do about about the undressing/dressing sections? In the production the dancers enter on a ramp and then down steps into a stage arena. Without the set what do you have? Just dancers walking out. I don't think it's any big deal to simply not present the ballet at this time. We're going thru social upheavals, things might get sorted out, change will happen - and maybe at some point in the future people will look at Bugaku with very different eyes. It's not "endangered" - there are plenty of films, interviews with Villella and Kent, et.al. Don't mess with it, don't "fix" it, don't try to make it something it isn't. Just give it a breather and see what happens.
  3. I'm with cobweb - offer a shot.
  4. The point I was trying to make, Drew, is that the company already has so many dancers for those Principal roles that it's difficult for opportunities to be given as it is - without adding even more.
  5. Financing an operation? You mean the expense? I doubt that's a factor in that house. What I'm saying is there's not enough space, studios, not enough staff, etc. It's a big deal debuts. And then you have to make hard decisions about who's NOT going to dance that performance. The reason I did the tally was to try to get an idea of what actually goes on. It's massive - all those casts - and one has to remember it takes just as much time to prepare a dancer for one performance as for a number of them.
  6. I'm thinking about what it takes to prepare a Sugarplum. She needs many hours with her partner and ballet master. But then she needs time on stage with the angels to do the crossings, leading them around, etc. She needs to go thru the pantomime and spacing with the little Prince, she needs the entire cast there for spacing of her finale entrance and then the finale itself. It's a lot.
  7. I'm afraid cobweb is right about the Nutcracker debuts. In 6 weeks of performances there are 18 debuts projected, and I'm counting Act I Dolls, Frau Stahlbaum, Flowers demi's, and Mother Ginger. Strangely low numbers. But then I did a tally of the three major roles. There are 19 Sugarplums, 15 Cavaliers, and 19 Dewdrops. The debuts are Furlan as Cavalier and Jones as the Dewdrop. As a result many people are performing far less than they're used to. I figure there are just so many casting opportunities, just so many studios, just so many ballet masters, and just so many rehearsal pianists.
  8. I'm not positive but I think the 1979 Coffee might have been choreographed on Karin von Aroldingen. I too was charmed by the NYT article about the new casts of Nutcracker children. And terribly impressed with their comments. 11? 12? 13? They spoke like little adults.
  9. It's pretty amazing that two high-profile projects with West Side Story are currently being prepared - this new B'way version (with an amazing line-up of producers), and Steven Spielberg's new film version. Neither project will use the choreography of Jerome Robbins. Sounds scary, but you never know...
  10. I'm not sure the word affair has anything to do with marriage. Also, relationship usually implies something more serious, and more trusting, than what we're talking about here. definition of affair 1aaffairs plural : commercial, professional, public, or personal business handles the company's public affairs an expert in foreign affairs b: MATTER, CONCERN How I choose to live is my affair, not yours. 2: a procedure, action, or occasion only vaguely specified also : an object or collection of objects only vaguely specified Their house was a 2-story affair. 3or less commonly affaire a: a romantic or passionate attachment typically of limited duration : LIAISON sense 2bhad an affair with a coworker b: a matter occasioning public anxiety, controversy, or scandal : CASE the Watergate affair of the early 1970s
  11. Jack - I saw a performance but i don't think it was the same one you attended. I never heard that Verdy's variation was ever any place other than right after the opening section. But I believe the 2nd variation, which was originally Mimi Paul, was rechoreographed in 1976, the same time Mr. Balanchine added a second PdD for Verdy and the new ending. I think the 2nd variation we now see was done on Karin von Aroldingen. I thought the Ballet Arizona Emeralds was very well staged and beautifully coached.
  12. I believe it was during the City Center days when a very popular program of Swan Lake/Firebird/Faun/Western was deemed too long by Morton Baum. What's called a "Run on" principal couple and 4 corps girls are added to the finale so the patterns remain the same.
  13. Justin Peck has choreographed a number of pieces for the Miami City Ballet. He most probably knows Jovani Furlan from there.
  14. Helene - you have to remember for that most of Martins' tenure (is that the word?) the ballet master staff was made up only of people who worked with Balanchine.They had all been in those ballets and worked directly with Balanchine. No generation was "skipped". Whatever possible was passed down. It's a common error to assume (because it wasn't made public) that no one came in - Verdy worked there on-and-off for years, teaching and coaching; McBride had been there several times before - it's just that this last time so many dancers were involved with social media and posted pictures and comments. But it's a mistake to think Martins didn't do that at all. He most certainly did. Tallchief, LeClercq, Una Kai - they were all in there at different times under Martins. As his ballet master staff got older some retired, some died, but they were replaced with a new crop who maybe hadn't worked with Balanchine himself, but were certainly taught by those who did. Rosemary Dunleavy remains at her post - she was Balanchine's ballet mistress from the 60's and she's still in there day after day.
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