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2015-2016 Season

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The POB's Web site is carrying an announcement that the double bill of the opera Iolanta and the "ballet" The Nutcracker (Casse-Noisette), which was set to premiere tonight, wouldn't be happening due to a national strike. Instead, the opera was scheduled to go on alone in a concert version with no sets or costumes.

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Ismene Brown reviews the POB's performance of Alexei Ratmansky's Scarlatti sonatas piece, Seven Sonatas, in Paris and the Richard Alston company's performance of Alston's Scarlatti sonatas piece, An Italian in Madrid, in London:


Brown's review is a treat because her comparison of the Alston and Ratmansky Scarlatti pieces reflects something that Arlene Croce wrote about all the way back in 1978:

"Sometimes coincidences occur in the use of a plot or a score that are like unannounced contests."

How interesting to compare two very different pieces linked by a single composer and then try to rank them!

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I was disappointed. They both have strong technique but lack acting skills which impaired the storytelling. Anyway it's good they had the opportunity to dance it, it will give them a wonderful stage experience.

Thanks, silvermash!

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I hope some of our French correspondents can report back about how things are going in Paris with the POB at the Bastille (w/ the Peck/Balanchine program), the POB at the Garnier (w/ the Forsythe program) and the New York City Ballet in residence in Paris. Is the Paris audience big enough to sustain all this at the same time???

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