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Latest casting update - Mejia replaces Veyette in Western Symphony on Thursday. 

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I can't wait to hear from anyone who was at Tuesday's performance.  How was Diamonds w Mearns/Janzen?

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I thought Mearns and Janzen were pretty incredible in "Diamonds." If I hadn't just seen Kowroski and Tyler Angle on Sunday, I might think Mearns and Janzen were perfect. But I greatly prefer Kowroski's depth and artistry, and Angle's softness and nobility, and the rich communication between them. By comparison, Mearns and Janzen were more athletic and static, without as much of what I can only call poetry. On the other hand, when it comes to Slaughter on 10th Avenue, I prefer Mearns over Kowroski. Sara's comic, coy, flirty, teasing shimmy is just irresistible. I'm sorry I missed her in "I Married an Angel" at City Center. I wonder if she could have an acting career when she's finished dancing.

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Week 5 casting is up.  Gordon is debuting in the lead of T&V.  That should be terrific.  Also, Laracey is debuting the lead in Scotch (hooray) with Veyette (ugh).

NYC debuts of Laracey and Kretchmar in Stravinsky Violin Concerto too!

Re the Diamonds performances, I think the two different lead couples were vastly different, but both very satisfying.   Mearns has flexibility in her back and speed for the solos, whereas I felt like Maria was struggling to get through the steps of  her solo sections.   There was a higher level of meaning and depth in the pas between Maria and Tyler.  Their maturity and long performance history together pays dividends in the pas.

 

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Is it too much to hope that all these debuts for Laracey will lead to a promotion?

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The New Yorker’s Culture Desk blog has a lovely piece on Robbins’ A Suite of Dances and Gonzalo Garcia’s rehearsal process: 

“When danced well, “Suite” never loses that improvisatory feel; like many of Robbins’s dances, it lies on a knife’s edge between naturalness and an uncomfortable ersatz quality. Its success depends on the dancer’s ability to be in the moment, to find that perfect synthesis of self-knowledge and unself-consciousness. When it happens, the audience feels that it is seeing who that dancer really is, watching him think and react in real time rather than execute well-rehearsed choreography. That’s the trick.”

I’m intrigued. Can any BAers report on Garcia’s performance?

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My favorite feature of male dancing was on display at NYCB last night:  light landings.  Anthony Huxley (along with Sterling Hyltin) was his usual elegant classical self in Scotch Symphony.  It was a debut for Harrison Ball (along with Indiana Woodward) in Valse-Fantaisie.  After one misstep, they both turned in a lovely performance.  The highlight of the evening for me, however, was the eye-opening and stunning performance of Taylor Stanley (along with a glamorous Megan Fairchild) in Sonatine.  Taylor Stanley never disappoints but the choreography fit him like a glove and he was mesmerizing.   And I don't think it was just my take on the performance as you could hear a pin drop while he was dancing and there was a thunderclap of applause when the curtain came down.  I thoroughly enjoyed Aaron Sanz (another debut) in the Stravinsky Violin Concerto.  I would like to have seen more intensity from Joseph Gordon here.  

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1 hour ago, bobbi said:

My favorite feature of male dancing was on display at NYCB last night:  light landings.  Anthony Huxley (along with Sterling Hyltin) was his usual elegant classical self in Scotch Symphony.  It was a debut for Harrison Ball (along with Indiana Woodward) in Valse-Fantaisie.  After one misstep, they both turned in a lovely performance.  The highlight of the evening for me, however, was the eye-opening and stunning performance of Taylor Stanley (along with a glamorous Megan Fairchild) in Sonatine.  Taylor Stanley never disappoints but the choreography fit him like a glove and he was mesmerizing.   And I don't think it was just my take on the performance as you could hear a pin drop while he was dancing and there was a thunderclap of applause when the curtain came down.  I thoroughly enjoyed Aaron Sanz (another debut) in the Stravinsky Violin Concerto.  I would like to have seen more intensity from Joseph Gordon here.  

Although I didn’t see last night’s performance, this is exactly how I felt about Taylor Stanley’s performance Sunday in Barber Violin Concerto. Mesmerizing is the right word. He commands the stage because he transforms himself into pure dance and you can’t take your eyes off him. I’m glad Megan Fairchild is back and projects glamour. I can’t wait to see her dance. Thanks for your report, Bobbi.

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21 hours ago, abatt said:

Re the Diamonds performances, I think the two different lead couples were vastly different, but both very satisfying.   Mearns has flexibility in her back and speed for the solos, whereas I felt like Maria was struggling to get through the steps of  her solo sections.   There was a higher level of meaning and depth in the pas between Maria and Tyler.  Their maturity and long performance history together pays dividends in the pas.

Agreed completely.

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I also completely agree with Bobbi and must add kudos for the leading ladies. Sterling Hyltin was light as air and delectable as the lead in Scotch Symphony, reminding me of her stellar Sylph in Martins' La Sylphide. Hyltin and Huxley make a great partnership. Megan Fairchild brought out her inner Violette - that je ne sais quoi - in Sonatine. I'm still in awe of the rapid-fire brilliance of the entire six-member cast of Valse Fantasie; what an aerobic workout is that ballet! Lastly, I could only grin from ear to ear when Sara Mearns and her "four guys" trotted onto the stage at the beginning of Stravinsky Violin Concerto - the finest tribute to Karin Von Aroldingen imaginable. Lauren Lovette, in the Kay Mazzo role, was also quite impressive. NYCB is truly on a high these days, after the recent tough times.

 

Editing to add: Yes, there also were a couple of stumbles among the Scotch corps ladies in the 3rd movement but the much-talked-about India Bradley was impeccable and in-time. Let the record show! :)

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Anthony Huxley and Sterling Hyltin in scotch were absolutely breathtaking. Sterling has such an ethereal, special quality to her dancing... one of my favorite ballerinas and this role was perfect for her. Anthony never fails to impress with his outstanding technical skill. I also thought Christina Clark was a nice standout in the corps. As much as I usually adore Indiana Woodward, I found her performance in Valse to be a bit sloppy, and I am not referring to the slip with Ball. While her performance quality was electric as usual, I found myself wishing that she would find more moments of calm and softness and work on her arabesque line. Ball was fabulous, but looked a bit tense in the face in my opinion... I would love to see him smile onstage! Stanley's movement quality is one of the best of the male principals, along with Ramasar. There is something special there that just cannot be taught. I thought that Sanz and Mearns were great in Stravinksy and it was nice to see him rising up to the level of such a high caliber principal such as Mearns. Overall, a wonderful night of dancing!

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I agree that Huxley/Hyltin were perfection in Scotch—Sterling is so wonderful in that sort of role, and I think her partnership with Huxley is my current favorite. Mira Nadon was lovely in the corps—I'd really hoped to see her reprise her workshop role and was waiting for Week 5 casting in case of a debut, but Ashley Laracey will be debuting that and Stravinsky instead that week. Mary Thomas MacKinnon looked lovely, and Alston MacGill, whom I haven't seen in many featured roles, was bright, charismatic, and brought a huge jump that matched the two featured men. There was another slip in Scotch last night from the corps, but I'm not sure who it was from. 

I found Valse lovely, and thought Indiana Woodward balanced the strength required for the role stamina-wise with some lovely delicate port de bras—I thought Harrison Ball was good, but he didn't seem to connect with Woodward in the way that she seemed open to. It was a little more "inward" of a performance where a little more connection felt welcome. 

Taylor Stanley is pure magic, and I enjoyed Megan Fairchild much more in last night's performance than I did in T&V last week. She posted on her Instagram about dedicating the performance to Andrei Kramarevsky, former SAB faculty member and company class teacher who passed away in his sleep on Tuesday night, and their performance did feel imbued with something special. 

I hadn't seen Stravinsky Violin Concerto since the performance in which Adrian DW was injured, and it was a pleasure to see it back in full force. In the opening, I thought I'd be frustrated by Lauren Lovette's smiley-ness, but she did a really lovely and lyrical job with the role, and she and Joseph Gordon make a lovely pair. I enjoyed Sara's performance in the group sections, but find I miss watching Maria Kowroski in the pas, and though Sanz seems like he has really been stepping up, I wanted to see another cast or old videos to see if some of his epaulment and carriage of his hands/fingers were intentional. His performance, with regard to those details, felt very stylized in a way that I hadn't noticed when watching others in the part. A lot of standouts from the corps groups in Stravinsky last night, too—Laine Habony, Emily Kitka, Miriam Miller, and Meaghan Dutton-O'Hara all caught my eye. 

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42 minutes ago, gallerina said:

...and though Sanz seems like he has really been stepping up, I wanted to see another cast or old videos to see if some of his epaulment and carriage of his hands/fingers were intentional. His performance, with regard to those details, felt very stylized in a way that I hadn't noticed when watching others in the part.

One of the first things I remember ever noticing about Aaron Sanz was his gorgeous use of hands (I don't even know what it was in — just a corps part in one of the Balanchine-Tchaikovsky pieces, I think), but I can imagine how at some times, in some roles, that might be too much.

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Last night was a lovely night at the ballet, thanks to Stravinsky Violin Concerto closing out the show. There were several fumbles throughout the night (I missed the one with Indiana Woodward and Harrison Coll) - Nieve Corrigan went down hard in Scotch Symphony and for whatever reason Sara Mearns' tights had many holes in Stravinsky Violin Concerto!  I hope the new directors work on the dancers with their "dance faces". While I love Ashley Bouder's dancing, the constant mugging is too much for me. I think Lydia Wellington is just lovely and has a pleasant, elegant expression on her face at all times. Oh and back to Harrison - I liked his dancing but his expression was just too smug for his own good.

I am also loving Aaron Sanz - such nice long limbs and I enjoyed seeing him paired with Sara Mearns. A few dancers stood out as possible concerns to me - Sarah Villwock is looking painfully thin and Jacqueline Bologna is just not in the same shape as she was before.

There was a NYCB YouTube video awhile back where Wendy Whelan was coaching Sara Adams on Liturgy. She said that she really likes Sara and is surprised nobody gives her a chance. I'm hoping to see more of Sara because I really admire her clean technique and turnout.

I'm also wondering if the new team will be weeding out long-term corps members or certain principals that might be needing to retire. I've seen speculation on here, only time will tell.

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2 minutes ago, jessa_sissonne said:

There were several fumbles throughout the night (I missed the one with Indiana Woodward and Harrison Coll) - Nieve Corrigan went down hard in Scotch Symphony and for whatever reason Sara Mearns' tights had many holes in Stravinsky Violin Concerto!  

It also looked like Lauren Lovette's leotard had a hole in the seam near the hip (right above the skirt) during Stravinsky Violin Concerto! And I thought Sarah Villwock looked distractingly thin in Serenade this winter, so was sorry to still feel that way into the first weeks of the spring season. I'm with you 100% on the smugness, too—that's exactly what I meant. 

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I've been bothered at some recent performances by the wandering eyes of corps members when they are standing in formation. In the finale of Diamonds, there are times when the principals are dancing and the corps are standing along the sides. Some of the ladies are obviously watching the principals, following them across the stage with their eyes, and I've even noticed a few turning their heads to watch! In more informal ballets, like, say, Scotch Symphony, this doesn't seem like a problem, but surely in the grand finale of Diamonds the corps should be standing at military-like attention. I also noticed this in the winter during Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto #2, with some corps ladies very intent on Reichlen's solo. 

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DaaG rehearsal is being live-streamed at the NYCB Facebook page:

 

 

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I was there on Wednesday night for the Scotch Symphony-Valse Fantaisie-Sonatine-Stravinsky Violin Concerto program. I don't recall ever seeing Valse Fantaisie before this season, but I'd love to see it more often. I thought Indiana Woodward and Harrison Ball, despite the partnering mishap, looked terrific. They both have the presence and personality that makes them look like principal material. I found myself picturing them in Theme & Variations, Ball especially. 

I have my doubts about the Sara Mearns-Aaron Sanz pairing in Stravinsky Violin Concerto. Sanz is very striking with his long lines, but his frame is so slender, and Mearns was dancing so full-out that at times I was afraid she was about to wriggle herself out of his hands. 

I see Unity Phelan is debuting in the first movement of Western Symphony tomorrow. I'd love to hear reports from anyone who sees it. 

 

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Thanks for your report cobweb. What were your impressions of Scotch?

 

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3 hours ago, vipa said:

Thanks for your report cobweb. What were your impressions of Scotch?

 

Thanks for asking vipa. Scotch Symphony is one of those ballets that I have seen only a few times, being newer to NYCB than many of you. I’ve enjoyed it a lot and find it lingering in my mind for days after. I hope they bring it back soon! Sterling Hyltin looked as if she’s been dancing this for years, a seamless, natural fit for the choreography and the ethereal style. Anthony Huxley was his usual incredible, crystalline self, but could use more of a sense of depth and yearning. I liked Alston Magill well enough, but kept thinking about Baily Jones who I saw last week. I know this habit of comparing is not good. Magill didn’t project or shine as well as Jones but both were very good. 

I’m crushed that I have to miss one of my favorite dancers, Ashley Laracey, debut in Scotch. I count on my friends on BA for many reports!

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Roman Mejia as Brick Boy in DAAG and Harrison Ball as El Capitan in Stars and Stripes both made wonderful debuts last night. Mejia and Megan Fairchild (Apricot) in their duet got such loud applause that I thought they'd come out for another applause. Ball has amazing jumps and fifth position. I thought Lauren Lovette as Pink Girl was pretty but a bit low-impact. 

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Sad about Ashly Isaacs. It seems like she was cast a bit this year, but I can’t renember if it was any point roles or if she was replaced. I feel bad she never came back from her injury, but I hope she continues dancing (if able!) in some capacity.

in teens if promotions, I hold these new debuts are indicative of a promotion for Laracey, she is long overdue. However, I think it is more likely there will be more Corp to soloist promotions (especially with Isaacs leaving). Although it is early, it seems like Mejia is deserving of a promotion. 

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I attended last night and totally agree with canbelto that Harrison Ball and Roman Mejia looked wonderful in their respective debuts. In Stars & Stripes, Ball looked like he was enjoying himself, very much at ease, and playing with the humor in the role. In Dances at a Gathering, Mejia just looked sensational. At times he nearly turned the role into a bravura one, which was not in keeping with the tone of the piece, but he stopped just short of that. You can tell he's loving being onstage and dancing. He and Megan Fairchild looked great together. Watching them, I found myself musing on time and change - just a few years ago, I had never heard of Roman Mejia, nor could I have imagined Megan Fairchild, now looking modern and glam with her highlighted hair, dancing with so much freedom and expansiveness. And it was funny to see Mejia confidently escorting Kowroski, who towers over him and is old enough to be his mother. He seemed undaunted. Finally, watching Aaron Sanz and Sara Mearns, especially with that shoulder lift on their first exit, I recalled last year and Chase Finlay's lamentable, nearly disastrous partnering of Mearns. Glad she now has someone who at least seems committed to doing well by her!

Stars and Stripes is so much fun. It's all silly, but I love it. Emily Kikta led the second regiment with as much tall-girl verve as you could wish for, while Erica Pereira was bland in the first. I love the guys' sections. When will see Mejia leading the men? This is a role perfect for him.

Following up wonderwall's comment about promotions, Mejia may be young but to me he looks ready. Sometimes I worry about young dancers being pushed too fast, but (from what I can see anyway) Mejia looks like he has the emotional attitude to handle the pressure. As for Laracey, god knows she deserves it, but 10 years ago would have been a better time. After a certain point/certain age, they probably would rather promote someone younger, it's a better long-term investment for the company. But, I would be thrilled if she were principal. 

In sum - glad there is so much talent in the company!

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