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2 minutes ago, mille-feuille said:

Kochetkova, I believe.

That's right...it was Kochetkova!  I had forgotten that!

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7 minutes ago, Roberta said:

Maybe ABT is trying to show diversity within the paying audience, whenever dancers of color are cast, although I'm not sure how that will be proved, other than taking photos of the audience during intermissions. Credit cards used to purchase tix don't identify race, AFAIK.

 

Guess I'm confused by the point you are making.

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22 minutes ago, LadyCap said:

To be fair, Misty got a lot of flack, especially from her fans, for withdrawing completely from Whipped Cream. (Though the blowback might have been worse with such a nebulous excuse as "scheduling conflicts".)

No dancer wants to get the reputation of being the one who's always sick or always injured. I understand why Misty's fighting for this--even while agreeing it's not fair that Sarah Lane doesn't get her own O/O. 

 

eta: Clarifying my subject.

No one wants it,  but it happens to dancers, opera singers etc. who withdraw from performances more than the norm.  Vishneva seemed to cancel a lot, but I would have been upset if she chose to dance half a performance.  Just like opera goers who would have been upset if Pavarotti sang half of an opera.

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If she truly has the flu and was so ill she needed Cornejo to hold her up (as she states in her Instagram post), then she shouldn't have been onstage potentially getting Cornejo, Lane and her other colleagues sick. 

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Just now, fondoffouettes said:

If she truly has the flu and was so ill she needed Cornejo to hold her up (as she states in her Instagram post), then she shouldn't have been onstage potentially getting Cornejo, Lane and her other colleagues sick. 

Judging from the blowback she got in her Instagram comments alone from pulling out of Whipped Cream, I really don't blame her for insisting on going on. I hope that if Cornejo and others felt uncomfortable with her onstage they would have been comfortable speaking up.

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5 minutes ago, Leah said:

Judging from the blowback she got in her Instagram comments alone from pulling out of Whipped Cream, I really don't blame her for insisting on going on. I hope that if Cornejo and others felt uncomfortable with her onstage they would have been comfortable speaking up.

Whether they speak up or not, it's selfish to put your fellow dancers in jeopardy.   The flu is contagious and the last thing Cornejo needs is to get sick after coming back from injury. 

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If you're not already following Cornejo on Instagram, time to sign up! On his "stories" today he posted his entire Act III variation! Alas, no way to copy that one here. I'm hoping for more. It looks like it was shot from the Grand Tier box nearest stage left, which I think is reserved for company members. I hope somebody got some footage of Lane!

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6 minutes ago, Leah said:

Judging from the blowback she got in her Instagram comments alone from pulling out of Whipped Cream, I really don't blame her for insisting on going on. I hope that if Cornejo and others felt uncomfortable with her onstage they would have been comfortable speaking up.

Well, she pulled out of WC due to “scheduling conflicts” which I believe is what caused the major backlash (just read the comments in her post). When she had to withdraw last fall from her Nutcracker pas due to a death in her family (and Lane covered her then too), many people understood. A “scheduling conflict” is avoidable, especially when announced two days before she’s due to perform.

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4 minutes ago, NinaFan said:

Whether they speak up or not, it's selfish to put your fellow dancers in jeopardy.   The flu is contagious and the last thing Cornejo needs is to get sick after coming back from injury. 

I will be mad as h*ll if Cornejo (or Lane) has to withdraw next week from their SB because they have the flu.

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2 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

I will be mad as h*ll if Cornejo (or Lane) has to withdraw next week from their SB because they have the flu.

Let's hope not.  But you have to wonder why ABT would expose so many dancers and stagehands to the flu when all they had to do was have Lane dance the entire ballet.

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I'm shocked. I guess ABT got some returns/exchanges or took back some seats they gave away, but as of right this second there are 12 seats available in Orchestra prime for Saturday night. Everything else is sold out. A short while ago when I looked (a week ago?) it was completely sold out. These seats are $250 each but they are terrific seats. 

I've never noticed this before. Is it common for a show to be sold out and then have some seats just appear?

Anyway, if those seats remain available and it's announced by ABT or someone reliable that Lane is stepping in again.....I can hear the Ballet Alert stampede now. 

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3 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

Anyway, if those seats remain available and it's announced by ABT or someone reliable that Lane is stepping in again.....I can hear the Ballet Alert stampede now. 

As fabulous as that would be, have Hallberg and Lane ever danced together? The height difference is significant as well. My guess is they would sub in Seo or Boylston. OR Hallberg might pull out with Misty and then they would sub in Lane/Cornejo. But Hallberg/Lane seems unlikely.

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6 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

I'm shocked. I guess ABT got some returns/exchanges or took back some seats they gave away, but as of right this second there are 12 seats available in Orchestra prime for Saturday night. Everything else is sold out. A short while ago when I looked (a week ago?) it was completely sold out. These seats are $250 each but they are terrific seats. 

I've never noticed this before. Is it common for a show to be sold out and then have some seats just appear?

Anyway, if those seats remain available and it's announced by ABT or someone reliable that Lane is stepping in again.....I can hear the Ballet Alert stampede now. 

These are house seats that are being released.

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30 minutes ago, Fleurfairy said:

OR Hallberg might pull out with Misty and then they would sub in Lane/Cornejo.

That seems extremely unlikely to me. As much as I'd love to see a Lane/Cornejo Swan Lake, I don't think that's in the cards.

Wasn't Misty giving Herman and Sarah kisses during the curtain calls last night?

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35 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

Is it common for a show to be sold out and then have some seats just appear?

People who are unable to attend can donate their ticket(s) for resale and get a charitable tax deduction. For the Met, you either call the Customer Care number on the web page or your print-at-home ticket or do it in person at the box office. Must be at least two hours before curtain. NYCB has the same option, but you can also do that on their web page if you have a member account or at the box office or by calling. I've done this several times when travel plans got complicated. And after sitting through the dress rehearsal of Coq d'Or, I confess that I headed straight for the box office to donate my opening night ticket - I'm not sitting through that again!

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38 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

I've never noticed this before. Is it common for a show to be sold out and then have some seats just appear?

Yes.  I've turned in seats for sold out performances which then re-appear on the seat map. 

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34 minutes ago, Fleurfairy said:

As fabulous as that would be, have Hallberg and Lane ever danced together? The height difference is significant as well. My guess is they would sub in Seo or Boylston. OR Hallberg might pull out with Misty and then they would sub in Lane/Cornejo. But Hallberg/Lane seems unlikely.

I think it's highly unlikely too, that Lane would sub w/ Hallberg. I'm pretty sure they've never danced together. I was just saying that IF that were to happen, many of us would be thrilled if we were able to snag a seat. 

Regarding the height difference, I think Copeland is maybe an inch, if that, taller than Lane.

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39 minutes ago, ABT Fan said:

I'm shocked. I guess ABT got some returns/exchanges or took back some seats they gave away, but as of right this second there are 12 seats available in Orchestra prime for Saturday night. Everything else is sold out. A short while ago when I looked (a week ago?) it was completely sold out. These seats are $250 each but they are terrific seats. 

I've never noticed this before. Is it common for a show to be sold out and then have some seats just appear?

The newly-opened seats could be donations from ticket holders who couldn't use them and didn't want to try to sell them. (Been there; done that.) They might also be house seats the company was holding but has since released. 

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If Copeland really had the flu I can only wish those who were close to her last night best of luck. This is contagious and yes, there were kisses exchanged at the curtain call as per IG pictures.

If anyone is subbing in on Saturday, I don't think it will be Lane. She's literally a foot shorter than Hallberg. I know Copeland is only an inch taller, but she has big feet (like, BIG feet for her height) while Lane's feet are rather small. On pointe, there's a big height difference between these two ladies. I know guys CAN partner ladies who are significantly shorter than them, but it's not ideal (their entire placement is shifted). Roberto Bolle himself once said that he preferred smaller dancers for ballets like R&J but taller dancers for a classical ballet like Swan Lake. IIRC, he even mentioned the word "difficult" when he talked about having to partner a short dancer in a classical ballet. That interview was a while ago and in Italian, so I don't remember his exact words.

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1 minute ago, LadyBubbles said:

If anyone is subbing in on Saturday, I don't think it will be Lane. She's literally a foot shorter than Hallberg. I know Copeland is only an inch taller, but she has big feet (like, BIG feet for her height) while Lane's feet are rather small. On pointe, there's a big height difference between these two ladies.

Yes, if there's an assigned cover for the role in every performance, and if those covers are often other dancers performing the role in the same run (both of which I believe are true), it seems highly unlikely that Lane would be assigned for Saturday night. On the other hand, it makes sense that she would have been assigned for Wednesday night.

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Surely no one really believes that Copeland actually had "the flu"??  Influenza remains a deadly disease that kills/hospitalizes thousands every year.  If you contract the flu, it will flatten you; it affects your breathing, you can barely move.  If Copeland had the flu she would not have been standing upright, much less able to dance on a stage.  

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5 hours ago, NinaFan said:

Agreed

I've never attended a performance where a dancer was sick before the performance and chose which sections to dance.  They withdraw completely. 

I remembered reading about Makarova choosing which sections to dance in a performance of Don Quixote...and found a review. Not illness but tendonitis was the official reason given:

"Miss Makarova did the solo now usually done by one of the flower girls and Miss Shibata did Miss Makarova's. Throughout the evening, Miss Makarova was reportedly dancing with a case of tendonitis. As a result, in Act I, her leaps were ingeniously simulated by having her lifted in the air by several men. Others were done for her by Miss Menendez or by Rebecca Wright, truly outstanding as the Cupid. Nonetheless, the good spirits provided by Mr. Dowell and Miss Makarova triumphed over all."

Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/06/04/archives/the-dance-debuts-in-quixote.html

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2 minutes ago, Drew said:

I remembered reading about Makarova choosing which sections to dance in a performance of Don Quixote...and found a review. Not illness but tendonitis was the official reason given:

"Miss Makarova did the solo now usually done by one of the flower girls and Miss Shibata did Miss Makarova's. Throughout the evening, Miss Makarova was reportedly dancing with a case of tendonitis. As a result, in Act I, her leaps were ingeniously simulated by having her lifted in the air by several men. Others were done for her by Miss Menendez or by Rebecca Wright, truly outstanding as the Cupid. Nonetheless, the good spirits provided by Mr. Dowell and Miss Makarova triumphed over all."

Here is the link: https://www.nytimes.com/1979/06/04/archives/the-dance-debuts-in-quixote.html

Fascinating! Thanks for digging that up!!

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2 hours ago, laurel said:

Influenza remains a deadly disease that kills/hospitalizes thousands every year.  If you contract the flu, it will flatten you; it affects your breathing, you can barely move.  

"Having the flu" is widely and colloquially used for being ill with a bad virus/cold in which there are flu-like symptoms.  Plenty of dancers, especially around Nutcracker time, perform when they are less than well, and especially when illness travels fast across a company, but that is not always possible.  Let's hope that didn't happen here, because it doesn't always. 

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I may be alone in this, but I care about Copeland's fans and am happy she honored her schedule last night. It is a momentous moment in many of their lives, from the little girls to the women of color who've never been able to witness real representation in ballet. 

It's not fair to Sarah Lane, but the mishandling of Lane's career is 100% McKenzie's fault. Not Copeland's. I feel terribly for Lane and believe that she should have gotten a special shoutout by ABT for being a trooper and knocking it out of the park. She better get an actual Swan Lake next year (if not one of Copeland's shows, Seo or Teuscher could stand to lose one and literally no one would be upset). 

Copeland's presence is important. I hope she is able to dance on Saturday and that going forward, she has ample opportunity to dance more Manons and Juliets and feels less pressure to do O/Os and such. 

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