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The lack of self-awareness truly mind-boggling. She was fresh off an injury, and knew that she was dancing with a diminished level of technique. How is she so blindsided over being replaced in a role and so devastated over it? Surely, she must have witnessed this happen to someone else in the company. Did she just assume it would never happen to THE Ashley Bouder? Is she just expecting to coast into the final years of her career and be celebrated for it?
I'm absolutely devastated to not be able to see Sterling's last hurrahs this season. She is one of my favorite dancers in Balanchine/Stravinsky ballets, and I'm sad to see her retire.
I'm unfortunate enough to miss the entire fall season, but these reviews are a joy! I really wanted to see Raymonda Variations.
I had a prior commitment scheduled at the same time as Amar's farewell performance. But by some miracle it got cancelled the day before-- giving me a chance to grab a ticket way up in the fourth ring. What a great celebration of a wonderful dancer.
The lack of self-awareness some dancers display is really something. I did find it ironic how an ex-ballerina-turned-associate-director is now finds herself on the other side of a situation she used to complain about.
I'm unfortunately going to be out of town this week and missing so many shows I want to see, including Teresa Reichlen's last Slaughter on 10th Ave. I'm counting on your reviews!
I hope this means more promotions to principal are coming soon. If I can recall, the company has lost Scheller and Krohn prior to the pandemic. This past season we lost Stafford, Kowroski, and Lovette. Reichlen will be retiring this season. The company needs a talent transfusion in the upper ranks quickly.
What an exciting Rubies cast! I cannot wait. Although the one or two times that I have seen Peck and Huxley dance together, I felt very little chemistry.
I'm not surprised about the new works. I'm debating whether it's worth it to slog through them to get to Western Symphony.
Friday night was the first show I saw this season. It feels like a dream to be back in the audience of a theater. I didn't get to go to a lot of shows in the 2019-2020 season, so there are a couple of new faces in the company for me. You're unfortunately right about the men's corps. It seemed like there was always at least one person that was glaringly out of sync. Brava to the ladies, though. The audience was quite generous with a standing ovation after the third ballet. I don't remember that happening frequently at City Ballet audiences, but I was more than happy to stand and cheer.
The QR code should still scan even if it's a screenshot. If you have an Apple iPhone you should be able to add it to your "Apple Wallet" which should make it accessible even without an internet connection.
I wonder why there is not much media coverage on this. It's so shameful. I guess labor rights aren't woke enough.
I'm hesitant to pull the trigger on that program. It's two new ballets, with the Sleeping Beauty Act III to close. I can't tell if the "Divertissements" on the program is a new ballet, or if it's a hodge-podge of excerpts.
I hope not. They have a price for it in USD ($18.50), so I better be able to watch it. I really hope their practice of recording and streaming new performances continues.
The casting for the ROH stream can be found here. Looks like Matthew Ball will be dancing Apollo for the stream.
Royal Ballet doing a Balanchine and Robbins program available on stream June 11: Apollo Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux Dances at a Gathering
NYCB will stream a performance of The Nutcracker on Marquee TV, so you have to pay. It's gonna be the Kowroski and T. Angle cast. I think you had an unfavorable review of one of their performance last year, so I hope the one they stream is a better performance.
I don't know if you've seen, but today's Google Doodle is in honor of Maria Tallchief. They made this accompanying video
I haven't had many chances to see Furlan perform, but my memory of casting was that he was partnered with Fairchild and Bouder (or am I misremembering that?). If the external hires aren't on the taller side, I can't really see the logic. As far as principal men go, NYCB has to fill the spots left behind by de Luz, Finlay, Catazaro, and soon la Cour and Garcia. Maybe J. Angle will consider retiring soon as well? That's four men that usually partner the taller women, and NYCB has many tall women in the corps and soloist ranks that are very much underutilized. The company has no shortage of talented short male dancers. Not that there aren't talented tall men in the company, but it seems to me that the promotion of tall women is bottlenecked by not having enough tall male partners in the upper ranks. I'm totally in favor of poaching Hoven, but ABT has recently promoted Forster to principal.
I'm curious as to why they're bringing in another dancer from the outside. I don't think it's for diversity, as Anthony Huxley is Asian. There's a couple of Asian men who have reached the top ranks at prominent companies such as Ryoichi Hirano at the Royal Ballet and Kimin Kim at the Mariinsky. I'm completely unfamiliar with Chun Wai Chan. I tried looking him up on YouTube, but haven't found much in the way of recent performances to evaluate his technical skills. I hope he's a tall technician. He looks tall to me, but it could just be his longs legs Maybe we might get a tall couple for Tchai Pas and T&V. I hope he does well in the company.
It makes no financial sense that some companies have opted not to use the funds for payroll when that's what makes the loan forgivable.
Not performances, but looks like the Balanchine Foundation is making some coaching sessions from their archives available on YouTube.
I think it's coincidence. Tiler has been on twice as well. I do wish we'd get the full ballets for some of the pieces they're presenting. But I'll take the excerpts that they're giving.