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emason
11-12-2011, 12:11 PM
Well, Marge, you definitely had a better evening than I did. Thursday was meh, to say the least. I did not care for the new Volpi piece at all, but I do agree that Misty Copeland and Alexandre Hammoudi rocked it, especially Copeland. She was the only thing on Thursday that saved that piece for me.

I'm curious, what section were you sitting in? They may have added extra legroom, but they took it away from the one place I loved to sit, the first row of the Mezzanine right behind the Grand Tier. That used to be my favorite place to sit and now is no more.

Agree that the auditorium looks terrific, not necessarily that the sightlines are better. I didn't notice a difference although they have staggered the seats now, I believe. The people sitting in front of me were taller than I am and my view of the stage was not that good, which did not make me happy since I was in the GT.

Rob
11-12-2011, 03:58 PM
Wow! Rolando Sarabia
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-AyTZPqH7A&feature=player_embedded

Marge_Simpson
11-12-2011, 06:02 PM
My seats of choice at CC were always the grand tier sides with the partial view, IMO the view was never really "partial" at all, you only lost about a foot at the side of the stage, and those seats were half the price of the grand tier.
They don't sell those anymore, so I was in row A in the mezz, which was actually the 2nd row, not the 1st. Go figure. But I thought the view was terrific from there, and the rows had enough legroom that you didn't need to stand up to let people in or out.
Incidentally, last night I became the BITCH IN ROW A. The guy behind me was very tall and kept crossing his legs; everytime he did this he kicked the back of my seat. After the 3rd or 4th time I turned around and hissed "stop that!". He did not, so I stood up (blocking people's views, naturally) turned around, and said "STOP. KICKING. MY. SEAT." in my best threatening whisper.
The woman next to me took out her cellphone and started texting in the middle of Black Tuesday. I hissed "turn that off" but she ignored me. She only shut it off after 2 other people started hissing as well. But she gave me the evil eye as she did. When the lights came up for intermission, I smiled at her and said sweetly, "If you turn that on again, I will rip it out of your hand and throw it into the orchestra."
After the smoke malfunction, there was an announcement that they would start the piece in a few minutes. A man in my row got up and went out to the lobby; everybody else stayed put. He tried to come back to his seat after they had re-started, but I was having none of it. I was in the end seat, and I put my feet up on the rail so he couldn't pass. He whispered "excuse me" and I whispered "No, go sit somewhere else!" He did. :lol:

kwanfan1818
11-12-2011, 06:39 PM
The woman next to me took out her cellphone and started texting in the middle of Black Tuesday. I hissed "turn that off" but she ignored me. She only shut it off after 2 other people started hissing as well. But she gave me the evil eye as she did. When the lights came up for intermission, I smiled at her and said sweetly, "If you turn that on again, I will rip it out of your hand and throw it into the orchestra."

You are my hero :cheer2:

Marge_Simpson
11-12-2011, 07:21 PM
Not ballet, but is anyone going to see Alvin Ailey next month? I have a ticket for Dec. 2 and plan to buy other dates.

emason
11-12-2011, 08:41 PM
Not ballet, but is anyone going to see Alvin Ailey next month? I have a ticket for Dec. 2 and plan to buy other dates.


I haven't bought anything but maybe I will waver.

OT, Marge, but at the second Fall for Dance I went to, the man sitting near me starting carrying on to his companion about the "greatest Swan Lake" he had ever seen in his life. I felt it my duty to stick my nose in and represent those of us who didn't enjoy that evening. Funnily enough, when I said that I thought part of the problem was inadequate rehearsal time with the leads because of the last minute cast change, the guy couldn't even remember who was dancing with Semionova. I thought that proved our point that this was not a night to remember, or at least to remember for all the wrong reasons.

Marge_Simpson
11-12-2011, 10:43 PM
I will never forget that night. :eek:
If I am tempted to take out ny Nook and read until the curtain goes up, there is something seriously wrong.....

OTOH, I must admit that I've sometimes drawn a blank afterwards, when Jose had danced a role,and could not remember who his partner was. "Oh, some woman" is as close I could get. :lol:

Marge_Simpson
11-14-2011, 08:39 AM
Here is the short film that preceded performances of "Revelations" last year, to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44nqeAXLS-k

beepbeep
11-14-2011, 11:27 PM
Osipova and Vasiliev are joining the Mikhailovsky (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-15727859)

DustPuppyOI
11-15-2011, 07:05 PM
Enjoy these Choreography by Balanchine videos before they're taken down:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tWoe_b5Uwk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wyG-NLJXhfs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dT79QFFLpys
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gpGee1LSkvg

Marge_Simpson
11-16-2011, 07:01 AM
I've purchased some more Ailey tickets. If anyone is attending on the 2nd, 6th or 9th, let me know if you want to meet up for dinner or drinks beforehand. Or just meet at intermission to chat.
I can also bring Magnolia cupcakes, as I have to walk right past the place when I get off my train.
:)

Sasha'sSpins
11-16-2011, 07:12 AM
Wow, and the guy started off doing 6 turns on one foot. And all those clunky gymnasts have trouble getting around a triple turn without falling out of it. lol

Well I wouldn't call them 'clunky'. They have to spend time tumbling too. Can most ballet dancers do triple twisting somersaults or double backs without looking clunky? Not to mention perform on several different apparatuses. :lol:

Marge_Simpson
11-17-2011, 12:58 AM
I watched all the Balanchine videos this morning, I was amazed they were still there. Thanks for posting!

BTW, if you visit Alvin Ailey's Facebook page, you can enter to win tickets at City Center.

Marge_Simpson
11-20-2011, 06:27 AM
Interview with Michelle Wiles in this week's TimeOut NY:

http://newyork.timeout.com/arts-culture/dance/2210859/michele-wiles

Marge_Simpson
11-21-2011, 03:57 AM
Royal Ballet's Swan Lake - entire ballet, with Marienela Nunez and Thiago Soares (who bears an uncanny resemblance to Marcelo Gomes, IMO). I was so excited to find this on YouTube. I treasure the memory of seeing the RB perform this in Philadelphia several years ago. Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3gsfNUQivVU&feature=related