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    I saw Swan Lake at ABT tonight. It was Angel Corella's farewell performance. I really enjoyed it*, and what an ovation he got at the end! All the principal dancers (as well as his family, I think) came out and showered him with flowers, and the audience demanded curtain call after curtain call.

    * I know it's not fashionable here to like ABT's Swan Lake, but I do anyway, so sue me

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    Rumor has it that Angel is going to poach some more ABT members before he goes back to Barcelona. Good riddance to Kevin if this is true!
    I haven't reviewed R&J because I am sooooo peeved with ABT this season. I attempted it several times but didn't post, because it kept turning into a rant. I will post tomorrow when I am feeling more serene.

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    Oh, that would be sweet if he did. Besides getting rid of McKenzie, they'd get to live in Barcelona!!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Rumor has it that Angel is going to poach some more ABT members before he goes back to Barcelona. Good riddance to Kevin if this is true!
    I don't know. Angel's company has been having some financial difficulties, what with the state of Spain's economy and the eurozone crisis. He might be focusing on paying the present dancers' wages before poaching ABT members. Nevertheless, I wish him all the best with his company. Vaya con Dios!

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    Mary Cargill, one of my favorite dance critics, wrote about Corella's last "Swan Lake" with ABT for danceviewtimes:

    http://www.danceviewtimes.com/2012/0...last-spin.html
    Last edited by kwanfan1818; 06-29-2012 at 10:17 PM.
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    What a lovely review.
    How I wish I'd been able to see the performance.

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    Here's a photo that ABT just tweeted. Unfortunately it's web quality. I bet the original by Rosalie O'Connor was a stunner:

    https://twitter.com/ABTBallet/status...034624/photo/1
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    A new article just published in the NYT (dated tomorrow) about the retirements of Corella and Stiefel:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/01/ar...pagewanted=all
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    I want to go to Sarasota!

    http://www.carrenodancefestival.com/Home-Page.html

    I'm intrigued by the "Carreno's Collectibles". I wonder what sort of items he plans to put up for sale? Something more interesting than a smelly old shoe, I hope.

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    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    I'm feeling very smug right now. And happy for Alex.

    There was a nice article about Alex in Dance magazine last year:

    http://www.dancemagazine.com/issues/...andre-Hammoudi
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 07-06-2012 at 07:30 PM.

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    Kickstarter is soliciting donations for a film about Marcelo Gomes. Info here:

    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/...ancer?ref=live

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    I love that for $25+ backers get a digital download of the film, and for $50+ backers get the download of the film and outtakes.
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    I love that for $250 you get all of that plus the chance to see him in rehearsal.

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    Sarasota, FL

    Marge, if you or another FSU-er can get to Sarasota this year or perhaps next year for the ballet program in August, I would be happy to share my experiences. I went there for vacation several years ago & stayed in the Hyatt hotel used by the ballet program - the nicest hotel I've ever been in. We got a great offseason discount & a similar program for chamber music was going on. We got to hang at the pool with the instructors & heard two concerts (one students only for free) & one by students & pros in the lovely concert hall about a block away from the hotel. The nice town library was across the street & the town bus stopped there so there was good public transportation. We also took the bus out to one of the beaches & visited the nearby Ringling Museum, with its mansion, circus museum, restaurant building & lovely grounds by the water. It's a great place to visit.

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    OK, I finished up my ABT season by going to Le Corsaire on Friday night in the godawful heat. The heat made me cranky and I realized that I hated the Jardin Anime scene; I thought it was too twee for words and the pastel-colored costumes made me bilious. The cast was Cornejo/Conrad, Reyes/Medora, Vasiliev/Ali, Sarah Lane/Gulnare, 3 Odalisques were Melanie Hamrick, Kristi Boone and Christine Shevchenko. Daniil Simkin did Lankendem (and was quite good, actually) - he got a thunderous round of applause as the first cast member on stage. I really think at least 3/4 of the audience thought he was Cornejo.

    Vasiliev tore up the stage; that guy goes for broke, and he did something I, at least, have never seen on the ballet stage before. He had Reyes hoisted 88 feet up in the air over his head in THE Pas and he was carrying her to the back of the stage; at one point he just stopped and lifted his back leg so he was balancing on 1 foot while she was up in the stratosphere. We've seen that move a zillion times in ice dance lately, but ballet? For me, mais non. You could hear the thud of a 1,000 jaws hit the floor when Vasiliev executed that move.

    Of the five women I listed above, only 1 of the Odalisques, and, alas, I don't know which one, was rock solid in her pointe work. You know, the big ta-da finish - go up on pointe at the end of your variation and wait for thunderous applause. 4 of the 5 women had the wobbles; no one actually fell off pointe but they all had hops and extra steps to stay up. Kudos to whichever Odalisque actually nailed it.

    Overall, I did enjoy it though; it was a fun summer night that was not too demanding on the intellect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    I want to go to Sarasota!

    http://www.carrenodancefestival.com/Home-Page.html

    I'm intrigued by the "Carreno's Collectibles". I wonder what sort of items he plans to put up for sale? Something more interesting than a smelly old shoe, I hope.
    He set up shop in Sarasota? I was there in March. It's really nice.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Just as an FYI, I've heard great things about Iain Webb and the Sarasota Ballet. I tried to get there last February, but couldn't make it work out.

    The Marcelo Gomes documentary is just under $20K, the 2/3 point, although people can withdraw pledges until the last minute. The deadline is 3 August, 18 days from now. I'm guessing the donation curve is a spike at the beginning and then a lesser one at the end. The filmmakers have just sent an update listing some of the blogs on which it has been publicized, including Aunt Joyce's Ice Cream Stand.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Just as an FYI, I've heard great things about Iain Webb and the Sarasota Ballet. I tried to get there last February, but couldn't make it work out.
    I saw some of the Sarasota Ballet do Diamonds with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet last year. They looked good. I also saw one of the soloists or principals (whose name escapes me) guest with another company, and her turn in bothered me, though the rest of her dancing was good. They are coming back next year with Les Patineurs as part of the Ballet Across America series so I will go see them.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    My cousin is a soloist with the Sarasota Ballet
    Dá-lhe, Isadora!!
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