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    I suppose ABT has become more popular with the W&P audiences, since Kevin does not participate any more.

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    Nice interview with NYCB's Wendy Whalen in this week's TimeOut NY:

    http://www.timeout.com/newyork/dance...?intcid=leader

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    For anyone who doesn't dislike Daniil Simkin ()
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nsKXoW3hLkQ
    "'Is this new BMW-designed sled the ultimate sledding machine for Langdon and Holcomb?' Leigh Diffey asked before the pair cruised to victory. I don’t know, but I know that sled is the ultimate Olympic Games product placement.." -- Jen Chaney

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    Bolshoi is doing Giselle in DC the week of May 20 -- and Zakharova/Hallberg are performing on 5/20 and 5/22. I have tickets!

    Coming up to NYC to see Cojocaru in Bayadere on 5/24. And probably for Vishneva's Giselle too.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Not entirely New York related but for the ballet fans interested - Polina Semionova has become an honorary professor at the state ballet school in Berlin. It is also quite possible that she will return as a guest dancer to the State Ballet once Vladimir Malakhov leaves the company (as director and probably as a dancer as well) this summer. According to various reports and articles, the two had a falling out which was the reason for Semionova's departure in the first place. Nacho Duato is supposed to replace Malakhov.

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    I like some of Nacho Duato's work.

    I saw ABT at Kennedy Center last night. Les Sylphides, Aftereffect by Marcelo Gomes, and The Dream (Ashton).

    Les Sylphides was quite nice with a caveat. I realized that when I see ABT, I ignore the corps unless they are the only ones dancing. This is because I will get annoyed if I look at them out of line, different arms, some dancing like soloists (holding a balance instead of dancing on the music). I did notice lines out of whack twice, and in the opening, there is a lot of port de bras where the elbows need to bent and lift in unison and there were a couple of girls off. Too much elbow at the wrong time. But overall, when they were the only ones dancing, it wasn't awful. Nobody lost balance and teetered around (like they did the last time I saw Bayadere and Giselle). Soloists were Boylston, Part, Hamrick, Gorak, and they were good, especially Boylston who did the Mazurka grand jete solo without landing like an elephant and the pas de deux. Very light. Gorak could roll through his toes a little more.

    Aftereffect was not memorable (might have been called Afterthought), but it wasn't bad either, and it featured some young talent - all men. Corps member Zhiyao Zhang stood out with an amazing series of double tours and great precise feet/nice lines. There were a couple of men who were painfully thin - Calvin Royal might have been one of them (I don't know these young kids).

    The Dream was really pretty - I always liked it as a child so I have a fondness for it. Xiomara Reyes was Titania, James Whiteside was Oberon, Daniil Simkin was Puck. This is the only role they should ever let Simkin do. With the one shouldered costume, his chest and arms look like a 12-year old. He doesn't have to partner (no wonder he can't partner with no arm or chest muscle - I don't think I have ever seen him barechested before ), and he can just do what he does best - jump and turn. And boy did he. At least 8 pirouettes at a time. I still hate him. James Whiteside was very good -- controlled and authoritative. There isn't really anything special or incandescent about Xiomara Reyes, but she was definitely capable. I hadnt seen her before. Bottom was good on pointe, but I can't remember who danced it.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Be grateful for small mercies. Whiteside's barechested Ali the Slave in Corsaire is one of the most unappetizing things I've ever seen on the stage of the Met. Simkin cannot possibly have been worse.

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