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    I didn't see the original Kirkland/Chernov "Sleeping Beauty," but I saw the amended attempt to salvage it, and it was neither this, that, nor the other thing.
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    I went back & read the Gala review. What can I say, maybe it was Calmels, but Light Rain was sexy enough for me. I didn't mention Lacarra & Dino; when their piece was intro'd about being with the ballet barre, I thought, great, this will be like Marcelo's piece last year, which was pretty dreadful. But their piece was breathtakingly beautiful.

    I love Marcelo Gomes, both as a dancer and as a person - he is the sweetest, nicest guy! I just didn't picture him as Onegin at all. I'm glad to hear he carries it well. I'm hoping I can get some tickets this year (I get comps through my connections, on occasion) David's not here much so I imagine that there won't be anything to get (I couldn't land some last year, as the Russians were buying up everything, esp for his & Osipova's Romeo & Juliet) The Sleeping Beauty I saw last year was with Gillian Murphy and she basically saved the show for me. I wanted to see Sarah Lane, since she was back after an injury but didn't want another beauty so saw her instead in Tempest. Alex Hammoudi was supposed to dance Romeo last year but had a bad injury & had to pull out. Another really nice guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubak View Post

    Went to the YAGP final night Gala but clocking in at almost 4 hrs, from what I heard, I only made it through the first 1/2 which was still 2 1/2 hrs! Daniil danced "Pas de Duke" with Alicia Graf Mack from Ailey and was charming but had no "soul". The piece is so specific that it looked like he needed to clock more performance hours before hitting a NYC stage. She of course, had no problem.
    Linda Sims substituted for Alicia,who is recovering from back surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jubak View Post
    I love Marcelo Gomes, both as a dancer and as a person - he is the sweetest, nicest guy! I just didn't picture him as Onegin at all. I'm glad to hear he carries it well. I'm hoping I can get some tickets this year (I get comps through my connections, on occasion) David's not here much so I imagine that there won't be anything to get (I couldn't land some last year, as the Russians were buying up everything, esp for his & Osipova's Romeo & Juliet) The Sleeping Beauty I saw last year was with Gillian Murphy and she basically saved the show for me. I wanted to see Sarah Lane, since she was back after an injury but didn't want another beauty so saw her instead in Tempest. Alex Hammoudi was supposed to dance Romeo last year but had a bad injury & had to pull out. Another really nice guy!
    I don't know any of the current dancers because I am too old, but I went to school with Kevin McKenzie and the 70s/80s generation of dancers so my friends are now in management instead of onstage. I am a Hallberg uber. I saw the Osipova/Hallberg R&J - breathtaking, and Giselle the year before. Caught Semionova/Hallberg in Swan Lake too. I would love to see Semionova do Theme and Variations on 5/20, but I will be here in DC seeing Zakharova/Hallberg in Giselle - two times in the same week! 3 Giselles in a month. Lucky me! He came down here and did Four Temperaments and La Sylphide with Washington Ballet -- he was great in both. His footwork precision lends itself to both Balanchine and Bournonville.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post
    aaaah, I am seeing Cojocaru in Bayadere on the 24th
    Rob,

    I am going to that performance also. I sit up in the Dress Circle; maybe we can meet up at some point and introduce ourselves.

    Re: Vishneva/Gomes in Onegin: they bring drama and emotion to those roles in a way that no one else seems to. I saw Bolle also as Onegin, can't even remember who was Tatiana, Julie Kent probably. It was tepid, tepid, tepid in comparison. No emotion, no drama.

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    I watched most of the first three acts of Matthew Bourne's "Sleeping Beauty" on PBS. Shoot me now...
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    But...it was so weird it was actually good. I thought the vampire thing really worked.

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    To me it looked like a really bad staging of the Venusburg ballet from "Tannhauser."
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    Well, different strokes and all that.
    For me, the weirdest ballet ever is "The Lesson"
    Closely followed by the Mats Ek "Giselle"

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    I don't know ballet much (and I definitely don't know any of the dancers ), but I just booked a performance at the NYC Ballet as part of my trip thanks to this thread.

    Part of it was thinking what sorts of things I could do without Alf for a week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emason View Post
    Rob,

    I am going to that performance also. I sit up in the Dress Circle; maybe we can meet up at some point and introduce ourselves.

    Re: Vishneva/Gomes in Onegin: they bring drama and emotion to those roles in a way that no one else seems to. I saw Bolle also as Onegin, can't even remember who was Tatiana, Julie Kent probably. It was tepid, tepid, tepid in comparison. No emotion, no drama.
    I'd love to -- I am in the Dress Circle too. My friend has our tickets -- I will PM you the seat numbers.
    Last edited by Rob; 05-01-2014 at 03:52 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    Well, different strokes and all that.
    For me, the weirdest ballet ever is "The Lesson"
    Closely followed by the Mats Ek "Giselle"
    What not the Troll ballet?
    I love Mats Ek Giselle.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Anita18, what ballet(s) will you be seeing?
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    But I really liked the Troll ballet!
    Anita18, I'm seeing NYCB on May 23 and 31, if you want to meet up beforehand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Anita18, what ballet(s) will you be seeing?
    TRADITION AND INNOVATION
    A Place for Us
    Todo Buenos Aires
    Robert Schumann's "Davidsbündlertänze"

    I figured, might as well get a variety of stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    But I really liked the Troll ballet!
    Anita18, I'm seeing NYCB on May 23 and 31, if you want to meet up beforehand.
    I'll be in NYC the week of May 11. I'm seeing the performance on May 16.

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    Anita, I'm not doing any ballet on the 16th, but I'll be downtown. If you want to meet up beforehand for drinks/dinner/chitchat, let me know.
    Heads-up if you'll still be around on the 17th: There have been casting changes at ABT due to injuries, and Marcelo Gomes is now scheduled to dance Basilio in Don Quixote at the evening performance on Saturday. He rarely does this role, so I'm going to pick up a ticket.

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    Current casting is:

    A PLACE FOR US : T. Peck, R. Fairchild [Solo Pianist: McDill; Solo Clarinetist: Hartman]
    http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/p/a-place-for-us.aspx (short video clips)

    Critic Deborah Jowitt wrote:
    Wheeldon attached a note to his world premiere, A Place for Us. It reads: “For Jerome Robbins. A thank you,” and the title is drawn from West Side Story, the musical that made Robbins famous around the world. This duet for Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild has the quietness that Robbins prized in ballets of this kind. No visible effort, he believed, should mar a behavior as close to natural as ballet choreography (and ballet dancers) could come.

    Peck and Fairchild—marvelous dancers and expressive performers— are perfectly cast.
    Peck is one of two NYCB "it" girls, and she's been cast for your performance. (Casting in ballet, especially during the Spring season, is subject to many changes.)

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    TODO BUENOS AIRES: De Luz, Laracey, Kowroski, Ramasar, J. Angle, Danchig-Waring, *Finlay
    http://www.nycballet.com/ballets/t/t...nos-aires.aspx

    I'm assuming this is typical pretentious Martins shite, but the dancers and the music should be terrific.

    Intermission

    ROBERT SCHUMANN’S “DAVIDSBÜNDLERTÄNZE:” Mearns, Kowroski, Hyltin, A. Stafford, la Cour, J. Angle, Finlay, R. Fairchild
    [Solo Pianist: Grant]
    *role debut

    This is one of Balanchine's two great late masterworks. It's got an ill-advised interlude in which a gaggle of dark-robed men with giant pens approaches the mad Schumann as he lurches backwards and you hope he doesn't fall into the orchestra pit -- if you feel the urge to giggle, you won't be alone -- but the rest is sublime. The set-up is that two couples represent Clara and Robert Schumann, the woman in white being the wife and the woman in blue being the muse, and two other couples being yin and yang WRT relationships. The piano is onstage IIRC and it's set to a gorgeous piece by Schumann. When he first choreographed it, Balanchine cast his great personal friend and confidant Karin von Aroldingen in the wife role, which is more emotionally resonant, and Suzanne Farrell in the muse role, with Jacques d'Amboise as the romantic Schumann; GB used JD in the beginning of his obsession with Farrell as a surrogate for himself when he did ballets for Farrell.

    From the order of the dancers, you'll see Sara Mearns in the wife/white/von Aroldingen role, and I envy you greatly. She's the other NYCB "it" girl, and this is a part that could have been made for her. Maria Kowrowski is one of the long-time Principals, and I think she'd be terrific in this. She's at the same point in her career as Farrell was when the ballet was choreographed. I haven't seen much NYCB in the last decade, but when I have, Sterling Hyltin has made me a fan. I think she's doing the Heather Watts role, the one.

    There are many recordings of the music on YouTube. Cameron Grant will play it a little more "squarely" for the dancers. This is a link to Andras Schiff's.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2m_eqBQ10k
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    Has anyone seen any Justin Peck works? I saw a Year of the Rabbit last month at Kennedy Center, and I really enjoyed it. I thought it was clever and fresh. I'd like to see more.

    I also saw Naumouna, A Grand Divertissement. I am not a Ratmansky fan at all. It had some kooky moments, but it was too long so I got really tired of it.

    Also on the program with Soiree Musicale -- a pretty Wheeldon with a silly streak. It was nice, but the Peck stole the night for me.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Peck and Liam Scarlett are the two new choreographic "it" boys, both considered to be very talented. (I've only see one of Scarlett's ballets.) From everything I've read and seen, they both make neoclassical ballet, not the watered-down contemporary faux-Kylian stuff that's becoming ubiquitous.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kwanfan1818 View Post
    Peck and Liam Scarlett are the two new choreographic "it" boys, both considered to be very talented. (I've only see one of Scarlett's ballets.) From everything I've read and seen, they both make neoclassical ballet, not the watered-down contemporary faux-Kylian stuff that's becoming ubiquitous.
    I haven't seen Scarlett, but I agree with this statement with respect to Peck. It didn't look the same as everything else.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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