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    I was at the Strand bookstore on Sunday, and poked around (as usual) in the dance section.... I've found some great stuff there. Anyway, I found a near-perfect copy of "Giselle and Albrect" for only $12.00, it is full of gorgeous photos.

    http://www.amazon.com/Giselle-Albrec...e+and+albrecht

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    Duplicate post, sorry.
    Last edited by Marge_Simpson; 06-06-2014 at 01:08 AM.

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    Have tickets to see Hallberg dance in Cinderella next Thursday night. Gillian Murphy is scheduled to dance but not certain if she is still on the DL.

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    ABT finally put up a channel on YouTube, and added a video of James Whiteside today. Why didn't they just show his Dairy Queens videos?

    http://www.jameswhiteside.org/

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    Diana Vishneva is in NYC AND Svetlana Zakharova AND Simeonova AND Hallberg???!! You folks are spoiled.

    I'd be there every day, I swear. One day I will go to NYC for a few weeks when all the big names are there.

    Meanwhile, look what I found: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9gIDiUSdug
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    ^^^
    You aren't alone!

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    Just got back from "Cinderella" with Hallberg & Gillian Murphy. Beautiful production, although I am over the cardboard looking flat sets that they keep using. At least the costumes are gorgeous. Really a splendid evening. These "prince" parts suit him so well. His dancing was incredibly light and precise. Gillian keeps a high standard for herself. She fell off pointe once, which I have never seen her do, but considering she had been injured & on the DL list, I personally can forgive her. The Times didn't seem to like the Court Jester role, calling it "trite" (Luis Ribagorda, who is in the Corps) but I thought he was pretty impressive and the role didn't bother me.

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    Prepare for your mind to boggle....apparently Melanie Hamrick is no longer engaged to Jose Carreno, but is having a fling with someone else:

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/cele...et-dancer.html

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    I like how they promoted her status from corps to Prima. At 27, she is not up & coming.

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    She's got paparazzi following her around the city now, and probably lurking around the backstage entrance to the theatre. I can't imagine ABT's pleased with the publicity - will they even renew her contract for next season?

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    The situation is crazier than even a very creative soap opera would write.

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    Whaaat? I am sorry, I don't care if Mick is a legend, who cheats on Jose Carreno with an old man? Hamrick was one of the soloists in Les Sylphides when ABT was at Kennedy Center. She was good, but definitely not a prima.

    Last night, Diana Vishneva did the best Giselle I have ever seen in my life. And Gomes has to be one of the best partners ever.
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Agreed, Rob. Mick? He must have pheromones that we don't understand, unless it's a star fcuk for her. ABT probably doesn't give a whit about the publicity. Anything free can put 'em in the seats! Glad you enjoyed the Giselle. I love Marcelo. He's great dancer, partner & one heck of a nice guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob View Post

    Last night, Diana Vishneva did the best Giselle I have ever seen in my life. And Gomes has to be one of the best partners ever.
    Vishneva probably did the best Giselle I ever saw also.

    I went the following night to see Semionova and Hallberg. Alas, it was a misfire. Hallberg danced well, but I wasn't enthralled, and I think he got lost in the shuffle. Looking back on it, I think Semionova got the acts backwards; she was a little too light and ethereal in the first act and not nearly light and ethereal enough in the second.

    The biggest problem, however, was Veronika Part as Myrta - NOT! Myrta is an implacable bitch; Part was way too soft and wimpy in the role, and technically she wasn't having a good night either.

    Major Snark Award: Luis Ribagorda was Albrecht's squire, and the costume for that role (which doesn't look good on anyone) looked really bad on him. I thought I was looking at a little kid playing dress up drag in the Trocks' costume closet. It was hard to take anything in the first act seriously after that.

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    "Afternoon of a Faun" will be shown on PBS tonight - info here:

    http://www.thirteen.org/programs/ame...faun--trailer/

    I saw it at Lincoln Center this past winter and it's a must for ballet fans.

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    Vishneva Gomes review - I rarely agree with everything a critic says, but here, I do. Of course, he didn't review the corps, which had its usual off kilter moments.
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/19/ar...ref=dance&_r=0
    I think I will have a snack and take a nap before I eat and go to sleep.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marge_Simpson View Post
    "Afternoon of a Faun" will be shown on PBS tonight - info here:
    http://www.thirteen.org/programs/ame...faun--trailer/

    I saw it at Lincoln Center this past winter and it's a must for ballet fans.
    Article about the program:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/05/mo...-and-muse.html

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    http://pagesix.com/2014/06/20/micks-...allet-theater/

    According to a "source" Hamrick wasn't cheating on Carreno: he wouldn't marry her, and they'd already broken their engagement.

    So was Hamrick clueless, or was she caught deliberately? Or did she just need a mental health day?
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    For you Marge_Simpson: my favorite critic just tweeted:

    Wow, Alexandre Hammoudi if @ABTBallet was born to play Albrecht. Very exciting debut so far."
    "The team doesn't get automatic capacity because management is mad" -- Greg Smith, agile guy

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    So happy for Alex to have gotten a good tweet! He had such a bad injury last year and now, finally, is on the comeback trail. He as supposed to tryout Albrecht in Minnesota this past winter but ABT pulled him out as being now quite ready. Now, he is!

    The page 6 article is correct. I have a complete inside source that told me that Hamrick may be in real trouble. She had called out "sick" was caught with Mick in Switzerland by the paparazzi. But the source also said that she broke off the engagement after her fling in Japan with Mick. I guess she is very naive. Since she met Carreno when she was 17, and never really dated anyone else, she is setting herself up for a major fall. I wouldn't want to be her at ABT with all the whispering going on right now. Page 6 took her down a notch from a Prima Ballerina to a Soloist - no folks, she was dancing a solo, but she still is not a soloist.

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