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  1. Adrian Danchig-Waring looks pretty good to me. He rdoes get injured a lot though. Agree about some of the senior men. And thanks for the well wishes about the ankle.
  2. I didn't go to as many ballet performances as I usually do because of a bad ankle injury but I did review the major revivals and new works for bachtrack and made a season-end summary here: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/10/nycb-fall-season-wrap-up.html
  3. I'd have to read more of his criticisms though. He does seem to have a hostility to the Balanchine aesthetic.
  4. I found this review Nicholas Dromgoole wrote of NYCB in 1998. His hostility to NYCB is unwavering: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/4715138/Yankee-brilliance-comes-to-town.html
  5. I was more horrified at the girl who was expelled for being 'fat' when she was skeletal.
  6. Here are clips of Osipova/Hallberg pre-injury (both of them):
  7. I stand by my statement that if you've only seen Hallberg post-injury, you haven't seen him. The magnitude and amplitude of his dancing has diminished considerably. His soaring jump now is rather careful. He's still got beautiful lines, elegant bearing and all, but he's limited in what he can do. As for the Bolshoi he did return to dance Winter's Tale there: https://davidhallberg.com/Dates-News Heres just a hint of what he was like pre-injury:
  8. Latonia Moore is amazing. There are some excellent films of Porgy. I love the film with Willard White from Glyndebourne.
  9. I think this documentary is more of a chronicle of the process of the boys' class graduating. I don;t think Tsiskaridze thinks Kirill is untalented, but that he could be even better. And the graduation/final exams/performance process is often very tense and stressful.
  10. The ENO's production of Porgy and Bess also made its way to the Met. I saw it and was totally overwhelmed and will go back in January to see it again (fall run completely sold out). In January I see Kevin Short as Porgy. https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/09/porgy-and-bess-triumph-of-catfish-row.html I really recommend people catch this on HD in February. Manon (Oct 26 HD) is NOT a must-see: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/09/manon-glitter-and-be-glum.html
  11. I wasn;t talking about the audiences. From what I've read there were long lines and enthusiastic crowds for the NYCB tours. But I was reading some reviews in "Repertory in Review" and British critics initially hated Jewels. They called it "nothing but paste."
  12. She'll be missed. Here's my own (admittedly very small) story about Jessye: https://humbledandoverwhelmed.blogspot.com/2019/10/rip-jessye-norman.html
  13. Because British critics have always been consistently cold towards NYCB? I found these choice words about "Union Jack": Nicholas Dramgoole: "by English standards is pretty detestable. ... Strong men in the audience were uttering cries of disbelief as it happened; others were walking out. ... Outside his chosen area ‐ dancers with expressionless faces and minimal costumes making movements to illuminate classical music Balanchine flounders.” Alexander Bland: "“Though technically fastidious, he certainly lacks the regulator of good taste, which is one of Britain's hallmarks.... he revels in the vitality of chorus‐line dancers. "
  14. Actually what struck me is how OLD Polunin looks compared to Cojocaru although chronologically she is quite a few years older. His sunken eyes and sallow cheeks look like someone who has been through the wringer and not an impetuous teen. Cojocaru otoh looks very youthful even though shes near 40 and a mom.
  15. There's been somewhat of a shift at the Vaganova academy since the big turnover a few years ago. Nikolai Tsiskaridze's top students have tended to be shorter with more diversity in terms of body types. Kovaleva is kind of a throwback to the tall, ultra-leggy look that was in favor.
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