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  1. Weighing in from the US. I find it increasingly distasteful to see dancers’ Instagram accounts, and I have actually “unfollowed” some for their shameless (my opinion, of course) promotion. In many cases, their actual dancing does not match their Instagram fame.
  2. Just to clarify. She did receive treatment and was in the hospital for several days, according to her Facebook. Additionally, I work in a medical office in the US, and have numerous emergency room nurses as patients. Never once have I heard of people being turned away. In fact, they complain about people coming in for non-emergencies and they still must treat them. Additionally, this is a fact: https://www.empr.com/home/features/law-101-emergency-medical-treatment-and-active-labor-act-emtala/2/. I do hope she gets what she needs.
  3. I was lucky enough to see several casts of this and I loved Streeter/Rojo/Cirio. Really amazing chemistry. I would love to see Khaniukova get a chance at this Giselle, as well. It would wonderful to see her paired with Cirio as her Albrecht, as they danced the traditional Giselle earlier this year together in Ukraine, and the pictures on her Facebook page look amazing. She also shared this video. She really is beautiful, and it appears they have good chemistry together. Wish I could be in London this fall to see Akram’s Giselle again. https://vogue.ua/article/culture/teatr/ekaterina-hanyukova-i-dzheffri-sirio-o-rabote-nad-baletom-zhizel.html
  4. I have only been here a short while, and I mostly just read the threads, bu I am very sorry to hear this. My sincerest condolences.
  5. It’s very sad. When you google Francesca’s name, that’s the first thing that comes up. Misty Copeland has a huge Instagram post congratulating her. However, I am confused. I did not read this whole thread. Originally, the choreographer was to be McGregor as referenced in her post. But I see Blankenbuehler is listed. I wonder why the change. Sorry if I missed that portion of the thread.
  6. I think Takahashi and Streeter are slated for that. I have not seen other names. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/cunard-announces-new-partnership-with-the-english-national-ballet-and-invites-guests-to-dance-the-atlantic-300753439.html
  7. Some of the men just performed Forsythe’s “Playlist” at Despertares (Hernandez’s summer gala and outreach) in Guadalajara. Additionally, Rojo danced with Hernandez, Joe Caley performed a pas, and Cirio Collective (Cirio’s summer company with his sister) performed in an evening of their own. There were numerous other international guests including Osipova. From other company member Instagram posts, it would seem the company is on holiday.
  8. I am not sure if this was shared in the Dance Links, but I usually like Jerry’s reviews: https://criticaldance.org/first_impression/american-ballet-theatre-a-breath-of-fresh-eyre/
  9. Ah, yes, you named all the acceptable choreographers I referenced in my post. I am trying to restrain myself, so I will say nothing further.
  10. Do I dare? I know this might be ill-received by some. Having watched ballet in many American cities and a few in Europe (mostly England and Germany), I find that the harshest audience toward anything other than Petipa and some of the traditional classics, Balanchine, and perhaps a few “acceptable” choreographers is the audience in NYC. I would wager that this ballet would be welcomed in many other cities in the US. There, I said it.
  11. Actually, I do know some of the dancers from ENB. I am familiar with both of those dancers because of their involvement with YAGP. Additionally, I am friends with one of Julia’s former coaches.
  12. Obviously watching from the live feed is different from being there. I knew several things going in - that many people assumed Shale would win and also that Julia would be a strong contender. It is difficult in competition to compare pieces like that of the three classical pas performed. Alice did seem nervous, but rightfully so in having to dance Classique which can toy with the brain of even a seasoned professional. Shale was lovely, but it was not what I expected from him, and I feel these two dancers would have fared better with another choice. I kept thinking Paquita or La Sylphide would have been beautiful for them. Coppelia and Flames are both better competition fare. I thought Rhys did well, but Emilia was obviously nervous. At this point, Rhys was my pick. Ren and Julia were great, but the pas in Flames requires very little. I thought Julia was polished and very comfortable. Ren let out a huge sigh of relief after the pas, and I think it showed how nervous he was for that portion. They then danced their solo portions superbly. I do think Ren could have used more time rehearsing. After this, Julia was in the lead for me. The contemporary works were varied, and I hope in the future they disallow well-established choreographers. It is hard to compare those pieces to lesser known choreographers. I liked Alice’s piece, although not my taste in contemporary, it was interesting, different, and obviously difficult to dance. I thought Rhys did well and so did Julia. Shale’s piece, once again, was disappointing for me, as I expected more with the build -up to the competition. At the end, it was between Julia and Rhys for me, although like others, I would have been happy for any of them. Competition is more about process than winning. And kudos to James Streeter. He was wonderful. A pleasant and well-spent afternoon for me.
  13. I have enjoyed the videos from the dancers. Each of them is obviously talented. I hope they learn from the process and realize it’s not about winning a competition, but improving through the opportunity. I hope to get to watch the livestream as I have in the past. Merde to each of them!
  14. While I do not know about Nagdhi or Sambé, I do, of course, know about Kuranaga and Cirio. While neither dance for a Russian company, both have been influenced by the Russian style. Kuranaga was chosen by Yuri Grigorovich to compete at the Moscow International Ballet Competition at the age of 10. Cirio, although trained at American companies, took private lessons with Rafael Grigorian who trained under Pushkin. Both Kuranaga and Cirio (like many of the Boston dancers) were coached at Boston Ballet by Larissa Ponomarenko, long-time principal and now ballet mistress. And, obviously, Cirio has worked with both Ratmansky and Kopalkova at ABT. One does not have to dance for a Russian company to have Russian influences or connections. Certainly, they are not Russian icons, I agree there.
  15. I was in Boston this past weekend to see their Nutcracker. Did not get to see Misa dance, but ran into her. She mentioned that Jeffrey Cirio invited her to the gala. I am so glad they will get to dance together once again. I would love to see this. One of my other favorites is on the list - Maria Kotchetkova. I would guess she is dancing with Daniil. She, Daniil, and Jeffrey will be missed in NY by this audience member. Daniil will be dancing some limited performances, but only in things I have seen him dance before.
  16. Very excited to be visiting London in January. I will be seeing Alina Cojocaru for the first time dancing with Jeffrey Cirio! I would like to see another show, and was leaning toward Joseph Caley (I love him on stage.) However, I will see Joe and Alina in Manon the following week, so perhaps I should buy tickets for another Swan Lake couple.
  17. Yes, I am sure it is the point. That does not make it desirable.
  18. Well, I remember when they did it in Boston. The dancers said it was fun once it got to stage (and, of course, the music is great), but that some of them felt (mostly women) that it was not especially challenging, and almost a bit demeaning. I enjoyed watching it, but I did think the women were more like backdrop go-go dancers in much of the piece. https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-itm-001&hsimp=yhs-001&hspart=itm&p=christopher+bruce+rooster#id=6&vid=694470b82d7909abf265c606e5f8f5fa&action=view
  19. What was the audience reaction? It is a fun ballet to watch, although I know many dancers who complain about dancing it.
  20. The All Balanchine program features four of my favorite ballets. Symphony in C should not feel in disarray, so hopefully it was just an off night. Please do give it another chance.
  21. Irmgard - I was lucky enough to be in London for some of these performances this time around, and you summed up many of my thoughts on each dancer. Several differences of opinion: I did not enjoy "Vera" as much as everyone else has mentioned. I thought the choreography was a bit juvenile, but it was danced lovingly by Costa and Garrett. "Second Breath" never grew on me. I think the concept was amazing, but it grew tiresome in many of the sections. Certainly, Liam Scarlett has a real talent for pas de deux choreography. The final pas of "No Man's Land" was stunning. I love Joseph Caley. He has understated elegance in all he does. For me the piece of the performance was Khan's "Dust." While Streeter and Rojo seemed more outwardly emotional, Cirio and Takahashi danced it with such internal pain and struggle, I was reduced to tears. I must remark that Reimair was a striking portrayal of the "first man." For this regular U.S. ballet attendee, it was really a treat to see such a wide range of ballets in one performance, albeit all on the same topic. I hope to get to the Coliseum in January, but I am certainly heading to Chicago for Khan's "Giselle." How I wish we could see more of his work here.
  22. The news of Paul Taylor's death was very sad for us here, but the news of Peter Frame's death was devastating to many of us. Taylor, of course, is well-known by all. Peter, not as well known, was a beautiful dancer. Probably even more important was the legacy he left so many students at SAB, CPYB, and BAE. We are all grieving the loss of one gone way too soon.
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