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  1. This was definitely unlike any other Nutcracker I've ever seen! As mentioned in my review, I did not provide too much detail as I didn't want to ruin the element of surprise for anyone planning on seeing it; but if you want to hear about anything in particular, I'm happy to share!
  2. Here's a review and a bit of the story behind how the performances this past weekend at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, FL came about. Enjoy!
  3. Here is my review of last night's performance, the first time I've seen any of these works. It was interesting...
  4. Thank you for your support, @Douglas Allen! I am so happy to hear this, @Sim - thank you! You're very welcome, @maryrosesatonapin. Perhaps the gypsy traveling scene traffic is a venue compatibility issue. The hearing stage crew speaking...absolutely not; to me, this was a gross slip of professionalism. The scenery and costumes are absolutely glorious and spectacular, as one has come to anticipate in a Mariinsky production!
  5. I have anticipated attending this performance since it was announced and I am sorry to report that overall, I was disappointed. Here's the review I wrote about last night's experience. Anyone else there?
  6. I haven't seen Boston Ballet live in decades, and that was at the Wang Center. The beauty of the Opera House is an experience in and of itself; on top of that, Boston Ballet performing Giselle made it the highlight of my recent trip there. Here's my review of the Saturday matinee performance.
  7. You're welcome, Bruce - I appreciate the feedback. No, I haven't seen Mayerling. It's a ballet that carries a mysterious shroud for me as it's not one seen often - or well-known - here in the States. I look forward to having the opportunity one day, although I may have to make my way across the Atlantic in order to do so. And you bring up an interesting question about Lopez choosing MacMillan's version of Carousel over Wheeldon's (which, I believe was choreographed on Alexandra Ansanelli not Tiler Peck), especially since the ballet was only recently added to MCB's repertoire (January 2017). Curious. It really was so wonderful seeing a Peck pointe-shoe ballet, especially on the company for which it was created; it was lovely. I saw Hurry Up, We're Dreaming here at The Kennedy Center last fall (along with many of the other ballets from Unbound that SFB is performing in London), and it wasn't quite my cup of tea. I'd love to hear your thoughts about the ballets I wrote about - they're linked on this page. I hope the theatre fills up for the rest of the run.
  8. So, I'm bummed that The Kennedy Center ballet season is over, but glad that it closes with Miami City Ballet - as a company, they are super strong. My favorite piece by far this afternoon was Walpurgisnacht Ballet - I love the music and choreography Here's my thoughts about the whole program.
  9. I'm so excited that the Kennedy Center's Ballet Across America series this year includes two iconic companies; it opened last night with Dance Theatre of Harlem, closes with Miami City Ballet, and includes a collaborative one-night-only show sandwiched in between. I definitely experienced highs and lows throughout the performance and share my thoughts here. Anyone out there have insights that corroborate or conflict with mine? Would love to hear them as this is the first time I have seen DTH live.
  10. Design Army has created an innovative and beautiful campaign to announce Hong Kong Ballet's upcoming season - I absolutely love it!
  11. Here's a fun interview with Isabella Boylston with CBS New York's Elise Finch.
  12. It is so refreshing to see the ballet world represented on TED Talks! Here's the one Miko Fogarty gave, published a couple of days ago; her attitude seems so mature for such a young woman - Brava!
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