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    I suppose it was performed by New York City Ballet,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sissone View Post
    I suppose it was performed by New York City Ballet,
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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
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    I hope you will also enjoy other performances.What about Romeo and Juliet?

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    Not this year. I might have, had it fit in with my schedule. I’ve seen it before.

    I only began to appreciate ballet about a decade ago, when I discovered NYCB’s plotless dances. I’ve started to go back to the story ballets. (I will see “Coppelia” for the second time this spring.)

    There’s an interesting article in the Times about a change to the choreography. Juliet’s father will no longer slap her. Peter Martis approved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Not this year. I might have, had it fit in with my schedule. I’ve seen it before.

    I only began to appreciate ballet about a decade ago, when I discovered NYCB’s plotless dances. I’ve started to go back to the story ballets. (I will see “Coppelia” for the second time this spring.)

    There’s an interesting article in the Times about a change to the choreography. Juliet’s father will no longer slap her. Peter Martis approved.

    To tell the truth,I also prefer story ballets to abstract compositions and contemporary dance.I love Coppelia,

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    I love going to the ballet. My mom was a ballet dancer, so I saw her many times as a kid dancing onstage (she was tall so she played a lot of comic roles) and it's still a treat to go. Sadly, it's also pretty expensive, at least as a hardscrabble millennial, but it's certainly thrilling. I particularly love new works, which often come with new music, but the classics are difficult to beat. Sadly my last trip to the ballet was interrupted by food poisoning - I managed to get through the entire performance (Swan Lake), but I was pretty miserable for the last two acts and bolted as soon as people stood to, uh, ovade. All that swirling tulle and the rich music going up and down...

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    My final visit during NYCB's winter season. Highlight was Alexei Ratmansky's highly entertaining "Namouna, a Grand Divertissement," with music by Edouard Lalo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    My final visit during NYCB's winter season. Highlight was Alexei Ratmansky's highly entertaining "Namouna, a Grand Divertissement," with music by Edouard Lalo.
    I am sure you enjoyed your final visit during NYCBˇs winter season.Sara Mearns is a brilliant dancer.

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    My first trip here in Toronto - saw the new ballet Frame By Frame, about the animator Norman McLaren, directed by Robert LePage and choreographed by Guillaume Côté. I'm sort of familiar with LePage via his work in opera, totally unfamiliar with Côté, and fairly familiar with McLaren, though not enough to know offhand who was who in the ballet. The score was taken, I think, mostly from McLaren's films, and there were lots of audio effects, which meant no orchestra in the pit. I was in standing room in the fourth ring so I still had a pretty good view, but it seemed like it would be odd to be in the front of the orchestra with this yawning black chasm between you and the dancers.

    The actual plot of the ballet was mostly chronological and depicted his evolution of style via inspiration from the people he met, as well as balletic recreations of his works. Some of these were more successful than others - a black-light version of "Chairy Tale" was cute but unnecessary, an otherwise pumping and energetic version of Synchromy was interrupted by an inexplicable twirling harlequin jester character, and while I know it's his most famous work, recreating Neighbors felt like killing time that could be better spent on McLaren himself. On the other hand, "Canon" was oddly astonishing, and the ballet's climax, a live version of Pas de deux, was strange and terrifying and beautiful. I felt like I was floating out of my shoes watching it.

    It's funny that every review I've read has shot down the "Time" segment, which depicts McLaren's relationship with his partner Guy Glover with a set of colored lights downstage that project their overlapping shadows on a curtain upstage. I'm told it was generic, but it made me cry - maybe it's just because my husband and I were finally able to start our lives together, but the shadows overlapping and coming together and forming one figure broke me down.

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