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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    NYCB starts again this week with "Jewels." I haven't seen it in a few years, so I'm going on Saturday afternoon.

    I've always thought the third part, "Diamonds," was a bit of a letdown, but in part that may be because I've only seen it at night, and I can get a bit tired. I've promised myself this time it will be the focus of my intention.

    Music is by Faure, Stravinsky and Tchaikovsky.

    BTW - a while back someone on this forum was asking about different national ballet styles. Each of the three parts of "Jewels" references the style of a different country: French, American and Russian.
    Wouldn't you know it - "Diamonds" was the high point this afternoon, a feeling I shared with the rest of the audience who gave it a standing ovation. I've seen Maria Kowroski dance dozens of times, but not like this. Her pas de deux with Tyler Angle (to the third movement of Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 3) was breathtaking.
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    My second NYCB subscription performance tomorrow afternoon. The highlight is "Dancers at a Gathering," probably Jerome Robbins' greatest ballet set to about 20 pieces by Chopin (Mazurkas, Waltzes, Etudes etc.). I've seen it twice and have been bowled over each time.

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    I'd love to attend more but here in Toronto it's a small fortune per ticket - much more expensive than the opera or the symphony. I browsed around online out of curiosity and found that tickets to each renowned classical ballet company in Europe except the Bolshoi were cheaper on average than the National Ballet of Canada (using Swan Lake as an example). It's a shame really.

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    And the NYCB winter season is underway.

    I'll be seeing an all Stravinsky/Balanchine matinee on Sunday. I've seen most of the works before, but I can't recall seeing "Danses Concertantes." Certainly not in the past decade. And the "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" is a masterpiece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    And the NYCB winter season is underway.

    I'll be seeing an all Stravinsky/Balanchine matinee on Sunday. I've seen most of the works before, but I can't recall seeing "Danses Concertantes." Certainly not in the past decade. And the "Stravinsky Violin Concerto" is a masterpiece.
    I definitely had not seen Danses Concertantes before. It's a light piece played directly to the audience. I think I even saw some faux-Fosse moves. Fun, not a masterpiece.

    I was disappointed in Monumentum pro Gesualdo -specifically the corps work was sloppy. To my my mind, other companies have more precise corps, but the brilliance of NYCB's individual corps members usually makes up for it. Not in this case. Movements for Piano and Orchestra was fine as was the Violin Concerto. Interestingly, none of the female principals performed. I don't recall another instance of that.

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    Going again tomorrow (unless my cold gets worse).

    Seeing the new Ratmansky to music (actually mostly women speaking) by Peter Ablinger.

    Also Christopher Wheeldon’s “Polyphonia," to Ligeti's piano music, as well as works by Robbins and Peck.

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    I went despite my cold (and loaded up with hand sanitizer).

    "Polyphonia" was great. It's only the second time I've seen it, and I believe the first was prior to my ever seeing "Dances at a Gatherering." I'm not sure that describing it as the anti-Gathering is appropriate, but it used a similar technique - brief works with different pairings (in in several cases more that two dancers). But the dance was to Ligeti and not Chopin, so it called for a completely different language - and got it. By the way, a lot of the pieces were very early Ligeti and tonal.

    The Peck was forgettable (and I have thus forgotten it). The Robbins (to Prokofiev's first violin concerto) was not bad, but didn't really stand out in any way. It was created for Baryshnikov, so maybe it just needs him.

    The Ratmansky, "Voices" was interesting. The dance (mostly solos by women) is set to a work by Ablinger for piano accompanying the recorded spoken voices of various women. I think there were two I'd heard of, and the only one I remember right now is Nina Simone. On first viewing (and with my cold medication wearing me down, as this was last on the program), I found the voices distracting and had trouble focusing sometimes on the dance. Pretty silly as most of the voices were speaking foreign languages, which I couldn't follow in any event. Looking forward to seeing it again - perhaps first on the program.

    And finally, anyone who claims that ballet does not evolve needs to check out "Polyphonia" and "Voices."

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    This weekend it is "Swan Lake" featuring my favorite Teresa Reichlen, my favorite dancer in the NYCB. Alas, this was a last minute purchase, not part of my subscription, and I am sitting in the nosebleed section (4th balcony).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    This weekend it is "Swan Lake" featuring my favorite Teresa Reichlen, my favorite dancer in the NYCB. Alas, this was a last minute purchase, not part of my subscription, and I am sitting in the nosebleed section (4th balcony).
    Highs and lows:

    Tallest high - my seat - I was halfway up in the fourth ring.

    Low - from that angle I could see the pattern of the corps quite clearly. And although the NYCB corps is remarkable in many ways, precision dancing in unison is a weak spot. The swans in the Mariinsky production are simply better in that respect.

    Low - the production - I've seen five productions (including on video); this was the least appealing. Hated the sets; costumes for the interior scenes were garish (although several worked).

    High - Teresa Reichlen - that's why I went, and she was terrific.

    On other topics - two articles in the NY Times caught my eye:

    One on Tiler Peck's (ongoing) recovery from a serious neck injury. She will dance Odette/Odile later this week.

    The other on a (non-NYCB) dance performance last week that I missed: Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker's choreography set to the six Bach Cello Suites performed live by Jean-Guihen Queyras.

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    Glad to be able to post in this thread again. Attended NYCB yesterday for the second time this fall. The always reliable/always moving “Serenade,” along with a work I had never seen, Jerome Robbins’ “Opus 19-The Dreamer.” I enjoyed every aspect of it except the title (which is why I had avoided it up until now). It immediately becomes one of my favorite Robbins works. Music was Prokofiev’s first violin concerto.

    In between was a short work set to two Scarlatti sonatas. I have forgotten the title, I guess because I disliked every aspect of it. Even the two sonatas, which I know and have multiple recordings of. None anywhere close to the turgid tempo taken of the music. Which was weird because the dancers were dancing rapidly.

    It was Lauren Lovette’s farewell performance. She danced in both “Serenade” and “Opus 19.” At the end she was inundated with flowers, as dozens of people she knew (but except for some dancers, I don’t) congratulated her onstage.

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    The tickets, travel and accommodation are dear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Glad to be able to post in this thread again. Attended NYCB yesterday for the second time this fall.
    I like to read your accounts of ballet performances you have seen. I like that you don't give up even when responses are kind of quiet. I made a thread on Berlin Philharmonic live performances but slacked off because few people ever responded. I should be more like you and go back to it. Someone eventually does respond.

    Just wondering, living in New York, do you ever attend performances of Dance Theater of Harlem? I have seen them twice and enjoyed them greatly. But I prefer my ballet modernized a little with other styles of dance mixed in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Open Book View Post
    I like to read your accounts of ballet performances you have seen. I like that you don't give up even when responses are kind of quiet. I made a thread on Berlin Philharmonic live performances but slacked off because few people ever responded. I should be more like you and go back to it. Someone eventually does respond.

    Just wondering, living in New York, do you ever attend performances of Dance Theater of Harlem? I have seen them twice and enjoyed them greatly. But I prefer my ballet modernized a little with other styles of dance mixed in.
    Thank you. No, I have not attended Dance Theater of Harlem. Is there anything you can particularly recommend? I don’t subscribe to any other company, but I will go when something catches my interest. I like the work of Alexei Ratmansky, which gets me to American Ballet Theater from time to time. (He has also created work for City Ballet.).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jegreenwood View Post
    Attended NYCB yesterday
    I shopped tickets for the NYCB just yesterday.

    I am still inclined to not sit in a theater as the mask requirement just seems to take some of the ambiance and flush it in the toilet.

    And then there is always the chance for a spike in cases between the time you purchase the tickets and attend the show.

    In February of 2019 I bought a subscription to both the NY Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall for the 20-21 season and I had to wait more than a full year to have all my money returned. This too holds me back.

    How do you find the mask requirement during a performance? (BTW, I do not advocate the abandonment of masks, I just think there requirements lessen the experience???)
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    Quote Originally Posted by eljr View Post
    I shopped tickets for the NYCB just yesterday.

    I am still inclined to not sit in a theater as the mask requirement just seems to take some of the ambiance and flush it in the toilet.

    And then there is always the chance for a spike in cases between the time you purchase the tickets and attend the show.

    In February of 2019 I bought a subscription to both the NY Philharmonic and Carnegie Hall for the 20-21 season and I had to wait more than a full year to have all my money returned. This too holds me back.

    How do you find the mask requirement during a performance? (BTW, I do not advocate the abandonment of masks, I just think there requirements lessen the experience???)
    I've gotten to the point where sometimes I forget I have one on. I found some KN95s that are really comfortable. I'm back to theatergoing as well. What I like best is that the mask and vaccine mandates seem to be accepted by the audience. I worry more for the performers including the musicians.

    NYCB eschewed intermissions during its fall season (often two at 20 minutes each). Makes for short programs.

    And of course, I got my Moderna booster on the first day it became available.

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