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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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