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 Post subject: New York City Ballet - 2006 Spring Season
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For Immediate Release - December 15, 2005

NEW YORK CITY BALLET’S 2006 SPRING SEASON TO FEATURE SEVEN WORLD PREMIERE BALLETS AS PART OF THE DIAMOND PROJECT FESTIVAL

New Ballets to Be Created by Mauro Bigonzetti, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Jorma Elo, Eliot Feld, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon

New York City Ballet will present its sixth Diamond Project festival during the 2006 spring repertory season. The season will open on Tuesday, April 25, and continue through Sunday, June 25, at the New York State Theater at Lincoln Center.

For this Diamond Project festival, seven choreographers will create new works for New York City Ballet. Two of the choreographers will be working with the Company for the first time.

In addition to the Diamond Project premieres, the 2006 spring season will include more than 30 ballets from the NYCB repertory. The complete season schedule will be announced at a later date.

The Diamond Project was conceived by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins in 1992 as a festival for new choreography, and since then 47 works have been created by 26 different choreographers. Previous Diamond Project festivals have been held in 1992, 1994, 1997, 2000, and 2002. The name of the project was inspired by the late philanthropist Irene Diamond, who through her foundation has provided extraordinary support to NYCB for the development of new choreography.

For this Diamond Project festival new ballets will be created by Mauro Bigonzetti, Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux, Jorma Elo, Eliot Feld, Peter Martins, Alexei Ratmansky, and Christopher Wheeldon. This will mark the first time that Mr. Elo and Mr. Ratmansky have created ballets for NYCB, and the first time that Mr. Bonnefoux and Mr. Feld have participated in a Diamond Project festival.

Spring season subscription tickets will go on sale on January 16 by mail, through the subscription office at 212-870-8730, and at www.nycballet.com. Single tickets will be available by mail and at www.nycballet.com beginning March 13, and at the New York State Theater box office and through Center Charge at 212-721-6500 beginning April 10. For more information on any New York City Ballet performance, call 212-870-5570, or visit www.nycballet.com.

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2006 DIAMOND PROJECT WORLD PREMIERES

Eliot Feld Ballet
World Premiere: Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 11 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 12 at 8 p.m.

Mr. Feld is the Artistic Director of Ballet Tech. This is his third work for NYCB.

Mauro Bigonzetti Ballet
World Premiere: Thursday, May 4 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Bigonzetti is the Artistic Director of Italy’s Aterballetto. This is his second work for NYCB.

Peter Martins Ballet
World Premiere: Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Spring Gala)
Sunday, May 14 at 3 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m.
Friday, May 26 at 8 p.m.

Mr. Martins is Ballet Master in Chief of New York City Ballet.

Christopher Wheeldon Ballet
World Premiere: Wednesday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. (Spring Gala)
Saturday, May 13 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 at 8 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Wheeldon is the Resident Choreographer of New York City Ballet.

Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux Ballet
World Premiere: Thursday, May 25 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 27 at 8 p.m.
Wednesday, May 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 2 at 8 p.m.

Mr. Bonnefoux, a former NYCB principal dancer, is the Artistic Director of North Carolina Dance Theatre. This is his fourth work for NYCB.

Alexei Ratmansky Ballet
World Premiere: Thursday, June 8 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, June 11 at 3 p.m.
Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Ratmansky is the Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Ballet. This is his first work for NYCB.

Jorma Elo Ballet
World Premiere: Friday, June 16 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 17 at 2 p.m.
Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 22 at 8 p.m.

Mr. Elo is the Resident Choreographer of the Boston Ballet. This is his first work for NYCB.


The Diamond Project is made possible in part by a lead grant from The Irene Diamond Fund and with major support for new work from Movado.

Generous support is also provided by members of NYCB’s New Combinations Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Norman & Rosita Winston Foundation, and the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund.

The creation and performance of works by Peter Martins is funded in part by an endowment gift from the Solomon family, given in loving memory of Carolyn B. Solomon.

Christopher Wheeldon’s work as Resident Choreographer is made possible by a major grant from the Geoffrey C. Hughes Foundation.

Works by Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux and Alexei Ratmansky are supported in part through commissioning funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Dance Program.

Major support for French programming is provided by The Florence Gould Foundation.


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The full schedule of ballets can be found here.

One major change from tradition....'A Midsummer Night's Dream' will be the first week of the season instead of the last. Perhaps the scheduling of the Diamond Festival, and the availability of the choreographers dictated this change. However, it's a shame, as that last week of Midsummers as the real Midsummer's Night approached were always so magical. Late April just doesn't have the right feel...


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Casting for the first week of the Spring Season:

Highlights:
* A full night of Eliot Feld ballets including two world premieres and two NYCB premieres. The new Diamond Project ballet seems to be a solo for apprentice Kaitlyn Gilliland, while apprentice Robbie Fairchild appears in one of the NYCB debuts. Interestingly, Damian Woetzel, who has worked extensively with Feld and featured in many of Feld's ballets for NYCB is not in any cast - it may be that Woetzel is or was unavailable due to his studies at Harvard.

* This year "A Midsummer Night's Dream" opens the season - a shame to break with longstanding tradition. The only major debut is Sean Suozzi as Puck. Other debuts include Abi Stafford and Jenni Somogyi (Hermia), Rebecca Krohn, Kristin Sloan and Faye Arthurs (Helena), Edwaard Liang (Demetrius), William Yin-Lee (Theseus) and Stephen Hanna and Jason Fowler (Titania's Cavalier). Alina Dronova is listed as making her NYCB debut as the Butterfly - presumably she guested in the role with another company as she came up through SAB.

* Missing in Action:
- Tom Gold who usually dancer either Puck or Oberon
- Ask laCour - as one of the tallest dancers in the company and a good actor, a shoo-in for Theseus
- Damian Woetzel - see above
- Albert Evans - the finest Puck in the company
- Ashley Bouder
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Program and Casting Subject to Change
* First time in role
+ Guest Artist
# SAB Student
^ NYCB Apprentice
** NYCB Debut

April 25-30, 2006
Tuesday evening, April 25 at 7:30 pm [Quinn]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: KISTLER
Oberon: MILLEPIED
Hippolyta: REICHLEN
Theseus: SETH
Puck: ULBRICHT
Titania's Cav.: ASKEGARD
Helena: *KROHN
Demetrius: FOWLER
Hermia: *SOMOGYI
Lysander: HANNA
Butterfly: HYLTIN
Bottom: DANCHIG-WARING
Divertissement: WHELAN, HÜBBE

Wednesday evening, April 26 at 7:30 pm [Kaplow]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: NICHOLS
Oberon: DE LUZ
Hippolyta: BAR
Theseus: FOWLER
Puck: HENDRICKSON
Titania's Cav.: *HANNA
Helena: *ARTHURS
Demetrius: HIGGINS
Hermia: RUTHERFORD
Lysander: J. STAFFORD
Butterfly: RIGGINS
Bottom: SETH
Divertissement: WEESE, MARCOVICI

Thursday evening, April 27 at 8 pm [Briskin+]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: KOWROSKI
Oberon: CARMENA
Hippolyta: SCHELLER
Theseus: *LIN-YEE
Puck: *SUOZZI
Titania's Cav.: *FOWLER
Helena: *SLOAN
Demetrius: *LIANG
Hermia: *A. STAFFORD
Lysander: VEYETTE
Butterfly: **DRONOVA
Bottom: ORZA
Divertissement: BORREE, MARTINS

Friday evening, April 28 at 8 pm [Kaplow]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: KISTLER
Oberon: MILLEPIED
Hippolyta: REICHLEN
Theseus: SETH
Puck: ULBRICHT
Titania's Cav.: ASKEGARD
Helena: KROHN
Demetrius: FOWLER
Hermia: SOMOGYI
Lysander: HANNA
Butterfly: HYLTIN
Bottom: DANCHIG-WARING
Divertissement: WHELAN, HÜBBE

Saturday matinee, April 29 at 2 pm [Quinn]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: NICHOLS
Oberon: DE LUZ
Hippolyta: BAR
Theseus: FOWLER
Puck: HENDRICKSON
Titania's Cav.: HANNA
Helena: ARTHURS
Demetrius: HIGGINS
Hermia: RUTHERFORD
Lysander: J. STAFFORD
Butterfly: RIGGINS
Bottom: SETH
Divertissement: WEESE, MARCOVICI

Saturday evening, April 29 at 8 pm [Kaplow]
Intermezzo (NYCB Premiere): *FAIRCHILD, *RINGER, *RUTHERFORD, *VEYETTE, *ASKEGARD, *T. ANGLE [Grant]
Intermission
The Unanswered Question: ASKEGARD, HENDRICKSON, *T. ANGLE, *PAZCOGUIN, *RUTHERFORD, *CARMENA, KOWROSKI [Moverman]
Intermission
Backchat (NYCB Premiere): *VEYETTE, *HALL, *DANCHIG-WARING
Pause
Etoile Polaire (New Feld/Diamond Project World Premiere): *GILLILAND^
Pause
Ugha Bugha (World Premiere): *CHEN+
Pause
Stairdance (NYCB Premiere): *BAR, *DANCHIG-WARING, *R. FAIRCHILD^, *HALL, *SUOZZI

Sunday matinee, April 30 at 3 pm [Briskin+]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: KOWROSKI
Oberon: CARMENA
Hippolyta: SCHELLER
Theseus: LIN-YEE
Puck: SUOZZI
Titania's Cav.: FOWLER
Helena: SLOAN
Demetrius: LIANG
Hermia: A. STAFFORD
Lysander: VEYETTE
Butterfly: DRONOVA
Bottom: ORZA
Divertissement: BORREE, MARTINS


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The upcoming short film on Jock Soto now has a website with a wonderful, long promo video. It's well worth the look:

http://www.waterflowingtogether.com

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John Rockwell talks about NYCB and Peter Martins...

I'm not sure why this season is any more 'controversial' than any other - in fact, the biggest change which is opening with "Midsummer Night's Dream", the traditional closer, is never even mentioned. And the article seems to be a rehash of old news...but an interesting overview of NYCB and Peter Martins, if nothing else.

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A Controversial Season for City Ballet and for Peter Martins

By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: April 23, 2006

PETER MARTINS is still as impossibly handsome as he was in his days as a danseur noble: tall, chiseled, blond, steel-blue-eyed, coldly commanding. Danish-born, he is the dominant player in American ballet. He has run the New York City Ballet since 1983, when George Balanchine died, although he shared the leadership with Jerome Robbins until 1990. He and his own ballets (he is a prolific choreographer) and his way of running City Ballet seem permanently entrenched in the country's cultural life. It's his company now
But not without controversy...


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The second week of rep brings:

* A new Titania (Sara Mearns) and a new Oberon (Andrew Veyette)
* New Hippolyta (Gwyneth Muller), Theseus (Max von der Sterre), Helena (Melissa Barak), Hermia (Sterling Hyltin), Lysander (Seth Orza) and Demetrius (Amar Ramasar), Butterfly (Peck). And a new Bottom - Robert LaFosse making a guest appearance - perhaps the oldest person to make a role debut at NYCB!

* The premiere of a new ballet by Mauro Bigonzetti, with Maria Kowroski, Jason Fowler and Benjamin Millepied.


May 2-7, 2006

Tuesday evening, May 2 at 7:30 pm [Dunner+]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: SYLVE
Oberon: *VEYETTE
Hippolyta: *MULLER
Theseus: *vd STERRE
Puck: ULBRICHT
Titania's Cav.: HANNA
Helena: *BARAK
Demetrius: *RAMASAR
Hermia: *HYLTIN
Lysander: *ORZA
Butterfly: *PECK
Bottom: *La FOSSE+
Divertissement: RINGER, ASKEGARD

Wednesday evening, May 3 at 7:30 pm [Kaplow]
Intermezzo: FAIRCHILD, RINGER, RUTHERFORD, VEYETTE, ASKEGARD, T. ANGLE [Grant]
Intermission
The Unanswered Question: ASKEGARD, HENDRICKSON, T. ANGLE, PAZCOGUIN, RUTHERFORD, CARMENA, KOWROSKI [Moverman, Nikkanen]
Intermission
Backchat: VEYETTE, HALL, DANCHIG-WARING
Pause
Etoile Polaire: GILLILAND^
Pause
Stairdance: BAR, DANCHIG-WARING, R. FAIRCHILD^, HALL, SUOZZI [Baker]

Thursday evening, May 4 at 8 pm
Songs of the Auvergne: KISTLER, *MARCOVICI, *HYLTIN, SLOAN, ORZA, RUTHERFORD, *RAMASAR
Intermission
New Bigonzetti Ballet*: *KOWROSKI, *MILLEPIED, *FOWLER
Intermission
Symphony in C:
1st Mov.: WEESE, J. STAFFORD
2nd Mov.: WHELAN, ASKEGARD
3rd Mov.: FAIRCHILD, DE LUZ
4th Mov.: A. STAFFORD, EVANS

Friday evening, May 5 at 8 pm
Mother Goose:
Intermission
Songs of the Auvergne: KISTLER, MARCOVICI, HYLTIN, SLOAN, ORZA, RUTHERFORD, RAMASAR
Intermission
Symphony in C:
1st Mov.: WEESE, J. STAFFORD
2nd Mov.: WHELAN, ASKEGARD
3rd Mov.: FAIRCHILD, DE LUZ
4th Mov.: A. STAFFORD, EVANS

Saturday matinee, May 6 at 2 pm [Dunner+]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: *MEARNS
Oberon: DE LUZ
Hippolyta: REICHLEN
Theseus: SETH
Puck: HENDRICKSON
Titania's Cav.: ASKEGARD
Helena: KROHN
Demetrius: FOWLER
Hermia: SOMOGYI
Lysander: HANNA
Butterfly: HYLTIN
Bottom: DANCHIG-WARING
Divertissement: BORREE, MARTINS

Saturday evening, May 6 at 8 pm [Kaplow]
A Midsummer Night's Dream:
Titania: SYLVE
Oberon: VEYETTE
Hippolyta: MULLER
Theseus: vd STERRE
Puck: ULBRICHT
Titania's Cav.: HANNA
Helena: BARAK
Demetrius: RAMASAR
Hermia: HYLTIN
Lysander: ORZA
Butterfly: PECK
Bottom: La FOSSE+
Divertissement: RINGER, ASKEGARD

Sunday matinee, May 7 at 3 pm
Mother Goose:
Intermission
The Unanswered Question: ASKEGARD, HENDRICKSON, T. ANGLE, PAZCOGUIN, RUTHERFORD, CARMENA, KOWROSKI [Moverman, Nikkanen]
Intermission
Symphony in C:
1st Mov.: WEESE, J. STAFFORD
2nd Mov.: WHELAN, ASKEGARD
3rd Mov.: FAIRCHILD, DE LUZ
4th Mov.: A. STAFFORD, EVANS


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The season begins...and the bad news is that Benjamin Millepied is injured. He's scheduled to be in one of the new Diamond Project ballets next week, so here's hoping that this is just a minor injury.

From the NY Times:

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A Midsummer Night's Dream': Trying to Make Sense of Love

By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: April 27, 2006

The big news in this spring's New York City Ballet season is the latest installment of the Diamond Project, with seven choreographic premieres starting Saturday. Perhaps to carve out time to prepare those premieres, the repertory relies heavily on staples seen recently at the New York State Theater, like Balanchine's classic "Midsummer Night's Dream," which opened the season Tuesday night.

Like "The Nutcracker," "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is one of those seemingly foolproof works. No matter who dances it, one might innocently conclude, it will bloom like a summer rose. Of course it takes enormous skill and hard work to master these parts, so it's not quite so automatic as that. In any case Tuesday's cast served Balanchine well.


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A preview of the Diamond Project that chats with each of the choreographers involved...


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For the City Ballet's Diamond Project, Choreographers Embrace Their Inspiration

By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: April 28, 2006

The New York City Ballet's Diamond Project, which opens tomorrow at the New York State Theater with Eliot Feld's new "Étoile Polaire," began in 1992 as a festival of new choreography. Now in its sixth installment, the project was the idea of Peter Martins, balletmaster in chief of City Ballet. And he had an enthusiastic sponsor in Irene Diamond, a feisty former Hollywood script and talent scout who became a philanthropist. Today her fund is a major sponsor of the project.


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A review of the Eliot Feld program this past weekend, from the New York Times:

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At New York City Ballet, Celebrating Eliot Feld, the Choreographer Next Door

By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: May 1, 2006

A star was born, or maybe two, on Saturday night at the New York State Theater when the New York City Ballet presented the first of its spring-season Diamond Project commissions. Eliot Feld's inspiration for his new "Étoile Polaire" was a teenage company apprentice, Kaitlyn Gilliland, and she exuded the special perfume that made her so distinctive a student dancer. But Mr. Feld was really the star of the evening, the first entire program City Ballet has devoted to a choreographer other than George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins (with the exception of full-evening ballets).


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The premiere of the season's second Diamond Project Ballet:

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New York City Ballet Presents 'Il Vento' by Mauro Bigonzetti

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By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: May 6, 2006

The second installment of the spring season's Diamond Project of new dances commissioned by the New York City Ballet was "Il Vento," by Mauro Bigonzetti, which blew onto the New York State Theater stage on Thursday night.

This is a slightly lame joke, since "Il Vento" means "the wind" in Italian. It was not, however, a lame ballet: it was ingenious, niftily choreographed, sexily costumed (by Mr. Bigonzetti) and brilliantly lighted (by Mark Stanley).


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Debuts in "A Midsummer Night's Dresm":

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At City Ballet, 'A Midsummer Night's Dream,' Chockablock With Youth

The New York Times
By JENNIFER DUNNING
Published: May 9, 2006

Many of the dancers taking on new roles in George Balanchine's airy, sumptuous "Midsummer Night's Dream," last Tuesday night and Saturday afternoon at the New York State Theater, were young or relatively untried. But it was a veteran performer, Robert La Fosse, a guest artist and former principal, who stole the show in a debut on Tuesday as the lowly Bottom.

The choreography for Bottom suggests that the role was important to Balanchine. He loved cats, and Mr. La Fosse must love animals, too, judging by his integration of beautifully observed, subtle details of animal behavior. His Bottom was funny, but also immensely touching, and Sofiane Sylve's piquant, enchanted Titania gave him free rein.


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The NY Times profiles apprentice Kaitlyn Gilliland:

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A Fledgling Ballerina and Already a Muse: The Rise of Kaitlyn Gilliland

By ERIKA KINETZ
Published: May 11, 2006

"I looked at the rehearsal schedule and saw my name on its own line, and I thought, 'There must be a mistake!' " she said not long after her April 29 debut in "Étoile Polaire," the 12-minute solo Eliot Feld created for her.

Then came several weeks of denial. Rehearsals began in December, and even though no one else ever showed up, she remained convinced the dance was a trio.

Sometime in January she finally accepted her enviable fate. "I know for an apprentice to do something like this is not something that happens usually," she said.



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The NY Times on the Spring Gala:

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A Classical Showcase of Bartok and Violins at the City Ballet

By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: May 12, 2006

The New York City Ballet's Diamond Project of newly commissioned choreography normally introduces its premieres one at a time. But Wednesday night was the company's spring gala, the one with the sparkling tables deployed in the mezzanine-level lobby of the New York State Theater to greet patrons as they emerge after the performance, both the formally clad diners and the rest of us, scuttling forlornly off into the night. For the occasion, there were two full-length premieres, plus a nice, Diamond-related bonus for the gala only.


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John Rockwell wrote:

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so surely danced, technically and dramatically, by Wendy Whelan and Albert Evans.


I'm not the biggest Wendy Whelan fan, but I can surely believe that these two danced up a storm in "Herman Schmerman". Their duets were always one of the highlights of the summer "Stars of New York ballet" visits to London. Evans has terrific ballet technique, but can produce the sinuous lines of a contemporary dancer as well. I would love to see him dance Forsythe and I bet he had a ball!

Just for the record, regarding "devolving dance" (Mr Rockwell's phrase), Forsythe's dancers still regularly perform "Duo", a very dancey piece, with epaulement etc. from the late 1990's. Forsythe does everything!


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City Ballet's Diamond Premieres Fail to Dazzle
By Tobi Tobias for Bloomberg

Imagine entertaining a gala audience with a pair of new ballets set to music unfriendly to dancing.

Inexplicably, this is what the New York City Ballet attempted last night with the premieres of contributions to its Diamond Project by the company's artistic director, Peter Martins, and its resident choreographer, Christopher Wheeldon. Creativity always means risk; still, the evening faltered.

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