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Just curious, does anyone know what's up with Lindy Manderjieff(sp?). I haven't noticed her much in the roster, where as last year she was very busy dancing.


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BALANCHINE AT HOME #2: DREAMS


New York City Ballet / New York State Theater, Lincoln Center, NYC / January 6 – February 29, 2004

The trap in talking about Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream—with which the New York City Ballet has just opened the winter repertory season of its Balanchine 100 Centennial Celebration—is comparing it to Frederick Ashton’s The Dream. <a href=http://www.artsjournal.com/tobias/archives20040101.shtml#65661 target=_blank>more</a>
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet Winter Season 2003-04 (Balanchine 1
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A Dream From Midsummer, as the Cold of January Sets In

By ANNA KISSELGOFF
The New York Times
January 8, 2004

George Balanchine's enchanting two-act "Midsummer Night's Dream" is usually performed in June and July, and it seemed an unexpected choice to take New York City Ballet's repertory into full swing on Tuesday night at the New York State Theater.

But since "Balanchine 100: The Centennial Celebration" is the title of the company's winter and spring seasons this year, the surprises along the way ostensibly have a thematic explanation.
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BTW The Washington Ballet is also performing Balanchine's "Midsummer Night's Dream" this month. Think warm, sunny days and balmy, soft nights! :)


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Has anyone hard anything about Double Feature, the new Susan Stroman piece? Looks interesting...any thoughts?

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Classical Scholars: Balanchine and Bournonville

By ANNA KISSELGOFF
The New York Times
January 15, 2004

Ballet has been an international affair since it was introduced from Italy to France after the Renaissance. Choreographers and dancers have frequently crossed borders.

George Balanchine was no exception, and New York City Ballet offered a nod to his time as ballet master with the Royal Danish Ballet in 1930-31 with guest appearances by two soloists from the Danish company on Sunday afternoon at the New York State Theater.

Dancing the pas de deux from "Flower Festival in Genzano," Gudrun Bojesen and Thomas Lund offered a typical showpiece by August Bournonville, the great 19th-century Danish choreographer.
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Has anyone hard anything about Double Feature, the new Susan Stroman piece? Looks interesting...any thoughts?
Not I but I sure am interested.


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In an Enchanted Forest, Opposites Attract

By JENNIFER DUNNING
The New York Times
January 17, 2004

George Balanchine liked the idea of pairing a short Oberon with a tall Titania in his "Midsummer Night's Dream." Maria Kowroski's Titania certainly towered over Joaquin De Luz, who danced Oberon for the first time in a performance by the New York City Ballet on Thursday night at the New York State Theater. But Mr. De Luz was less an Oberon than a Puck.

Oberon is a king, but Mr. De Luz never allowed the character to be regal, emphasizing instead the role's gleeful pyrotechnics. It is understandable, given Mr. De Luz's prodigious technique and exuberant stage presence.
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Glimpses of an Influence That Made Balanchine Balanchine

By JENNIFER DUNNING
The New York Times
January 19, 2004

One of the aims of the New York City Ballet's Balanchine 100 festival is to suggest what influenced George Balanchine in his epochal work. Two programs presented by the company on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at the New York State Theater offered a glimpse of how August Bournonville's style affected at least one Balanchine ballet.

Balanchine served as ballet master in the 1930's at the Royal Danish Ballet, where Bournonville created some of the 19th century's most distinctive dances. The Danish choreographer was represented on Wednesday by the pas de deux from "Flower Festival in Genzano" in a superb performance by Ashley Bouder and Antonio Carmena.
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Courtship Laced With Mischief Makes a Comic Comeback

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The New York Times
January 19, 2004

"Harlequinade," George Balanchine's affectionate version of a Frenchified commedia dell'arte ballet that Marius Petipa choreographed in 1900, returned to New York City Ballet on Saturday afternoon, a spectacular delight as always.

Granted, the plot or even the fact that there is a plot, does not make it a typical Balanchine pure-dance signature piece. Here as always, Harlequin loves Colombine. Cassandre, her father, wants her to marry Léandre, a rich fop, and sets his thugs on Harlequin, who breaks into pieces. But lo, a good fairy renders him whole and showers him with gold coins, so he can wed his sweetheart amid rejoicing by the house servants, Pierrot and Pierrette, and scores of children and revelers.
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Greetings!
I have heard about the new Stroman ballet from several sources and it sounds wonderful!!! There was an article in this past Sunday's NY Times about the ballet, and there is also one in the current issue of Playbill.

It's been a busy two weeks at NYCB, and unfortunately the common theme seems to be one of frequent changes in cast.
On the postive, De Luz appears to have made good debuts in Midsummer's and Harlequinade and just about everyone was raving about Millepied & Ansanelli in Harlequinade and all the casts of Apollos. Plus, all reports have it that the corps, male and female is in top form.

But, Taylor has been out for the season so far, though her name still remains in the casting for the Stroman ballet. Woetzel and Millepied were both taken out of Donizetti Variations, but both appear to fine, so it may have been a scheduling/overuse issue. Bouder, Gold and Borree have all been replaced in ballets, and perhaps the most worrisome of all is that Sofiane Sylve did not reappear in the second act of Misummers' this past weekend, and the cast had to be switched around during intermission to allow Van Kipnis to take over the role of Hippolyta. No report on the reasons...

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Kissing frogs
By Hilary Ostlere for The Financial Times


It is not unusual for classical ballet and contemporary dance choreographers to aspire to musicals. Garth Fagan with The Lion King, Doug Varone with Triumph of Love, Christopher Wheeldon with Sweet Smell of Success and Mark Morris with The Capeman have made the crossover. And so did George Balanchine - memorably - with On Your Toes.

It is much less common for a choreographer from showbusiness to be invited into the studios of a classical ballet company - but if Balanchine took ballet to Broadway, Susan Stroman is bringing it back.

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Greetings...

Next week's casting has been posted, with updates to this week. Good and bad news....

Sylve is cast next week, so it appears that she will be back on stage. However, Taylor has been taken out of the new Stroman ballet (replaced by Bouder). Marcovici has also been taken out the ballet as being replaced by Seth Orza. Orza is also making his debut as Benno in Swan Lake next week.

The other changes to this week were to be expected. Sylve was taken out of her roles, and the casting for Harlequinade was changed, as the first cast did two performances last week, replacing the second cast over the weekend.

Still no sign of Robert Tewsley, and Damian Woetzel is absent from the casting next week. However, he is dancing this week, so he's probably busy with Stroman's ballet, and they also didn't need to do more than 2 casts of Swan Lake. Still, he did Donizetti Variations so beautifully last season, that one has to wonder why he's not being cast in it this year.

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Program and Casting Subject to Change
* First time in role
+ Guest Artist
# SAB Student

JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 1, 2004
TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 27 AT 7:30PM
Chopiniana: Students from the School of American Ballet [McDill]
Intermission
Prodigal Son: BOAL, KISTLER, FAYETTE, GOLBIN, ABERGEL, SUOZZI, HENDRICKSON
Intermission
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2: SOMOGYI, ASKEGARD, REICHLEN, TINSLEY, RUTHERFORD, J. STAFFORD. RAMASAR [Walters]

WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 28 AT 8:00PM [Kaplow]
Swan Lake:
   Odette/Odile: KOWROSKI
   Queen: ABERGEL
   Pas de 3: MANDRADJIEFF, FAIRCHILD
   Pas de 4: RINGER, van KIPNIS, TINSLEY*, NEAL
   Princesses: GOLBIN, HANSON, KÖRBES, BARAK*, KROHN, ARTHURS
   Vision: HANSON
   Siegfried: ASKEGARD
   von Rotbart: FAYETTE
   Jester: HENDRICKSON
   Benno: HANNA
   Hungarian: RUTHERFORD, FOWLER
   Russian: BORREE, HÜBBE
   Spanish: BESKOW, MULLER, SETH, J. STAFFORD
   Neapolitan: EDGE, GOLD

THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 29 AT 8:00PM [Quinn]
Swan Lake:
   Odette/Odile: SOMOGYI
   Queen: MULLER
   Pas de 3: TINSLEY, van KIPNIS
   Pas de 4: BORREE, RIGGINS, MANDRADJIEFF, MILLEPIED
   Princesses: GOLBIN, HANSON, HANKES, BARAK, KROHN, ARTHURS
   Vision: HANSON
   Siegfried: MARTINS
   von Rotbart: EVANS
   Jester: ULBRICHT
   Benno: ORZA*
   Hungarian: LOWERY*, la COUR
   Russian: ANSANELLI, FAYETTE
   Spanish: BESKOW, ABERGEL, SETH, J. STAFFORD
   Neapolitan: FAIRCHILD, CARMENA

FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 30 AT 8:00PM
Donizetti Variations: RINGER, NEAL
Intermission
Apollo: HÜBBE, KISTLER, SYLVE, WEESE
Intermission
Serenade: NICHOLS, BORREE, KOWROSKI, ASKEGARD, FAYETTE

SATURDAY MATINEE, JANUARY 31 AT 2:00PM [Kaplow]
Swan Lake:
   Odette/Odile: KOWROSKI
   Queen: ABERGEL
   Pas de 3: MANDRADJIEFF, FAIRCHILD
   Pas de 4: RINGER, van KIPNIS, TINSLEY, NEAL
   Princesses: GOLBIN, HANSON, KÖRBES, BARAK, KROHN, ARTHURS
   Vision: HANSON
   Siegfried: ASKEGARD
   von Rotbart: FAYETTE
   Jester: HENDRICKSON
   Benno: HANNA
   Hungarian: RUTHERFORD, FOWLER
   Russian: BORREE, HÜBBE
   Spanish: BESKOW, MULLER, SETH, J. STAFFORD
   Neapolitan: EDGE, GOLD

SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 31 AT 8:00PM
Donizetti Variations: RINGER, MILLEPIED*
Intermission
Scotch Symphony: NICHOLS, MARTINS, van KIPNIS
Intermission
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2: WEESE, NEAL, BOUDER, TINSLEY, RUTHERFORD, ORZA, VEYETTE [Walters]

SUNDAY MATINEE, FEBRUARY 1 AT 3:00PM [Quinn]
Swan Lake:
   Odette/Odile: SOMOGYI
   Queen: MULLER
   Pas de 3: TINSLEY, van KIPNIS
   Pas de 4: BORREE, RIGGINS, MANDRADJIEFF, MILLEPIED
   Princesses: GOLBIN, HANSON, HANKES, BARAK, KROHN, ARTHURS
   Vision: HANSON
   Siegfried: MARTINS
   von Rotbart: EVANS
   Jester: ULBRICHT
   Benno: ORZA
   Hungarian: LOWERY, la COUR
   Russian: ANSANELLI, FAYETTE
   Spanish: BESKOW, ABERGEL, SETH, J. STAFFORD
   Neapolitan: FAIRCHILD, CARMENA

JANUARY 20-25, 2004
TUESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 20 AT 7:30PM
Tschaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2: SOMOGYI*, ASKEGARD, REICHLEN, TINSLEY, RUTHERFORD, J. STAFFORD, RAMASAR
Intermission
Harlequinade:
   Colombine: BORREE*
   Pierrette: FAIRCHILD
   La Bonne Fée: REICHLEN*
   Lead Alouette: BOUDER
   Harlequin: HÜBBE*
   Pierrot: DE LUZ
   Léandre: DAN-WARING
   Cassandre: KRAMAREVSKY

WEDNESDAY EVENING, JANUARY 21 AT 8:00PM
Chopiniana: Students from the School of American Ballet
Intermission
Harlequinade:
   Colombine: BORREE
   Pierrette: EDGE
   La Bonne Fée: REICHLEN
   Lead Alouette: TINSLEY
   Harlequin: HÜBBE
   Pierrot: GOLD
   Léandre: DAN-WARING
   Cassandre: KRAMAREVSKY

THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 22 AT 8:00PM
Apollo: HÜBBE, BORREE, SOMOGYI, RUTHERFORD
Intermission
Serenade: NICHOLS, NEAL, SOMOGYI, KOWROSKI, FAYETTE
Intermission
Prodigal Son: BOAL, KISTLER, FAYETTE, GOLBIN, ABERGEL, SUOZZI*, HENDRICKSON*

FRIDAY EVENING, JANUARY 23 AT 8:00PM [Quinn]
Double Feature*:
The Blue Necklace*:
   Dorothy Brooks: KOWROSKI*
   Mrs. Griffith: NICHOLS*
   Mr. Griffith: FOWLER*
   Billy Randolph: WOETZEL*
   Mabel: BOUDER*
   Florence: FAIRCHILD*
Intermission
Making' Whoopee*:
   Anne Windsor: ANSANELLI*
   Joe Doherty: EVANS*
   Garrison: HIGGINS*
   Jimmie Shannon: GOLD*
   Edward Meekin: ORZA*

SATURDAY MATINEE, JANUARY 24 AT 2:00PM [Quinn]
Double Feature:
The Blue Necklace:
   Dorothy Brooks: KOWROSKI
   Mrs. Griffith: NICHOLS
   Mr. Griffith: FOWLER
   Billy Randolph: WOETZEL
   Mabel: BOUDER
   Florence: FAIRCHILD
Intermission
Making' Whoopee:
   Anne Windsor: ANSANELLI
   Joe Doherty: EVANS
   Garrison: HIGGINS
   Jimmie Shannon: GOLD
   Edward Meekin: ORZA

SATURDAY EVENING, JANUARY 24 AT 8:00PM [Quinn]
Double Feature:
The Blue Necklace:
   Dorothy Brooks: KOWROSKI
   Mrs. Griffith: NICHOLS
   Mr. Griffith: FOWLER
   Billy Randolph: WOETZEL
   Mabel: BOUDER
   Florence: FAIRCHILD
Intermission
Making' Whoopee:
   Anne Windsor: ANSANELLI
   Joe Doherty: EVANS
   Garrison: HIGGINS
   Jimmie Shannon: GOLD
   Edward Meekin: ORZA

SUNDAY MATINEE, JANUARY 25 AT 3:00PM [Quinn]
Double Feature:
The Blue Necklace:
   Dorothy Brooks: KOWROSKI
   Mrs. Griffith: NICHOLS
   Mr. Griffith: FOWLER
   Billy Randolph: WOETZEL
   Mabel: BOUDER
   Florence: FAIRCHILD
Intermission
Making' Whoopee:
   Anne Windsor: ANSANELLI
   Joe Doherty: EVANS
   Garrison: HIGGINS
   Jimmie Shannon: GOLD
   Edward Meekin: ORZA


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A Tchaikovsky of Contrasts and Momentum

By JACK ANDERSON
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January 30, 2004

George Balanchine's "Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 2" is a dazzling and demanding creation. It appeared rather pallid when the New York City Ballet offered it earlier this season at the New York State Theater.
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Greetings!
Things should be sorted out soon, but please post on this thread for matters & reviews pertaining to the winter season. Posts about the DC tour and the spring season should go in the other NYCB thread!!

Musings at the half-way point of the winter season...

NYCB seems to be slowly recovering from the rash of injuries and illnesses that struck in January. Weese and Ansanelli are back in casting, but the best news, along these lines is the casting of Robert Tewsley in Jewels next week! This will be his first appearance this year, and it's a role that suits his elegance and polished style.
One question mark does seem to Benjamin Millepied, though his absence from Donizetti Variations and Coppelia may well be due to the need to rest him for the marathon two weeks of Sleeping Beauty.

Looking ahead, next week brings with it four performances of Coppelia. Damian Woetzel will be dancing opposite Jennifer Ringer, and for the last two performances, Megan Fairchild will be making her NYS Theater debut as Swanhilda opposite Joaquin de Luz in his debut as Franz.

I think that de Luz has been one of the success stories of this season so far. Just two months into his first NYS Theater season, he's already danced several major roles including Oberon (A Midsummer Night's Dream), the Cavalier (Nutcracker), and Pierrot (Harlequinade) and will be dancing Franz (Coppelia) next week.

It's wonderful that de Luz is being given the opportunity to perform principal roles like Oberon and Franz, as these are the roles he was not getting cast in when was with ABT. It was not for lack of talent, but a combination of too much male talent at ABT, and the casting demands of seasons dominated by full length ballets.

At NYCB, huge number and variety of ballets make it mcuh easier to cast dancers like de Luz in many roles that highlight the full range of his abilities. It also helps that NYCB has several up and coming shorter ballerinas who are well matched with de Luz.

With time, he should learn even more of the repertory, and be even more of a presence on the NYS Theater stage. I look forward to seeing him dance during the Spring Season.

Cheers!
Kate


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