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Congratulations to the newest members of the NYCB corps:

Devin Alberda
Ralph Ippolito
Mary Elisabeth Sell
Andrew Scordato

Alberda and Ippolito were named apprentices in 2005. Sell danced in the 2004 and 2005 workshops, but to my knowledge was not an apprentice.

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Sid Smith has a lengthy and very interesting preview of NYCB's first appearance in Chicago since 1980 in the Chicago Tribune:

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Hedy Weiss previews the Chicago programs in the Chicago Sun-Times:

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Press reviews from Chicago for NYCB's first program on the Chicago tour (Serenade, Concerto Barocco, Duo Concertant, Symphony in C).

Sid Smith in the Chicago Tribune:

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Hedy Weiss in the Chicago Sun-Times:

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http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/02/arts/02arts.html

The NY Times reports that Christopher Wheeldon will probably not continue as resident choreographer of the NYCB after his current contract expires.


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Casting is up for the first week of the season:

New York City Ballet
Principal Casting

November 21 - 26, 2006

Tue. Eve., Nov. 21, 2006 at 7:30 pm OPENING NIGHT GALA [KAPLOW]
Carousel (A Dance): *MORGAN, *VEYETTE
Slice To Sharp (excerpt): SCHELLER, WHELAN, KOWROSKI, SYLVE, DE LUZ, LIANG, HALL, RAMASAR Delmoni, Nikkanen
"Purple" (from Ecstatic Orange ): *TAYLOR, *MARCOVICI
Friandises: PECK, ULBRICHT
Walpurgisnacht Ballet (excerpt): NICHOLS, NEAL, A. STAFFORD
*Middle Duet: *KOWROSKI, *EVANS
N.Y. EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ (excerpt): BAR, PAZCOGUIN, KROHN, LARACEY, RUTHERFORD, LOWERY, HENDRICKSON, DANCHIG-WARING, RAMASAR, SUOZZI, VEYETTE, HALL
Stars and Stripes (excerpt): BOUDER, WOETZEL, HYLTIN, *REICHLEN, HENDRICKSON

Fri. Eve., Nov, 24, 2006 at 8 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM [KAPLOW] Sugarplum: WHELAN Cavalier: HÜBBE Dewdrop: SYLVE Drosselmeier: +LA FOSSE Hot Chocolate: BAR, VEYETTE Coffee: REICHLEN Tea: ULBRICHT Candy Cane: GOLD Marzipan: HYLTIN


Sat. Mat., Nov. 25, 2006 at 2 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM [FLETCHER]+ Sugarplum: WEESE Cavalier: MARCOVICI Dewdrop: PECK Drosselmeier: HENDRICKSON Hot Chocolate: BARAK, RAMASAR Coffee: KROHN Tea: CARMENA Candy Cane: SUOZZI Marzipan: PECK

Sat. Eve., Nov. 25, 2006 at 8 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM[KAPLOW] Sugarplum: KOWROSKI Cavalier: ASKEGARD Dewdrop: FAIRCHILD Drosselmeier: +KRAMAREVSKY Hot Chocolate: *LOWERY, J. STAFFORD Coffee: ARTHURS Tea: HENDRICKSON Candy Cane: HALL Marzipan: SCHELLER


Sun. Mat., Nov. 26, 2006 at 1 pm

George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM[FLETCHER]+
Sugarplum: WHELAN Cavalier: HÜBBE Dewdrop: SYLVE Drosselmeier: +LA FOSSE Hot Chocolate: BAR, VEYETTE Coffee: REICHLEN Tea: ULBRICHT Candy Cane: GOLD Marzipan: HYLTIN


Sun. Eve., Nov. 26, 2006 at 5 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM[FLETCHER]+ Sugarplum: WEESE Cavalier: MARCOVICI Dewdrop: BOUDER Drosselmeier: HENDRICKSON Hot Chocolate: BARAK, RAMASAR Coffee: KROHN Tea: CARMENA Candy Cane: SUOZZI Marzipan: PECK

*Debut, +Guest Current as of ...November 10, 2006

As a note, the 'Morgan' in Carousel is Kathryn Morgan, one of the current apprentices. It's interesting to see the newest casting for this ballet. The male principal role has been danced by Damian Woetzel, who somewhat surprisingly given that he's finishing off his MPA this semester, is dancing in "Stars & Stripes" and Benjamin Millpied, who is probably still recovering from a foot injury sustained late in the summer months. The female role, I believe was created on Alexandra Ansanelli, now with the Royal Ballet, but I can't remember who else has danced it.


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There will be a number of seminars during the season:

Seminars take place at:

New York State Theater
W. 63rd St. & Columbus Ave.
New York, NY

General Admission: $5
Donors: By Invitation


Mon. eve. Dec. 4, 2006 at 6 pm
Topic: A Tribute To Melissa Hayden - a panel discussion led by her frequent partner, Jacques d'Amboise, will focus on Melissa Hayden's powerful technique and expressiveness, qualities that left a lasting impression with audiences and critics. Members of the panel include: Francis Mason, Suki Schorer, Gillian Murphy and Megan LeCrone. Film clips will also be shown.

Mon. eve. Jan 22, 2007 at 6 pm
Topic: The New Beauties - This panel discussion will explore the challenges of taking on one of the most famous and significant ballerina roles in the classical ballet tradition for the first time. How does a ballerina prepare and approach the rehearsal process: learning the steps, forming a character, and working with a partner to sustain a full-length ballet.

Mon. eve. February 19, 2007 at 6 pm
Topic: Christopher Wheeldon Interviews Bright Sheng- Our resident choreographer and composer in residence discuss the collaboration between choreographer and composer when preparing a new ballet. Do they work alone or together? How is a theme chosen and how do the music and the dancing evolve?


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Peter Martins will be creating a full length Romeo & Juliet for the company according to the NY Times:

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City Ballet Plans New ‘Romeo and Juliet’

The New York City Ballet is more often identified with Balanchine’s neo-Classical, plotless ballets in streamlined practice clothes than with narrative, full-evening works. But the company is to announce today that a full-length “Romeo and Juliet,” choreographed to Prokofiev’s score by Peter Martins, right, the company’s artistic director, will feature prominently in the 2007 spring season. “Romeo and Juliet,” which will be Mr. Martin’s first full evening of original choreography, will have its premiere at City Ballet’s Spring Gala on May 4, becoming the ninth full-length work to enter the company’s repertory. ROSLYN SULCAS


http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/17/arts/17arts.html


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An article on principal dancer Albert Evans in Sunday's NY Times:

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/11/19/arts/ ... 9laro.html


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Reviews of the Fall Gala:

AP Review:
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Review: Backstories add to ballet event

By JOCELYN NOVECK, Associated Press Writer Wed Nov 22, 4:51 PM ET

NEW YORK - There were enough intriguing backstories to New York City Ballet's winter gala performance to keep ballet buffs buzzing all evening.
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Tuesday's packed program — eight segments on the bill — featured one beloved ballerina soon to retire, one who's such a beginner she hasn't even made the company yet, and a third who's been injured for two years making a much-awaited comeback.


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Some Little Bits of Ballet Help a Company Start Its Busy Fall Season

By JOHN ROCKWELL
Published: November 23, 2006

Ballet gala programs are often stitched-together snippets, but the New York City Ballet’s fall gala on Tuesday night at the New York State Theater — formally inaugurating its spate of “Nutcrackers” and then its regular winter season — seemed more snippety than most. Eight bits of ballet comfortably fit into a two-hour span, even with a generous intermission.

Still, there were rewards to be had in both choreography and dancing. Choreographically, the news of the night was the American premiere of the short but pungent “Middle Duet,” by Alexei Ratmansky. With Christopher Wheeldon departing in 2008 from his post as the company’s choreographer in residence, Mr. Ratmansky, and to a lesser extent Jorma Elo, have emerged as Peter Martins’s favored choreographers — aside, to be sure, from Mr. Martins.


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Week 2 casting:

New York City Ballet
Principal Casting

November 29 -December 3, 2006

Wed. Eve. Nov. 29, 2006 at 6 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM [KAPLOW] Sugarplum: SYLVE Cavalier: ASKEGARD Dewdrop: BOUDER Drosselmeier: +KRAMAREVSKY Hot Chocolate: LOWERY, J. STAFFORD Coffee: REICHLEN Tea: CARMENA Candy Cane: ULBRICHT Marzipan: HYLTIN

Thur. Eve. Nov. 30, 2006 at 6 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM [DELMONI] Sugarplum: RINGER Cavalier: NEAL Dewdrop: KOWROSKI Drosselmeier: HENDRICKSON Hot Chocolate:BARAK, RAMASAR Coffee: BAR Tea: HALL Candy Cane: GOLD Marzipan: SCHELLER

Fri. Eve., Dec. 1, 2006 at 8 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM [DELMONI] Sugarplum: SOMOGYI Cavalier: MARTINS Dewdrop: WEESE Drosselmeier: +LA FOSSE Hot Chocolate: MULLER, ORZA Coffee: KROHN Tea: HENDRICKSON Candy Cane: SUOZZI Marzipan: DRONOVA


Sat. Mat., Dec. 2, 2006 at 2 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM [DELMONI] Sugarplum: BORREE Cavalier: J. ANGLE Dewdrop: SCHELLER Drosselmeier: HENDRICKSON Hot Chocolate: BAR, VEYETTE Coffee: BARAK Tea: LAURENT Candy Cane: SEVERINI Marzipan: RIGGINS

Sat. Eve., Dec. 2, 2006 at 8 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM[SILL]+ Sugarplum: WHELAN Cavalier: HÜBBE Dewdrop: PECK Drosselmeier: +KRAMAREVSKY Hot Chocolate: LOWERY, DANCHIG-WARING Coffee: ARTHURS Tea: PARADISO Candy Cane: GOLD Marzipan: DRONOVA


Sun. Mat., Dec. 3, 2006 at 1 pm

George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM[KAPLOW]
Sugarplum: REICHLEN Cavalier: HANNA Dewdrop: SCHELLER Drosselmeier: +LA FOSSE Hot Chocolate: BARAK, RAMASAR Coffee: TBA Tea: VILLALOBOS Candy Cane: HENDRICKSON Marzipan: PECK


Sun. Eve., Dec. 3, 2006 at 5 pm
George Balanchine's The NutcrackerTM[SILL]+ Sugarplum: WEESE Cavalier: MARCOVICI Dewdrop: KOWROSKI Drosselmeier: +KRAMAREVSKY Hot Chocolate: MULLER, ORZA Coffee: LOWERY Tea: CARMENA Candy Cane: SUOZZI Marzipan: RIGGINS

*Debut, +Guest Current as of ...November 17, 2006


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The press release on 'Romeo and Juliet'.

For Immediate Release - Friday, November 17, 2006
New York City Ballet To Present The World Premiere Of A Full-Length Production Of Romeo and Juliet
Choreographed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, the Production Will Feature Dancers, Students, and Faculty from New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet as Part of NYCB’s Centennial Tribute to Lincoln Kirstein, Co-Founder of Both Organizations

For the 2007 Spring Season, New York City Ballet will present the world premiere of a new full-length production of Romeo and Juliet, choreographed by NYCB Ballet Master in Chief Peter Martins, and set to Sergei Prokofiev’s classic score. The production, only the ninth full-length work to enter the Company’s repertory, will premiere at NYCB’s annual Spring Gala on Tuesday, May 1, with a total of 14 performances through Sunday, May 12.

The ballet will be the centerpiece of NYCB’s spring season celebration of the centennial of Lincoln Kirstein’s birth. Kirstein, who was born on May 4, 1907, co-founded NYCB and the School of American Ballet with George Balanchine. For this production Mr. Martins will feature not only the dancers of NYCB, but also students and faculty from SAB.

“While Lincoln was a towering figure in a number of cultural arenas, the organizations that were nearest and dearest to him were New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet, so it seemed only fitting to honor his centennial with a production that unites and celebrates both of these organizations,” said Mr. Martins.

“It was also Lincoln who encouraged me to create The Sleeping Beauty in 1991, and knowing how much that production meant to him, I hope he would have been equally pleased with the addition of this timeless story, and Prokofiev’s glorious score, to our repertory,” Mr. Martins added.

Mr. Martins’ production of Romeo and Juliet is the second Shakespearean classic to be made into a full-length ballet for New York City Ballet, the first, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, was created by George Balanchine in 1962.

The sets and costumes for Romeo and Juliet will be created by Danish painter Per Kirkeby, who previously collaborated with Mr. Martins on the 1996 production of Swan Lake for the Royal Danish Ballet, which entered NYCB’s repertory in 1999.

Born in Copenhagen, Mr. Kirkeby is a painter, geologist, writer, poet, sculptor, filmmaker, and scenic designer. His works have been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Michael Werner Gallery in New York City; the Tate Gallery and Barbican Art Gallery in London; The Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Copenhagen; and the Venice Biennale, among others. His works also figure prominently in numerous private collections throughout the world.

While Romeo and Juliet will be only the ninth full-length ballet to be performed by New York City Ballet, best known for its neoclassical plotless works, the Company’s diverse repertory is also home a number of story ballets, both full-length and one-act, most notably George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker™, a beloved classic which has become a staple of the holiday season since its premiere in 1954.

Lincoln Kirstein (May 4, 1907 – January 5, 1996) was born in Rochester, New York, and is widely acknowledged as one of the most important cultural figures of the 20th century. George Balanchine’s arrival in America in 1933 was made possible through Kirstein’s efforts, and together the two men founded the School of American Ballet (1934) and New York City Ballet (1948). Kirstein was also a writer, impresario, and art connoisseur, and the English dance critic Clement Crisp has written that he “was one of those rare talents who touch the entire artistic life of their time.”

New York City Ballet will celebrate Kirstein throughout the 2007 Spring Season with performances, an exhibition at the New York State Theater, and two Monday evening seminars focusing on his life and work.

New York City Ballet’s 2007 Spring Season will open on Tuesday, April 29, and continue for nine weeks through Sunday, June 29. Complete programming for the season will be announced at a later date. Subscription tickets for the 2007 Spring Season will go on sale in mid January.

Support for Peter Martins’ new production of Romeo and Juliet will come from a variety of sources. Funding to date includes a lead gift from Mr. and Mrs. Howard Solomon and a major commitment from Mr. and Mrs. Stephen A. Schwarzman. New York City Ballet is grateful for their generosity.

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

Support for new work is also provided by The Irene Diamond Fund, the Lila Acheson and DeWitt Wallace Endowment Fund, and NYCB’s New Combinations Fund patrons.


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Dancing With the Real Stars
Balanchine's company shows its versatility in winter season opener
by DEBORAH JOWITT for the Village Voice
published: November 28, 2006

This fall, the emphasis is also on the upbeat; the second half of the evening opens with Balanchine's Walpurgisnacht Ballet and closes with the finale of his Stars and Stripes.

In this Witch's Sabbath, set to Gounod's music, the wildness comes mostly from the flying hair of the very pretty sorceresses of the corps de ballet as they leap about. And the marvelous Kyra Nichols and her partner, Philip Neal, imbue the pas de deux with sweet nobility.
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The NY Time profiles two of the new apprentices, Kathryn Morgan and David Prottas:

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The ‘Nutcracker’ Test and Other Apprentice Trials
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By CLAUDIA LA ROCCO
Published: December 3, 2006

THE compact one-bedroom apartment that Kathryn Morgan shares with her mother floats 23 floors above Manhattan, overlooking a panorama of high-rises and the Hudson. One spot, almost directly below, dominates: Lincoln Center, the 18-year-old Ms. Morgan’s focus for about as long as she can remember. Even for aspiring ballerinas New York real estate is all about location.

Around the corner David Prottas’s dorm room faces 66th Street. The view isn’t as grand, but his position is just as enviable as Ms. Morgan’s: in June, after starring in the School of American Ballet’s annual workshop performances, they and five other students were offered apprenticeships with the New York City Ballet.



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One, I'm not positive, but I think Ansanelli is not the only one to have danced the lead in "Carousel". I thought I've seen perhaps Ashley Bouder or Megan Fairchild do it with Benjamin Millepied. But perhaps I'm thinking of another ballet.

Also, I find it a more than a bit worrying that Prottas was apparently dancing on a stress fracture. Now perhaps there are stress fractures that are in locations which won't be worsened by dancing, but I would think that it would be in the far better interest of student dancers NOT to be dancing when so injured, and that the SAB staff should make that decision for them. If they're good enough to make apprentice, it should be obvious before the workshop and they're of much more use to the company fully healthy than hobbling around.


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The ‘Nutcracker’ Test and Other Apprentice Trials
by CLAUDIA LA ROCCO for the New York Times
published: December 3, 2006

For the demure Ms. Morgan it has always been ballet, and only ballet. She sobbed when her mother, Sheila, made her try soccer in Mobile, Ala., her home until she entered the School of American Ballet full time at 16. (Her father, an endodontist, remains in Mobile.) At 9, on a trip to New York, she saw City Ballet perform “The Nutcracker” and announced she would one day join the company. She hopes to retire on the stage of the State Theater.

Before retirement, of course, comes the debut, usually in the company’s annual “Nutcracker” marathon, 46 performances traditionally beginning the day after Thanksgiving. For these dancers, apprenticeship is the first step toward fulfillment of their (short) lifetimes’ worth of labor and love.
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