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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 9:30 am 
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From the Albany Times Union, a review of Tuesday's performance.
Two nitpicky comments..this is the second time Mr. Dalton has referred to Ask laCour as "a new member of the corps". In fact, laCour has been with the company for over a year & a half now and he performed at Saratoga last year!
And 'Shambards" is not a "homage to the British Isles...it directly refers to Scotland!! One wonders if the company did not hand out press material for "Shambards" in Saratoga".

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'Shambards' weaves wistful spell at SPAC

By JOSEPH DALTON, Staff writer
Wednesday, July 14, 2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- As ballet master in chief of New York City Ballet, Peter Martins regularly comes in for criticism for all manner of things. But the wisdom of his decision to grab on to choreographer Christopher Wheeldon, the company's talented young resident choreographer, shows itself with each passing season.
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2004 11:56 pm 
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The final weeks' casting, with some exciting debuts....
Sylve & Hanna and Millepied (with Ansanelli) will all be making their debuts in the lead roles of "Stars & Stripes". (Obviously Woetzel is still out, either with the appendicitis or NYSSSA responsibilities). Amar Ramasar is finally getting to step into "Fancy Free" - I saw him dance an excerpt from the ballet two years ago at the Guild Luncheon. Also, Sean Orza & Ashley Laracey ares debuting in "Interplay", though I thought Orza had done the role before.

Also, I suspect for the Saturday matinee that the third name should be Higgins, not Riggins since there are three men & three women (plus the bartender who is listed last).

NEW YORK CITY BALLET - SARATOGA

JULY 20-24, 2004
TUESDAY EVENING, JULY 20 AT 8:15PM
Who Cares?: MARTINS, WEESE, SYLVE, BOUDER [Walters]
Intermission
Eros Piano: ANSANELLI, TAYLOR*, HÜBBE [Moredock]
Pause
Tarantella: FAIRCHILD, DE LUZ [McDill]
Intermission
I'm Old Fashioned: RUTHERFORD, KOWROSKI, RINGER, HIGGINS, J. ANGLE, HÜBBE

WEDNESDAY EVENING, JULY 21 AT 8:15PM
Divertimento No. 15: A. STAFFORD, BORREE, RUTHERFORD, TINSLEY, ANSANELLI, MARTINS, J. ANGLE, HIGGINS
Intermission
Interplay: RICARD, MANDRADJIEFF, LARACEY*, RIGGINS, ORZA*, HENDRICKSON, J. STAFFORD, ULBRICHT [Chelton]
Intermission
Musagète: WHELAN, ANSANELLI, KOWROSKI, TEWSLEY, HANNA, MARTINS, MILLEPIED [Chelton, Delmoni, Wolfgang]

THURSDAY MATINEE, JULY 22 at 2:00PM
Interplay: RICARD, MANDRADJIEFF, LARACEY, RIGGINS, ORZA, HENDRICKSON, J. STAFFORD, ULBRICHT [Chelton]
Intermission
Fancy Free: MILLEPIED, DE LUZ, HIGGINS, EDGE, RINGER, KROHN, VEYETTE [Grant]
Intermission
Stars and Stripes: SYLVE*, HANNA*, BOUDER, BAR, GOLD

THURSDAY EVENING, JULY 22 at 8:15PM
Who Cares?: MARTINS, WEESE, RIGGINS, BOUDER [Walters]
Intermission
Eros Piano: ANSANELLI, TAYLOR, HÜBBE [Moredock]
Pause
Tarantella: FAIRCHILD, ULBRICHT [McDill]
Intermission
I'm Old Fashioned: RUTHERFORD, KÖRBES, RINGER, HIGGINS, J. ANGLE, HÜBBE

FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 23 AT 8:15PM
The Four Temperaments: LARACEY, J. STAFFORD, HANKES, RAMASAR, HANSON, FOWLER, SUOZZI, SYLVE, HANNA, EVANS, REICHLEN [Moverman]
Intermission
Fancy Free: RAMASAR*, ULBRICHT, ORZA, HANKES, RUTHERFORD, KROHN, VEYETTE
Intermission
Musagète: WHELAN, ANSANELLI, KOWROSKI, TEWSLEY, HANNA, MARTINS, MILLEPIED [Chelton, Delmoni, Wolfgang]

SATURDAY MATINEE, JULY 24 AT 2:00PM [Kaplow]
Fancy Free: MILLEPIED, DE LUZ, RIGGINS, EDGE, RINGER, KROHN, VEYETTE
Intermission
Eros Piano: ANSANELLI, TAYLOR, HÜBBE [Moredock]
Pause
Tarantella: BOUDER, ULBRICHT [McDill]
Intermission
Stars and Stripes: SYLVE, HANNA, TINSLEY, HANSON, GOLD

SATURDAY EVENING, JULY 24 AT 8:15PM
Who Cares?: MARTINS, WEESE, SYLVE, BOUDER [Walters]
Intermission
I'm Old Fashioned: RUTHERFORD, KOWROSKI, RINGER, HIGGINS, J. ANGLE, HÜBBE
Intermission
Stars and Stripes: ANSANELLI, MILLEPIED*, TINSLEY, BAR, HENDRICKSON


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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Thu Jul 15, 2004 11:18 am 
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Reviews of the second week...

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'Shambards' emerges from the gloom

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/15/2004

New York City Ballet's Jock Soto and Miranda Weese danced a gloomy central duet in a dark forest Tuesday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. They appeared in Christopher Wheeldon's 'Shambards,' the first of this season's three SPAC premieres.
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Dancers and set shine in 'Jewels'

By JOSEPH DALTON, Staff writer
Albany Times Union
Thursday, July 15, 2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- There's a leisurely beauty to "Jewels," the three-act storyless ballet by George Balanchine, which was performed on Wednesday evening by New York City Ballet, in the middle of its second week at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. It's a sure crowd pleaser that includes a new set by Peter Harvey.
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Fri Jul 16, 2004 11:52 am 
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'Jewels' more dazzling than ever

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/16/2004

'Jewels' is back, more dazzling than ever. The original costumes by Karinska now gleam with added brightness. New backdrops and decor by Peter Harvey, boldly lit by Mark Stanley, create a sense of place, so the ballet is grounded -- but, in a dream landscape that is, by turns, the essence of Paris, New York City and St. Petersburg.
New York City Ballet danced Balanchine's famous three-part work Wednesday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, placing 'Jewels,' rightly at the crowning point of NYCB's three-week season, here.
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2004 10:53 am 
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From the Saratogian,

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Saratogian - 11 hours, 22 minutes ago
Tim Hangarter, executive pastry chef at Mrs. London's, puts the finishing touches on the cake honoring the 100th birthday of George Balanchine, one of the founders and founding choreographers of the New York City Ballet.
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 5:21 am 
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SPAC making progress, but must do more to save the ballet

MAE BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/18/2004

"Where are the audiences of yesteryear?" This is the question SPAC's management has posed regarding attendance at New York City Ballet.
Well, some are dead. Some are living in Tempe, Ariz., or Boca Raton. Some are away in graduate school.
And, some are languishing at home because no one bothered to cultivate them over the last 20 years, or because they've been made to feel unwelcome at the gates of SPAC.
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 5:39 am 
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Gala crowd for an uneven eve

By JOSEPH DALTON, Staff writer
Albany Times-Union
Sunday, July 18, 2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- A gala audience turned out for the gala Saturday night. Many of them also took time from the party to see the ballet.

New York City Ballet's program at Saratoga Performing Arts Center featured major works of George Balanchine and Peter Martins from the company's repertoire, and a new piece choreographed by Boris Eifman.
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From the Albany Times,

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Boosting ballet
SPAC needs to get much more creative if it wants to build long-lasting support for the ballet

By JOSEPH DALTON, Staff writer
First published: Sunday, July 18, 2004

Two weeks through the New York City Ballet season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the memory of a disheartening opening night lingers.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 18, 2004 10:02 am 
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From the New York Times,

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You're Hired
By GIA KOURLAS

Published: July 18, 2004

TWO teenagers emerged as stars at the recent showcase at the School of American Ballet. Onstage they couldn't have less in common. At 17, Kaitlyn Gilliland, a tall, blond Minnesotan, is heartbreakingly beautiful and enviably willowy — there's nothing mysterious about her ballerina quality. Tiler Peck, who is 15, is more of an anomaly for the school, the institution established by George Balanchine and Lincoln Kirstein as a training pool for New York City Ballet. Armed with dimples, boundless adrenaline and exceptional technique, she is the wild child to Ms. Gilliland's glamour girl.
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
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The Saratogian reports on the Gala festivities and dancing...

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NYCB Review: Fans give Jock Soto an emotional farewell at gala performance

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/20/2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The gala performance by the New York City Ballet on Saturday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center was a night to remember.
Jock Soto, with the company since 1981 and a principal dancer since 1985, made his last Saratoga appearance in 'Barber Violin Concerto,' partnering Ashley Bouder as the barefoot modern dancer and Darci Kistler as the unattainable ballerina. This was interesting casting, because Bouder, who joined NYCB in 2000, was recently made soloist, while Kistler, a frequent Soto partner, is a senior principal.
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Ballet Gala sparkles at SPAC

JEANNETTE JORDAN , The Saratogian
07/20/2004

If Saturday night was any indication that the New York City Ballet should be around for years to come, then it will be. I know I'm being optimistic, but also realistic.
The black-tie Ballet Gala in the Hall of Springs -- and the lawn party filled with revelers -- has always been one of the most sought-after well-attended events.
Presented by the SPAC Action Council, the gala also included a magnificent ballet performance in the Saratoga Performing Arts Center amphitheater.
The dinner guests gathered outside on the hall's atrium for champagne, cocktails, crudités and passed hot hors d'oeuvres
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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 10:43 am 
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Ballet offers American delights

By JOSEPH DALTON, Staff writer
Albany Times Union
Wednesday, July 21, 2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- The crowds are definitely growing for the New York City Ballet in the final week of this year's season at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. But as of Monday morning, SPAC had sold just 2,000 more tickets than last year. That's a far cry from their stated goal for this year and next of an increase of 20,000 additional tickets. To get there, it will have to be an extraordinarily good week.
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Ah..the good old days of summer. There may be advantages to being in Edinburgh, but I do miss Saratoga evenings. You can arrive well before the performance and catch the dancers warming up on stage and hanging out by the stage door. No NYC formalities there...

It's pleasing to hear that Joaquin deLuz is finding success with NYCB. After basically stagnating in the same roles, year after year at ABT, he's debuted in a whole series of ballets this winter and spring - from 'Coppelia' to 'Tarantella'.
When I saw his debut in "Tarantella", it reinforced my worries about his forcing everything - pushing everything to the max all the time, instead of modulating the dancing to fit the music, the choreography and the mood. However his second performance was much better - more relaxed, but yet more exciting. And from this description in this review, it sounds like he continues to entertain in this ballet!

As to the amplification...well, at Saratoga you probably have to amplify more than usual so the sound travels all the way back to the lawn. Then again, there was the disaster of "Harmoneliehre" years ago - the pouring rain during the performance shorted out some of the wiring, causing the amplification system to feed back several times in such a way to cause very loud, painfully screeching noise. It was so bad that the oboeist (or bassonist?) who must have been close to the faulty speaker, got up and left.

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 Post subject: Re: New York City Ballet - Saratoga 2004 and 2005
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2004 2:20 pm 
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Last week of ballet begins with crowd-pleasers

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/22/2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS -- New York City Ballet opened their last week Tuesday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center with a program of easy winners. Every dance was a crowd-pleaser.
Billed as a tribute to American composers, the easy-to-get evening led off with Balanchine's 'Who Cares?' (1970) set to a sheaf of jazz-age Gershwin tunes. Nilas Martins was a Big Apple Apollo who partnered three bright muses: Miranda Weese in shell pink, was his true love; Sofiane Sylve in blue was the pert girl next door; and red-haired Ashley Bouder in wine was the woman you'd like to seduce.
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Alexandra Ansanelli might have been a soccer star:

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Soccer standout becomes NYCB star

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/23/2004

Alexandra Ansanelli might have been the next Mia Hamm. Instead, the soccer wunderkind, invited to join a traveling team at age 10, switched to ballet, just to see if she might like it.
What followed was auditions and scholarships to New York City Ballet's Manhattan-based School of American Ballet, and to top schools with Houston, San Francisco and Pacific Northwest Ballet in Seattle.
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Review of Interplay:

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'Interplay' dazzles with speedy, athletic dances

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
July 23, 2004

My 7-year-old granddaughter says, 'I like fast dancing,' so I know she'll get a kick out of Jerome Robbins' 'Interplay,' a field day of a dance for eight young sparkplugs in brightly colored tee shirts and gym dresses designed by Santo Loquasto, no less.
'Interplay' woke up the audience with Robbins' theatrical punch Wednesday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, where it was the exuberant high point of New York City Ballet's varied program.
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Final reviews of the season...

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'Fancy Free' leaves audience thirsting for more Robbins

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/27/2004

SARATOGA SPRINGS --Three sailors on shore leave discover New York City in Jerome Robbins' 'Fancy Free,' (1944), the first ballet Robbins ever made. This story ballet is packed with innocence and exuberance, humor and some knockout dancing. And, though our world has darkened since the days of 'The Greatest Generation,' Robbins' choreography and Leonard Bernstein's music still make us happy.
New York City Ballet danced Robbins' Broadway-style adventure with zing Friday night at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
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Ballet finishes SPAC season with brass

MAE G. BANNER , For The Saratogian
07/27/2004

Saturday night at the SPAC amphitheater was like a Boston Pops Fourth of July concert. There was plenty of brass, eye-popping color and a crowd of more than 3,000 that filled the amphitheater and the lawn.
But the fireworks were in the dancing.
The New York City Ballet danced one hit after another, crowning the evening with a rip-roaring 'Stars and Stripes,' (1958) set to the marches of John Philip Sousa, adapted and orchestrated by Hershy Kay. NYCB's British-born music director, Andrea Quinn, conducted the NYCB Orchestra with high spirit and, yes, the audience couldn't resist clapping the beat in the grand finale.
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