The daily chore of downloading and clipping coupons off the AARP website would feel less burdensome and depressing if occasionally a coupon from New York City Ballet would pop up under Today’s Hot Deals – just a little ray of hope and light in an otherwise dismal senior citizen existence would mean so much. But woe, we are forgotten.
Payless knows that senior citizens need shoes. Outback knows that many of us can still chew steak. Abington Theatre knows that we can clap our hands. Even GAP recognizes that seniors still want to wear khakis. They all participate in the AARP’s coupon program. NYCB should give it a try, too.
Why this little cry at this time? Here we are one month out from the start of NYCB’s fall season and more than a few of The Most Faithful have not yet received their 4th Ring Society/Society NYCB membership renewals. Who needs this kind of stress when you’re already hanging on by bare threads? The good news is that members can renew over the phone by calling the NYCB box office at 212-496-0600 and begin buying tickets around Labor Day.
Let’s go let’s go let’s go.
The Royal Winnipeg Ballet will bring its acclaimed production of Dracula to the Lehman Center for the Performing Arts in the Bronx on Sunday November 13th. As usual, the Lehman Center puts its tickets on TDF very early; right now, they are posted for $21 and $12. This is a production that has stood the test of time in Canada (and on tour in the U.S) with many repeated performances since its 1998 premiere in Manitoba. The choreography by Mark Godden is mostly based on Bram Stoker's novel (as opposed to the horror in many movies or TV depictions) and is set to music from Gustav Mahler's first two symphonies.
Also, that singular body of dual identity, the Russian National Ballet and Moscow Festival Ballet will present two programs at Lehman this season. These dancers are always very good, are from top-of-the-line Russian and Eastern European schools, and the ladies always embody the classical aesthetic without straining. Sergei and Elena Radchenko, formerly of the Bolshoi, direct the companies.
Here's a brief but brightly written article in the September issue of Houstonia Magazine about our own Jared Matthews. It seems that he's the only Houston-born principal dancer at Houston Ballet. You know, the company is a little tardy on getting its Houston Ballet on Tour webpage updated. Would love to see them stop in at Lincoln Center with either their new Giselle or new Romeo and Juliet.