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November 29, 2015


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Thanks for this, Haglund. Our Stella raises the bar.

Hi, Angelica.

The Orange County Register's classical music critic really liked the program: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/apollo-694169-dudamel-stravinsky.html

We'll have to wait and see if anyone weighs in on the dancing.

The Los Angeles Times liked the music but whined about Balanchine's choreography, Bolle's muscles, and noisy pointe shoes.


And while this picture of the sunburst was taken at an angle too far to the right resulting in the faces of Calliope and Polyhymnia showing, I don't know that I have ever seen a more perfect picture of three hemlines creating a single arc:


I wish I could have seen it. I also want to know how the Lane/Cornejo performance of Spartacus turned out.

As far as the noisy pointe shoes, the problem is common with ABT. The only other company that had the problem was Royal Ballet during The Dream last summer. But I've read they fixed the noise after their first night. I don't know why ABT does nothing about it.

Melponeme_k, the Spartacus was cancelled by the folks in Argentina.

Thank you for the update. I've been doing searches for it and the local newspaper had it in their weekend to do section. But I missed the cancellation notice.

I find it interesting that here in NYC Balanchine is a god while in other places (London for example) his choreography is disliked. In fact, when the Mariinsky did Apollo (and I have never seen a better one, with Sergeyev as Apollo and Shapran as Terpsichore) I never heard such moaning and complaining. "Balanchine is boring" was the most frequent complaint I heard. I guess one person's gold is another's dross.

Hi, Lisa.

I think that ballet is probably a tough sell in L.A. unless it has ample scenery/costumes and action hero antics. Like I said before, Orange County was brought up on Disney. New York was brought up on Balanchine who held substance over style. That's why there are 2,500 good miles between us.

I have no doubt that the shoe noise was annoying to more than just the critic which it would not have been if NYCB had been performing. ABT needs to get control of that problem which does not occur in a "Freed" house.

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