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February 03, 2016


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Hi Haglund,

I agree wholeheartedly with your comment, "NYCB should stop creating wild expectations. It angers the core audience when it then fails to even come close." I saw "The Most Incredible Thing," last night. And while I can't say that I was angered by it, I am stunned--stunned by how dreadful it was!! I thought it was one of the most awful ballets I have ever seen. The rest of the audience seemed to like it, but I walked out after about 25 minutes. I just couldn't take it anymore. In my 30 years of ballet going, this was only the second time that I have ever walked out before the end of a performance. "Dreadful," "awful," ... I can't even think of the right word to describe my feelings or how disappointed I was.

I have a ticket for Saturday night. Should I leave at intermission so I can get home at a reasonable hour?

Well, it depends on how interested one is in the costumes. The rest pretty much sucks.

"Damp squib" is Alastair Irrelevant's verdict. He didn't even like the costumes. Ouch!

My guess is that he will go back for the second cast that includes Sara Mearns and then write another review that backpedals. It's odd that he wasn't more tolerant of the costumes given the vast amount of ridiculous costumes Ashton used in his ballets.

He is in love with Sara Mearns. You are probably correct.

I knew this would be an abysmal effort as soon as I saw the costumes. Way too much marketing and money went into this "ballet" no doubt. City Ballet should be concentrating on getting their Balanchine ballets perfect and exploring the talents of their huge roster before spending what was no doubt millions on something like this. Peck is no Balanchine or Robbins and nor is he Ratmansky. And the music! My god it was like an episode of The Twilight Zone.

Tuesday night was not an "Art Night," as you call it. The first Art Series performance is this Saturday, Feb 6 Eve. The program on Saturday night, though, will be the same you saw on Tuesday night.

Gosh, Brianna. You are so-o-o-o right! I was totally wondering why I hadn't gotten an Art Night souvenir. HA!!

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