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October 15, 2016


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Hi Haglund, I would just like to mention how appreciative I am that you not only review individual performances, but that you frequently give the historical context in which a ballet or ballets were created. It gives greater understanding and an extra dimension to your posts.

Thank you, Angelica.

I've become absolutely convinced that Robbins' inspiration for the manner in which he brought Dances at a Gathering to its final resting point was W.H. Auden's simple but revealing little poem. The first time Robbins made a mental connection between Auden's haiku and the rumbling in Chopin's Nocturne, op. 15, no. 1 must have made him ecstatic. It's the type of abstract connection that artists dream about discovering.

Thank you for your thoughtful review. I saw this program last week after not seeing either of these ballets in years. A lovely evening. My one quibble was that Justin Peck as Prince Ivan seemed to be "phoning it in." Theresa Reichlan as the Firebird was beautiful. Such a treat to see the Chagall designs.

I would have to agree with you, Jennifer, on Justin. His dancing was not at a soloist level when he was promoted, and it has deteriorated since then. The hunched shoulders, the mouth hanging open, the unpointed feet... I can't think of a single corpsman in the company who doesn't dance better than Peck.

Hi Haglund,
Terrific review. I saw the same casts in the Saturday 10.15 performance. It was my first time seeing Dances in the theater. I loved it and thought everyone was great. I could barely take my eyes off Hyltin. I think particularly in the last year, her dancing is enhanced by some extra dimension. Can't wait to see Dances again. I was hoping to see Reichlen in Firebird because I had seen Bouder previously, but I was not disappointed to see her again. Even though this ballet seems dated, what a totality it is to have Balanchine, Robbins, Stravinsky and Chagall on stage together!

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