The Royal New Zealand Ballet has appointed a retired American ballerina as its next Artistic Director.
Patricia Barker, former star of Pacific Northwest Ballet and currently the AD at Grand Rapids Ballet, will begin with RNZB later this month. Wow, one more huge step forward for RNZB!
Haglund has received some inquiries regarding his references to TDF; so here is some information. The Theater Development Fund distributes deeply discounted Broadway, theater, and concert tickets to its members who pay $25 $34 annually to join (the price went up). The tickets cost $9-$47 with the high end being for top Broadway productions and the low end being for Off-Off Broadway performances. Many, many ballet and other dance performances are frequently listed for sale.
To qualify to join TDF, one must meet one of these criteria:
- Full-time students (high school or above)
- Full-time teachers (primary or junior high school faculty, high school faculty, university or college faculty, teachers of drama/dance/music)
- Recent graduates (26 years of age and under)
- Full-time union members
- Retirees (no longer working and at least 62 years of age or older)
- Full-time government employees/civil servants
- Full-time staff members of not-for-profit organizations
- Full-time non-exempt employees (full-time hourly workers - 40 hours a week - who are eligible for overtime pay)
- Full-time arts professionals
- Members of the armed forces
- Full-time clergy
Tickets are always limited, so interested members should check the TDF site everyday when they are looking for a specific type of performance. Oftentimes, TDF is the best deal in town. Why not join today?!
ABT is losing its concertmaster, Benjamin Bowman, to – drum roll, please – The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra! He will become concertmaster along with David Chan for the 2017-18 season.
It sure is interesting how the New York Times hasn't been able to find its way to the Met Opera House in order to accurately review this flurry of debuts that are reviving ABT's heart and soul, most importantly Sarah Lane's Giselle, Christine Shevchenko's Don Quixote, or Skylar Brandt's Medora. The recent switch to People Magazine content is unbecoming to the old grey lady. We wonder if that will be the case when the Lincoln Center Festival presents its Jewels concoction of three different ballet companies in July or will we be once again treated to Macaulay's insipid, monochromatic dogpile-worthy compare & contrast dumbstertation that is designed to promote himself rather than ballet. Maybe Macaulay will take the latest buy-out offer to NYT employees which could open up the possibility for a real critic with some honesty to walk in.
The best thing that we can do to deal with the grey lady's ungracefulness is to look at the advertising in its culture pages and then drop those folks an email that says you're not buying their products due to the lack of respectable content.
Even when reporting the recent heroics of ABT's Gray Davis in rescuing a man who was pushed onto the subway tracks, NYT had to print a picture of Misty Copeland in order to try to lure unsuspecting African American clicks to its advertisers. There were plenty of pictures available of Gray dancing beautifully with his wife, Cassandra Trenary, but NYT has only one thing on its narrow little mind. The truth is hard to find in The New York Times.