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July 19, 2020


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I hope that the Ananiashvili-Mearns meeting proves to be fruitful. Maria Kochetkova often travels to Tbilisi to work with Nina and hopefully one day Sara can do the same (or Nina could go to New York, but it might be more fun for Sara to go to the land of Balanchivadze). Also your assertion about Sara is not fully true, she did perform in the Rome Opera's Petipa/Ivanov production of Swan Lake in 2009 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxuVZQw1tDw). Regardless, REALLY looking forward to what Nina has to say.

- On another note, Andris Liepa has been doing great work in Uzbekistan as head of their state ballet in Tashkent. He has mounted productions of Firebird, Scheherazade, and La Bayadere.

Thanks for the edit regarding Sara's Rome Opera S.L., Zachary. Wouldn't that be fabulous if Sara got a stint at Nina's exceptional company?

When I explain to non-ballet goers what proper fouettes should look like, I point them out to a YouTube video of the Georgian Goddess doing 32 perfect ones. No tricks, no doubles, no travelin' no nothin'. Just 32 perfect turns on a dime, the way Cynthia Gregory used to do.

I don't know why, but I'm having major Cynthia Gregory flashbacks. It's all these old videos.

Nina, Assoluuuuuuta!

Cynthia Gregory was the first Odette/Odile I ever saw. I just had no idea at the time that everyone else I would see for the next 20 years wouldn't be as good.

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