Mixed Rep-January 31

Ana Sophia Scheller Injured

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Ana Sopha Scheller, The Four Temperaments, October 4, 2013

I haven’t seen New York City Ballet Principal Dancer Ana Sophia Scheller this season and was wondering about her as she is one of my favorites. Unfortunately, she is injured. From her Facebook page:

“With torn ligaments on my right foot. Just waiting till next Thursday to see my 3rd different doctor and see what they will do to my foot so it gets better since the Prolotherapy didn’t do much at all. But the worse thing is waiting and waiting and hoping something will workout . PRP or Cortisone shot and hoping none of this ends in surgery.”

Best wishes to Ana and hoping for a speedy recovery.

No Lip-Synch at Super Bowl

Opera singer Renee Fleming will sing the Star-Spangled Banner at Sunday’s Super Bowl:

“She said in an interview Thursday she won’t sing to a pre-recorded track and that she “wouldn’t know how to lip-sync if you paid me.” It would be a disaster. I only know how to sing live,” said the singer, known as “The People’s Diva.””

I didn’t know this about opera: “The thing I love to remind people about what I do is we’re not even amplified,” the soprano told The Associated Press after a news conference in New York City. “We are the final, major art form that is 100 percent acoustic and unplugged.”

I predict that I will enjoy her performance more than the halftime show. I’m getting old; I’ve never heard of Bruno Mars.

HT: Marina Harss

Russian Figure Skating and Ballet

Here is an interesting segment from the Today Show on the links between Russian figure skating and ballet. By the way why do figure skaters turn counter-clockwise while ballet dancers turn clockwise?

Osipova and Vasiliev Breakup?

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Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev, Shostakovich Trilogy, June 1, 2013

In ballet gossip news, The Independent questions whether Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova are still engaged:

“When I asked Vasiliev if he missed dancing with Osipova (they are no longer part of the same company), he was evasive. “To be honest I have so much work today that I don’t have time to even think about it,” he told me over the phone from the US. And when I asked if he had seen her recent performances (her Giselle has been critically acclaimed), his reply was a simple “nyet”.”