Looks like Stanton Welch
caught the Swan Lake tinkering bug.
The biggest event will be the February 2006 premiere of Welch's new Swan Lake, replacing Ben Stevenson's hallmark 21-year-old production. The famous white tutu scenes of dancing swans and Odette-Odile's solos won't change, Welch says, "but everything else is up for grabs."
Other ballets (or "ballets") included in the season are:
World Premiere by Christopher Bruce
Kylian's Forgotten Land
World Premiere by Brian Enos
a December gala
guest company Les Grands Ballets Canadien in Ohad Naharin's Minus One
Traditionalists get their candy, too. George Balanchine's Western Symphony, Sir Kenneth MacMillan's Gloria and Stevenson's Don Quixote are also on tap.
Oy vey! That sounds almost condescending, and the classics are NOT candy. Why not take the metaphor to the next level and give us pacifiers?
And slowly the Stevenson rep gets phased out while newer works take place...
Perhaps Mr. Rockwell might like a job at the Chronicle. He would be in good company.