Airs/La Sylphide - Spring 09 Season
Posted 11 June 2009 - 12:06 AM
Can anybody please confirm or deny? If true, this would warrant a major change of plans for me.
Thanks in advance!
Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:16 AM
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:36 AM
That is incredibly insulting to Xiomara Reyes. I don't think she has ever performed a lead role on opening night. Moreover, if this is true, her number of performances in this ballet have been cut in half.
I think its not fair to reach final conclussion if we dont know all the facts.
Actually, I just saw that her giselle is also been removed. Ricetto will perform again Saturday matinee.
Given the circumtances, I would have liked to see Part given the opening night rather than a dancer who is not a member of the company. I guess they wanted Cornejo to dance that night and that was probably the driven force to give the opening night to Osipova.
Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:39 AM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:39 AM
Please remember that we need an official source for stating the reason for casting changes.
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Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:44 AM
Posted 11 June 2009 - 07:44 AM
Osipova was scheduled to dance La Sulpide TWICE on 6/17 and then 6/19, but when the Bolshoi was not happy about ABT scheduling her without their prior consent, her 6/19 was cancelled. I guess, it's pretty righteous to schedule her back at an earlier date, plus she'd dance on Saturday, 6/13. So, the earlier arrangement of THREE performances is being restored.
And Osipova was dancing La Sulphide at Bolshoi many times being couched by Koborg......
I will try to see her cramming it between my trips to DC to watch Bolshoi's Corsaire
Posted 11 June 2009 - 11:35 AM
AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE ANNOUNCES CAST CHANGES
Natalia Osipova to Perform La Sylphide on Monday evening, June 15;
Maria Riccetto to Perform Giselle at Matinee on Saturday, June 13
American Ballet Theatre has announced cast changes due to an ankle injury to Principal Dancer Xiomara Reyes. Guest Artist Natalia Osipova will replace Ms. Reyes in the title role in La Sylphide on Monday evening, June 15 and ABT Soloist Maria Riccetto will replace Ms. Reyes in the title role of Giselle at the matinee performance on Saturday, June 13.
Guest Artist Natalia Osipova was born in Moscow and trained at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. In 2004, she joined the corps de ballet of the Bolshoi Ballet and was promoted to first soloist in January 2008 and to leading soloist in October 2008. Her repertoire with the Bolshoi includes Gamzatti in La Bayadère, Medora in Le Corsaire, Kitri in Don Quixote, Jeanne in the Flames of Paris, Aspicia in The Pharaoh’s Daughter, the Spanish Bride in Swan Lake, title roles in Coppelia, Giselle, Paquita and La Sylphide, as well as soloist roles in George Balanchine’s Serenade and Symphony in C, Alexei Ratmansky’s Russian Seasons, and Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room. Ms. Osipova’s awards include the Grand Prize at the Prix de Luxembourg International Ballet Competition in 2003, the Golden Mask (2007) for her performance in Twyla Tharp’s In the Upper Room, the Golden Mask (2008) for her performance in La Sylphide and the Benois de la Danse Award as Best Female Dancer (2008). The 2009 Spring season marks Ms. Osipova’s first appearance with American Ballet Theatre.
A native of Montevideo, Uruguay, Maria Riccetto began her ballet studies in 1990 at the Uruguay National Ballet School. In 1995, she was hired as an apprentice by the national ballet company, S.O.D.R.E. In 1998, Ms. Riccetto received a full scholarship at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She joined American Ballet Theatre’s corps de ballet in August 1999 and was promoted to Soloist in 2002. Her repertory with ABT includes Calliope in Apollo, first and third Shades in La Bayadère, Gulnare and an Odalisque in Le Corsaire, Mercedes, Amour and a flower girl in Don Quixote, the peasant pas de deux and Zulma in Giselle, Clara in The Nutcracker, Lilac
Fairy and Princess Florine in The Sleeping Beauty, the Young Girl in Le Spectre de la Rose, Natalia in On the Dneiper, the pas de trois in Swan Lake, the Mazurka and Prelude in Les Sylphides and roles in Baker’s Dozen, Brief Fling, Company B, In The Upper Room, The Leaves Are Fading, Sinfonietta, Symphonic Variations and George Balanchine’s Ballo della Regina, Mozartiana, Symphonie Concertante, Symphony in C and Theme and Variations. She created a leading role in Benjamin Millepied’s From Here On Out and debuted in the title role of Giselle in February 2009.
Tickets for American Ballet Theatre’s 2009 Metropolitan Opera House season, priced $19-$130, are available online, at the Met box office or by phone at 212-362-6000. The Metropolitan Opera House is located on Broadway between 64th and 65th streets in New York City. For more information, visit ABT’s website at www.abt.org <http://www.abt.org> .
Posted 11 June 2009 - 01:52 PM
That being said, I feel better about Osipova's taking over her Sylphide on Monday night. The thought of ABT pulling Reyes out arbitrarily wasn't a very nice one and I'm glad there is a legitimate reason, although, again, my sympathies go out to Xiomara for her injury.
Given the situation, I give credit to ABT management for using this unfortunate situation to add back in Osipova's third performance this season as guest.
So Osipova gets her two Sylphides and Seo gets her opportunity.
In conclusion, I hope we see Reyes back on her feet soon.
Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:19 AM
Posted 12 June 2009 - 09:57 AM
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Posted 12 June 2009 - 11:15 AM
I think ABT is aware that any guest artist who comes from a venerable company like the Bolshoi will probably sell lots of tickets. That's why they are scrambling to advertise Osipova's performance on Monday as quickly as possible.
On the other hand, take a look at the seating chart - there are many seats available for June 15 performance all of a sudden. And I do mean prized orchestra seats including K-1 which, if I am not mistaken, is normally reserved for the New York Times critic, especially on a prima night.
It looks to me like a lot of people who had their tickets to see Osipova's Sylphide on Wednesday and Reyes on Monday are exchanging for other performances. Thus the sudden avalanche of great seats.
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