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  1. 2018 Met Season

    Since Hallberg has canceled Manon a month out due to injury, it can't be minor. What a shame. I feel terrible for him. I'm guessing it's doubtful he'll show up at the Met. Even if he recovers say late next month, he'll have missed rehearsals which are especially critical for the new Harlequinade. Expect to see a lot of cast changes, and possible debuts. Perhaps Royal will replace him in Harlequinade. I wouldn't be surprised if Hammoudi gets his R&J's (two w/ Boylston) since he's not cast this year. Giselle? I'm afraid to find out.
  2. Marcelo Gomes

    It looks as if Gomes and his partner, Nick Palmquist, have gotten engaged. Or, perhaps married, since in Palmquist's Instagram below, they're already wearing ring bands. Congrats to both of them!
  3. 2018 Met Season

    I think it's going to make sense for Cirio to be on the principal payroll when Simkin decamps to Berlin next year and won't be performing w/ ABT so much, presumably. And, Cornejo is 37 and frequently injured. They will need a short principal to dance w/ Copeland, Lane, Brandt, Trenary. Of course, in the meantime, he's twiddling his thumbs. I believe the reason Teuscher has been cast so much this year (and twice in some roles) is because McKenzie sees her as Murphy's replacement, the female technical stalwart who can do nearly every role. He's getting her up to speed. We all know that Murphy gets injured a lot and is nearing 40. Teuscher is very talented and I do like her a lot, so I'm not saying she doesn't deserve her status or the opportunities. I just don't agree that she should be doing as much when you have other dancers who aren't doing a lot. But, I do believe (going by my gut) that this is the AD's intention.
  4. Peter Martins Retired; Succession Discussion

    You could pretty much replace "conductor" or "musical director" with "AD" or even "choreographer" and the article would be spot on. Except that AD's don't make millions.
  5. 2018 Met Season

    I saw this on her Instagram the other day and had the same thought. She's doing the trois w/ Cirio and Brandt. Yes, that's superb casting. I know Cirio did either the trois or Giselle's peasant pas soon after he was promoted. But, to have two principals doing this (or really just one) seems a bit absurd.
  6. 2018 Met Season

    Yes. I completely agree. It had to be demoralizing.
  7. 2018 Met Season

    I agree, it's very disappointing. He has/had a lot of potential. Whatever the reason, a lack of investment in his development with the proper amount of coaching to work out issues wouldn't be surprising.
  8. 2018 Met Season

    I don't think Gorak's stagnation is due to Jeffrey Cirio. Look at how infrequently Cirio dances. He's cast as The Boy in Whipped Cream and Basilio, neither of which I could see Gorak doing.
  9. 2018 Met Season

    Gorak hasn't been injured. Some of us have written about him on various threads - he's in no man's land, going nowhere. He does a lot of peasant pas and similar soloist roles. No principal roles anymore. I haven't seen him develop and the last few times I've seen him he just dances pretty, with a weird pasted on smile, like he's going through the motions. I don't know if that caused his stagnation and lack of opportunities. I didn't see his Romeo, but others who did wrote that it wasn't very good and that he had some real partnering issues.
  10. 2018 Met Season

    Well, this should be interesting. I'm happy to see them doing something different. I know that Cornejo was in one of her pieces last year at Vail and did some tapping.
  11. 2018 Met Season

    Agree 100%!
  12. 2018 Met Season

    Yes. The male soloist roster isn't very young. I believe Royal is about 28 (?), so I sure hope they don't let him lag about without the necessary opportunities to move him forward.
  13. 2018 Met Season

    Copeland has been center stage for a few years now, so this isn't a new development, not that that makes it any easier to swallow. I'm surprised that Boylston is in everything, and that she was also given Harlequinade. As I wrote on another page of this thread, I also thought Brandt would be cast. And, I can't believe that I just noticed, but Abrera isn't cast in Bayadere this year. She's always done Gamzatti. It'll be interesting to see how Abrera's and Murphy's retirements (or "retirements") are handled when the time comes (I'm betting next Met season for at least one of them). I can definitely see Abrera getting "the Part treatment". Murphy has been a favored principal for a long time, so I think she might be able to go out on her own terms, but as others have mentioned upthread, we've seen other favorites not treated well. The female principal roster is really full right now, so I can't see Brandt or Trenary getting promoted until Abrera or Murphy retire. There won't be enough principal roles to go around. I don't think that's an issue this year as Brandt/Trenary aren't quite ready yet, but next season if one/both of them are given a major debut, and succeed as expected, the AD will need to make room. Just like last year.
  14. How I positively hate those.