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  1. According to English National Ballet's press release, Yonah Acosta is joining as Principal, and Laurretta Summerscales will take a sabbatical during the 2017-2018 season to perform with Bavarian State Ballet. (she is engaged to Acosta). Also several dancers from ENB are joining. Soloist Emilio Pavan, First Artist Jinhao Zhang, and Artists Yoko Callegari and Jeanette Kakareka. https://www.ballet.org.uk/blog-detail/promotions-new-dancers-joining-company-2017-18-season/
  2. 2017-18 Season

    The US tour in 2018 was mentioned on the press conference announcing 2017-18 season this January, 2 weeks in NYC and 1 week in Chicago. La Sylphide, Jeune Homme de la Mort, Blake Works and new Ivan Perez
  3. POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

    Yes, you're right - she trained, at least in part, in Australia. Thanks for the correction, Katherine. Hannah O'Neil was born in Japan to parents from New Zealand and Japan, and her initial training (until 8) was in Japan. (she does have Japanese nationality). And she was trained in both NZ and Australia (she graduated from Australian Ballet School) So it is hard to define what singular country she is from. http://hannah-oneill.com/profile/
  4. Royal Ballet 2017-18 season

    Casting of Giselle and The Winter's Tale has been posted. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/giselle-by-peter-wright http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/the-winters-tale-by-christopher-wheeldon David Hallberg will be guesting in Giselle opposite Natalia Osipova
  5. POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

    Yes, both Isabelle Ciaravola and Agnes Letestu were on that Japan tour March 2014 dancing Marguerite in La Dame aux Camellias. Ciaravola had just officially retired in Onegin that February. Letestu was given a ceremony on stage after the performance with confetti but Ciaravola didn't. (I don't know why)
  6. POB dancers in Linc Ctr Festival's Jewels

    Osta's retirement was Manon.
  7. Nureyev premier postponed to 2018/2019

    Bolshoi director denies Nureyev ballet postponed due to gay content https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/10/bolshoi-director-denies-nureyev-ballet-postponed-due-to-gay-content?CMP=share_btn_tw I don't know how true is Urin's statement.
  8. Veronika Part: divided opinions?

    So sad... https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/03/arts/dance/veronika-part-american-ballet-theater-announces-her-retirement.html
  9. 2017/2018 season

    Vyacheslav Lopatin has been promoted to principal. Congratulations! http://www.bolshoi.ru/persons/ballet/all/
  10. 2016-17 season

    Jurgita Dronina is joining English National Ballet as lead principal, following her recent guest appearances at their Giselle on tour. She will also appear in their Japan tour Coppelia and also Romeo and Juliet at Southbank Centre in August. https://www.ballet.org.uk/blog-detail/welcoming-jurgita-dronina-new-lead-principal/ She remains at National Ballet of Canada as principal.
  11. According to Japanese press, Koya Okawa wins Gold medal, Midori Terada wins Bronze medal for senior division, Mark Chino wins Gold medal for Junior division. https://mainichi.jp/articles/20170620/k00/00e/040/144000c
  12. 2016-17 season

    Yes but I heard that Laurent Hilaire did not participate in the evaluation of his daughter's entrance exam, and after she joined the company he also did not evaluate her at the annual promotion exams to avoid criticism. And Juliette Hilaire was not pushed hard for roles in the company when her father was the ballet master. Laurent Hilare had another daughter enrolled in the POB school but she was not accepted in the company.
  13. 2016-17 season

    Hannah Fischer might have talent but her performance in The Winter's Tale was emotionally flat, apparently too young and inexperienced for the role and raised questions about why she was placed in the first cast. And her performance of The Dying Swan in Svetlana Lunkina's gala was mediocre, jerky and one of the worst performances I saw of this ballet so I thought what a bad joke to have her perform Odette/Odile in Swan Lake when there are other dancers (and principals!) who have already proved they can do the role perfectly.
  14. Sergei Vikharev RIP

    Obituary in Russian https://rg.ru/2017/06/02/reg-szfo/v-peterburge-skonchalsia-baletmejster-mariinskogo-teatra-sergej-viharev.html
  15. I haven't read that interview so I didn't know. I thought it was announced officially