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    Sarah Lane

    You are probably right canbelto, but it shows how messed up ABT casting is. How are dancers supposed to develope?
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    Sarah Lane

    Yes that's a role she should had this year. Better for her than Don Q
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    Sarah Lane

    I just saw Lane and Cornejo interviewed in Bryant Park. Lane mentioned she'd be doing Swan Lake pas de trois twice. The nights Cornejo does Siegfried. I think it's a shame. One of those shows should be her O/O.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Rehearsal periods are extremely expensive. From social media it's apparent that some principals go outside of the company to be coached. I presume they pay out of pocket. The lay off problem is connected to the lack of performance opportunity issue. If they had longer tours they'd have more performances and more rehearsal time. It seems the economics do not support it.
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    "Harlequinade" 2018.

    Does anyone think it has ticket selling staying power? I'm not going to see it. I disliked S B and the Golden C so much that I decided to put the money to my NYCB subscription. I am curious to thoughts about ABT having a hit or not
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    I might be overstating ABTFan but the basis for my thinking is that Trenary not only got Aurora in the Ratmansky SB but did opening night in Paris. Also, as you stated she was cast in Columbine in the original casting.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    Of course,thank you for pointing that out, New ballets always get the most rehearsal hours. With a new Ratmansky full length that's on steroids
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    Interesting, it just seems to me that in terms of developing talent it would be good to give new people opportunities. Often in ABT, corps members are over qualified for what they do. Of course, casting is complicated.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    Skylar is amazing but Trenary seems to be more favored by management. I expect she will be the next principal. What is the general take on principals being cast in soloist roles? I don't recall it happening much in ABT aside from Blue Bird in SL
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    I truly believe that a company that considers itself world class should have a number of corps members who can step up to the plate and do Peasant Pas (which is standard ballet technique) and the Shades. These dancers went through the 2nd company, presumably doing more difficult things. Many of the women have done the Shades variations in competitions. If Kevin M is serious about home grown talent he should have corps people on notice to be prepared for these things. Imagine being in a company in which opportunity can be thrown your way? If it happened regularly in ABT a lot more people would be ready.
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    Misty Copeland, Part Deux

    I think I know who you mean Canbelto and I too find it frustrating. However, I think Copeland's popular culture image has impacted her casting in a way that it hasn't with other dancers. Dancer's can promote products on instagram, but these dancers were dance stars and take advantage of it. I don't blame them. The confusing thing about Copeland is that, aside from Ratmansky ballets, she IMO isn't cast according to ability or success in certain roles.
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    ABT 2018 La Bayadere

    It is complicated. I agree a big issue is performance opportunities. Back in the day ABT did extensive touring. Cynthia Gregory, as one example, had numerous Swan Lakes under her belt before doing it at the Met. Now a principal debuts a role at the Met - does it once or twice and has to wait a year for another opportunity. That is no way to build a role, career or following. It also puts a strange kind of pressure on the dancer. Unfortunately I don't know what the answer is.
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    2018 Met Season

    I'm very surprised that casting in Harlequinade was changed after the Copeland fans, no doubt, bought tickets.
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    ABT 2018 Giselle

    Nice that Lane's performing more (I guess, I don't know how she feels about her schedule). However, it seems to me this would have been a great opportunity to put a promising corps member out there. P. Pas is not really super hard, and the partnering is very straight forward. Surely a lot of corps members are capable and know it. I'm just thinking about the way ABT develops or doesn't develop talent.
  15. So interesting. How much will the company become a museum for Paul Taylor's works? They aren't done in a lot of companies so see them there or nowhere for the most part. New works are still a hard ticket sell.