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  1. I was wondering the same thing. Just because she wasn’t cast as the Rose? Which I thought odd as well, and I was dismayed by it, but I didn’t necessarily think it meant Lane and Ratmansky had a falling out. Others thought that since she wasn’t cast as a lead in his new full length meant something too, but other favorites of his like Boylston weren’t cast either.
  2. But if she was just notified now that this was her last year going into next year, she would still be listed on the roster.
  3. If you manually type in a past dancers bio page, it will sometimes come up anyway. Alban still comes up and so does Roberto Bolle. So I don’t take this as a sign that Lane is still in the company and it’s just some type of glitch that she’s gone from the roster. Edited to add: I know we’ve discussed contracts many times on this site. Per union rules, I believe others have said that a dancer would have to be notified months in advance if their contract wasn’t going to be renewed. So, if that’s what happened to Lane, she’d have to have known for awhile, perhaps why she was given so few perf
  4. I’m completely shocked. For one, that they had promotions at all now. Very happy for all of them, especially Forster who has waited the longest for roles and recognition. Secondly, I don’t even know what to think about Lane. I’m devastated that she’s gone. I wasn’t expecting that despite how awful she’s been treated. Since there was no announcement regarding her, it’s obviously not a retirement. She may well have left on her own after the abysmal casting she got for this past Met season and last fall. I’m so utterly sad that like Lena it’s hard for me to be happy for the others.
  5. I would love to hear anyone’s report on the performance.
  6. If we’re looking for another reason to be upset and baffled by ABT’s lack of streaming/video offerings, this is it. They have a tape of *this cast* in *Manon* and it’s only being offered to donors?! And, why have they been sitting on this for 13 years, or have it I missed it somewhere (unlikely)?? ABT: put this video, and any others you’re letting collect dust, up on your website or your YouTube page, available to ALL.
  7. Agree. I still remember how clean and crisp his technique was in Seven Sonatas. I can’t help but wonder who may have been promoted to fill these spots if the season had gone forward.
  8. Well the only dancers who were promoted two years ago were Hurlin, Fang and K Williams, all to soloist. So unless he really meant three years ago, he’s not talking about Royal. I don’t think this is the way to go with him calling out ABT on his IG. And, he also exposed his friend’s conversation with management. I bet the dancers in the company can easily figure out which of the three he’s referring to.
  9. Amazing. Yuriko has a similar technique to Brandt in that they can do unbelievably difficult steps while showing virtually no effort or strain.
  10. I decided I had to post this. I’ve never seen anything like it and as a former dancer I can’t figure out how this is possible. Imagine if she’d be allowed to do this at The Met (in any role). The audience would blow the roof off.
  11. Hallberg isn’t retiring till next summer (even though he takes up his AD role at the Australian Ballet sooner, I believe) so he should be dancing a lead. I imagine he’ll do Albrecht or Romeo with Osipova as his final show. Hammoudi could also do a character role as a farewell (Tybalt); that’s mostly all he was doing anyway in the last season or two.
  12. That’s a great idea. If I remember correctly, Abrera’s Lady Capulet was one of the best there was. Besides Georgina Parkinson. I would love it if they did something like this.
  13. Agree. It still kills me that I (we) won’t be able to give her a proper farewell and see her dance one last time. I’m glad she’s happy that DC turned out to be her last show (according to her recent NY Times interview) but I feel robbed. We all know that ballet is a short, difficult career, but hers has felt especially cruel. In the end, she more than deserved a final performance at The Met in front of her adoring peers and fans and to bow one last time to thunderous applause.
  14. Oh yay! Thank you for posting. I watched their Creole Giselle on tape I don’t know how many times as a dance student. I can’t wait to watch it again.
  15. They only seem to be focusing on the soloists who are “rising stars “. They haven’t included Forster in any of the debuts deferred series either, maybe that is forthcoming, but out of the entire company he had the most debuts scheduled. Cate Hurlin has posted on her IG clips of her and Bell dancing Bayadere and of the Gamzatti solo. Those are worth checking out.
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