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  1. Eric Tamm has rejoined the corps! As I was looking over the roster, I thought his photo was another one of their weird "typos", but his bio clearly states that he rejoined the company as of this year. He was always one of my favorites, so I look forward to seeing him again at the Met. It'll be interesting to see what opportunities he gets; he was being cast in soloist parts (and a principal role or two) when he left, but the male soloist roster is now chocked full, although a handful of those men are doing mainly principal roles. https://www.abt.org/people/eric-tamm/?type=performer
  2. Yes, and I think a lot of us have been saying this for the past few years. Would like ABT to revive this, along with more Tudor, De Mille, Ashton (again, repeating past years wishes). And, Paquita.
  3. Best: Sarah Lane and Herman Cornejo in Manon Sarah Lane as Columbine and Aurora Thomas Forster as Sergei and, in his first long-overdue leading role, as Mr. Rochester Catherine Hurlin and Aran Bell in everything I saw them in Brooklyn Mack as Conrad Keith Roberts as Monsieur G.M. and Carabosse Ratmansky's The Seasons ABT in In the Upper Room NYCB in Serenade Joseph Gordon in Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 2 NY Philharmonic's performance of Mozart's Requiem Met Museum's new Native American Exhibit Slave Play Worst: Calvin Royal as Pierrot James Whiteside's New American Romance Tharp's A Gathering of Ghosts The mishmosh of costumes in The Seasons MoMa's redesign (the art layout, not the architecture)
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    Fabrice Calmels

    It does sound like he’s leaving ballet, but staying in the arts in some capacity. Interesting plug at the end for the AD spot at the Joffrey.
  5. Wow, thank you for posting this. They both look gorgeous. I sure hope Forster is eating his Wheaties in preparation for the upcoming season. What a load of debuts he will have. I’m thrilled he’s finally getting his due (and hopefully a promotion).
  6. I am really looking forward to seeing her and Forster (in his debut) in SL. She was excellent with Whiteside this past season, but with Forster I predict it will be a performance not to be missed.
  7. I saw that too. I was too upset to post about it. Lane not only has far fewer scheduled performances than all of the other female principals, but also fewer than soloists Brandt and Trenary. Why TBA for The Rose? Lane created that role. Even if she is given the lead in the new Ratmansky and at least two shows of that, it still won’t make up for the lack of casting in other things.
  8. Casting is up for the tour to Chicago in March. Of note: Bayadere Act II: Teuscher/Stearns, Seo/Bell, Boylston/Cornejo, Lane/Ahn, then Teuscher/Stearns again. The rest of the casting can be viewed here: https://www.abt.org/performances/master-calendar/
  9. Thanks for this. Interesting that the Cleveland Orchestra will accompany them. I always wonder how something like this is broached with the dancers (I assume it must be for the reasons you cited).
  10. They're doing two shows of R&J in A.D. in April. Copeland/Cornejo and Trenary/Royal are the casts. (I'm wondering if the pairings are mixed up by mistake, since Copeland/Royal and Trenary/Cornejo are listed for the Met.) https://www.abt.org/performances/master-calendar/
  11. I wondered that too. Also, given the injury/cancellation rate of Hallberg/Osipova, that’s another reason to have another team ready to go.
  12. Wow. I see it’s now on ABT’s site. I wonder why Shevchenko and Royal were not given that slot for their debut prior to the Met season. That’s usually how they do it. The coaching staff will really have their hands full this season preparing so many soloists for major debuts in the classics.
  13. Forster has now been cast as Prince Desire opposite Hurlin for the matinee on 6/17! I really think this could be his year to be promoted. Debuts as Albrecht, Siegfried, Romeo AND Desire! (OMG, that's a lot in a short amount of time....) Lane and Brandt's Desires are still TBD.
  14. Who are you thinking of, I’m curious?
  15. I’m really surprised Brooklyn Mack isn’t returning as a guest artist. I’m no advocate of guest artists (with the exception of a well-placed one or two, like Kim), but after his successful and popular appearances last summer I assumed he’d return. But, looking at the numbers alone, since three other guests are scheduled to appear I suppose one more would be too much. I’m wondering if Simkin won’t have a much larger plate once more casting is released. He may very well have a lead in the new Ratmansky, who chooses him regularly. And, maybe he’ll debut as Desire with Lane. The fast footwork would suit him well. Those TBA’s may be to see how he, and others who may debut, adapts to that style. I also just recalled that he’s done T&V with Lane before, so that’s a possibility (and has renewed my hope that maybe she’ll get that ballet again). Fancy Free is also in his repertoire as is Bluebird. But, it’s still surprising that he isn’t doing Siegfried. Now, Hoven. He danced SO much this past season and in many debuts: Lankendem, Lescaut, Bluebird, Pierrot. I saw most of them and he killed it so it makes no sense why he’s been left out this year (he’s no Hammoudi). So, I’m holding out hope that he will get a bunch of TBA’s and be cast in the new Ratmansky. I think he’d be terrific in T&V - much, much better than Gorak. And, as I’ve already suggested, as Desire with Lane or Brandt. He would also be great in Fancy Free. I’m excited for all the other male soloists getting debuts, but Hoven should be too.
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