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  1. In light of Alicia Alonso’s passing today, and the fact that she not only danced at ABT for many years but performed in the world premiere of T&V, I would HOPE that ABT announces pre-curtain that they’re dedicating tonight’s performance of T&V to her (Lane/Gorak are dancing). If anyone is there, please let us know if they do (and about the rest of the evening).
  2. An article in the Times about Cornejo's career and upcoming anniversary performance: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/17/arts/dance/herman-cornejo-20th-anniversary-abt.html
  3. Since this is for Cornejo’s anniversary, there aren’t a lot of seats left as it is (I just checked). I’d be thrilled if Lane was put in. She should have been cast all along. Duh. I’m really tired of seeing her being relegated to a second class principal aka understudy to Copeland. Yep. She was just in Fall for Dance at City Center in a piece by Kyle Abraham. I didn’t see it so I don’t know how demanding it was.
  4. I agree. Lane posted on her Instagram a list of her upcoming performances and Gathering of Ghosts was not one of them.
  5. Didn’t basically the same thing happen to Paloma? Julie Kent was the only woman of that generation who seemed able to retire on her terms (and way too late).
  6. I agree, but I find it odd that that slot is still TBA and not filed in with Forster since he’s performing this the following month with Murphy. That’s why I think they’re holding it for someone. Maybe not.
  7. I missed the “more” section. Maybe this will finally be Forster’s year.
  8. Yeah, I don't think that's possible. This explains why ABT has cast Forster alongside Murphy in Giselle March 29 (since Hallberg is doing SL w/ the Royal March 11). They're still holding a TBA Feb 15 in DC w/ Murphy (for Hallberg? Unless he finds a more preferable performance/partner somewhere else?).
  9. Casting has not yet been announced on ABT's site, but the Michigan Opera website lists the "artists" but not for specific dates. No Copeland. And, of course no Lane. The order in which they're listed: Bell Shevchenko Stearns Teuscher Murphy Seo Boylston Whiteside Two more guys are needed, unless they're going to have one or two of the three do more than one performance. https://michiganopera.org/season-schedule/abt-swan-lake/
  10. Domingo now leaves L.A Opera as its general director. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/10/02/arts/music/placido-domingo-la-opera-sexual-harassment.html?action=click&module=Top Stories&pgtype=Homepage
  11. That was quite interesting, thank you
  12. More casting has been released - for the new Bond and Whiteside pieces. And, Tharp's new ballet is now titled "A Gathering of Ghosts". https://www.abt.org/performances/master-calendar/
  13. Domingo has left the Met Opera. According to the article, “The Met and Mr. Domingo are in agreement that he needed to step down.” https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/24/arts/music/placido-domingo-met-opera-harassment.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Farts&action=click&contentCollection=arts&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront
  14. Sarah Lane has been replaced as The Rose in The Seasons by Zimmi Coker (for both of Lane's previously scheduled performances). These are on the same programs that Lane is cast in T&V, so perhaps it was thought it would be too much in one performance. Good for Coker, who keeps getting bigger roles, and it'll be great to see her in this, but I'll be disappointed to not see Lane. https://www.abt.org/performances/master-calendar/
  15. She is also rehearsing in a video or two with Hammoudi. And, she posted publicly that she was hoping to be cast next year, in a response to someone asking her when she’d perform the role. Both of these things make a scheduled gala/performance unlikely.
  16. Same here. Especially regarding a role that would be a debut. I like her dancing very much, but I find her (in my view) very public campaign on Instagram for the role to be in poor taste. She's posted a lot of videos of herself before, and rehearsing roles that she wasn't cast in (perhaps she was an understudy), but not to such a degree as with her rehearsing Giselle. These videos didn't appear until the casting was released along with the TBA's and now she's publicly commented that she hopes to be cast. I don't think I've ever seen a dancer do this before, which in and of itself doesn't mean that what Brandt is doing is right or wrong. But, it certainly took me by surprise. I realize self-promotion is the name of the game on Instagram, but for a particular role? I just find it really tacky.
  17. There’s a more thorough description of the New Ratmansky on ABT’s website. And, we have a separate thread on here about it for those who want to know more.
  18. Casting has been announced. Ahn gets a Prince debut opposite Lane. Bell also gets his Prince debut opposite Boylston (he has only done the pas de deux previously). Cornejo and Whiteside are not cast (I imagine they have other commitments or plans). https://www.abt.org/events/the-nutcracker/
  19. I see your point, and it's possible (please no), but Osipova could also make a guest appearance, per usual, to dance with Hallberg, leaving Murphy with need of a partner. Or, if Osipova doesn't guest, there are only 6 principal women (and no soloists) who currently dance Giselle, and there are usually 8 shows (frequently Seo gets two...). So, there is room for a Giselle debut and she'll need a partner. The current pairings could get switched up by then anyway, but at the moment I still see room for Forster. I'm cautiously optimistic (fingers and toes double-crossed!).
  20. BIG NEWS! Tommy Forster gets his Albrecht debut in N.C. opposite Murphy on 3/29! He hasn't been cast with her in DC though, but perhaps that will be updated shortly. So, we should get to see Forster's Albrecht at the Met next summer!! (Side note - disappointingly, Lane hasn't been cast as Giselle in N.C., but I have a feeling that may have to do with Simkin's availability.) https://www.abt.org/performances/master-calendar/
  21. Since they’re doing these on tour in 2020, it’s pretty much a guarantee they’ll do them at the Met: Bayadere Giselle Swan Lake New Ratmansky full-length (it was already announced that this will be performed at the Met).
  22. I agree. Murphy has been a principal for 17 years (!), although the role of Giselle came late to her. It’s time to retire a role or two. For the DC run, I’d rather see Lane/Simkin get a second performance (Murphy’s show), and give the Sunday TBA to Brandt or Trenary.
  23. So I wasn’t the only one grimacing, then! At least most of them were wearing sneakers. But, still.
  24. Gia Kourlas weighs in. It’s not just Spencer who bullied and disrespected a child and an art form, her on-air colleagues also laughed away (including George Stephanopoulos) as well as the audience. She needs to issue a proper apology as well as GMA and should spend some time educating herself in the arts and in how to behave like a mature adult. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/23/arts/dance/lara-spencer-ballet.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share
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