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  1. Carol Channing died today at age 97. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/15/obituaries/carol-channing-dead.html
  2. Casting has been announced for Harlequinade in D.C. in January. Of note, Simkin will join. Debuts: Trenary, Maloney, Royal, and Lendorf (who will return after a long-injury). Great to see another corps dancer get a big debut. I'm sure Trenary will be terrific as well. Also, of note, IMO, Lane/Abrera with Lendorf/Royal get only one performance. Lane/Abrera gave magical performances at the ballet's debut, but now they get seconds (Trenary/Brandt who are soloists get 2 perf's each). Not begrudging Trenary/Brandt at all, of whom I'm a big fan. But, Lane is a principal. And, as I just posted on the Fall season thread, Lane only gets one performance in one ballet in October. I knew she wasn't a favorite of the AD, but this is a new low. Sorry, rant over. https://www.abt.org/events/harlequinade-dc/ Added: I believe Trenary already did Columbine. My memory is failing me right now.
  3. I’m so happy to hear that Gonzalez and Maloney had successful debuts. I look forward to seeing them featured more in the upcoming Met season. Thank you to everyone who reported.
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    Winter 2019

    I understand the points about the new bodices and vests, but I’m thinking they might look very different on stage. I guess we’ll see soon enough. I do like the one Reichlen is wearing.
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    Sergei Polunin

    All of his posts have been deleted now and he’s following no one, not even Rich. Very odd.
  6. It's a bit early for this thread, but ABT has posted some 2019 tour dates on their website and they're doing Harlequinade in CA and DC and Whipped Cream in Iowa and Chicago. So, it's safe to assume that they'll be doing both at the Met next year (to be expected for Harlequinade, but a bit surprising for WC since it didn't seem to sell well this year). Hopefully, Giselle will return and I'd expect Bayadere as well. They need to throw in a new ballet and/or a revival or two. Will Ratmansky do yet another new ballet? How about Ashton's Cinderella? And, some Tudor, please? I keep hoping for Leaves are Fading, On the Dnieper and Paquita (especially) to make a comeback. https://www.abt.org/performances/abt-on-tour/
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    I would love it if ABT did something like that. I imagine finally seeing Abrera in SL (or it's white swan pas, at least).
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Interesting that the only candidates they mention without any caveats is Boal and Whelan. Other than that, this article just says more of the same that we've already discussed here and read elsewhere.
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    Winter 2019

    An article in the Times about Stanley debuting in the role of Apollo. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/17/arts/dance/taylor-stanley-apollo.html?action=click&module=Well&pgtype=Homepage&section=Dance
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    Paul Taylor

    An article in the NY Times about the company's plan for a multiyear celebration of Taylor's works. Taylor's last commissioned work by Kyle Abraham will have its premiere at the company's Lincoln Center season this fall. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/14/arts/dance/paul-taylor-world-tour-michael-novak.html
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    ABT in D.C. - Jan 2019

    I hope you report back. I'm especially eager to hear how Lane's partner, Gonzalez (a young corps dancers in his first principal role), does as Harlequin.
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    Winter 2019

    Yes! And, what a great trailer!
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    He's debuting Lankendem.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    I kind of thought this as well, but three corps dancers are getting shots at some of the principal roles (Ahn is a repeat). The only other ABT dancer who could do Ali who hasn't already been cast, IMO, is Shayer, who will hopefully get the other TBA once he recovers from his injury (in addition to Lankendem, which he's done before). Mack has also become an international star, guesting with big companies. Otherwise, I'd agree about the regional company comment. I wonder if they're considering hiring him and this is a try-out. We all know they need tall, male stars.
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    ABT 2019 Met Season

    That's great news about Mack. Hopefully, I'll get to catch his Conrad. If all goes well, I wonder if he'll join the company.
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    Best and Worst Ballet of 2018

    Best: Sarah Lane in Giselle and with Herman Cornejo in Other Dances at ABT. Thomas Forster as Tybalt in R&J and as Espada in Don Q at ABT. Jeffrey Cirio as Mercutio in R&J and as Harlequin in Harlequinade at ABT. Kimin Kim in La Bayadere at ABT. Finally seeing Tiler Peck and Joaquin De Luz in Tchai Pas at NYCB. As incredible as everyone said they were. Ashley Laracey's debut as the second ballerina in Concerto Barocco at NYCB. The swan corps in Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake. Pristine. Worst: The scandals at NYCB. Devon Teuscher and Cory Stearns in Swan Lake at ABT. I was bored to tears and couldn't wait to leave the theatre. Stephanie Williams as the second shade soloist in La Bayadere at ABT. An embarrassment from start to finish. Jeffrey Cirio's departure from ABT to dance full-time at English National Ballet. He was woefully under-utilized by ABT, so it's a win for him, but it's a selfish loss for me in the ABT audience. Viktoria Tereshkina and Kimin Kim in Tchai Pas at Balanchine at City Center. No Balanchine style whatsoever and lacking in charm, musicality and chemistry. Ian Hussey as Von Rothbart in Pennsylvania Ballet's Swan Lake. Also an embarrassment.
  17. From Cassandra Trenary's Instagram, it looks like her husband, Gray Davis (the subway hero....), may be leaving after the Met season to become the new Artist in Residence at The Georgia Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts. She says that he starts in the Fall and I'm assuming that's a full-time job. That aside, thought I'd pose the question of who do we predict will be promoted (or hope to see) at the end of the Met season this year? My money is on Shayer. It'll be inexplicable if he's not. They need more female soloists, and I think Hurlin is in the running. Also, maybe Waski, if her Myrta debut is successful. I don't expect anyone to be promoted to principal this year. I wouldn't be surprised if they hire a male principal at the end of the season, though.
  18. Casting is now out (and before their Fall season....). Interestingly, Murphy/Whiteside are given only 1 performance (maybe due to their own schedules). Also, Abrera's partner for two performances is TBA. Hammoudi was paired with her last year. Would love to see Royal get it. Debuts for Forster/Shevchenko (especially thrilled for Forster). I was really expecting to see a debut for either Brandt or Trenary as Clara this year. Edited to add: it's also telling, in addition to not casting Hammoudi, Gorak also hasn't been cast as The Prince (he has also danced this part before, though not last year). https://www.abt.org/events/the-nutcracker/
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    2018 Nutcracker - Costa Mesa

    How wonderful to hear. I really wish Forster was doing SL w/ her at the upcoming Met season..... I see nanushka and I were typing out the same thoughts re: SL..... 😉
  20. Thanks for the reminder about this. What a fascinating interview! And, I loved his telling of how Fancy Free was created. Separately, I noticed for the first time how Woetzel looks a lot like Ray Bolger.
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    Raven Wilkinson

    I'm logged into the app (works the same as on a computer or TV, I believe). It says it's only avail to watch with a Fandor subscription on Amazon. Oh well. I'll keep it on my watchlist in case it becomes available for me.
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    Raven Wilkinson

    I just looked this up on Amazon Prime and it's not available. I can add it to my watchlist but it's not avail for free viewing....
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    Raven Wilkinson

    Thanks for the head's up. I just added it to my watchlist.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    I agree, in theory, but if Stearns and/or Whiteside becomes injured and has to be replaced immediately, and for several shows across several ballets (we've seen that happen), not one of those three has done or is scheduled to debut as Siegfried, Prince Desire, Conrad, Manon. I'd hate to see one of them get thrown into one of those roles with only a few days rehearsal time (aka Lane in SL). Separately, there are two Conrad TBA's that will hopefully go to one of those soloists.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    As noted on the Met Season's thread, Lendorf has slowly been removed from all casting in 2019 (all of the tours and the Met season). I expect his bio to disappear from the ABT site soon. So, with Lendorf possibly leaving (not confirmed), Bolle retiring this coming year (but he only ever danced one/two perf's anyway), Hallberg only dancing about 3x at the Met and no tours, Simkin splitting his time with Berlin, we only have 3 full-time year-round male principals: Cornejo, Stearns and Whiteside (with Cornejo unfortunately injury-prone). At least Simkin is joining the winter tours and is scheduled for 8 performances at the Met; compared with 12 for Stearns and 14 for Whiteside, though I suspect those numbers for Stearns/Whiteside will increase even more once Purple von Rothbart and Tharp casting is released. So, three male principals for eight women?! (Seven, if you remove Murphy who is on maternity till next Fall.) Do they even have a PLAN? The male principal roster has been a problem for a few years, and it keeps getting worse. Clearly, they are grooming Bell, who is taking on big debuts in the full-lengths this year, but he's still in the corps. Heaven help them if Stearns and/or Whiteside gets injured.