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  1. Lane did a live Instagram story on her account about 3 hours ago of a Q&A with the dancers of the Richmond Ballet. You can still watch it. It’s maybe an hour, I’m still watching. They ask a lot of good questions: how she’s been treated at ABT, the Black Swan movie controversy, how she handles nerves, self confidence issues, etc. She also talked about how the former guest artist policy affected her confidence and held back her career (and that of others too) and how once she was promoted to principal she wouldn’t even get tech rehearsals for big debuts. Someone asked if Stearn
  2. Thank you for this in depth review, laurel. I wish I could have seen it!
  3. Was anyone there last night? Would love to know how Aran Bell's debut went.
  4. I am sure Brandt will do well tonight. She has proven being able to handle last minute shows like with Medora and Columbine, except with Giselle she's been rehearsing that for months unlike those other roles. I was thinking this all along yet didn't voice it, but I think Copeland's cancellation tonight is exactly why Brandt is now debuting as Giselle. I thought it was circumspect that Shevchenko wasn't cast as Giselle in DC, since ABT usually has the dancer debut the role on tour before their Met debut. But with Copeland's frequent cancellations and Lane and Cornejo no longer being cast
  5. An article in the Times about Peck's injury and her return to Swan Lake: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/13/arts/dance/tiler-peck.html
  6. I’m pretty sure it’s the end of March. I want to say the 22nd or the 29th, not sure which, but it’s usually a Sunday starting at noon.
  7. I’m going to assume that the King of Babylon is a purely acting role, as Zhurbin does many of those in the full lengths as does Roberts. Roberts is an exceptional actor so casting him makes sense to me. Hoven is in the same cast as Dionysius, which is a dancing role (based off of Whiteside’s Instagram post in the same role).
  8. Not surprising that Copeland wasn’t cast. She hasn’t been in a Ratmansky piece for some time (was replaced in Whipped Cream the last time it was performed and Brandt replaced her as Columbine before Harlequinade even opened). Lane is doing the second act in Bayadère in Chicago with Ahn, at least, but missing from the other tours as you mentioned. Disappointing she’s apparently not in Love and Rage (unless she gets a very little part...). At least Blaine Hoven finally has something to do. He is inexplicably missing from all plum casting on tour and at the Met (after an incredible year
  9. Casting for the secondary parts for the Costa Mesa run is now listed. https://www.abt.org/performances/master-calendar/
  10. Cory Stearns has commented on his public Instagram (in the comments section in response to someone else) that he’s cast in Love and Rage. Since the principal casting has already been released, I assume that there are plum secondary roles and that he’s referring to that. Ratmansky does create a lot of such parts and it sounds like this ballet would require it. So hopefully we’ll see some great opportunities for Lane, Hoven, and a few others who so far have been cast dismally for the Met at best.
  11. I’ve never been a big fan of Stearns, but he’s a much better partner than Gorak so I’m glad. I won’t be biting my nails in fear of her being dropped.
  12. I saw that clip. Wonderful! She also recently posted a long clip of Nikiya. Also, beautiful.
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. 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
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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.
  17. 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).
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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/
  21. 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).
  22. 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/
  23. I wondered that too. Also, given the injury/cancellation rate of Hallberg/Osipova, that’s another reason to have another team ready to go.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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