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  1. That was my point! 😊 (Since others were wondering whether or not Cornejo would be cast as Apollo...).
  2. Since Apollo is programmed the night of Cornejo’s 20th anniversary celebration, I’d expect him to be cast. He debuted this role at Vail a year or two ago. And, yes Lane has done T&V before, many times. Her photo in the lead role is on both the ABT and the Koch sites for the fall season.
  3. The 2019 Honors were awarded to: Earth, Wind & Fire Sally Field LInda Ronstadt Michael Tilson Thomas And, Sesame Street No dancers/choreographers https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/18/arts/kennedy-center-honors.html?action=click&module=Latest&pgtype=Homepage
  4. Yes to all of those ladies. Also Shevchenko.
  5. I’d be biting my nails before the flying fish dives. His partnering has improved but I’d be nervous watching that part. Unless they simplified it.
  6. I thought she had potential to move up to a soloist. This is too bad indeed.
  7. Cobweb, I’m in the same boat. My designated drawer for my programs is bursting, so my current ones are just sitting on a counter. I guess I need to clear out another drawer. I also can’t bring myself to tearing them apart.
  8. Shevchenko and Lane are the only O/O I would see (again). Although, next year I might see Teuscher again only to see Bell as Siegfried.
  9. Thanks. Apparently, Bond is leaving, per Forsythe’s Instagram. She shows two images in her story and one says goodbye to Bond and Waski in a “swan hug”.
  10. Most definitely. But, I’m sure she enjoyed accompanying her husband who was scheduled to dance. I believe you mean the White Swan pas de deux. The dying swan is a stand alone solo that is not part of Swan Lake. I agree that Shevchenko deserved more than one show at the Met and she should be doing it at Wolf Trap instead of one of the other ladies.
  11. That’s about right. Hoven is inches shorter. I recently stood next to him so he’s about 5’10, 5’11 at the tallest.
  12. I agree that the male roster is too thin, even with Bell dancing leads. I also wouldn’t rule out Mack joining for the upcoming season. He will be a guest with ENB through the fall so perhaps he’ll dance with ABT starting in the winter. Or, just guest again at the Met. Regarding Forster, he hasn’t been adequately tested to rule him out. Why not? I’d love to know. Dramatically, I think he’d be amazing, perhaps astonishing, as Siegried or Albrecht. Technically, I cannot say but I believe he should be given the chance (in contrast with Royal, who would have a LOT of difficulty with the choreography). I don’t see him as Benno though, partially due to his size and natural authority. I think it would look odd to have Siegried’s sidekick tower over him. I don’t see him in this role at all, I guessed for other reasons I cannot explain. And, I agree with abatt that if the AD wasn’t so lenient with Hallberg, he’d be out of there in a millisecond. He’s proven that ABT is his last priority. It’ll be interesting to see if Lendorf actually dances this season.
  13. Since Bell has already done Romeo, Siegried and Prince Desire, I suspect he’ll debut Solor and/or Albrecht next year. Bayadere he’d be paired with Teuscher I imagine. Hmm...for Giselle, could we see a double debut with Trenary? Or, would he be paired with Seo? Regarding Hurlin and the other female soloists, they have a lot of competition for lead parts (unlike Bell), especially assuming Murphy will be back by then. Watch the casting for the winter tours!
  14. They are doing SL, Giselle and Bayadere on tour in 2020 so we will definitely see those three at the Met. Also, Ratmansky is doing a new full length which we’ve discussed on another thread. Besides those four, I’m also curious what we’ll see. R&J would be great, if Lane will finally get her debut (and be cast with Cornejo). Murphy had said she’d be back for the fall, but she wasn’t listed in the fall announcement. Maybe they’re doing a wait and see approach. If not the fall, I imagine next summer if not sooner (Nutcracker, tours, etc).
  15. Congratulations to both of them! Glad Ahn was also included (Bell was a sure thing).
  16. To anyone who saw Bell’s earlier performances, was this a first or had they deleted this sequence before?
  17. Bell is only 20 years old, so he’s got youth (and more energy) on his side vs a mid-30’s Hallberg who has several injuries behind him. Still, four is a lot. I guess Whiteside is still injured or sick. I wonder why they didn’t have Gorak take one, esp since he’s done this ballet with Boylston before. I suppose this is a good test for Bell - to see how he handles (last minute) pressure. Although, I believe his promotion is inevitable regardless and I suspect only days away.
  18. I agree with all of the wonderful things that have already been said about Lane/Cornejo in SB. Lane is a quintessential Aurora. She was like a hummingbird: light, airy, delicate, lovely, spritely. Cornejo gave no hint of a recent injury. His petite allegro was outstanding. The vision scene was by far the best for them - so romantic. And the backbend described above was unreal. And, it was so charming to see Lane’s husband be her number one suitor. Shevchenko was a gracious, lovely, regal Lilac. She had a few minor bobbles with some turns but otherwise she was technically strong. I don’t think I’ve seen her in anything that wasn’t an outstanding performance. I was happy that Keith Roberts subbed for Carabosse. He was menacing and stole the spotlight. The prologue fairies were just ok with the exception of Brandt as Canary. It’s too short of a solo for someone as perfectly cast as her. Giangeruso tried her best as Violente but she doesn’t possess the quick footwork. Tom Forster was wasted as a Fairy Cavalier. Teuscher was surprisingly charming as Diamond. Technically she was predictably excellent, but she projected much more personality than usual. However, I like this role better on Boylston for her big jumps. Hoven was terrific as Bluebird - yes, not the typical size for this but his arms and footwork were beautiful. K Williams was also terrific as Florine. She’s really blossomed this season since being promoted and has become another one of my favorites. Despite the excellent performances, this SB is like Harlequinade for me now - twice was enough. I appreciate the historical reconstruction, but some of the choreography is too old fashioned: chaine turns on demi (awkward looking), the low passes, men preparing a pirouette in a half second position instead of in fourth (this one really irks me). The repetitive waltzes and folk dances, esp in Act I...oy. And, poor Bluebird in his padded diaper. I really hope Ratmansky doesn’t do any more reconstructions for ABT.
  19. I forgot that she was initially only scheduled for one performance. However, I very strongly doubt that she’ll ever be taken out of SL, regardless of her abilities. She’ll continue to make technical adjustments as needed. SL will most likely be her retirement performance. Having a black ballerina do O/O with a major company is a very big deal (and it made history with ABT) and it seems like her fans mostly come to that show (others too, but understandably they want to see her in the most famous ballet). I don’t wish to start another debate on something that has been discussed to death everywhere, but since I’ve said very little about this, I will say that I have very mixed feelings about it all. As a former dancer and current balletomane, I only want to see a dancer who can successfully do the choreography and elicit an emotional reaction from me. For me, that is not Copeland. On the other hand, I understand her importance as a role model and someone who broke barriers and woke up a lot of people (and it was about time). So, I’m conflicted. I can understand her getting one O/O. Not thrilled with it, but I can understand it. Two shows? Nope.
  20. I just watched this story, too, and agree that the "new" choreography in place of the fish dives is disappointing. It doesn't have the same climax. Also, this filmed rehearsal sequence (I've seen a few with the same style) is incredibly annoying with the dancers' bodies cut off to show upside-down reflection in the piano, etc. Grrrr!
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