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  1. I’d love to know about Brandt’s debut. Did anyone see her performance last night?
  2. Yeah, this is great. If McK is going to continue to snub her, perhaps she can start a great guest artist career and dance all the roles she should be dancing while in her prime!
  3. I’m so disappointed with the casting, or shall I say, the non-casting of Lane. It’s bad enough that KMc’s dislike for her is so glaringly (if not shamelessly) obvious, but to cast Gorak opposite her in the (1) R&J he gave her is just cruel...oh and a matinee too? Wow.
  4. Yeah, that is a shame. I remember forever ago an AD of mine said...if you make a mistake, nobody will know except the dancers in the wings unless you draw attention to it...most of the time, that’s absolutely true. I hate to hear Lane struggle with this, she really is one of the most lovely dancers ABT has. That said, I’d still rather see her than some of the others ABT has to offer these days, mistakes and all. And yes, when she’s “on” no one can touch her (i.e., Manon)
  5. Agreed...and a real disservice to the company as a whole.
  6. I have to say, I’m shocked that Ahn and Bell are the only promotions this year with the Principal male roster being what it is. I mean Bolle is gone, Hallberg, it seems, prefers dancing elsewhere, Simkin is definitely splitting his time and Lendorf seems to be plagued with injury....has ABT ever done another set of promotions in the same year as the initial one or are they just planning on using the soloists for principal roles indefinitely? (Yes, I’m a bit bugged!).
  7. As others have mentioned, it doesn’t seem likely that there are going to be female Principal promotions this year though if there were/are, I’d say Trenary is hands down next up (Brandt as close 2nd). For principal male promotions this year, Forster and Hoven get my vote. Clearly Bell is on the Principal track though I think a year (at least) as soloist first, seems appropriate. Corps to soloist promotions, I predict only male this year as well. Bell is a shoe in and Shayer is certainly deserving, even with the injuries. Perhaps Ahn?
  8. I was at the Saturday 8p show. Can’t say I enjoyed it nor can I say I didn’t like it which is the problem. I can’t say I felt much of anything. The ballet was just gray, literally (costumes, sets, even the chair!) but also gray emotionally. The lighting, sets and costumes certainly contributed to that but more than anything it was the monotonous, angular, repetitious choreography that prevented me from attaching to any of the characters in any meaningful way (with the exception of the role of Adele played/dance by Zimmi Coker). I know the story of Jane Eyre well, though I found myself thinking
  9. Hmmm. Weird. They updated other Corps photos too and nothing about promotions. Then again, their website always lagged.
  10. Re: Gisele. Looks like ABT just updated her photo in the dancer section. Think that would be unusual if she left the company.
  11. Great news, congrats to all. Looking forward to seeing all of their potential come to fruition, providing KMc actually uses them!
  12. I noticed Coker in Swan Lake and had read several comments about her in La Bayadere. In SL she was in front stage right. She was solid in her technique, beautiful arms, nice feet. I believe she was promoted to the Corps this month. She’s one to watch methinks!
  13. This is my first post at BA, though I have been reading posts here for quite sometime. Sadly, I am only able to make it to NYC for an ABT show once a year. I envy those of you that can go to several! This year I chose Swan Lake (it's literally been 30 years since I've seen it) with Teuscher, Stearns and Zhurbin/Forster at the helm. Here's what I thought... First, someone in a previous post had mentioned a swan puppet? I had no idea what that meant until the prologue. I've never seen von Rothbart wrestle a swan before and have to say I spontaneously chuckled. Fortunately, I caught mys
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