It's that difficult time of the season again – when
rare opportunities to see favorite soloists and corps members shine must be weighed against the anxiety and disappointment produced by watching a corrupted
production of a classic.
Haglund will see only a few, or a couple, and save his
dollars for Swan Lake. He will be skipping Saturday evening's performance in protest of ABT
allocating its very, very scarce resources toward training a Bolshoi ballerina guest
artist to dance a very basic classical role that her own company has not yet
seen fit to assign to her. In casting the Bolshoi ballerina guest artist, ABT
has literally cast aside one of its own rising stars and an audience favorite, Sarah Lane, who proved
herself as a sparkling and beautiful Aurora in previous seasons.
The Bolshoi ballerina guest artist no doubt will hold
her Rose Adagio balances from here to the end of time and will vault herself
higher than LeBron James, but Haglund doesn't care. When the self-proclaimed America's National Ballet Company casts aside its own home grown and remarkable talent for
the slick tricks of an import, it's time for patrons to reassess where
they demonstrate their generosity.