Much to look forward to next week. After a quick getaway to Washington D.C. to catch Diana Vishneva in the Mariinsky's final performance of Giselle, Haglund will definitely be at the Tuesday evening NYCB performance to see the debuts of five out of the eight dancers in Divertimento No. 15. The newbies include Haglund favorites Lauren King and Rebecca Krohn. The Saturday matinee includes another favorite, Jennie Somogyi, in Mirage which is a Martins/Calatrava piece that Haglund wants to see again.
It is quite wonderful to see that all of the performances of the major classics Swan Lake and Giselle are effectively sold out in New York and Washington during the same week. Even though many of us have always known that ballet is the greatest art of all, it's a good sign to see that the current general public is catching on, too.
And how about that Prince and his quarter of a million dollar gift to ABT among other big arts gifts he made in the NY area! The last rock star to give big, big bucks to ballet was – ahhh – Prince. He could be starting another movement. While we're talking about Prince, do we need another ballet to Prince's music? Yes we do!! And don't think he wouldn't like a gig on the Met's stage. While we're waiting for that, we need to up the speculation about Sir Paul McCartney's ballet score. What company landed this and who's got the loose lips on the details?