ABT wrapped up its week of The Bright Stream last night with a blockbuster performance led by Veronika Part, Stella Abrera, Alexandre Hammoudi, and Cory Stearns. Haglund wants all of his faithful readers out in Southern California who have not yet gotten their tickets to The Bright Stream in July at the Chandler Pavillion to click here and order today to ensure that you see Haglund's favorite of his four favorite casts - not that he ever plays favorites.
What is it going to take for Kevin McKenzie to come to his senses and promote Stella Abrera to principal dancer before she begins to grow mold? She not only carries a full principal load of performances, and has for several years, but now carries a greater load than other principals. It seems that McKenzie is trying to make some ludicrous point that a dancer who deserves to be principal can have a perfectly satisfying career as a soloist at American Ballet Theatre while never getting the recognition and credit that she deserves. It's such hog do-do. It's not satisfying for the ones buying the tickets or the ones making the donations or the ones investing the years in following this dancer's career to see McKenzie dissing Stella's ability and contribution to the company by refusing to recognize it. There is no additional financial burden to promoting her. In fact, if McKenzie wanted to promote six dancers to principal status, he could do so. In fewer than two years of working with Ratmansky, Stella has progressed farther technically and artistically than more than a decade under McKenzie. Should she be penalized for that? Haglund wants to see her promotion announced, and he wants to see it yesterday. Capisce?