It is astonishing to see the new poster at Lincoln Center for the Youth American Grand Prix which identifies Ivan Vasiliev as an actual member of American Ballet Theatre. ABT is being tight-lipped on the matter of whether it has imported yet another inferior Eastern European outsider to its permanent principal ranks instead of granting internal promotions to its own deserving dancers.
Is ABT trying to avoid further angering its core audience by simply failing to disclose publicly one more instance of foolishly poaching other artistic managements' dancers instead of developing its own talent and giving its own dancers the career-building opportunities which they DESERVE?
On a separate note, the Ardani website continues to offer detailed casting information about ABT's Met season that ABT itself will not disclose. Ardani says that Semionova is going to be in the cast of Apollo for the Wednesday matinee in which Marcelo Gomes dances the title role. Doesn't ABT have enough spectacular dancers to field four freakin' performances of Apollo? Who is losing the opportunity to dance in Apollo this year? Messmer? Underwood? Abrera? Riccetto? Shevchenko? Hamrick? Schulte? Part? Dvorovenko? Really – ABT doesn't have enough talented dancers to field four freakin' performances of Apollo? What is this artistic management doing with its time besides perusing the Ardani Take Out Menu?
ABT is acting more and more like a Koch subsidiary everyday in its failure to communicate openly and honestly with the public, its ticketbuyers, and its donors. It really is past time to kick this management to the curb.