ABT's single ticket sales begin this Sunday. The company opens tomorrow night in Orange County with its new Firebird. Apparently Natalia Osipova is not the draw that she is elsewhere since as of the day before her much hyped performance there are still many, many hundreds of tickets unsold. It looks like it'll be free ballet for a lot of people. Maybe that rehearsal photo in the LA Times with Natalia in such admirable balletic form wasn't exactly the audience turn-on that ABT expected. You know, if someone choreographed a ballet based on the movie, The Exorcist, and cast Natalia in Linda Blair's role, it might be worth seeing.
When you go to buy your tickets for ABT's Met Season, take a moment to think about the message which your dollars will send. Do you want to send a message that you'd rather see guest artists or would you rather see ABT's home grown dancers who at this time are not getting the opportunities to dance which they deserve.