Enjoy the rest and relaxation for the next two weeks, because when NYCB opens its Winter Season on January 15th, it's going to be an exhausting task trying to get to Lincoln Center every night. How can one possibly pace oneself when there are six weeks filled with Tschaikovsky's greatest hits seasoned with a sprinkling of Stravinsky, Shostakovich, and other spicy tunes? 'Twill be tough but worth the twouble.
We may soon get pushed over the edge of the fiscal cliff by a bunch of clumsy politicians who can't two-step together, but we'll glide on the updrafts under our wings for the next several weeks from the uplifting and rich performances of NYCB.
There are $29 tickets available.
NYCB will take the unusual step of excerpting Diamonds from Jewels, a very welcomed event, and favorites will return including Serenade, Allegro Brilliante, Mozartiana, Sleeping Beauty, Tschai PdD, Symphony in Three Movements which last fall saw the electric debut of Sterling Hyltin in the light pink leotard role, and Symphony in C which last fall debuted a new young cast including Lauren King in the Fourth Movement. Haglund saw five of Lauren's six consecutive performances in the role and was impressed with her ability to conquer the technical challenges and improve with every performance. She passed the test with flying colors and has earned the company's confidence in her performances in blistering allegro roles.
People should see NYCB's Symphony in C this winter so it's authenticity and uniformity of style are fresh in everyone's minds when ABT attempts to dance it during the Spring Season at the Met with its hodge-podge of principals.
Speaking of ABT, Haglund just received another subscription brochure for the spring season in the mail. The largest figure in its pages is Sascha Radetsky pictured as Espada in Don Q. It's a fetching photo and would prompt a lot of people to buy tickets except for the sad fact that Radetsky isn't listed anywhere in the spring casting. So while ABT knows enough to put a big picture of him in the brochure because it knows lots of people would like to see his performances, it doesn't tell anyone when he's dancing. How will that translate into sales?
It's nice to see that Radetsky and Stella Abrera will get to debut in Limon's The Moor's Pavane in Beijing in March (in the Iago and Emilia roles), but Haglund had to plow through the Chinese language version of the theater's website for that information since it's not listed on either the English version of the website or ABT's own site -- obviously because ABT doesn't want anyone back home to know about it. Both dancers were outstanding in Lar Lubovitch's production of Othello a few years back and will undoubtedly be so in the Limon version. We'll probably never see it, though.
Also on the Chinese language version of the website, it showed that Veronika Part and Marcelo Gomes will open the three performance run of Swan Lake in Beijing. This, of course, irritates the home crowd in New York which has been unfairly denied this duo's brilliant performances of Swan Lake for several years. By all rights, they should open Swan Lake Week at the Met every single year.
And so, as 2012 ends and 2013 begins, NYCB continues to make grand strides in the right direction while ABT obstinately marches toward its self-made fiscal and artistic cliffs. And so it goes....