After earlier this month unceremoniously clipping Maxim Beloserkovsky from the principal roster, ABT announced today that Irina Dvorovenko's final performance would be on May 18th in Onegin. She plans to continue dancing guest stints with other companies.
Dvorovenko is one of only three women in the company who has a complete and convincing portrayal of Giselle – both acts – the other two being Reyes and Vishneva. It is a shame that our last opportunity to see Irina in this role was marred by the atrocious conducting botch-job wherein the conductor completely lost his own mind during Giselle's mad scene and neither the orchestra nor dancer could follow him.
We've all seen the writing on the wall for Irina these past few seasons as she has been disrespectfully pushed aside just like Angel Corella was. Why can't the ABT broom bristle after McKenzie and Julie Kent?
ABT is going to look considerably less glamorous without Irina.