Good to see that the Kennedy Center casting is up already -- kind of unusual to see it this early, but no one's complaining.
For the opening night of The Moor's Pavane, Stella Abrera joins the cast of Gomes, Stearns, and Kent while Veronika opens Ratmansky's Symphony #9 cast with Bolle. The following night Kristi Boone and Alex Hammoudi join the Symphony #9 cast of Abrera, Jared Matthews, and Sascha Radetsky.
No Symphony in C casting yet and that is where the peril will be. Hopefully, we will see Veronika in the Second Movement for either or BOTH nights with Stella and Gillian Murphy - who returns for this tour - in the First Movement. The last thing anyone needs in Symphony in C are dancers who can't make it work with other dancers in an ensemble -- which is exactly why Hee Seo and Isabella Boylston need to sit on the bench for this ballet. It doesn't matter what a dancer accomplishes in her individual movement, if she messes up the last 90 seconds of the final ensemble movement, the whole work is a bust, and those two dancers need a wake-up call in their ensemble work. Nor does anyone need to see the tempi slowed for Osipova and Vasiliev to try to turn the Third Movement into an anti-Balanchine trampoline circus act.
Haglund strongly recommends that everyone see NYCB dance Symphony in C (Feb. 7,8,9,10) this winter so that everyone knows what it should look like before seeing any of ABT's schmimports hack 'n jack through it.
Opening night of Le Corsaire includes Herman Cornejo as Ali plus Herrera, Gomes, Abrera, Radetsky, and Salstein. Veronika dances Medora the following night with Stearns.
Luis Ribagorda dances the Saturday matinee Birbanto, AND (trumpets, please), Joe Phillips will be Ali on Saturday night in the cast with Murphy, Gomes, and Radetsky. Joe Phillips, folks. Haglund hopes for a fast, Corella-type tempo for Joe. We really need to bring that excitement back to Ali.
Tickets go on sale Feb. 6th.