Maria Riccetto will dance Odette/Odile in four performances in a span of two weeks – including her career debut on opening night – when Julio Bocca's Ballet Nacional del Sodre premieres its Swan Lake August 8-21 in Montevideo. Maria's long, thin, and very graceful arms, expressive classical hands, long neck, and pure lines are going to make a stunning swan. Her Prince Siegfried will be the young and very charismatic Ciro Tamayo who was James to Maria's Sylphide earlier this year. Wow, four Swan Lakes in two weeks time. That's about 6-8 years of Swan Lakes for a ballerina at ABT thanks to all the guest artists and imports who poach performances.
Simone Messmer will debut with the San Francisco Ballet on July 28th at the Stern Grove Festival. She will dance the "German" section in Alexei Ratmansky's From Foreign Lands. Her partners will be Shane Wuerthner, Luke Ingham, and Myles Thatcher. She will also perform as part of the ensemble in the "Polish" section.
Jesus Chapa-Malacara has launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the production of his new book Esprit de Corps – A Ballet Photography Book. The dancer participants include Michaela DePrince, Jared Matthews, Yuriko Kajiya, James Whiteside, Sterling Baca, Elina Miettinen, Sean Stewart, Cassandra Trenary, Patrick Yocum with more participants expected to sign on for the project.