The Santa Fe National UFO Center was in a whirl of activity on Saturday night as a ghostly light of overwhelming brightness shimmered and hovered in the skies over the city. Scientists ran outside hoping to catch traces of the long, wispy angel hair that has been known to fall from the skies after such sightings. Truth be told, the brilliant star was Stella Abrera as Giselle dancing the famous PdD opposite Sascha Radetsky as part of a performance by the Stars of American Ballet – a group conceived, produced, and directed by NYCB's Daniel Ulbricht. Those of us most wanting to see this dancer in the role that we have always known would catapult her career missed it all. But we can be grateful that there was a bonefide eyewitness who has filed reports with H.H. and on Twitter.
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Why oh why oh why don't the best artists at ABT get to perform on stage in the roles they were destined to dance? Abrera = the lilies, we all know that. ABT should clean out that tired, coasting Giselle crew and give us the company's own wonderful artists: Abrera, Kajiya, Lane, Murphy, and Part.
We are grateful to Daniel Ulbricht for putting these opportunities together for all of the fine dancers in his group. Reports are that the Santa Fe crowd understood and appreciated all that they saw over the weekend including a fine NYCB/ABT combined cast for Robbins' Fancy Free. Wouldn't New York love to see more inter-company casts of Fancy Free? Why is that so hard to arrange?