Fall For Dance opens at NY City Center on Wednesday. There is much to look forward to during the ten day festival which this year marks its tenth anniversary.
On September 30th and October 1st, ABT will present The Moor's Pavane as its contribution to the festival. However, McKenzie has gone out and hired a guest artist to dance the title role.
As announced by the Limon Dance Company on September 11th via its Twitter and FB pages, the title role will be danced by Francisco Ruvalcaba, a long time and highly respected member of the company. He is well known as a mighty interpreter of the roles that Limon made for himself. We're going to be treated to a very Limon-authentic and riveting performance of the Moor, that's for sure.
But that's not the point. The point is that ABT's knee-jerk reaction and solution to every little problem that comes its way is hire a guest artist. Hire somebody else to do their work for them. Craig Salstein, Alexei Agoudine, Arron Scott, and especially Sean Stewart, would all make sensational Moors if Gomes, Zhurbin, and Hammoudi were not available. Maybe we should consider ourselves lucky that ABT didn't pull the whole dance and substitute a horsey ballerina doing fouettes.
The San Francisco Ballet opens at Lincoln Center on Wednesday, October 16 with works by Tomasson, Wheeldon, and McGregor. On that same evening, a live performance of the Royal Ballet's brand new Don Quixote by Carlos Acosta will be live-streamed (on a delayed basis) to theaters all over the world, including the U.S. In NYC, it will be presented at Union Square, Empire 25 and Kips Bay. You can also catch it in White Plains, Flushing, Farmingdale, and many other places. Acosta and Marianela Nunez will dance the leading roles. More info and tickets available at Fathom Events and here is the Royal Ballet's promo video.
Heard much about the Fort Wayne Ballet lately? Well, they just received a $1 Million dollar gift to their endowment from a local foundation in Indiana.
According to the website: two principal dancers, two apprentices, two trainees, and a major academy and conservatory to supplement the company's performances throughout the year, and now $1 Million.
Directed by Karen Gibbons-Brown, the 57-year-old Fort Wayne Ballet opened its fall season last night and has a busy year ahead including Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, family-oriented productions of Rodeo and The Little Mermaid and much more.