The Unofficial Information Exchange (UIEX) tickertape was whirling around at Warp 6 this morning after knowledgeable street analysts predicted that Olga Smirnova would dance in La Bayadere at ABT's performance on the evening of May 28th.
This would follow her highly anticipated appearances at YAGP's events at the Koch Theater where she is expected to dance Balanchine's Diamonds Pas de Deux with Semyon Chudin on April 11th - to taped music, unfortunately.
Olga, a top 2011 Vaganova graduate of Professor Ludmila Kovaleva's class – as was Diana Vishneva 16 years before – doesn't have much experience dancing the role of Nikiya. She performed excerpts at her graduation and on Russian TV, but only danced two Bolshoi performances to date. Parts of the demanding assignment have proved problematic for her, such as this most unlovely turned-in position while going around in the developpe promenade from 2011 and again in 2012,
but maybe ABT's Irina Kolpakova, one of the few remaining direct descendants of Vaganova and a graduate in her last class, can fix that on Olga – please. This town is already filthy rich with misplaced, ear-whacking extensions. We could use a few more ballerinas who can give us some of the old time religion.
It will be a pleasure to welcome Olga to the Met season but the rest of the riff-raff and unreliable imports (except Matvienko) really need to take a hike and get out of the way of our own soloists.