A month after Haglund first reported it on this blog, Freed of London has confirmed that Alessandra Ferri announced that she will come out of retirement to dance with the Royal Ballet in Wayne MacGregor's new full-length ballet based on Virginia Woolf's texts. The Royal Ballet has scheduled Woolf Works for eight performances during May 2015. Regardless of what ends up on the stage, this is going to be a whopping big event in London when this beloved artist returns to her first home. Whopping big.
Another ABT guest artist has dropped into the Discount Dunk Tank with a big splash. If you really want to help ABT stab its own dancers in the back by playing into its sales pitch that anyone who comes from some place else is always better than the company's own dancers, here is your chance. Kevin Jackson's appearances in Manon on June 4th matinee and June 6th are now going for as low as $27 on Goldstar.com. There are other Manon performances with equally weak sales which are not on Goldstar, but ABT doesn't want the added embarrassment of having one of this year's newest imports recalled for a faulty ignition.
The Royal New Zealand Ballet is not only losing its AD when Ethan Stiefel moves home to the U.S., but it is losing its longtime ballet mistress. After 28 years with RNZB in various capacities, Turid Refheim, is leaving. The RNZB's executive director hinted in an interview with The New Zealand Herald that applications for Stiefel's job have come from both America and Europe. But now it looks like they need both an AD and a ballet mistress. A short way across the Tasman Sea, the Australian Ballet also needs a replacement for its longtime and highly respected Associate Artistic Director, Danilo Radojevic, whose departure coincided with his wife's retirement from the company. Maybe this could turn into a Down Under version of the old-time sliding puzzle.