The fix is in.
ABT has rigged the press coverage of its Nutcracker performances this year. Other than the opening night performance, they are presently offering only two press nights: Misty Copeland's second performance on December 18th and Hee Seo's second performance on December 16th. Yes, their second performances. lol.
It seems that ABT doesn't want any press coverage of either Sarah Lane's or Stella Abrera's performances in the leading role as Clara, even though Stella, one of the two most classically empowered and refined artists in the company, will be debuting in this production and Sarah's previous performances have been among the most beautiful of all. That's understandable: these two remarkable soloists make Hee Seo and Misty Copeland look like KMart jewelry every time they are compared. No disrespect intended to KMart – they have a decent housewares department. If one wants single pique turns, single step-over turns, simplified & slowed down choreography, or a noisy power drill, KMart's the place to shop. If one is looking for upscale classical ballet, try these dates December 13 @ 12pm (Sarah w/Joseph Gorak), December 14 @ 1pm (Stella w/Alexandre Hammoudi), December 19 @ 7pm (Sarah w/Joseph Gorak), and December 20 @ 2pm (Stella w/Alexandre Hammoudi).
Style and substance.
Gelsey Kirkland Ballet will present its exquisite production of The Nutcracker at the Schimmel Center on December 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21. Use the discount code FRIENDS by December 5 to save 10% on any evening performance.
Let us step back in time to consider what it meant to dance like the light: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P6NCE9GlU7s
Dates to remember:
12/6 Tickets for An American in Paris at the Palace Theater on Broadway go on sale to the general public. Mastercard presale in process now.
12/8 Single tickets for the Mariinsky at BAM go on sale to the general public.
2/4 Single tickets to the Scottish Ballet's acclaimed production of Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire go on sale at the Kennedy Center.