As of this moment, the Mariinsky Ballet's performance of Ratmansky's Cinderella on January 20th will be danced by Nadezhda Batoeva and Vladimir Shklyarov. Ms. Batoeva has been with the Mariinsky since graduating from the Vaganova Academy in 2008 and is a Second Soloist who has danced a lot of featured roles, including Cinderella. This, according to the Mariinsky website; the BAM website still shows the performance as TBA.
Here is the link to watch for signing up for the NYC municipal ID that will get you (and in many cases, your guests) into lots of free stuff offered by 33 cultural institutions including NYCB, many museums, Carnegie Hall, Botanic Garden and on and on and on. (ABT is not a participant.) Of course, IDNYC is just for NYC residents.
In extending this offer to all city residents, the city hopes to de-stigmatize its effort to bring undocumented immigrants out from hiding and into mainstream life where they can function, prosper, and of course pay taxes (especially that all important social security tax) rather than struggle to get by on sub-minimum wages paid by a cheating business owner who is hiding them and expoiting their vulnerabiltiy while not paying his share of unemployment and social security taxes. Haglund knows that he's not the only old gray geezer balletomane who needs the social security system to last a few more years.
Everyone who lives in the city and supports its great culture should support this inititative and sign up the whole family (everyone 14 years old and older). Then, sign up for every benefit from every participant organization and go crazy trying to take advantage of all the free cultural opportunities. Go crazy trying to visit 33 cultural institutions multiple times this year.
IDNYC means easy access to culture for a lot of people who could not otherwise afford access. Those who are actively concerned (or pretending to be concerned) about the limited access to the arts for the city's less advantaged need to get busy and get everyone signed up.
Secondly, signing up and using the heck out of the benefits of the NYC municipal ID will result in a high measure of interest in the arts which could very well translate into greater government support. You know that NYC will be measuring the success of this program in cold hard numbers. If not many people take advantage of the arts when they are FREE, why should government agencies throw more tax money at the arts? If less advantaged families don't want to experience the arts when they are FREE, why should the government then give money to the arts organizations to reach out to less advantaged families?
Be counted for the sake of the arts in this city and sign up for the Municipal ID and all the organizations who are participating. It's not like NYC is asking for information about you that they don't already have. Oh, one thing more - if you were an actual paying member of any these organizations' patron programs from 2012 forward, you don't get the free deal for that organization. It makes perfect sense.
Sign up, be counted, help support the arts, and help the city with its immigration initiative. There are no losers in this plan, except perhaps for a few Republicans.