It's almost here. We certainly have been patient all these years. After starring in a dozen or so performances of Aurora in the Royal New Zealand Ballet's acclaimed production, our Stella Abrera finally gets to dance the role on her home stage for her home fans opposite Marcelo Gomes' Prince Désiré. ABT, of course, has always denied her the respect of including those RNZB performances in her official bio (not a high profile accomplishment, apparently) - which is also a slap in the face to Ethan Stiefel who was the director of the company at the time. But ABT seems to have no trouble trumpeting the amateur school performances of its corps members or their local amateur group performances.
Since ABT has purposely mischaracterized her June 30th performance as "first time in role", let's throw out a little reminder of the truth from Down Under:
We have the casting for the National Ballet of Canada's long-awaited visit to Lincoln Center with Christopher Wheeldon's The Winter's Tale. Sonia Rodriguez and Guillaume Coté will be making debuts at the Saturday matinee. We're very excited to see if this stage production measures up to the gigantic dramatic impact that it made on the big screen cinema by The Royal Ballet last year. Get your tickets here. Haglund recommends sitting close for this one.
All casting subject to change