How curious that ABT simply left Herman Cornejo off the Fall listing of principal dancers without an explanation. Three days after the close of the season, he's scheduled to perform at City Center as part of the Vail Dance Festival/ReMixNYC (11/3-6). Wow, that makes Prodigal Son a lot less appealing. A lot. It's also cause to worry whether Herman might not appear on the Paris tour thereby jeopardizing Sarah Lane's opportunity to dance Aurora. Wow, again. Exactly what McKenzie may have prayed for - an opportunity to stick Sarah and her A-1 Aurora in the closet.
While we are extremely grateful for being spared Kochetkova, why on earth does ABT need the import Alban Lendorf for the fall season or any season?
Not buying any of this. If that Paris schedule goes up and Sarah has been denied an Aurora, Haglund may simply skip the whole fall season - and he invites others to join him. Pennsylvania Ballet has Ben Stevenson's gorgeous production of Cinderella playing at the same time. Everyone should see that regardless. Hopefully the new Principal Dancer, Sterling Baca, will get a Prince gig in it.
ABT should have just announced their 2017 Met schedule and gotten the bad news over with. Our UIEX is pretty rich with tips, although they are sometimes a bit hard to decipher -- like WWII Russian spy notes being passed as wadded up dinner napkins.
For 2016-17 there is no MacMillan ballet on the program. Zilch. Nada. Niente. Rien. Thank goodness Giselle will flutter back from the grave. Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, that blasted Cockerel again, Don Q, Onegin and a rep week. There is still one TBA full length, but don't hold your breath for MacMillan or La Bayadere.
So there you go.
But here's a little good news. You can skip the second spring week of ABT and run down to Washington DC where the Washington Ballet (the brochure) will be presenting Ashton's The Dream and Tudor's Lilac Garden in the big opera house. That promises to be a big whopping event. And everyone should keep their eyes on WB's big week of Giselles in March.