The new Jessica Lang piece that ABT will premiere on October 21st utilizes seven women and three men and carries the theme of women hitting the proverbial ceiling which stops them from growing. Set to Fanny Mendelssohn's The Year with costume designs by Brayton McDonald, it will be her first piece created on ABT although she has made others for the studio company. Of course, we all remember that fantastical white dress that Irina Dvorovenko wore in Spendid Isolation III, a ballet originally made by Lang for NBA Ballet in Tokyo.
This new piece has some interesting possibilities. (Too bad, not) Ashton's Daphne and Chloe, Prodigal Son, and other stuff we chewed on last season will probably make up the balance of the fall season if the various and vague UIEX tips are correct.
(Update: Tickets go on sale at the Koch box office on Monday July 25th.)
Sarah Lane is very busy for the rest of the summer. She's touring with Roberto Bolle and Friends all over the place, including Spoleto. Her partner will be Osiel Gouneo (National Ballet of Cuba, Norwegian Ballet, English National Ballet). Their rep for the tour is Diana and Acteon PdD and Le Corsaire PdD. Then Sarah will tour with Daniel Ulbricht's Stars of American Ballet for most of August.
How many times have we heard and read how Ratmansky's staging of Sleeping Beauty lowers the passe foot for all pirouettes to the middle of the leg in accordance with how he interpreted Petipa's wishes? About a zillion times. We also observed it in perfect practice by Sarah Lane, Gillian Murphy, and Stella Abrera.
Why then did ABT send the Paris Opera this video footage for use with their website promotion of ABT's visit in September in which Isabella Boylston as Aurora does it exactly wrong? Does ABT think that the sophisticated and knowlegeable Parisian audience won't notice?
Graceless and can't follow directions...