ABT soloist Devon Teuscher is dancing the Black Swan PdD (with the 32 fouettes) three times in three days with Marcelo Gomes' tour group in Manaus that includes Gillian Murphy, Stella Abrera, Hee Seo, Arron Scott, Alex Hammoudi, Joo Won Han, and Sterling Baca. A ballerina could do a lot worse than having Marcelo and Gillian hovering over, cooking and seasoning her first Odile. And from the looks of it, the chefs have concocted quite a brew.
Here is an Instagram clip of Devon's rehearsal with Joo Won Han. She. Is. Awesome. (Great pace, too.)
ABT has such a great chance here to put a brand new Odette/Odile on the Met stage next spring who can actually do all of the steps and do them in great form. When was the last time that happened? We've been hoping for any sign of Devon's Odette or Odile for a few years now. Let's hope that ABT doesn't squander this opportunity, too.
Patricia Wilde has been inducted into the National Museum of Dance Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs. The former Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Marquis de Cuevas, NYCB ballerina; former ABT ballet mistress and director of ABT's excellent school (eons before the McKenzie regime); and former Artistic Director of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre is now 88 years old and still assists with the Balanchine rep that PBT dances.
Additionally, Joel Lobenthal's biography of Ms. Wilde was released this summer. Wilde Times: Patricia Wilde, George Balanchine and the Rise of New York City Ballet is available at Amazon.