The financial auditors for the Paris Opera Ballet have slapped the company's hands for excessive spending on perks for Benjamin Millepied and other of its directors. Chauffeurs, cars, and fat lunches were part of Millepied's high life during his stay. In the two years prior to Millepied's arrival, 10 directors tallied taxi bills totaling nearly 100,000 euros.
The auditors questioned why Millepied had a chauffeured car at his disposal when no other manager enjoyed the same privilege. Honestly, we thought that Ben and Natalie were the bicycle types.
The auditors were dissatisfied with the finding that 40% of the new productions failed to get another run and 26% only got a single subsequent performance. Basically they scolded, "Do better. Do more. Do more better."
ABT's Spring Season subscriptions will go on sale at the end of October. We're looking for a Veronika/Marcelo Swan Lake, an Abrera/Hallberg Giselle, a Teuscher Swan Lake, a Lane Giselle or Swan Lake, and a Veronika Onegin. We know we are going to be disappointed; we nearly always are even though our expectations are modest. But we need to see the full casting ASAP so that we can make plans to go to D.C. for Washington Ballet's The Dream/Lilac Garden in the big house.
There's no need to be keeping the January Swan Lake casting for K.C. a secret - unless it's bad news. The Empress With No Clothes On has had at least four chances to pick up the steps but has yet to manage more than an intermediate student rendition of the Odette/Odile roles. Time to turn those over to the professionals with the skills. K.C. is a good place to start.