Thanks much to Haglund'eeler Grahame down in Australia for alerting us to these fine photos!
Australian photographer Kate Longley has been shadowing David Hallberg during his Coppelia performances at The Australian Ballet this month opposite ballerina Amber Scott. It is a healthy, robust looking Hallberg who has emerged from his ordeal. The last time we saw him on stage, he was so gaunt that his head looked too large for his body. No more.
Looks strong from behind:
More photos and text on The Australian Ballet's website.
Hopefully McKenzie will not spoil the jubilation, this dancer's elegance, or everyone's joy at seeing him return to ABT by matching him up with a freakin' hillbilly ballerina in an effort to make that freakin' hillbilly look better. As we've said before, we've waited a couple of years for him to return, and will wait longer, in order to avoid seeing Boylston, Copeland, or Hee Seo try to legitimize themselves at the expense of an accomplished danseur. Nobody gets our money for that kind of cheap, disgusting manipulation. McKenzie has to realize that he should match the homely, unclassical, dumpy, inelegant, inept, unworthy dancers with like-partners. Just get them out of the way so that the people who truly appreciate classical ballet don't have to attend performances where their gag reflexes will be overworked.
(Naomikage, please try to curb yourself and not use this blog as an indirect, uncredited source for BA posts. Thanks.)