Thanks to CMM for alerting us to the new casting for the premiere performances of Ratmansky's Whipped Cream in Costa Mesa in March. Stella Abrera, David Hallberg, Sarah Lane and Daniil Simkin will star in the world premiere on March 15th and at the final Sunday performance. The second night and Saturday night boasts Herman Cornejo, Cassandra Trenary, Hee Seo, and Cory Stearns. Gillian Murphy, James Whiteside, Simkin, and Lane will dance at the Saturday matinee.
Haglund is approaching Whipped Cream exactly as he approached the Met Opera's Hansel and Gretel. On the surface, it will be for kids with all the fantastical scenery and costumes designed to appeal to their little imaginations. But it will also include enough impressive dancing to appeal to adults. Haglund loves the Met Opera's Hansel and Gretel. Hopefully, Whipped Cream will be good, too.
Seeing Hallberg and Abrera together for Whipped Cream will be nice, but it ain't gonna be no Giselle. Come on, ABT, fork it over. Get it on the schedule somehow, some way, somewhere -- and we are not talking about Oman, either.
In other good news, a brand new David Howard Foundation Scholarship has been inaugurated at Ballet Academy East in Manhattan. The scholarship will be awarded annually to a BAE student to help support tuition and housing. The first recipient is Tallison Costa from Brazil.
This is such good news. We all miss David Howard so much. Still today on the ballet stages of New York, Houston, San Francisco, and other places, one can see his positive impact on dancers. He did so much to help students understand the whys & hows of good classical technique. It's nice to see BAE, one of the top ballet schools in New York, create this opportunity for students.