Yuriko Kajiya has been chosen as one of Time Magazine's Next Generation Leaders. Watch this video and read the accompanying article in which Yuriko describes the obstacles that she had to overcome to achieve her level of dancing. Her account is refreshingly honest, as is her talent. The video includes a couple of snippets of her and Aaron Robison in Houston Ballet's Manon.
What or who is holding up the publication of the rest of the casting for ABT's fall season? The longer Haglund looks at a schedule that doesn't have the names Part and Abrera featured prominently, the less interested he becomes in the entire week and a half season.
And on the last date of ABT's season, David Hallberg will finally get himself back on some kind of a stage - elsewhere in the city. From the Performa 15 press release:
Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli in collaboration with American classical ballet dancer David Hallberg, principle dancer for the Bolshoi Ballet and American Ballet Theater, will launch Opening Night of Performa 15 on Sunday, November 1, 2015. Vezzoli and Hallberg will use the Renaissance as a point of departure for their commission to create choreography that reflects the origins of ballet in the 15th-century. The result of carefully researched material that begins with written text, Hallberg-Vezzoi will present Renaissance dance in its earliest form, bringing into question the powerful rituals of the courts, the importance of architecture in performance, and the roles of dancer and audience.
This doesn't actually say that Hallberg will be dancing, but it doesn't say that he won't be, either. Nevertheless, the evening sounds like it could turn into a heady affair.
Artists' efforts to intellectualize or politicize the art form and to assume an authority beyond what they can deliver to the stage can be so tiresome when all we want is to see them actually perform. "[B]ringing into question the powerful rituals of the courts" - please, just: