Thanks much to MRR for this unofficial tip on ABT's Costa Mesa casting for the new Sleeping Beauty that he received from an acquaintance who is attending:
Tuesday, March 3 at 7:30pm - Vishneva/Gomes
Wednesday, March 4th at 7:30pm - Murphy/Whiteside
Thursday, March 5 at 7:30pm - Hee Seo/Stearns
Friday, March 6 at 7:30pm - Herrera/TBA
Saturday, March 7 at 2pm - Boylston/Gorak
Saturday, March 7th at 7:30pm - Vishneva/Gomes
Sunday March 8th at 2:00pm - Hee Seo/Stearns
Sunday, March 8th at 7pm - Vishneva/Gomes
It's interesting that Vishneva is shown to be dancing so many performances, particularly back-to-back on Saturday and Sunday evenings. What a nasty, nasty shame that Sarah Lane has been excluded from the Auroras for these premiere performances. And honestly, what an artistic compromise it is to plant such an unclassical, unappealing dancer as Boylston in Petipa's most exquisite jewel. Maybe this is just preliminary casting being thrown-up ;-) at the area market in order to have something out there when single tickets go on sale this coming Sunday. No Sarah Lane, no Stella Abrera, no Veronika Part as Auroras. Cheat. Cheat. Cheat.
Update 1/7: ABT's website now shows the Sunday 3/8 evening cast as Murphy & Whiteside.
Interesting news from Sarasota Magazine that Joe Volpe, the retired GM of the Metropolitan Opera, has joined the Board of Directors of Sarasota Ballet. Volpe and his wife, Jean, who sits on ABT's Board have long had ties to the Sarasota area and are now official snowbirds on Longboat Key along with their 32 ft Pursuit yacht.
Says Joe: "My wife is not a beach person. My hidden agenda was to get involved with the ballet and maybe Jean would find [moving to] Florida a lot more acceptable. It's all working; we're quite excited about it."
Says Jean: "Iain Webb is building a wonderful company. I came down for the Ashton Festival and there were people there from all over the world."
The Mariinsky Ballet's casting is starting to show the typical signs of late-date fraying. Daria Pavlenko has been scratched from Cinderella. What a disappointment. Then there are the three evenings of the faux-Mariinsky ballerina Oxana Skorik who not many are interested in seeing. Her Swan Lake is the most poorly sold so far; and her rep program that does not include Lopatkina is not doing so well either.