Punxsutawney Phil said it best this morning, “Shadow, shmadow. Let’s get on with planning the spring planting and primaries. The rest of the winter is going to be hot, hot, hot.” Then he bit the hand that feeds him and waddled back into his hole. Phil should get a cameo appearance in Justin Peck’s new ballet, The Most Incredible Thing, that premieres on his special day tonight at NYCB, but we doubt that he will. We’ll keep an eye out for him though.
It seems that Haglund failed to meet expectations of readers when he didn’t report on ABT’s Sleeping Beauty at the Kennedy Center this past week. Unfortunately, life got in the way of traveling to the ballet. He’s very sorry and also disappointed.
We’ve noticed some screwy casting on the Detroit Opera Theater’s website for ABT's visit there in a few weeks. No Aurora is listed for April 1st and several Prince Desires are missing. Herman Cornejo is not listed as Prince Desire, so that leads us to assume that Sarah Lane won’t get the respect she deserves. Nor does it seem will Stella Abrera, since she is listed as Princess Florine for April 1st, the performance with the missing Aurora. Is McKenzie really thinking about hop-scotching a brand new soloist over a brand new principal who should have the opportunity first and foremost to ready her Aurora in the spring? Is that why the casting is absent on the ABT website? He’s afraid of the complaints right at the time when he’s trying push Trio subscription sales and right before single ticket sales begin.
How funny to see Herman Cornejo listed as Bluebeard, that wife-murdering aristocrat in Perrault’s folktale, instead of Bluebird. Ya think they need to see a little more ballet in Detroit?
Update 2:45pm: That didn't take long for ABT to get to work fixing the casting but it's still a mess. Herman (now Bluebird instead of Bluebeard) is still listed on the front page as having two dates of Bluebird but no Desire while under his bio he is listed as Desire and two dates of Bluebird. We want to know who is the April 1st Aurora and why is there hesitation to disclose that information particularly when there is a convenient little square in which to place another picture? The people dancing the leading principal roles need to be disclosed to the buying public. Period.
Sad to report that a respected municipal ballet company, Madison Ballet, in Wisconsin has had to cancel the rest of its season due to lack of donations. Come on, Madison, step up and support your arts! You are prettier than Milwaukee and have nearly just as many private equity firms with oodles of dough.