It seems that the "star power" of Maria Kochetkova is dragging down sales to Herman Cornejo's Swan Lake scheduled next week. Haglund knows people who would like to see Herman but are staying away because of the unappetizing guest artist who not only has no audience pull, but is an audience repellent. Maybe Rachel Moore can sign her up for a long term contract before Moore pulls out of ABT with her tail between her legs to go wreck some other organization.
One would think that when a guest artist is dismissed for unprofessional behavior that the New York Times would dig into it the way they dug into the firings of Gelsey and Patrick Bissell decades ago. Isn't the buying public who invested in the guest artist's performances due an explanation? Oh, wait - maybe we can ask her ourselves if she shows up for performances next week with the Royal Ballet.
There is lots to be excited about with Pennsylvania Ballet's 2015-2016 season. Angel Corella's brand new Don Quixote in March will likely be one of the most important dance events in the U.S. Haglund already has his subscription ordered and Amtrak tickets for the premiere.