The Unofficial Information Exchange tickertape is whirling around again.
Will ABT follow the unprecedented generosity and guidance of the Royal Ballet and offer full or partial refunds when it fails to present Osipova and Vasiliev in the Don Quixote and Le Corsaire PdDs this week in Tokyo? When does ABT plan on telling the Tokyo buying public that they're not getting what they paid for – at curtain time?
It will be interesting to see how ABT frames this latest example of its foolish reliance on ballet's Gold Medalist in Unreliability. (Polunin took the Silver.) Let's look at some possibilities: (a) Natalia is still recovering from her concussion and she shouldn't fly around in Don Q or Le Corsaire - even though she was back on the stage in full force in London, or (b) Natalia and Ivan aren't getting along and don't care to dance with each other, or (c) Ivan is too tired from his super gala at the Mikhailovsky last week and doesn't want to make the trip, or (d) Sorry, no speaky Japanese.
More material for Flesh and Bone.
They chose version (c). Vasiliev is in poor health and can't make the trip. Osipova will bourree around in the solo from Manon Act II instead. lol. She's the victim again. Applause, applause. Report.