The Mariinsky Ballet has added a Sunday, January 25, 3:00 pm "Chopin: Dances for the Piano" performance to its BAM schedule, possibly due to demand. Sometimes It's hard to gauge demand for BAM performances because they engage in the practice of blacking out seats to make it look like there is a greater demand than there is. Whatever the reason, that's good news about the added date.
There is no indication (yet) that the added performance will have a different cast than the one on January 24th.
Single tickets went on sale today to BAM members. General ticket sales begin on December 8th.
One of our Washington, DC Haglund'eelers was recently in Sydney, Australia and caught a performance of ABT's Gillian Murphy dancing Nikiya in the Australian Ballet's new La Bayadere opposite Kevin Jackson. The production is by Houston Ballet AD Stanton Welch, who was long associated with the Australian Ballet as a performer and resident choreographer.
Thanks to JN for sending along these photos to share with everyone. She's the only one around here who will have had the opportunity to see Gillian's Nikiya this season. ABT has slotted Gillian only as Gamzatti for the spring Met Season while giving away four performances of Nikiya to guest artists and two more to an import. Only two of the eight performances of ABT's La Bayadere will be led by a true ABT ballerina in the leading role of Nikiya.
Bows with Gillian, Kevin Jackson (Solor) and Laura Tong (Gamzatti):
A better picture of Laura Tong's costume:
Laura Tong as Gamzatti with the Raja:
This poster outside the front of the Sydney Opera House depicts soloist Robyn Hendricks. JN saw her dance the role of the 3rd Shade at Gillian's performance and said that she was very impressive.
Speaking of Stanton Welch, he has scheduled Yuriko Kajiya and Jared Matthews to dance the Act II PdD from Giselle at Houston Ballet's December 5th Jubilee of Dance in Houston. Thanks for this heads-up from Haglund'eeler Patricia.
They're going to go crazy.