The Australian Ballet has announced that David Hallberg has been appointed as its first International Resident Guest Artist. He will perform in two seasons in the coming year. This is good news that makes us happy. Aside from his obvious gratitude to TAB and its medical team for managing his physical recovery, it seems that Hallberg has formed an attachment to the Tivoli Road Bakery in Melbourne.
In our opinion, Hallberg should be opening the week of Giselles at the Met during ABT's spring season this year. A Saturday night performance on a big holiday weekend when so many people, including wealthy donors, rush out of town for the first nice weather getaway, is going to make many people unhappy. Poor planning by ABT again.
Maria Riccetto has been nominated for a Prix Benois de la Danse for her portrayal of Tatyana in Cranko's Onegin which was set on the Ballet Nacional Sodre by none other than Marcia Haydée. Best of luck to her. We miss seeing her on stage in New York.
Meanwhile, YAGP will be celebrating BNS Artistic Director Julio Bocca with its Legends of Dance series on April 14th at Lincoln Center. Maria will return to perform along with Marcelo Gomes, Luciana Paris, Joaquin De Luz, Tiler Peck, and others. Also, there will be appearances by Nina Ananiashvili, Manuel Legris, Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, and Julie Kent, among others.