Chase Finlay returns to the team lineup during the last week of NYCB's Winter Season. He'll lace up a pair of comfy, supportive dress shoes to twirl the ladies around in Bal De Couture on Thursday, February 27, and Friday, February 28. Even though it seems like it's been an eternity since we've seen him on stage, it's only been four months or so since he broke his foot during the Fall Season. It looks like he'll be good-to-go for the Spring Season and maybe even for the Kennedy Center run in April.
There are a few others who we're hoping to see back by springtime: Wendy Whelan, Jennie Somogyi, and Ana Sophia Scheller.
On March 7th and 8th at Symphony Space, the Gelsey Kirkland Ballet will present Raymonda Suite, The Leaves are Fading Pas de Deux, Ballebille from Napoli, Flames of Paris Pas de Deux, Pas De Quatre, and Cavalry Halt.
Kirkland, of course, danced the lead in the 1975 premiere of The Leaves Are Fading with Jonas Kage. It had been 25 years since Antony Tudor had made a ballet for ABT for whom he had been the founding choreographer, and Leaves became an instant classic. The Antony Tudor Trust owns the ballet and dispatched répétiteurs Amanda McKerrow and John Gardner, also renowned interpreters of the ballet, to set the PdD on Kirkland's dancers. But the Kirkland Company PR video makes it clear that Gelsey is passing down the ballet with her own coaching.
Take a look at this video which includes a lovely excerpt of Gelsey dancing the Leaves PdD with – be still, my beating heart – Ivan Nagy. Also, here is a video of the Mikhailovsky company's production of Petipa's The Cavalry Halt from 1978.
Tickets are $40 ($45 day of show; $35 for seniors and students) which may seem a bit much considering this is a relatively new studio company that sprang from Kirkland's academy, but here is one of those instances where the content could prove so rich that, in the end, $40 will seem to have been a bargain.
On April 10th, Tiler Peck and Robert Fairchild will premiere Twyla Tharp's new creation, Cornbread Duet, to music performed by the Carolina Chocolate Drops at the BAM Opera House. Tickets start at $20.
Lastly, those ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White – wow, just wow.