Are we ever psyched that the Mariinsky is bringing La Bayadere to the Kennedy Center during the 2017-18 season and Alicia Alonso is bringing her Ballet Nacional de Cuba to perform both Giselle and Don Quixote! The KenCen seems to be on a ballet authenticity kick for the season.
Christopher Wheeldon's An American in Paris will also be presented during the season. DCers are going to go cray over this production.
There has been a change in casting for the premiere week of ABT's Whipped Cream in Costa Mesa. The brilliant soloist Skylar Brandt will replace Misty Copeland as Princess Praline due to a reported – ahem – injury to the celebrina. We imagine that, injury or not, she was having her share of problems keeping up with Skylar, Sarah, and Cassie, all of whom dance rings around her. Now the over-ballyhooed ballerina can devote more time to figuring out how to fake her way through Giselle in Oman where she has managed to have her face planted first in the traditionally alphabetical listing next to a nearly-disappearing B&W plain-jane photo of senior ballerina Gillian Murphy. Honest to god, why does ABT allow her and her agent to pull this self-serving crap all the time. When she was a soloist debuting in Swan Lake, she took the official marketing image of all of the women performing Odette/Odile and photoshopped it so that her own image was bigger than everyone else's and then sent it all over Facebook. So obnoxious and selfish...
Don't forget about the Bolshoi in Cinema's transmission on March 19th. Robbins' The Cage, Lander's Etudes, and Ratmansky's Russian Seasons are on the bill.
Speaking of Harald Lander's exciting Etudes, it seems to Haglund that it is past time for ABT to present that ballet on a rep program again. Gillian Murphy, Devon Teuscher, Christine Shevchenko, Skylar Brandt, and maybe even that little Kaho Ogawa in the corps could comprise an impressive crew in the major ballerina role. It would be nice to see someone try those hopping fouette turns that the amazing Toni Lander pulled off.
Speaking of the Bolshoi, Maria Alexandrova will appear in a contemporary program with Blanc Li at NY City Center March 29th through April 1st. City Center's website describes Goddesses and Demonesses as Drawing on Greek mythology and the contrasting languages of classical ballet and contemporary dance, Li and Alexandrova explore the dual nature of femininity, transforming into archetypes ranging from nurturing mothers to femme fatales.