Guest dancer Denys Nedak has been needlessly imported by ABT to be Paloma Herrera's partner during the premiere week of Sleeping Beauty in Orange County in March. What a shame ABT wouldn't give Alex Hammoudi the opportunity. He always succeeds so handsomely in all of Ratmansky's works. The biggest shame, though, is that Eric Tamm had to suffer such undeserved frustration under McKenzie's direction, despite soaring in every role entrusted to him by Ratmansky, that he simply gave up and left. What a fabulous Prince he would have made in this new Sleeping Beauty.
Ticket sales for the OC week are a disaster. Only a month away until the premiere and sales are the worst we've ever seen for ABT. How stupid of ABT not to tap Sarah Lane for Aurora in order to create some interest out there.
David Hallberg has been replaced by James Whiteside in Rodeo for the first week of the Met Season. Additionally, Misty Copeland has been inserted in the TBAs for the ballet. What a terrible shame. Historically, this ballet has been used to feature a talented corps woman as the female lead of one cast – Erica Cornejo, Susan Jones, Marian Butler. But now McKenzie, whose jewels are tight in the vise, is taking away a corps dancer's big opportunity in an effort to sell everyone on the promotion of a narcissistic fraud. Luciana Paris, Skylar Brandt, and Nicole Graniero are all no-brainer choices for the lead in Rodeo, in addition to of course Marian Butler. Maybe we should thank our lucky stars that McKenzie didn't bless us with Osipova in Rodeo instead of using a real company dancer.
Something like this was bound to happen. Jookin' Misha and Lil Buck have collaborated on a spot for the clothing line Rag and Bone.