It seems that our Stella Abrera and Marcelo Gomes will be among the headers in the lineup for the DanceFAR 2015 cancer benefit at the Yerba Buena Center in San Francisco on November 10th. TBA dancers from San Francisco Ballet, Smuin Ballet, Alonzo King LINES Ballet, Silicon Valley Ballet (formerly Ballet San Jose) and others will join the program. Tickets available here (after-party included).
On Thursday, October 1st, our Jennie Somogyi returns to the New York City Ballet lineup in Liebeslieder Walzer. In that same performance Ashley Laracey and Justin Peck will debut. The evening includes Tschaikovsky Suite No. 3 in which Megan Fairchild returns in Theme and Variations and Lauren King debuts in the Waltz section.
There may be much to like in the way of costumes for NYCB's Gala on September 30. Here is Adeam's Hanako Maeda's design for the new Robert Binet ballet:
This unitard is by Humberto Leon and Carol Lim for Justin Peck's new piece:
Meanwhile, David Hallberg has withdrawn from Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty at Teatro alla Scala and will be replaced by Sergei Polunin who will dance opposite Svetlana Zakharova. Let's hope Ratmansky doesn't get any ideas about bringing either of those dancers to New York in the spring to dance in his Sleeping Beauty. What an insult that would be to all of our own brilliant, toiling dancers waiting in line for their much deserved chances. It's been a mere decade since Zakharova brought her boring, colorless Nikiya to the Met. Who can forget it? And who would want overblown Polunin partnering a ballerina without a comprehensive drug screening immediately prior to the performance?
Even though Hallberg is out of Sleeping Beauty, he's still scheduled to dance in La Scala's Manon opposite Osipova in November. Given the careless risks that Osipova can't seem to stop herself from taking on stage, it would seem very risky for Hallberg to sign on to dance the new role of Des Grieux with her as his first comeback after nearly two years of injury. If he ploughs ahead in this and injures himself in any way, it may be time to write him off.