ABT has posted its list of dancers for the spring gala but no announcement yet about the program. (Edit: Thanks Rachel, for letting us know that you can click on the calendar date to see the dismal program. What happened to the Gomes premiere that was supposed to be included?)
Last month in its season announcement, ABT thought that it was so important to tell everyone who the original ABT dancers were in the secondary roles of Olga & Lensky (Onegin), Orion & Eros (Sylvia), Von Rothbart (Swan Lake), Lilac Fairy, Carabosse & Bluebird (Sleeping Beauty), Birbanto (Le Corsaire), but it doesn't think it's important to tell us now. There are people who would like to buy a ticket or two to Onegin but are holding out in fear that they might have to end up watching Osipova or Vasiliev, too, or watching Vasiliev's squatty little legs pound around as Von Rothbart or Bluebird.
Get the casting up, folks. And while you're at it, make the changes you need to make. Alina Cojocaru has been injured and unable to dance at the Royal Ballet. According to the ROH calendar, she doesn't have any performances until the very end of May although she apparently will perform in a benefit of her own organizing in a few weeks. Is ABT really going to hold Herman's Swan Lake for her without evidence that she can dance it and when there is a better dancer in its own ranks who would create more media buzz and do a better job than an injured guest artist whose home company doesn't often let her dance the role? Let Sarah Lane dance Swan Lake with Herman Cornejo in their ABT Swan Lake debuts and let the hometown crowd have something to cheer about.
Why not dump Osipova and Vasiliev into that tiresome Mark Morris piece to try to make everyone like it, and let ABT's own classical dancers take over Symphony in C? What?! Natasha & Ivan aren't dying to dance choreography by the iconic modern dance choreographer? Don't they have to be as versatile as the repertory is diverse?