It's a relief to hear that David Hallberg will shortly return to The Australian Ballet for rehearsals and two performances of Sleeping Beauty which TAB opens in Brisbane on February 24th. A few too many consecutive weeks of McKenzie's nonsense at ABT while home could unravel a lot of the good accomplished over the past year in Australia.
As we have pointed out here previously, McKenzie is pushing out the company's most extraordinary classical ballerina, Veronika Part, the way he pushed out Irina Dvorovenko and Angel Corella by simply refusing to give her enough performances to maintain stage conditioning and a career. We are becoming increasingly upset and agitated by rumors of Veronika's possible pending departure. Hopefully these rumors will turn out to be false, but as we watch Petipa role after role turned over to the company's clumsy dumpsters Copeland and Boylston, we have to wonder why Veronika puts up with the humiliation at ABT. What next - a Mercedes assignment in Copeland's Don Q? We gag at the thought of it.
What a shame that we in NYC are not getting more generous access to the Royal Ballet's live cinema transmissions this year. The company will film its performance of Balanchine's Jewels in April with the cast of Beatriz Stix-Brunell, Laura Morera, Valeri Hristov, Ryoichi Hirano in Emeralds; Melissa Hamilton, Sarah Lamb, Steven McRae in Rubies; and Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in Diamonds. A couple of years ago, Haglund spent many mornings staring at Marianela and Thiago in Diamonds while waiting at the bus stop in Hell's Kitchen all the while wishing that he could see their performance.
That's going to be a fab April week in London because in addition to Jewels, the London Coffee Festival will be in full shakin' swing at the Old Truman Brewery with its famous barista tournament and a brand new live exhibition of latte art. Get your tickets here. The Coffee Festival will be back in NYC at the 69th Regiment Armory (Lex & 25th St.) September 29th through October 1st.
We're so glad to see a full return of Maria Kowroski during the very first week of NYCB's Winter Season. Prodigal Son opposite Joaquin De Luz should be riveting. The Sunday Stravinsky Violin Concerto with Hyltin, Fairchild, Kowroski, and Ramasar is one that no one should miss unless you are too pooped from marching in Washington D.C. the day before. Then, that's okay to miss it. We're also excited to see that Aaron Sanz is getting a couple of new opportunities during the first week. He should be an awesome father figure in Prodigal Son and handsome opposite Megan LeCrone in the Theme section of Four Ts.