Lots of performances of Symphony in C, The Four Temperaments, Ballo della Regina, Jewels, Symphony in Three Movements, La Sylphide, Concerto DSCH, Serenade, and Concerto Barocco will enrich the year. And, of course, there will be many high risk premieres - ballet's speculative IPOs that are as likely to tank after the first day as they are to draw market enthusiasm. But the run up to the opening bell is always fabulously fueled with broker buzz and glitz.
Haglund adores this year's NYCB brochure with all the sketches by Dior illustrator Jamie Lee Reardin. No limbs are ever too long or too lithe in the eternal quest for unattainable aesthetic perfection. As the drawings suggest, the purpose of the torso is to connect the long lines of the upper and lower limbs, like an unobtrusive pipe fitting.
A wide pipe fitting in a tutu may be what ABT advocates in its effort to make itself look more like deteriorating America - average vanity-size 14 with flapping bat wings - but it's just less appealing:
This sort of aesthetic should stay under the sink and out of the classical corps de ballet.
Tickets for ABT's fall season of a dozen performances go on sale Monday, July 20th. There is no brochure to speak of, but the cardboard flyer has a picture of handsome Herman Cornejo in Le Spectre de la Rose. Of course, we know that doesn't mean that he will actually dance the role this season, but that's what ABT wants you to think. As usual, buyer beware.
The most exciting dance event on the continent this season is likely to be Angel Corella's new Don Quixote for Pennsylvania Ballet which will premiere in March. He's revving up the engines down in Philly, that's for sure. Eight company premieres plus BBB (big Balanchine ballets) like Serenade, Concerto Barocco, The Four Temperaments. But AC's crackling electricity running through a brand new Don Q is sure to send Philly into a phrenzy. Just wait. Haglund will definitely be at the premiere and several other performances over the year.