Julio Bocca's Ballet Nacional Sodre in Montevideo, Uruguay celebrates its 80th birthday this year. In March and April, the company will present Coppelia with choreography by Enrique Martinez, the former dancer, ballet master, and assistant director of ABT under Lucia Chase. He died in 1998 from hepatitis at age 72.
Julio, by the way, just concluded a brief stay in a British hospital where he was treated for liver inflammation and is expected to make a full recovery.
Here is a photo of our Maria Riccetto (BNS Primera Bailarina Residente) as Nikiya in BNS's production of La Bayadere in December. We already know what a charming Swanilda she will make.
Angel Corella's Pennsylvania Ballet opens its Swan Lake on March 5 in Philadelphia. The choreography, by Christopher Wheeldon, re-invisions the ballet with Degas-like influences.
On February 27th in The Great Hall of the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia, Joseph Phillips and his partner, Irina Sapozhnikov, both principal dancers at the theater will close out the evening's opera and ballet gala with the PdD from Sleeping Beauty. Here's a picture from the theater's refurbished website. It's hard to tell if this is from SB or Nutcracker, but wherever it's from, it's gorgeous.
Here they are leading Swan Lake:
We're so proud.