Look, we have to keep this a secret ecretsay.
One of our favorite Haglund'eelers who lives in a far off place passed us a link to the first episode of the new season which he captured and stashed away. The series is currently location restricted to New Zealand. If you want to watch it, just shoot an email to Haglund and he'll send you the link, but it's not for posting on other blogs like Ballet Alert or Huffington Post or on Twitter or FB.
The first episode shows the Artistic Director of the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Ethan Stiefel, in a range of hairstyles – from Alexander Godunov-inspired straight tresses to Farrah Fawcett sweptback foofoo – as he prepares to audition dancers for the upcoming season and finally makes his choices. It seems that this week (in real time here in NYC) he's sporting a new-recruit buzz. Who can keep up with it?
There are only hints of what the new plot lines will be during the season. Mostly, this episode was a refresher of what the series is about – like, ya know, who needs that? Right off the bat we were told that since the last episode of last season, Sergio has left town. For those up for the chase, he's at the Royal Ballet of Flanders these days where one of Haglund's all-time favorite ABT Tharp Bombers, Laura Hildago, also resides.
At the end of the audition, AD Stiefel selected a lovely female dancer – who is 5'10" tall – because she had the dancer qualities, intelligence, and artistic maturity that he was looking for. Obviously, this AD doesn't have a perverted preference for women dancers who have "that child-woman" quality that Kevin McKenzie admitted he wants. By the way, on Friday night while McKenzie's weakest principal ballerina was struggling through Swan Lake at the Met, McKenzie was sitting over in the Koch Theater watching the Boston Ballet perform. Ya think maybe it's time for a change?
Next week, the TV drama will swirl around the company's preparations for its tour to China. Hopefully, we'll have access to that episode, too.