As of January 1, 2016, the State Primorsky Opera and Ballet Theater in Vladivostok, Russia has been officially re-designated as the Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre. There is a new beautiful website, still a work in progress, (http://prim.mariinsky.ru/en/) where our very own Joseph Phillips is now a Principal Dancer under the Mariinsky label, banner, and brand. The archive of the company's former identity is still available, too. (http://primopera.ru/splash_page/primorsky_splash_page_en.html).
We could not be more proud.
Excitement is percolating for the debuts of Lauren Lovette, Joseph Gordon, Brittany Pollack, Unity Phelan, and Megan LeCrone in Balanchine's Who Cares? during the second week of New York City Ballet's Winter Season. Gordon is also set for his sailor debut in Fancy Free. What a natural that will be! We hope to see other fabulous corpsmen in that ballet soon, too, – Harrison Coll, for instance, would simply live this ballet beyond life as we know it.
Anyone who has this Friday off can hear the New York Philharmonic freakin' kill Stravinsky's Rite of Spring for $39 (plus service fees) by using the code mat0115 on the website. If you haven't heard the NYPhil and Maestro Gilbert give their love, passion, and respect to this piece of music, you are in for a treat. Concert starts at 11am.
We wish that ABT would can that second intermission for its Sleeping Beauty. Life would be so much easier.
Speaking of ABT's Sleeping Beauty – in the Winter edition of Ballet Review, Alastair Irrelevant is at his most anal in his contribution entitled: Further Annals of The Sleeping Beauty: A Questionnaire in which he literally pesters Alexei Ratmansky, Richard Hudson, and Doug Fullington with written questions firstly designed to plump up the public's perception of the interrogator's own grasp of details but also reveals his proclivity for weaving his opinions within facts to make them also look like facts. It is a good read for what Ratmansky says, but you have to wade through Mr. Irrelevant's gush & slush to get to it.