ABT Met casting: Guest stars continue to bar company dancers' progress
Not much on the ABT calendar that encourages subscribing for the Met Season. But it sure encourages resentment. Big disappointments. Big, big, big.
Far too many opportunities are being given to guest artists when the company should be promoting its long time servants. Osipova has been handed five performances on the silver platter with no doubt a Don Q as a sixth. It doesn't matter how good her Bolshoi Coppelia is, should she be handed 40% of ABT's Coppelia performances in lieu of the company's own dancers getting a shot at it? It's remarkable that little Maria Riccetto was able to steal a performance away from her.
Only ONE Corella performance. ONE. Maybe we'll see him in one of the DonQ TBAs. Hey, maybe McKenzie will match him up with Osipova so that his performance will be COMPLETELY OVERSHADOWED by the media's pathetic and predictable goo-goo-gaa-gaa over the Bolshoi ballerina.
Once again, we are being denied Abrera's Giselle – something for which we've been waiting many, many, many years. Whereas before it was due to her unfortunate injuries, now it's because McKenzie wants to advance Hee Seo fast and furiously even if it means trampling over the other soloists who have earned their opportunites. The Senior Soloist should be given her Giselle to dance. Midlevel soloist Sarah Lane has already shown that she has a compelling Giselle to offer, having blown away a Texas audience with her portrayal a year or two ago. We'd really like to see her as well. Ms. Seo, the junior most soloist in the company, has plenty on her plate already.
STILL NO CORNEJO IN SWAN LAKE. WTF?! No Corella either. Oh, but there is that teasing TBA on Saturday night. Maybe McKenzie will invest in a guest artist to dance with Cornejo at his debut thereby COMPLETELY OVERSHADOWING his ten year battle to win the opportunity to dance the role here. Wouldn't want to give Xiomara Reyes or Sarah Lane the opportunity to dance Odette/Odile, would we. Screw that.
And after beautifully carrying three performances of Cinderella during her debut season in the role, Abrera now gets one matinee performance with the tall glass of water as her prince. Can't wait to see him try to hoist the feather light Abrera in those Kudelka lifts. Sounds like another injury to Abrera waiting to happen.
Last bitching for the evening: No MacMillan this season but we have to sit through McKenzie's Sleeping Beauty AGAIN?! Gad Almighty, give us break.