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February 23, 2014

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Hello, I live in Tokyo. I watched the morning class of ABT on Saturday and Natalia was attending that class so at least she is here. It seems Ivan has not arrived yet. I will inform whether they performed or not.

Thanks, Naomi.

Natalia and Ivan are a couple no more. That might factor into their joint appearances being reduced.

Interesting news. Since I live in Southern California, I wonder what will happen to their scheduled performances this July in Orange County where they are billed as the preeminent ballet partnership ["Dance’s reigning power couple return to Segerstrom Center in a special world premiere event created to showcase their matchless talents." See website for Segerstrom Center for the Performing Arts] and are to dance Le Jeune Homme et la Mort and the Kingdom of the Shades from La Bayadere, sans the corps de ballet which would make it a kingdom of shades. As this was obviously set up through Ardani, my only concern is that Eifman Ballet might become a replacement.

Excellent Haglund :)))! Natalia Osipova is totally unreliable. At this point, it should be obvious to any Artistic Director who has a pulse and is PAYING ATTENTION, -> (is my 'mike' on?), that her association with a company will not be for the long haul. IMO, Covent Garden has been 1) too indulgent and 2) too generous re this "investment."

Hi, J.

Osipova and Vasiliev may have cooled but they could heat up again at any time. We haven't seen the last of them together. Remember - when they joined Mikhailovsky, their deal reportedly included being given property in Moscow if they remained with the company for five years. They have a ways to go.

But never mind them, you are getting BOTH the premiere of Ratmansky's new Sleeping Beauty AND Johnny Mathis in the 2014-15 season. Maybe now that Ratmansky has the reins of ABT's Sleeping Beauty, we'll finally get to see Stella Abrera as Aurora. Chances Are that will happen on The Twelfth of Never. Oh man, Johnny Mathis.

Thank you, Erica.

I think ADs understand that they're rolling the dice when they hire her. But they know that the media will blow her importance out of proportion and as a result, tickets will be sold. Unfortunately, the media also plays a role in victimizing those ticketbuyers.

What is your source of the Ratmansky Sleeping Beauty? I have obviously been too immersed in work to catch this. Thanks, Haglund.

Just found the article on Ratmansky's Sleeping Beauty in the NY Times, which I subscribe to.

I don't think it's any big loss if they are no longer partners. I saw Osipova in Don Q with Carreno and it was so much better than her Don Q with Vasiliev. He did not appear to be a strong or attentive partner. On top of that, much of what he did on his own was sloppy. I will avoid any performance of his in the future.

All true, Minnie.

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