The Aussies are going to love, love, love our Yuriko Kajiya as Aurora in tomorrow's matinee performance of Sleeping Beauty with The Australian Ballet in Sydney. Such a complete, completely glorious, and gloriously honest artist... Click on Nicola Curry's I-gram link to read about her long history with Yuriko that now spans three continents.
Here's a clip of a recent stage rehearsal. Video by Nicola.
Meanwhile back at the dude ranch, it appears that ABT is going to completely ignore Jerome Robbins during his official Centennial Celebration that is being held worldwide. What, they didn't make enough money off of Fancy Free -- that is, when they had a complete cast who could dance it? It might have been interesting to see the 1946 Facsimile that Robbins, Nora Kaye and John Kriza premiered on Broadway to music by Leonard Bernstein. Or perhaps the (1947) Summer Day PdD that he created and danced with Annabelle Lyon could have made a one-time appearance. Really, ABT doesn't have any reason to join in the worldwide Robbins Centennial Celebration, really? Not one kind word? Not one single moment of special recognition?
PERFORMANCES (other than NYCB)
The Concert, Dances at a Gathering: 17 September 2017
MIAMI CITY BALLET
Circus Polka, The Cage, In the Night, Other Dances, West Side Story Suite: 12 January 2018
Dances at a Gathering: 13 January 2018
NEW YORK THEATRE BALLET
Rondo, Septet, Concertino: 16 March 2018
SAN FRANCISCO BALLET
The Cage, Fancy Free, Opus 19, Other Dances: 20 March 2018
Fancy Free, In the Night, West Side Story Suite: 3 May 2018
Jerome Robbins’ Broadway, 11 - 17 June 2018
LES ÉTÉS DE LA DANSE
Tribute to Jerome Robbins featuring companies from around the globe (TBA): 25 June 2018
Fancy Free, Glass Pieces, Interplay: 6 Sept 2018
DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
Dances at a Gathering: 11 Sept 2018
PACIFIC NORTHWEST BALLET
Afternoon of a Faun, The Concert, In the Night, Other Dances: 21 Sept 2018
Dances at a Gathering, Interplay, West Side Story Suite: 28 Sept 2018
PARIS OPERA BALLET
Afternoon of a Faun, Fancy Free, Glass Pieces: 28 Sept 2018
BAM / FISHMAN SPACE
Watermill: cast TBA: October 2018
The Concert, Glass Pieces, In the Night: 7 March 2019
Here's some good news:
Pennsylvania Ballet has a brand new New York Friends of Pennsylvania Ballet patron category that is going to let New Yorkers know early about casting so that we can make travel plans more easily and save money by buying early on Amtrak. New York Friends will have the opportunity to purchase early for Angel Corella's February 9th Art of Coaching event in Manhattan. That will surely be packed. Nobody wants to miss a chance to feel that Angel energy even if he is coaching instead of dancing.
Pennsylvania Ballet just appointed Shelly Power as its new Executive Director. Previously the Academy Director for Houston Ballet and most recently the Artistic Director and CEO of Prix de Lausanne, she will start with PA Ballet in December.