Loved getting another ABT brochure in the mail today with photos of Marcelo Gomes and his performance dates listed for the spring season -- this one's a keeper.
Natalia "This Met stage isn't big enough for me" Osipova is shown as a guest artist, but Alessandra Ferri is not – yet. The Unofficial Information Exchange (UIEX) ticker tape has been whirling & whispering that Ferri may perform in Wayne McGregor's AfterRite. Of course we can easily guess what happened after the original (real) Rite of Spring and which could turn up in Wayne's World: The savages consumed the sacrificial virgin while wearing nude-colored briefs to accentuate the dislocation of their limbs as they yanked them around to – not choreography – but to an algorithm loaded with palindromes which were most likely written on the palms of their hands. This Rite sequel, however, may need to pander to the local press; so there may be lots of gratuitous same-sex sphincter-groping and kissy face. Maybe the savages in Wayne's World will even blow goats -- just to appeal to a wider audience.
Wayne's World could turn out to be an eye-popping experience for all the children who come to the double-bill to see Misty Copeland in Firebird. That's what ABT is all about: forward thinking.
In a couple of weeks, we'll get a little bit of relief from the unsettling start of the year when New York City Ballet opens its winter season with Balanchine's extraordinary Apollo, Mozartiana, and The Four Temperaments among other of his masterpieces. Chase Finlay opens the season as Apollo. Let's hope that he can pull it all together including his fifth positions.
We can't wait to see Ashley Laracey and Lauren King again in the Divertimento No. 15, Maria Kowroski in Mozartiana, Adrian Danchig-Waring as Apollo, and everyone in Chaconne and Cortege Hongrois.