David Hallberg seems to have sprained his ankle last night in Carreno's farewell to American Ballet Theatre.
But wait, because of the injury, it wasn't Carreno's farewell after all! To the likely horror of those who paid over $1000 a seat on craigslist or stubhub to see the historic show last night, Jose Manuel is now dancing the Saturday matinee opposite Julie Kent, and Marcelo Gomes has been moved to the evening performance with Polina Semionova. The evening crowd should be in for QUITE a treat. Luckily thanks to the wonder of smartphones and my ballet-impulse-buying-addiction, I was able to score a ticket to the evening performance as well! Have to bring the real camera this time for the curtain call......
Now, do I review last night before tomorrow's matinee? Or wait to compare the two....hmmmm.....
And, for those who are keeping track, that brings the ABT male soloist/principal injury/non-performance count this met season to (to my semi-reliable knowledge):
Max Beloserkovsky - injured/hasn't danced since gala
Herman Cornejo - injured/hasn't danced since gala
Ethan Stiefel - withdrew from entire season
Roberto Bolle - no injury but only danced 4 performances
Angel Corella - no injury but only danced 2 performances
David Hallberg - sprained ankle week 7
Gennadi Saveliev - injured calf muscle week 7
Sascha Radetsky - seemed to have some kind of injury at the beginning of the season
Anyone else wondering if one of the corps guys put some kind of voodoo curse on the higher ups? WHAT a crazy season. If this isn't more reason to pay attention to developing Jared Matthews, Sascha Radetsky, Eric Tamm, Alex Hammoudi and others for next season then I don't know what is!