Yes, I have been quite delinquent in blogging about the American Ballet Theatre performances I've seen the past few weeks. I'll get there - still forming my thoughts a bit.
HOWEVER, in case anyone missed it buried at the end of the exciting Ratmansky/ShostakovichABT news item today (3 new 1-act ballets), ABT's NY City Center "season" has been reduced from the shameful six days last fall to now only FIVE days this year (October 16th-20th). And, it's the same week the wonderful Aspen Santa Fe Ballet is coming to the Joyce Theater.
How I miss the 2-3 week fall seasons that ABT used to do when I first moved to NYC not that long ago. That's where so many of ABT's non-principal, non-guest artists have their chance to shine - and where ABT gets to show off its contemporary strengths. Is Kevin McKenzie just not a fan of this genre of ballet? Because without it, in my opinion ABT's relevance is greatly weakened, and so many of its dancers wasted.
City Center is where I first came to love dancers like Stella Abrera, Marian Butler, Alex Hammoudi, Nicole Graniero, Skylar Brandt, Kristi Boone, and so many more. City Center is where I fully appreciate the talents of Gillian Murphy, and further fall in love with Marcelo Gomes, Julie Kent, Simone Messmer, Misty Copeland and Herman Cornejo.
I understand that City Center is an expensive theater for ABT - but there have to be better solutions than limiting the run to 5 days.
Well, just another reason ABT is making me sad in 2012, I guess.