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Leave it to ABT to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. I swear to the above I’ve never witnessed an arts company so mismanaged since NYCO. Maybe the plan is to sink the ship because, wow, talk about disaster.
So after all the accolades for the soloists who saved ABT’s bacon last Spring with last minute, gorgeous debuts…what does ABT do to build upon this triumph?
Give Hee “Limpy” Seo OPENING NIGHT for two major ballets she was cast in! WHO THE HELL wanted to see Hee fricking Seo? Who was asking for her? Who did she impress last year except for her ABT board SPONSOR, Pamela Ford. I tell you readers, I would LOVE to know how this corrupt board runs roughshod over this company by pushing POOR product. Well thank you Ms. Ford. We will now have to watch your fave rave limp through yet another Spring season when no one wants her and her underpowered dancing.
Giselle. Oh man. Lane and Simkin lit the stage on fire last year. What do they get this year? One matinee performance on a weekday! When they, by rights, should have had an OPENING NIGHT! Especially since Simkin is technically, leaving the company in 2018. I wondered why he decided to leave. Maybe what made him pull the final card was that he was denied a Nutcracker season with Lane. If so, he was right to be angry. He and Lane more than proved they were the premier couple of the company. But considering the insanity in the past, I suppose it was no surprise that they were separated. There are some, I believe, who would rather cut their wrists open then see Lane triumph in anything.
Lets go through the facts folks in order to ferret out some meaning in regards to the 2018 Spring schedule.
Lane made a great debut in Swan Lake last spring. Was it pitch perfect? No, but she only had one week to prepare and only received 3 to 4 full rehearsals of this massive ballet. It was still impressive enough that it garnered her and Simkin much notice. So much so, that she was invited to dance the ballet with the Kremlin Ballet.
This is where it gets strange. Lane posted a number of instagram posts showcasing her rehearsal efforts. Each example showed the large strides she made in improving her interpretation of the role. She performed the role in early fall. There were some nice photos of her performance with Vadim Muntagirov. Their difference in height was especially attractive. It is nice and natural to see a tall, strong danseur paired with a delicate, beautiful ballerina.
Apparently, Russian critic Kuznetsova had other bones to pick. Mainly that ABT didn’t invite Russian dancers to guest star of late.
“As for Sarah Lane, she proved that America is really a country of great opportunities: an artist with such modest external and physical data in serious Russian troupes would have been allowed only to “little swans.” However, the lack of a jump and a lift, a very modest step, the fuzziness of slightly puffy legs and the stiffness of elbows stretched in the elbows did not prevent the American admiration from feeling like the heroine of the ball: in the “black” pas de deux, her convincing self-confidence forced her eyes to close to inflexible low attitudes, and to adapt the variation, and even to 28 (instead of 32) fouettes. However, the false gentleness of her suffering Odette could not be diverted from the technique: the mowing feet, malfunctioning batteries, gynecological foreshortenings in the adagio and creaking pirouettes came to the fore. The ballerina status of the artist Lane seems inexplicable if one does not know that the familiar principle of import substitution has recently reigned in the American troupe: now foreigners (especially Russians) are not invited to ABT, content with products of their own making.”
Tatyana Kuznetsova, Kommersant.Ru
I can ascertain from the above that Kuzzy is one of those critics who enjoys Cannibal ballerinas who treat the audience to extended crotch views with their vulgar over extensions. Hot Cha Cha! Low attitudes? This woman wouldn’t know true classical positioning if a toe shoe foot hit her in the head, considering that true classical dancing is something of a lost art Russia! Russia! The savior of ballet is home to some of the most vulgar ballet dancers I’ve ever seen in past few years. It isn’t the home of ballet anymore. It is the home of tutu-falling-over-the-head so that everyone can get a view a ballerina tush. Whatever there is of it in a starveling body that is their current ballet obsession.
The insane ranting about how unattractive Lane is as a dancer is what interests me. Because it seems to trite and PROGRAMMED. Almost as if she was let off her leash and triggered to attack. The oh so casual mention of the fact that ABT doesn’t invite guest artists anymore is a real red flag. What put her up to this?
It makes me wonder even more because I’m almost POSITIVE that this article was possibly used to deny Lane another performance in Swan Lake with ABT AND used as an excuse to invite Osipova to steal an opportunity of a Giselle performance from a worthy ABT dancer. So who bit into this article? Could it be yet another ABT board member, Theresa Khawly, who is always so gung ho to turn ABT into RBT?
On the subject of denied opportunities, why hasn’t Brandt been granted another chance at La Bayadere or a shot at Kitri in Don Q? She was one of the celebrated last Spring. Just wow, WOW.
Well, looking at the 2018 schedule as it stands now, I probably won’t be seeing that many performances. As I’ve said before, maybe that is the master plan for this out of control company.