Violette Verdy

“Phrasing is a recognition of the values of talking, of thinking; it’s an evaluation, an itinerary,” says Violette Verdy, the great ballerina, coach, and storyteller. My profile of Verdy just came out in The Nation. You can read it here

 Violette Verdy in George Balanchine's Jewels, 1967. (Martha Swope)
Violette Verdy in George Balanchine’s Jewels, 1967. (Martha Swope)


ABT fall season Oct 21-Nov 21

ABT has announced its fall season at the Koch. It will include:

An NYC premiere by Mark Morris and company premieres of Frederick Ashton’s Monotones I and II, Balanchine’s “Valse-Fantaisie,” and Marcelo Gomes’s “Aftereffect,” as well as revivals of Twyla Tharp’s The Brahms-Haydn Variations, Michel Fokine’s Le Spectre de la Rose & Kurt Jooss’ The Green Table.
Here is a link to the full press release.


Misty Copeland and Stella Abrera promoted at ABT

American Ballet Theatre has announced a raft of promotions, all of them welcome. As the press release says:

Stella Abrera and Misty Copeland have been promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre and Skylar Brandt, Thomas Forster, Arron Scott and Cassandra Trenary have been promoted to Soloist effective August 1, 2015.   In addition, Maria Kochetkova, a principal dancer with San Francisco Ballet and Alban Lendorf, a principal dancer with Royal Danish Ballet will join the Company as Principal Dancers and Jeffrey Cirio, a principal dancer with Boston Ballet, will join ABT as a Soloist, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.

Meanwhile, The Guardian asked me to comment on Misty Copeland’s promotion and its meaning for ballet in the US. You can find the piece here.

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