(Ethan Stiefel and Gillian Murphy, photo Rosalie O’Connor, from Daily Mail)
Yep, here come the Swans! Tonight begins ABT’s Swan Lake week.
I had another hard time choosing casts. I ended up opting for the ones I haven’t yet seen, but they are really all worth seeing:
Tonight, Monday, beautiful, dramatic Irina Dvorovenko and Maxim Beloserkovsky open the ballet, with my favorite Marcelo Gomes as the villain von Rothbart;
Tuesday are powerhouse Gillian Murphy dancing with forever enchanting Angel Corella;
Wednesday and Saturday matinees are David Hallberg and Michele Wiles with my new fave Cory Stearns as the villain;
Wednesday evening is critically acclaimed Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes (this time as Prince Siegfried);
Thursday night are Paloma Herrera and Ethan Stiefel (fingers crossed he’s recovered from his injury);
Friday night is my favorite Vernonika Part with Italian star Roberto Bolle and David Hallberg as von Roth;
And the week will end Saturday night with the knockout, perhaps the biggest night of the entire season: widely beloved Georgian ballerina Nina Ananiashvili will give her farewell performance with ABT. She’s dancing with Angel Corella, and Marcelo again as von Roth.
Photo by Nancy Ellison, from ABT website)
Photo of Larry Keigwin by Tom Caravaglia, taken from Bates.