I have no idea as to the reasons for the surprise casting for Taming of the Shrew. Your guess is as good as mine. In the back of my mind I can’t help but think perhaps some of the dancers may have been let go. I find it odd that companies choose to make a veteran dancer inactive when they decide to not renew his or her contract. Perhaps Mrs. K simply wanted some new faces on stage.
My thoughts on some surprise selections for the 2007/2008 season:
Glass Pieces, In the Night and West Side Story Suite
Wow! The above triple bill should sell out. Hardcore long suffering ballet fans will finally be treated to something new to see! Glass Pieces is a neo-classical masterpiece. In the Night will give us some romance á la Frédéric Chopin. West Side Story should be loads of fun topped with oodles of sex appeal. The brilliance of Sondheim and Bernstein alone should fill the house. All of the above comes from the choreographic genius of the late Jerome Robbins.
I’ve seen The Merry Widow too many times-Just an average ballet for me.
An Italian Straw Hat was hit and miss. Some of the comedy worked; some of it fell flat. It needs retooling.
Soldiers’ Mass, 24 Preludes and Rooster brings us war, more Chopin, and the Rolling Stones-Three very modern works. Will Mick show?
I love Mr. K’s Cinderella but I do believe they brought her back a little too early.
I’m looking forward to seeing Etudes again. Second Detail and Skin Divers add to an interesting mixed program.
* Me thinks Mrs. K is rolling the bones with 3 mixed programs along with the all too soon returns of An Italian Straw Hat along with Cinderella. You can only roll out the classics so often. I guess it was time for something fresh and new. Let’s hope she rolls a 7!