August could represent a problem for audiences too as it is traditionally the month everyone goes off on holiday and certainly the well-heeled with kids will have decamped to southern Europe for the school holidays. Committed ballet goers that I've spoken to have expressed a fair degree of disappointment with the season as most (like myself) expected the new Ratmansky Little Humpbacked Horse, also Carnival and the ravishing Awakening of Flora. Some won't be bothering. Also London will see a lot of Swan Lakes this year as there is a lengthy run by the Royal Ballet with ABT bringing the ballet over at the same time.
I totally agree with you Cassandra. The management's judgement continues off the chart. The last new work they brought to London was Gelber's "Golden Age." That same year, they neglected to bring "Ondine." The critical response to "Golden Age" has been fully documented: It was a mistake. After this, they expended time and resources on the "Flora" reconstruction. They didn't bring that production either. Last summer at Sadlers Wells, they brought the Forsythe program, which had 1/3 of "Beauty in Motion." Response to that engagement was reportedly 'okay,' but still, not the ideal showcase for the raison d'etre of this company. "Carnavale" was revived; it won't be brought this summer even though it's nominated for a Golden Mask next month. What if "Carnavale" wins? Apparently, regardless of the outcome, it's not on the playbill schedule. And as you've noted, this year the London market will be over-saturated with "Swan Lakes," both foreign and domestic.
So Alina Somova is now a "leading exponent" of Juliet. Eh??? Lavrovsky's Juliet requires a degree of nobility as personified by Ulanova and is just one of the many qualities beyond the minimal attainments of this over-hyped performer. I hope putting her name first is down to alphabetical order as opening a London season with this dancer would be a very grave error.
I co-sign your statement, with this addendum. They cast Somova as Juliet, on March 28 as "Giselle," and in the balance of the Covent Garden engagement, at the peril of what's left
of the reputation of this company. If it were merely a matter of alphabetical order, by recognition, critical acclaim, consistent and proven ability, (and in one case, an IBC Gold Medal, numerous awards, Golden Mask, and a nomination next month for another
), both Novikova and Obratzova would always
come before her. But typographical over-hype/over-praise,"
i.e. "leading exponent"(:?:
), and alphabetical order aren't the issues here
. If Somova had .01 of a millileter of the abilities, talent, international critical acclaim and recognition that any
of her betters
have, she would still
be unacceptable. Period.