Disappointing news from ABT as David Hallberg will withdraw from scheduled performances in Australia, Chicago, and ABT’s Fall season due to foot surgery. David on Twitter: “I must tell you all that I will undergo an operation on my left foot today which will leave me off the stage for a couple of months.” “Wish me a healthy & calm recovery and I’ll see you back on stage in a flash of a moment. I’ll be back more healthy and inspired than before.”
I wish David a rapid recovery, which he says will be “a couple of months.” I think a couple of months recovery from foot surgery seems ambitious, but hope for the best.
Here is the ABT press release:
Due to a recurring foot injury requiring surgery, American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer David Hallberg will withdraw from upcoming performances with the Company this Fall, it was announced today by Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director.
In addition to ABT’s Fall Season at the David H. Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, Hallberg was scheduled to perform on tour with the Company in Swan Lake at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre in Brisbane, Australia and in Fancy Free at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
“It is with great regret that I have to step off the stage for this period of recovery,” said David Hallberg. “But as an artist that relies on his body as his instrument, my main priority is to dance in full health and take the time needed to perform at that level again.”