Mixed Rep-ABT, March 12

Kaho Ogawa Does 10

In between NYCB and ABT seasons, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the web trying to get my fill of ballet. I found an astounding video of ABT’s Kaho Ogawa performing 10 pirouettes on pointe! Amazing! Triple pirouettes on pointe are difficult; four and five pirouettes are in Gillian Murphy/Polina Semionova territory; 10 is just crazy.

Kaho is a 19-year old Corps member from Tokushima, Japan who joined the ABT studio company in 2012. In the video (which has been around for a year), former dancer and choreographer Nathan Prevost provides interesting commentary.

Paloma Herrera Final Performance

ABT announced yesterday that Paloma Herrera’s final performance will be the Wednesday May 27 matinee. It is disappointing that her final performance will be on a weekday afternoon when many of us can’t attend. According to the ABT press release:

Ms. Herrera’s farewell performance was previously scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 as Princess Aurora in the Company’s new staging of The Sleeping Beauty. Ms. Herrera has decided to change the date of her final ABT performance to dance a role she has performed since 2001, and one that is very familiar to New York audiences.

ABT on Instagram

Check out the ABT Instagram site which has a number of great photos, many of the gorgeous Sleeping Beauty costumes. I can’t wait to see the new Ratmansky production at the Met.