New York City Ballet

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Christopher Wheeldon, the talented resident choreographer of NYCB, announced that he will call it quits when his contract expires following the winter 2008 season. Basically, this is a catastrophe. What if Peter Martins, the company's ballet master in chief, decides to appoint someone like Jorma Elo? (Of course, it can't be Jorma Elo, because he is the resident choreographer of Boston Ballet, but you know what I mean.) What if Martins just choreographs more pseudo-edgy ballets himself? In any event, NYCB's upcoming gala on November 21 will feature a Wheeldon treasure: Carousel (A Dance), with Kathryn Morgan making her debut in Alexandra Ansanelli's role, opposite Andrew Veyette. Romantic and lush, Morgan is a ballerina in the making (and she's still just an apprentice). Other than that, opening night is an excerpt-a-thon featuring many talented dancers—as well as a ballet by the gifted Alexei Ratmansky—but no Miranda Weese. She isn't injured; at least according to casting, she's dancing Sugarplum Fairy on November 25 at 2pm and November 26 at 5pm. Outrageous.

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