The Next Phase: Sascha, who became widely known outside the immediate sphere of classical ballet when he appeared in the 2000 film CENTER STAGE, returns to acting in the in-production Starz TV series FLESH AND BONE which is currently filming in Brooklyn and scheduled to premiere in 2015.Something tells me he'll be dancing a few combinations along the way.Sascha Radetsky, a former soloist with American Ballet Theatre, is currently artistic director for American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company.
I knew I would be there tonight, long before it became known that this would be Sascha's farewell.
The music of COPPELIA holds a special place in my heart: it's the only ballet I ever danced in, and whenever I hear themes from this melodically rich Delibes score, I'm carried back to that long-lost Summer of 1974 which I spent on Cape Cod with my first male lover, working for an amateur ballet company.
Above: Sascha Radetsky UPDATE: Sascha's farewell curtain call is now on You Tube, but there was another five minutes of applause and more bows after the clip ends.
Thursday July 3rd, 2014 - I met Sascha Radetsky in 2011 when my friend Kokyat and I covered a rehearsal of a duet entitled LIFT, choreographed by Edwaard Liang, in which Sascha was dancing with Sonja Kostitch; the piece was shown ten days later at the annual Dancers Responding to AIDS gala.
Loved seeing Maria Kowroski, Wendy Whelan, Joaquin de Luz, Gillian Murphy and Ethan Stiefel all joining in the celebration; and Sascha's wife, Stella Abrera (in a knockout black frock) elicited whoops of delight from the crowd when she appeared onstage to present her husband with a bouquet and a kiss.