The ABT Ballerina
Posted 10 November 2003 - 06:46 PM
Who are the next ABT ballerinas? Who do you see leading the company 5 years from now? Or, to look at the question in another way, are we squarely in the age of the Ballerino, with the ballerina taking second place? Will that be the situation 5 years from now? I realize that one dancer of any gender could turn the whole thing upside down, but just playing the cards we're dealt now, what do you think?
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:10 PM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 08:32 PM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 11:52 PM
Let's not forget Nina Ananiashvili, who should be back with the company for the Met season.
But I do worry about the absence of senior ballerinas for the younger dancers to look up to.
Posted 11 November 2003 - 12:11 AM
Posted 11 November 2003 - 05:37 AM
Posted 11 November 2003 - 06:26 AM
If only ABT had a repertory for her that won't coarsen her. But what to give her next? I'd love to see her do more Ashton - and what comes to mind is the Spring variation in Cinderella. Of course, we don't have that version.
Posted 11 November 2003 - 10:26 AM
Ditto to Thalictum and Dale's remarks bemoaning the few token appearances of Part and Meunier. Causes one to wonder why ABT hired them and then proceeded not to use them. (I did not see Part at all this past season).
Posted 11 November 2003 - 10:56 AM
It should go without saying that both Part and Meunier have already had liberal applications of Ballerina Polish. I can't fathom their current lack of employment by ABT.
ABT must look to their future, and immediately. McKerrow is retiring, Kent is out, and may not dance long after her return. Regular guests Ferri and Ananiashvili are both getting up there, too. Herrera seems content to phone in most of her performances, and Tuttle is, at best, a good utility infielder.
While ABT has some promising corps and soloist girls, I can't see any of them becoming major ballerinas. As for Fang, it's far too early to tell.
I imagine McKenzie will follow ABT's time-honored tradition of grabbing established stars from elsewhere. I would not at all be surprised should he offer someone like Lorna Feijoo a juicy contract, or Alina Cojucaru.
Posted 11 November 2003 - 11:48 AM
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Posted 11 November 2003 - 01:21 PM
I also think that Dvorovenko is the most complete ballerina of the current crop (not counting Nina & Ferri). I know that she has her problems, and Iím sure that there will be people reading this who disagree vehemently, but to me, despite her shortcomings, she is the only one of the current crop of female principals with any mystery, any perfume. IMO, Dvorovenkoís biggest problem is that she has too much perfume, but Iíd rather too much than too little. I agree completely with Aloff and with Daleís assessment of the current situation with the ABT women. And I love Daleís quote from Farrell - I think she puts it perfectly.
Wiles is certainly promising and Fang was beautiful in Symphonic Variations, but I think itís way too soon to tell whether either of them will fulfill their promise. Not being familiar with Meunier and Part before they joined ABT I Ďm not prepared to anoint them as the next ones - Iíve been very impressed with what little Iíve seen from them but they havenít been given nearly enough to do at ABT. Unfortunately it seems clear that management isnít ready to give them the opportunities they need at this time...
Posted 11 November 2003 - 02:21 PM
But how slowly they move up the ladder...
Posted 11 November 2003 - 02:31 PM
This does not apply to mature dancers, though. (You know who I mean. )
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