I have been puzzling over the end of Alexandra's review of the program in the Washington Post. I've not really participated in many discussions besides reviews of performances on this board, so please forgive me for being a relative 'newbie.'
At the end, she writes
If the "Proteges" program becomes a yearly attraction, it could become one of the Kennedy Center's calling cards. It's amazing what one can learn about the state of ballet from a single evening. This one showed that ballet is healthy -- or could be. If the parent companies let it happen, ballet may well be on the brink of renewal.
It's the last two sentences... ballet could be healthy? Is it sick now? And how are parent companies the impediment? And a renewal from...?
Those are four pertinent and potent questions. Anyone game?