and what of the tragic injuries of Ethan Stiefel—as much our loss as ABT’s? Now more than ever, the company needs a male lyrical dancer (a blond would be nice) to fill the princely shoes of Albrecht and Romeo.
Hallberg, who has been with ABT for five years, has a dangerous look about him. He’s tall—check; blond—check; and sufficiently cheeky-yet-earnest to garner sufficient attention. After all, he describes himself as towering, with good proportions for classical ballet.
Basically, he’s in the running to become the next ABT-Man-God—there are always a few in every company (they tend to get all the parts and all the girls)—a sort of Zoolander of the dance world.
Given the calibre of the existing Man-g-ds at ABT, exactly why does ABT need to hire blonds?