An artist willing to take risks in order to grow! Shades of Nureyev and Barsyknikov! Good for her.
“That was certainly an uncomfortable event,” Ms. Ansanelli said in an interview backstage at the Royal Opera House. “But it was two years before I left. I’m not the kind of person to leave for those reasons.” Instead, she said, her motivation was “simply to try something different.”
“It sounds crazy,” she said, but “I just knew I had to take the first step, and that meant leaving City Ballet.”
Ms. Ansanelli said she had no specific plans but knew she wanted to go to Europe and dance the 19th-century classics. At City Ballet, which mostly adheres to a more contemporary repertory, she had performed Aurora in Mr. Martins’s version of “The Sleeping Beauty,” based on the original 1890 choreography by Marius Petipa. But “I knew that stylistically I was wrong,” she said. “I’ve always been passionate about the classical works, and it was important to me as a ballerina to get that education.”
Perhaps this article could be spun off to start a new thread, not only because of the interest in Ansanelli, but also for the impllications it raises about styles, training, etc.