Jodie Thomas leaving PNB
Posted 14 March 2009 - 10:04 PM
I'm sorry to see her leave (especially since they're reviving the Mailliot Romeo next season and I really liked her Nurse in that) but I can certainly understand her desire to try herself in a new environment. I think she'd be pretty well suited to the Bournonville rep, though I don't know that she's had much actual training in the style yet.
Posted 15 March 2009 - 11:17 PM
[quote]name='sandik' date='Mar 15 2009, 02:04 AM' post='244166']
Jody T was at the Q/A session after Friday night's performance (she'd danced Carousel with James Moore) and Peter B announced that she's leaving the company at the end of the season and going to the Royal Danish. She's got a soloist contract with them, but isn't sure what she'll be dancing yet. (she mentioned that the company is doing West Side Story Suite and Dances at a Gathering next year, so at least those will be familiar...)
I'm sorry to see her leave (especially since they're reviving the Mailliot Romeo next season and I really liked her Nurse in that) but I can certainly understand her desire to try herself in a new environment. I think she'd be pretty well suited to the Bournonville rep, though I don't know that she's had much actual training in the style yet.[/quote]
Posted 19 March 2009 - 02:24 PM
And honestly, he needs to keep nurturing and developing the next generation of performers, which means giving them opportunities to take big steps.
I'm very curious to see who winds up performing O/O in the upcoming set of Swan Lakes.
Posted 20 March 2009 - 06:25 AM
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Posted 26 March 2009 - 08:26 AM
I would much rather see what someone like Lindsi Dec will give us in the next few years.
Posted 26 March 2009 - 09:16 AM
I wish Thomas the best of luck, happiness, and artistic fulfillment in Denmark. Oh, to live in a transportation hub with much of Europe within a 4-hour direct flight!
Posted 26 March 2009 - 12:28 PM
In short, the Danes are very lucky! Best of luck to Thomas. We'll certainly miss her terribly
Posted 26 March 2009 - 05:05 PM
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you got 'til it's gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot . . .
Posted 04 April 2009 - 01:37 PM
1. What's going on at PNB? My opinion.....the creation of one of the best companies in the USA. Kent and Francia built the foundation and developed the company to a high level. Now Boal is taking it far beyond to the highest possible level -- beyond anything I ever imagined in my wildest dreams. That's what's going on.
2. Peter Boal oozes quality. His tastes are impeccable; his casting brilliant; his choice of programming inspired; and most important of all, he is growing the dancers to levels that can only excite them, him, and us the audience.
3. I have never seen Boal "push lesser dancers". He pushes dancers to higher levels with an infallible instinct for who is ready for the push (look at Lucien a just few years ago; look at Leslie Rausch, or Laura Gilbreath, or Lindsi Dec, or just this year Sara Orza). I'd bet in a heartbeat my entire ballet watching future on Mr Boal's instincts for quality.
4. It is a travesity to say Boal has held Thomas back. If anything, it has been he who has given her her best chances. (I might mildly agree that Jodie was under-appreciated and under-utilized under Stowell/Russel management, but never under Boal.)
5. Of course we will all miss her. But this is a good move for Jodie and Peter Boal is happy FOR her just as we all are (as was said earler by others).
P.S. Peter Boal is the best thing that even happened to PNB. I count my lucky stars every day that I happen to live in Seattle to see the masterpiece he is creating.
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