Simon G, I do agree with much of your general sentiment and truly hope that you are right in your optimistic predictions for the future of what Jack has described as "the beauty and wonder" of ballet (and, I would add, other related art forms) that will come from Veronika Part's lovely interview.
I read the Tony Mendez article. Thanks rg. Although I come from a world quite different than his, I find him to be a very sympathetic human being who has had the good fortune of sharing the pleasant company of many outstanding artists and entertainers. I also thank him very much for helping make Veronika Part's appearance possible.
Marga wrote of Veronika Part:
"She was gorgeous. She was statuesque. She was anything but standoffish or haughty, as some may picture Russian ballerinas to be (although mostly none of them are)."
Having been to five Mariinsky Festivals and four gala parties afterward I definitely agree with this. I have found in dance, anyway, that so many of the artists carry their immense beauty (or handsomeness) and talent with such selflessness and modesty. I commend this highly.