dirac, on 03 April 2011 - 08:36 PM, said:
There's no great mystery here, Lallone didn't want to leave, Boal had to indicate where the door was, and Lallone was ready to talk about it. It would be even more awkward to have a press release that pretended there were no difference of opinion if there was no agreement on what to say to the press, and it doesn't sound to me as if there was.
I can't cite another instance where a difference of opinion was addressed in a press release where there wasn't an immediate departure. The standard press release comes from the company, with a basic statement of fact ("Dancer X's last performance is/was this/last Sunday/the end of the season") or a statement of fact plus the company's, usually the AD's word of thanks to the dancer. I've never seen a quote from a dancer included that suggests any public ambiguity, but I'd be interested in seeing others like PNB's re: Lallone if they are considered standard.
Jayne, on 03 April 2011 - 08:11 PM, said:
I have enjoyed Ms Lallone's performances over the past few years, and have not noticed any slips in performance level.
On the contrary: she's been dancing as well as ever, which is a rarity for an important dancer. I can think of few Principals who left PNB or NYCB at the very top of their game towards the end of their career. Most were past their peak, although they continued to be valuable artists, and that includes Peter Boal.