2011-2012 Roster changes.. whoa!
Posted 03 May 2011 - 01:53 PM
Posted 03 May 2011 - 02:10 PM
So far, the roster has 35 dancers (compared to 42 at the end of this season) plus 5 apprentices, down significantly from a few years ago.
Who will be dancing this July in Paris, I wonder?
Departures (Compared to those listed for Program IV this past month):
Principal: Haiyan Wu
Principal Soloist: Yang Zou (Wu's husband)
Soloists: Amanda Weingarten; Marc Spielberger
Corps: Michael Sean Breeden; Alexandre Ferreira; Cindy Huang; Neil Marshall; Stephen Satterfield.
Promotions and New Hires (also compared to Program IV):
Kleber Rebello to Soloist
Suzette Logue and new hire Shimon Ito to Corps.
Posted 03 May 2011 - 06:39 PM
Posted 04 May 2011 - 06:14 AM
Zou had a lovely lightness, with apparently effortless jumps and soft, plush landings. I'll always remember him in Valse Fantaisie.
Wu was a medal winner at the Jackson competition and seems to have become a principal rather quickly. She never seemed to fit into the Company's repertoire or style (speed, attack, intensity). MCB dancers are always engaged, always "on." These were not Wu's strengths, though she was often lovely in adagio.
Another difficulty may have been that she never found well-matched partner at MCB. This made her Giselle (with Penteado) and Juliet (with a much taller Trividic) less than they might have been.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:03 AM
Pardo's piece, written before the Romeo and Juliet production that ended the season, was written before this new story about numerous departures. But she does do into detail about departures from the Company last season:
Pardo shares my sense that this past season, the 25th, was a disappointment considering the promise of the few years before. Much of this has to do with staffing. For example, a Theme and Variations in which none of the dancing was up to serious international standards. Regarding T&V, Pardo refers to "the vulnerable state of the male contingent" and "unexpected weakness in the female ranks," especially considering the absences due to injury of Jeanette Delgado and Mary Carmen Catoya.
What seems most hopeful for the future? Pardo refers to the promise shown by Renan Cedeiro. She says that watching Jennifer Lauren in Scotch Symphony made her wish that she had seen her in Sonnambula. (I did see her in that and was very impressed.) But generally, Pardo is lukewarm in her estimation of the role played this season by both principals and soloists.
I hope it works out well -- for the Company and also for the dancers who are now, for whatever reason, moving on.
Posted 06 May 2011 - 11:34 AM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 07:03 AM
Posted 07 May 2011 - 07:57 AM
Rebello can do the honors though...(hint-hint )
Posted 27 May 2011 - 02:09 PM
Joining OBT as Company Artists are...and Michael Breedon and Neil Marshall, both from Miami City Ballet.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 07:14 AM
I notice that Michael Breeden and Neil Marshall of the MCB corps are also moving to OBT. They're good, and Breeden especially is delightful in light-hearted, fast-paced roles. I know they will be an asset to the company.
Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:50 PM
Correction. Wu was a Principal here...Zou wasn't.
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