miliosr, on 26 May 2011 - 04:14 AM, said:
Instead, I was merely pointing out that Kevin McKenzie may have to make decisions regarding Corella sooner rather than later. For reasons that remain unclear, McKenzie isn't scheduling Corella for the Met seasons even though Corella himself has said that he is available. (Two performances across the entire Met season are nothing compared to the workloads of Gomes, Hallberg, Stearns and even Simkin.) If McKenzie isn't going to use Corella in any great capacity in the future, then it is in his interest (and Corella's) to make a break now rather than string Corella along indefinitely with token performances. In addition, Corella will be 36 this year. If you're McKenzie, you have to start thinking about how many more years will Corella be dancing (even if he comes back into favor) and who will be his replacement? It's cruel . . . but then it's a cruel business.
Maybe. But even if that's the 'cruel business' and your points are good, that's not all it is. The very fact that one can even posit 'even if he comes back into favour' means that maybe these 'token performances' are not nothing. If Corella says he's available and only has a few performances, that doesn't mean he wouldn't rather do those than nothing. Or he wouldn't. Or Mackenzie wouldn't, or something would be decided now, not later. And maybe something is being decided already. But we know of several dancers who even recently danced way, way beyond their prime, and there were some past what is even a ghost of their former glory. Corella is not at that point, because you can't fake those roles at ABT, even if they most likely won't be delivering what he was 7 years ago.
(Two performances across the entire Met season are nothing compared to the workloads of Gomes, Hallberg, Stearns and even Simkin.)
I's obvious that he's not being cast frequently, but those two performances are still something, when you're talking about starring roles at ABT. And then he does appear a few times in Tokyo. His star may be waning, and there was some talk of technical difficulties last year as I recall; but it's not finished yet, and if it were in Corella's snd Mackenzie's 'best interest to make a break now', then I think they would know to do so. I think it's nice to have a star who doesn't have to be one of the big powerhouses anymore, but will still have those who want to see him, even if he's on his way out. If some obvious 'replacement' appears, that one is not going to be somehow missed if Corella is already being used not so much. In short, Corella is not 'in the way' of the up-and-comers, and still has fans, even if he's not the 'hot new kid'.