mimsyb, on 05 June 2011 - 05:59 AM, said:
I love all this speculation of "promoting from within". I'm pretty sure that any of the above mentioned men are capable of moving up. I think perhaps the rep that ABT does during the Spring Season rather demands that more "stars" dance the roles than secondary dancers. During the four performances of the mixed rep seen last week, all three choreographers used corps, soloists and principles in wonderful harmony and everyone looked superb! Just look at the "second cast" of "Dumbarton" and everyone of the dancers was from the corps! Not too shabby! Blaine and Forster were wonderful in "Troika", and the casting for "13 Diversions" surely showed the strong capability of all involved. (Cory Stearns was the only principle in the second cast) Why ABT pursues this policy of full lengths over and over while allowing only four performances of new works is beyond me. I know they have to sell seats, but it's also the responsibility of a company to not only educate a public as to newer works, but also to give ALL their dancers an opportunity to dance! To do the very thing they have trained so long to do. There are just so many times one can carry a spear before one decides to move on. While it was nice to see Angel dance in Giselle again, and I truly was glad to see Sarabia dance in Don Q, I was so happy to see the other dancers get a chance during the so-called "rep" week. Give dancers more to dance and they will get better.
I read an interview with Rachel Moore in which she explained this. Around 85% of revenue comes from three acters - it's what people want to see and this is key, as wonderful as new work is for morale what's the point of playing to half empty theatres, indeed it's financial suicide. Tickets for three act ballets also cost more, yet conversely because they don't have to pay rights, choreographers, designers, composers fees actually cost less to stage than an evening with new works. Petipa and Tchaikovsky aren't members of AGMA or PRS.
For every one new work in a season ABT has to programme 80% Swan Lakes or other three act ballet to cover the costs.
The public wants what the public gets.