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ABT's Male Principal ProblemPoll


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Poll: Promote From Within or Go On a Spending Spree? (73 member(s) have cast votes)

To solve its looming shortage of male principals, should ABT:

  1. Promote from within to fill the ranks (45 votes [61.64%])

    Percentage of vote: 61.64%

  2. Go out into the free market and hire male principals from outside the company (28 votes [38.36%])

    Percentage of vote: 38.36%

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#346 fondoffouettes

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Posted 09 July 2014 - 08:00 PM

Bring in Fabrice Calmels to dance with Veronika Part and Polina Semionova!

I found a picture on his Pinterest account of him and Part dancing SL:

 

http://www.pinterest...19162247480236/

 

Does anyone know when/where this took place? He makes Part look tiny!



#347 Kristen

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Posted 10 July 2014 - 07:08 AM

Thank you FauxPas. From your lips to KM's ears.

#348 spinning2night

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:23 AM

Bring in Fabrice Calmels to dance with Veronika Part and Polina Semionova!

I found a picture on his Pinterest account of him and Part dancing SL:
 
http://www.pinterest...19162247480236/
 
Does anyone know when/where this took place? He makes Part look tiny!

Would love to know what performance that was too. He is 6'5"/maybe even 6'6" which makes for a very compelling and striking image if he had the opportunity to dance with Veronika more frequently. That being said, he is very happy in Chicago/at Joffrey, but I wonder if ABT will look into at least building an occasional guest wrist relationship wih him. The Joffrey doesn't do as many traditional classical full-length ballets so it could be a beneficial relationship.

I too am going to hold out on writing Stella off...perhaps no promotion, but the roles absolutely have to come if she stays. And that means I will absolutely be there for evey single one (and I don't even live on the east coast...)

#349 Helene

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 10:27 AM

Calmels talks about his height and training in this podcast:

http://balancing-poi...abrice-calmels/



#350 miliosr

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Posted 11 July 2014 - 04:01 PM

Robert Gottlieb writes an overview of the Met season:

 

http://observer.com/...ballet-theatre/

 

Most of the article's content falls beyond the scope of this thread.  But two things caught my eye.

 

First, he compares Stearns and Whiteside unfavorably to the triumvirate of Cornejo, Gomes and Hallberg.  That may or may not be true and certainly, on this board, opinions vary widely about Stearns and Whiteside.  But the point that Gottlieb misses (or, only alludes to briefly) is that Cornejo and Hallberg aren't entirely reliable from the director's standpoint.  Both are oft-injured and, in Hallberg's case, he only showed up for the second half of the season.  If I'm McKenzie, I have to like somebody like Whiteside who carried the season on his back just as much as Marcelo Gomes did.  (The question of whether McKenzie should have brought in Whiteside over in-house tall dancers like Thomas Forster or Gray Davis is another question.)

 

Second, he points out (in the second to last paragraph) that the bench is looking a little thin in terms of future promotions.  I think we're finally seeing the result of all those defections over the last half dozen years.



#351 Plisskin

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Posted 01 September 2014 - 03:35 PM

I disagree with Gottlieb that the male corp is an "odd collection of lads" and a "motley crew". I find that their are brilliant male dancers in the corp, like Forster whom he named, who could be stars if given the opportunity.  Beats me why McKenzie decided to go all the way to Boston, hire Whiteside, and hurriedly promote him to principal when he has better dancers already at the company like Forster...




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