cubanmiamiboy, on 21 November 2011 - 10:03 AM, said:
....Of course, ALL the factors I just mentioned might not present in Hallberg's case, but at least there's one I'm sure is present: resentment, and maybe not only from Tsikaridze.
Thanks for the cold-water splash to reality, cubanmiamiboy. I can imagine, except that he (Hallberg) seems so genuinely nice. So much of the potential success of Hallberg in this Bolshoi Venture depends on his own personality. If others can see that he is devoid of arrogance & only wishes to enhance the troupe -- meaning enhancing everyone -- by his very presence, then he may be able to pull-off the unthinkable & truly become a member of the company.
During yesterday's live screening, I couldn't help but notice, while all dancers were rehearsing on the stage before curtain-up on Act 2, how Hallberg went up to Ovcharenko (the bluebird) in the distance, offering some quick friendly words. The body language was very positive. I thought 'What a nice attitude!'
Vishneva ran into resentment when Ratmansky tried to take her into the Bolshoi company, albeit as a 'guest' at the beginning. I'm sure that some are resentful of Obraztsova's 'guest principal' status at the Bolshoi & her recent success as Kitri. It's not just Russia; I'm sure that corps dancers everywhere feel resentful whenever management brings-in principals or soloists from other companies or countries.
Not just dancers - it's the situation in all walks of life. Anybody who has been brought into an organization at a high rank, ahead of people who have worked at that organization for years, has to be very diplomatic to maneouvre the inevitable mine field of resentment from those who were not promoted into the job. Now think of Hallberg's situation - not just a new company, but 'the' company in another country, where most people speak another language. My hat's off to David Hallberg, truly. And I know how painful it must be for Tsiskaridze and other long-time Bolshoi dancers. Nobody is 'the enemy'; it's sad that Tsiskaridze sometimes choses to run-off his mouth.