...What I meant and didn't express very well, was what changed within the Mariinsky administration so that they decided to hire her/sponsor her visa now, rather than two years ago. I assume she has a champion within the company who kept pushing until Fateev agreed to hire her?
I wonder if she'll any open resentment from other dancers. The Mariinsky, Bolshoi, POB -- they seem like difficult companies to be a foreigner in.
Exactly my points. She must have lobbied good and hard with 'the powers that be' when she visited last summer, one year after her graduation.
It also could be tactical. Had she been taken-in upon graduation, there's no way that she would have been appointed Choryphee...and, as I pointed out above, the top ladies in the Class of 2010, such as Marchuk, and even 2009 (Stepanova et al) remain in the Corps de Ballet. I believe that one lady from the Class of 2008, Nikitina, was recently appointed Choryphee.
'Marketing Possibilities' could be playing a big part in this. It could be that Kampa's hyper-extensions & razz-matazz style fit-in with Fateev's latest uber-moderne craze and ambitions for more 'Kings of Dance' sorts of ventures? Maybe Ardani & Fateev are preparing a 'Gumby Queens of Dance' tour for City Center in Spring 2013 - Somova, Skorik, Kampa? Reality-TV cameras in the wings, no doubt. Maybe due to Kekhman's changes at the Mikhailovsky, the ballet scene in StP has become very money-centric, 'moderne'/anti-Petipa and 'jazzed up.' (Duato at the Mik, Bejart revivals at the Mariinsky, Vishneva doing her 'Dialogues,' etc.) Moscow now has the more elegant ballet companies (Bolshoi & Stanislavski) of Russia. Hard to believe but true.
p.s. Unrelated thought: The Bejart program could very well pique the interest of Farrell (head of ballet programming at the Kennedy Center), who danced with the MB troupe in the 70s and remains a huge Bejart proponent. Let's brace ourselves for possibly the "All-Bejart Spectacular" in 2013...forget Raymonda and the like.