Eleonora Abbagnato Named Etoile!
Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:11 PM
Congratulations to her!
Abbagnato can give great performances ... when she dances. She has not been very present in the company recently (even before she went on maternity leave), and lately she has mostly danced in mixed bills.
The administration is certainly clearing the first soloist ranks, and blurring the traditional distinction between first soloists and etoiles.
There's hope for Thibault yet!
Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:55 PM
Congratulations to her...
Posted 27 March 2013 - 01:59 PM
Posted 27 March 2013 - 06:01 PM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:47 AM
Posted 28 March 2013 - 06:15 AM
There's hope for Thibault yet!
I believe he is 39 this year, which means that he will be forced to retire in 2014. Many people think he is deserving of the rank of etoile, both in Paris and beyond. Perhaps Benjamin Millipied will reconsider Thibault's status and get his new position off to a flying start by righting an almighty wrong.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 09:51 AM
Silvermash (or anyone else who knows the answer!), do you remember what Abbagnato's last full-length ballet was? I've been in Paris about five years now and I can't remember one, but I think I must be forgetting one because surely they wouldn't promote a dancer who hasn't danced a full-length classic recently. (Or would they?)
Why not? There is only a couple of classical ballets per season with few casts...
However, she danced most of classical roles when she was younger (Odette/Odile, Kitri, Gamzatti, Myrtha, Clara, Cinderella...) and many other title roles in neo-classical ballets, that's why she has been many times rumoured to be promoted. She's has been filmed quite a few time which is rare for a Première danseuse. Then she took more or less two years off... in two times.
She danced and has been filmed in Caligula (but not on pointe) when she returned from her second leave of absence in 2011. And before her first leave, I think that was Children of the paradise in 2008.
Have a look on her bio, it's impressive if you compare with some other Etoiles. She was cast as an Etoile in any case...
Posted 28 March 2013 - 11:41 AM
Right, she was cast as an etoile in full lengths, and then lately she's been cast more as a premiere. It's late in the game. That's why I think this promotion is interesting. Everyone else who has been promoted lately has been cast as a etoile before their promotion. I wonder if she is going to (choose to) dance more now that she is an etoile.
Posted 28 March 2013 - 01:10 PM
casting is not a matter of choice for the dancers in POB, even for the Etoiles! She will be able to refuse I guess but that's the only privilege they are granted once they fulfill the number of shows due per season...
Next season is favorable to her style I think
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