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#16 aurora

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 07:59 AM

I recall reading an interview w. McKenzie in which he mentions that the non competes do not merely prohibit appearances that overlap with the Met season, but also extends for 3 months before and 3 months after the Met season. I'm not sure when the non competes at ABT came into existence. Of course, ABT could always agree to waive enforcement of the non compete, but that puts dancers at the benevolent whim of ABT management. Certain dancers like O/V have enough bargaining power to say I'm not signing any such contract. If you want me to dance with your company, remove the clause.


Ah that is good to know.
Quite frankly, given the Mik's recent problems and now dancing with both ABT and Royal, I'd be most nervous if I was them. I know it says she is staying there, but things can always change.
And lets not forget, for one of the foreign stars, she has been quite active with ABT, participating in tours, etc. which has not been the case with many (see for ex. Vishneva)

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:03 AM

I definitely understand your point Aurora. Vishneva does very little with ABT in NY, and does nothing with them in their tours, but she is still listed as an ABT principal.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:04 AM

Encouraging news about Ananiashvili... McKenzie has to balance recruiting top talent for the Met season (as abatt noted) with the issue of NYC tourists attending Met performances. I don't know how much of the audience is from out-of-town, but I seem to meet a lot of people (like me) who plan a trip or two in the summer to take in as much as possible. If it's a choice between ABT in June and Royal in July...tough call. Then again, perhaps the out-of-towners are such a small part of the audience that it won't matter to ABT's ticket sales.


Given how infrequently the Royal has been coming to the US of late, I'm not sure they need the extra draw of Osipova on the tour to make it a selling point. It would be a must see event anyway. And since people in the vicinity can see Osipova with ABT any year now, I'd personally rather get a chance to see their other dancers (esp nunez, but even cojocaru, who, while dancing with ABT, does so much less).

I mean of course Osipova is a draw. But I think they would be a big draw no matter what. More so than the Mik (large russian pop. notwithstanding)

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:52 AM

Can anyone offer a translation of the Russian language article that KBarber posted earlier in the thread.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:54 AM

The biggest draw from the Royal Ballet now is Cojocaru (rightfully so). (For me, Yanowsky is the other.) If ABT wants to play the "Osipova can't guest in the RB tour" card, the Royal Ballet call play the "Then Cojocaru can't guest in ABT's Spring 2014 season" card, and that would help no one.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 08:59 AM

The interesting thing here is that for years Cojocaru and Rojo were competitors for first and second casts of various ballets. Once Rojo quit to go ENB, I figured Cojocaru had it made. But wait .... when one person steps out of the door, another steps through it.

#22 Helene

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:03 AM

bing translator results in the following:

Principal dancer, one of the world's best ballerina of the Mikhailovsky theatre troupes became after successful tours in London

Prima ballerina of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Natalia Osipova was also top of the Royal theatre of Great Britain. The Izvestia reported General Director Vladimir Putin being the mikhaylovsky theatre.

According to him, an official statement by the leadership of the Royal Ballet will make in the near future. The top-left Natalia Osipova, ballerina of Mikhailovsky and continue dancing on the stage of the previously declared repertoire.

Principal dancer, one of the world's finest troupes Natalia Osipova was successful in London after touring the Mikhailovsky Theatre, where he participated in performances of "Giselle," "Don Quixote", "the Actress".

Chief ballet-master of the Mikhailovsky Theatre Mikhail Messerer, whose last two Ballet productions, told Izvestia that the theatre is happy to delegate its ballerina at the Royal Ballet.

Such an invitation is not only empower the artist, but also increased the theatre's reputation, which he represents, "said Mikhail Messerer.

Natalia osipova, in 2003 she graduated from the Moscow Academy of choreography and was admitted to the Bolshoi Theatre. The 2011 year with her husband and partner, Ivan Vasiliev moved to St Michael 's. Speaking at the American Ballet Theater, La Scala Theatre, the Australian Ballet.



http://www.bing.com/translator/

also:
https://translate.go...a/?hl=en&tab=wT

If dropping in the website URL doesn't work, you can cut and paste the article's text.

#23 Helene

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

There's much more detail in this article by Ismene Brown, including Kommersant's characterization of McKenzie's reaction:

http://www.theartsde...ns-royal.ballet

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:15 AM

The interesting thing here is that for years Cojocaru and Rojo were competitors for first and second casts of various ballets. Once Rojo quit to go ENB, I figured Cojocaru had it made. But wait .... when one person steps out of the door, another steps through it.


I never considered them competitors as the Rojo fan club was very small compared to the Cojocaru one. Personally it's Leanne Benjamin whose retirement saddens me, not the loss of the inconsistent Rojo.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:53 AM

According this article: http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2165559 Osipova will remain a principal with ABT but will become a guest with Mikhailovsky. I wonder if O/V get to keep their Moscow apartment they got as signing bonus from Kekman.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 09:58 AM

The articles are pretty clear that Vasiliev isn't joining the Royal Ballet, and there's been no word of him leaving the Mikhailovsky.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:01 AM



Well, it could mean that the Royal might give her "La Fille Mal Gardee", and then perhaps it might be able to transfer to the Met for a Summer run here. One can hope. ABT has a few others who could also do the role on Osipova's "night off"

Lincoln Center Festival has hosted major international companies in previous summers (alas, not this year) and could plausibly sponsor a visit by Royal in future years. The issue will be the fine print in Osipova's non-compete clause with ABT. The Mikhailovsky wanted to play the State Theater during the final weeks of the ABT season in 2012. If Royal came in late July, would ABT permit her to perform with them? Stay tuned...


As long as it wasn't overlapping, I don't see why not.
As the Royal isn't scheduled to come at the moment, and who knows what the future will bring, this is what I would consider borrowing trouble.

But I would note, that one of the past visitors to Lincoln Center was the Bolshoi when Ananiashvili was still dancing with them, and was with ABT.
She performed with the Bolshoi on that tour.

That was 2005 and the Bolshoi tour as part Lincoln Center festival occurred after ABT Met season ended. Consider Bolshoi was Nina's home theater back then and there's no overlap with ABT Met season, that wasn't a non-compete covenant issue.

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:13 AM

A few people on the thread have indicated that there would not be any conflict in timing betweent the ABTspring season and the Royal Ballet season going forward (2014 Spring Season and beyond). Doesn't the Royal normally perform during April- early July at the ROH? (ABT rehearsals for the spring season for the leading dancers often occur in April, I believe.) Isn't that why, as the article notes, McKenzie is angry and frustrated about these developments?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:36 AM

A few people on the thread have indicated that there would not be any conflict in timing betweent the ABTspring season and the Royal Ballet season going forward (2014 Spring Season and beyond). Doesn't the Royal normally perform during April- early July at the ROH? (ABT rehearsals for the spring season for the leading dancers often occur in April, I believe.) Isn't that why, as the article notes, McKenzie is angry and frustrated about these developments?

The schedule for 2013-14 has been announced. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions
The only casting for Osipova so far is R&J and Nutcracker. She has done Giselle, but that's in Jan-Feb. (Tickets for Giselle go on sale in September, so presumably we'll know some casting by then.) Their Beauty is Feb-March. The season in April-June includes a new full-length by Wheeldon and lots of mixed bills. What is she likely to dance?

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Posted 08 April 2013 - 10:39 AM

That was 2005 and the Bolshoi tour as part Lincoln Center festival occurred after ABT Met season ended. Consider Bolshoi was Nina's home theater back then and there's no overlap with ABT Met season, that wasn't a non-compete covenant issue.

Do we know when the 3-month before & after clause was first used? Is it possible that this 2005 visit triggered it?


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