Cristian and others who have followed MCB over the past couple of years, I would very much appreciate knowing your thoughts about both dancers ... and what you hope from each.
bart...Rebello is crtainly qualified to be a Principal, technically wise. Now, it is a fact that he is a VERY short dancer-(I would say even shorter than Simkin, although not that baby faced...). MCB is a company of short dancers...Trividic was always noticeable taller than everybody else when onstage, so I think Kleber won't have problems partnering ballerinas. Catoya, Arja and Delgado are some of those I have seen him dancing with, and he looks fine. In another matters, I always picture Principal dancers as a whole package that should be able to go around the world and dance with any given company with a variety of styles and body types. Here' where Rebello fails. I don't picture him dancing with a number of current Principal ballerinas from certain important companies. (Now, he dancing a DQ with Valdes, THAT would be a thrill!
). Another issue I would like to point at is that Rebello hasn't really shown his skills in the great Romantic-Classical repertoire,and in my book that's a requirement. Not until I see an Albrecht-(Cerdeiro was able to dance the role)- AND Siegfried, AND Franz-(Rebello did dance it)-I can make a definite assessment regarding Principal status. For me, a Danseur should be able to, let's say, go and travel to Russia and pull out a good performance of Giselle with, let's say, Zakharova. A difficult ballet, a difficult style, a difficult ballerina to partner...the whole package is certainly a challenge. Hallberg, Acosta, Bolle and Gomes and some of those whom I can think have what it takes to really be called a Principal.
Cerdeiro is not ready for the title, IMHO.