Posted 06 June 2013 - 11:24 AM
I really do think Irina was more candid in her interview than she would have been if she were still with the company. Now that they're out, she and Maxim can say whatever they want to and it won't hurt them. Hammoudi does come off as more upbeat about ABT, and it's a rather sunny, honest-sounding interview, but I'm sure he needs to be diplomatic. He simply can't be as outspoken about ABT as he is about the Paris Opera Ballet, for example. I would be delighted if he's given more opportunities to perform, and I liked his Espada, though his ballroom von Rothbart has a way to go--he doesn't look quite "grown-up" and he doesn't project enough enigma or menace. (Part of this may be his small jawline, which gives his face a sweetly boyish look.) I gather he's injured and his withdrawal in some upcoming perfs is very unfortunate, but I hope he recovers soon enough to dance again before the end of the Met season.
One other thing: How nice that Time Out devotes so much space to interviews with dancers. I approve!