Who should be promoted at the end of this season? Based on their performances this Met season, i would say, Joseph Gorak and Christine Shevchenko deserved a promotion.
Corps de Ballet promotions
Posted 13 June 2013 - 03:24 PM
Look out for Leann Underwood, she has been injured but is now back on form and I believe is to dance the Lilac Fairy in one of the coming SB's
Posted 14 June 2013 - 03:33 AM
Angelica, thank you for mentioning Skylar Brandt. She was the first odalisque (is that the name?) at the June 8th matinee of Le Corsaire and she was just wonderful. I would love to see her promoted to soloist.
Posted 14 June 2013 - 07:19 AM
Posted 14 June 2013 - 08:53 AM
I cannot believe Tamm is still in the corps - he should be promoted asap simply based on how well he's done in the numerous soloist roles he's been dancing for the past couple of seasons.
In terms of pure talent I would say Gorak, but he's still young so they may not be ready to promote him. Among the men I really like Thomas Forster. He's a big, tall guy with great technique, beautiful line and a quality that just makes you want to watch him. Joseph Phillips is another one who may be ready for a promotion.
Among the women - Shevchenko did well stepping in for Murphy but I'm still not convinced plus she hasn't had many featured roles. I love Underwood, but she's just back from a long injury so it may be too soon for her. We'll have to see how her Lilac Fairy goes. Other than that, there are lots of lovely dancers in the corps like Gemma Bond, Devon Teuscher, Katherine Williams and Renata Pavam - but none of them really jump out at me as being ready for a soloist spot.
Posted 15 June 2013 - 11:15 AM
Does ABT have anything like a pension benefit and, if so, after how many years? That might affect a dancer's decision about whether to stay or move on.
Posted 16 June 2013 - 04:02 AM
I agree with the names already mentioned, but I want to add Arron Scott. I saw him as Mercutio yesterday afternoon in 'Romeo and Juliet' and he was just fantastic - really exciting dancing and wonderful acting.
Posted 16 June 2013 - 02:42 PM
Posted 16 June 2013 - 09:39 PM
When there is official news about the comings, goings, and promotions of dancers, it can be published here. Until then, do not post speculation, and that includes about who those dancers are if there's official news about x number of promotions/comings/goings. That's what PM is for.
It is perfectly fine to discuss whom you think deserves a promotion or will be based on casting, excellence, etc.
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Posted 17 June 2013 - 06:05 AM
ABT dancers definitely have all kind of union benefits, including pension benefits. That certainly does impact all kinds of decisions that dancers make, including whether to look for employment elsewhere, and whether and when to retire. I don't know the specifics about how many years of service you have to have before your pension fully vests.
Posted 25 June 2013 - 03:39 PM
Posted 26 June 2013 - 10:58 AM
Has there ever been a time in ABT's history when the company was so top heavy with foreign / visiting guest artists? I know the legendary 1970's included Martine Van Hamel (Dutch-Canadian), Mikhail Baryshnakov (USSR), Natalia Makarova (USSR) and a few others. But the company still had many Americans.
Simone Messmer may be explaining her own truth - how she has experienced ABT. But I doubt we'll ever get Kevin McKenzie's side of the story. He, after all, was an American who was promoted through the ranks of ABT.
How much of this is determined by money? The nights with Ms Osipova and Ms Cojucaru seem to be sell outs. But are they selling out for Julie Kent or Gillian Murphy? Maybe the problem is the lack of good marketing for American dancers, to make them stars in their own countries?
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