i'm so sad the Sascha is making a permanent career move to leave ABT (I've had my fingers crossed that after his stint with Dutch National Ballet a promotion would come along)...he and Stella were always supposed to the next principals and it's heartbreaking that it just might never happen. I always have to remind myself that Sascha is 37 and Stella's in her mid-30s, right? They've been at ABT forever, but it's not like they are "old." I saw both of them in Ethan's farewell 2 seasons ago, and they were as technically sound and artistic as ever...i had to remind myself that being in their 30's meant they were in the prime of their careers and it was showing.
Both are them are so loved by fans and they have solid technique and artistry. I'd always imagined that both of them would be around FOREVER...i.e. lifers at ABT until their bodies actually physically made them stop. At least ABT is showing their appreciation to Sascha and having him leave the company with a principal role...not the one I dreamed/hoped for him but it's better than nothing. I know Sascha will be focused on Flesh and Bone but I had assumed that he's just lessen his commitments with the company and not leave all together. I'd love to be there, but i'll have to miss it unfortunately. He's had some outstanding performances and stepped in at times when the company really needed him, at least they've made an effort to give him a send-off he more than deserves.
(I've always wanted Sascha and Stella to do at least ONE Giselle together...whether it be a joint farewell or for just of one of them...and regardless of if either of them were ever promoted, I've always felt that would be the best way for the company to say goodbye to Sascha and Stella.)
It'll be interesting to see what Stella chooses to do after this season. For her, a promotion has been LONG over due, I just do NOT understand why Kevin hasn't re-visited giving her principal roles/promoting her. When she was first given the Giselle with Hallberg, I had hoped that meant a promotion was on the horizon. And as we all know, that injury was a devastating blow, but she's come back just as strong (if not stronger) and there just doesn't seem to be anymore opportunities