I somewhat posed this question about a year ago. Over a decade I’ve become a dedicated Mariinsky follower, although at heart I’m not a ballet purist. I love ballet’s enchantment but I’m open as to how it’s accomplished. I am devoted to the Ethereality of what a company like the Mariinsky represents.
I was also a lover of the Miami City Ballet when Edward was in charge and there’s quite a difference between it and the Mariinsky. I haven’t been able to see the company since, but hope to as soon as possible. I have to admit that Edward's leaving did effect my desire to make the special trips, rightly or wrongly. For me he was a huge part of the company’s magic.
I’ve a strong feeling that the company will continue to be a great one, but I can’t really say why. Bart has attributed a lot of it’s excellence to Edward’s constant presence and insight. Artistically, something was being done very right when he was there and it was in a lot of different areas.
One of the main things that impressed me was how distinct the dancers were -- And -- how extremely good they were. Someone made some very good choices in finding talent, nurturing it and determining how it should be presented. I have to attribute this to Edward.
Style is one thing, but to me the Miami City Ballet is also something else. For me it represents excellence — and a Lovability. Stylistically it was a Balanchine stronghold, but in its own very personal and exciting way. It also ventured beyond, into Broadway, ‘rock n roll’, other fine choreographers, etc. It was it’s sense of exploration (within a Balanchine oriented framework), friendliness and it’s excellence that was one of a kind.
If Lourde Lopez can somehow keep her hand on the pulse of that illusive, for me, to define *Something* then the company should remain great.
I’m wishing the company the very best because I love it and I think that it has a chance, not only to offer more great art and entertainment with its Balanchine heritage, but also to be an important source of artistic growth. I also wouldn’t mind at all if Edward could somehow reconnect.