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Next Artistic Director for ABTPoll
Posted 08 May 2014 - 06:41 AM
Wondered if I should be surprised that Ratmansky's name was NOT included - given (i) his now established commitment to ABT and (ii) the fact that he ran the Bolshoi ...
Posted 08 May 2014 - 06:44 AM
I think it would have to very hard to run a company while regularly choreographing new work.
Posted 08 May 2014 - 09:59 AM
Hard to choose for me, from ex-ABT alums. I'd say Bocca or Gardner/McKerrow (someone needs to save Tudor and bring pathos and excellent training back to ABT) top the list. Though, Bocca is doing great things with his company (as is Corella), so it's hard to say that they should leave and have those companies potentially fall apart being so new. Regardless, most of these people should be coaching regularly (especially Kirkland) if they are not part of the admin--this is the second biggest problem after the director issue.
Absolute no to Victor Barbee. He's a part of this mess right now, and while I have no evidence of whether he supports McKenzie's decisions he is certainly in the room about them and nothing seems to be changing.
Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:40 AM
Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:48 AM
When he ran the Bolshoi, a company whose corps is bigger than ABT, Ratmansky managed to choreograph major works, and the politics and time wasted on them there make ABT seem like Romper Room. While he might not want the job -- or very well might -- I'm surprised he's not on a short list, let along the long one in this poll.
Posted 08 May 2014 - 11:52 AM
Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:12 PM
Hate to burst anyone's bubble, but when they celebrated KM's anniversary in 2012, he had just signed a new ten-year (yes, ten-year) renewal of his contract. Barring some financial catastrophe blamed on him, he's not going anywhere soon. And as far as considering Barbee as a new AD, that would mean we'd still be seeing Julie Kent dancing as a principal when she's...well, to put it diplomatically, as old as I am.
Posted 08 May 2014 - 12:16 PM
Hate to burst anyone's bubble, but when they celebrated KM's anniversary in 2012, he had just signed a new ten-year (yes, ten-year) renewal of his contract. Barring some financial catastrophe blamed on him, he's not going anywhere soon.
oh, good heavens.....
Posted 08 May 2014 - 04:47 PM
The poll function only allows for ten choices so I tried to strike a balance between obvious choices and unconventional ones. Feel free to "vote" for the person of your choice in the comments section if that person doesn't appear on the list.
Posted 08 May 2014 - 09:43 PM
When he ran the Bolshoi, a company whose corps is bigger than ABT, Ratmansky managed to choreograph major works, and the politics and time wasted on them there make ABT seem like Romper Room. [...]
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Posted 09 May 2014 - 05:57 AM
I voted for Steifel, though Ratmansky would have been my first choice. I think Golden Idol is right, the board is highly unlikely to get rid of McKenzie, but we can still hope...
Posted 09 May 2014 - 07:50 AM
Posted 09 May 2014 - 08:50 AM
Any one who could get rid of those incessant "week-long" warhorses---the dullest programming ever! Oh! for the glory days of Ballet Theatre......GWTW!!
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