Mr Millipied has already criticised the long established style of the dancers, wanting to make them more . like ABT. Quite what he means by this I do not know. Virtuosity is their style, not the well schooled and quality of the POB. When you look at ABT they are a very mixed bunch of people from different countries and techniques.
In his New Yorker profile he said he wanted to make the company more diverse and less white. While a laudable goal, I wonder how is he going to do that? He can't just hire whom he wants because prospective dancers come in through the Concours, and he sits on the jury with other people. Or does he expect to either 1) change the recruitment process or 2) control the jury? Encouraging more minorities to attend the Ecole won't affect the company for several years -- at best.
With regards to Millepied's commenrs about the lack of diversity, which caused outrage in France, I was under the impression the company only started recruiting externally (that is, not from the POB School or the Paris Conservatoire) in the early 2000s. Changes to labour laws meant institutions and companies couldn't solely rely on their feeder schools anymore, something like that.
The POB School (which gave some of its students from minorities publicity soon after Millepied's comments!), like both the internal and external concours, relies on body measurements. It is, according to an interview with Mathilde Froustey, only free if you join at a young age. That's not going to produce a wide demographic, and certainly not when only the top ranking applicants gain a place.
Millepied is not a diplomat and far from a smoother talker anyway. He didn't credit the dancers to Elisabeth Platel but Claude Bessy, despite the latter retiring ten years ago, and it is obvious he took the job because he wants the extensive resources. In a recent interview he said he arrived convinced he was going to have to hire dancers externally to bring the company upto scratch, but was pleasantly surprised that wasn't the case. I mean, seriously? Can you imagine City Ballet hiring a director who doesn't even know the company? Just more insult to Hilaire and Legris.
I wouldn't be surprised if Hilaire moved into theatre. A fine, fine dancer-actor, he hinted that is an area he wants to try when he retired. Sylvie Guillem also wants to try theatre, so perhaps we will see this legendary partnership reunite. Excited for Mr. Hilaire but still sad. The life of POB fans eh? ;-)