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Angel Corella appointed AD of Pennsylvania Ballet


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#1 Kaysta

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 04:37 PM

Yay, super excited about this announcement!

http://www.prweb.com...web12038612.htm

#2 mom2

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:08 PM

Wonderful news!!



#3 4mrdncr

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:25 PM

Ok, I had to wait until 8pm tonight and the press release was made, but there it is...Starting in September 2014, Angel Corella is to be the new AD of Pennsylvania Ballet.  According to the press release, the company's current artistic director, Roy Kaiser, will remain with the company for the transition period and then become AD Emeritus. 



#4 Amy Reusch

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 05:37 PM

Wonderful! May the celebratory dancing begin! (And may whomever else was on the shortlist grace the helm of another company soon.)

#5 sandik

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Posted 22 July 2014 - 09:34 PM

This should be very interesting!



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 04:46 AM

I wonder how the dancers feel about it.  



#7 Amy Reusch

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 05:37 AM

He has been generally well liked other places he has worked...  more so than is typical... one never knows how a new situation will go but the past history has been good.



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Posted 23 July 2014 - 07:55 AM

I admit I have not followed along with his company in Spain -- would someone here give a brief description of his programming choices.



#9 mira

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Posted 23 July 2014 - 02:08 PM

He presented his company in New York in 2010 and 2012.  Online, there are descriptions of the programming and reviews.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:47 AM

So happy Angel got this job.  He lost so much trying to get the company in Spain off the ground, including some of his own personal wealth that he sunk into the company.  Do we think that any ABT dancers who are fed up might eventually defect to PA ballet.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:56 AM

This should be very interesting!

Yes, especially since I always thought of this company as more of a Balanchine house.  But perhaps that's changed now.  At first I thought Angel an odd choice,  but perhaps he can bring some stature to this company in many areas.  Im so happy for him.  Glad he's landed on his feet, at last!  Congrats!



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 05:59 AM

The Balanchine works are staged by the Balanchine police, so the fact that Angel is not a Balanchine specialist may not matter that much ultimately.



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 06:36 AM

The Balanchine works are staged by the Balanchine police, so the fact that Angel is not a Balanchine specialist may not matter that much ultimately.

Well, it would only matter if fewer Balanchine works were presented in the future.  As one of the first of Balanchine's proteges to branch out, Barbara Weisberger did much to bring Balanchine out into the rest of the country.  While I believe there is room for all types of productions (new choreographers, new music, etc.), I would hate to see that very special legacy wasted.  But I also believe that Corella has enough intelligence and taste to know that Balanchine can stand along with any new comers to the field.



#14 Amy Reusch

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Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:17 AM

There is something to be said for dancers knowing Balanchine style as home turf from company class as opposed to trying to pick it up during rehearsals from a regisseur...   Will Corella replace the current ballet masters/mistresses with his own people?  The current ones have very strong connections having risen through the ranks to principal and then on retirement kept the company tuned to it's repertoire.  Pennsylvania ballet has also been cultivating home grown choreographers.  It sounds like Corella might continue that (one would certainly hope!).  

 

Taking over a company is a different animal than starting one from scratch... One thing I believe Kaiser was very good at was piloting the company  a navigable course through known rapids...  I do not know what hurdles the local unions and the board will throw in front of himn, but I hope Corella's grace will carry him and the company over.  

I hope the orchestra stays... it would be horrible to lose live music... and live music is always a budget issue.  Part of the Balanchine legacy is respect for live music.

Perhaps Corella will take the company on tour...  I would so love to see our regional companies touring again like in the glory days of NEA funding... it is so sad to only get these one-night-stand bus tour Russians coming through the college towns...  You should hear the ignorance in the media in places like Connecticut - http://foxct.com/201...reknown-dancer/   and it's endemic to the region, (due to lack of exposure to the art form outside of SYTYCD TV)...   



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Posted 24 July 2014 - 07:49 AM

"He’s a judge on Spain’s ‘Dancing with the Stars,’ he starred alongside Gwenyth Paltrow in a champagne commercial, and now he can add ‘teaching dance in Hartford’ to his impressive repertoire."

 

Oh dear.  It's the fourth paragraph before they mention ballet.




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