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  1. ABT Fan

    Job posting for artistic director

    I think 70 is too old to be President and there have certainly been numerous news articles citing similar opinions. However, a President can only be President for 8 years (though it's arguably the hardest job on the planet), while the head of NYCB (or a similar institution) would hopefully and probably be in charge much longer, making their age a bigger factor.
  2. ABT Fan

    Job posting for artistic director

    Yes. Which is why I mentioned he'd have to break his contract if it were for longer than a year. He is mentioned further up thread by a few of us.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    Geez, I forgot about Lopez. Another terrific choice.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    I think Woetzel is a terrific candidate, but this is an issue of bad timing. I'd be stunned if he accepted the leadership at NYCB and left Julliard after only one year. Regardless of what type of contract he has with Julliard, say it's only for one year, would they really be cool if he left after that? (Unless his term is disastrous, which I highly doubt would be, and they chose not to renew his contract.) Or, worse, if he broke his contract? From all of the names I can come up, which isn't as many nor as well-informed as what others have thought of, he seems to be the most qualified to lead NYCB. But, he strikes me as a very intelligent person and I can't imagine he'd want to burn bridges with Julliard. I can't think of a way for this to happen without doing so. Granted, I'm not privy to a lot of information behind the scenes (nor are most of us), but still. If the need for a successor had happened a year or two earlier, it would be a no-brainer I think. Steifel is better suited to lead ABT someday, but I think that day is far in the future (I don't think McKenzie is going anywhere anytime soon).
  5. ABT Fan

    Job posting for artistic director

    This exchange struck me too. I wonder who "they" are in the "they won’t let me do it" remark by Peck. The others on the interim team? Since he is the only one still performing on the interim team, I wonder how his casting gets decided, not to mention anyone else. (A rhetorical question....) Also interesting is the fact that Peck "hopes" to be involved with choosing the next leader and deciding on what that job description will be, as opposed to already being involved or knowing that his opinion will be sought. I wonder if the rest of the interim team is also in the dark. Shouldn't the interim team be part of that decision-making process?
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    NYCB 2018-2019 Season

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  7. How awful and sad. She's one of those people who I thought (wished) would live forever.
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    Job posting for artistic director

    I never thought of it like that, but I'd agree that it is. I haven't understood the recent preference of females calling themselves "actors" instead of "actresses". I guess I'd need to hear the explanations as to why. Possibly it's because "actor" means "one who acts" and in its true definition isn't gender specific, at least according to Webster: https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/actor. (Though, that word has come to signify "male".) So, perhaps the female actors see the feminization of their job title as sexist. Along the lines of "I'm an actor. Period. What does my gender have to do with it?" If that's their theory, I'd completely agree with that. Anyhow... Personally, I prefer "Artistic Director" and, I agree that Ballet Mistress in Chief doesn't work for numerous reasons. I too appreciate the thoughtfulness the search committee is putting into this, but also wonder how long it'll be before that person takes over.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    I agree with you completely.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Yes, and Shayer isn't ready to take on a lead in a classic full-length, IMO. Also, looking at their 2019 tour schedule, they're doing 12 performances of Harlequinade in January between L.A. and D.C. Cirio and Simkin won't be there (Simkin will only dance in a yet-TBD number of shows at the Met). They'll need two brand new Harlequin's to alternate with Shayer/Whiteside. I doubt Cornejo would be cast since he didn't dance it initially. Who else is there, Scott? I don't see it. And, I can't picture any other dancer taking on this role (Gorak could be a wild card), so they'd be wise to hire a guy or two before the Met season. Edited to add: they're also doing WC on tour before the Met season, so they'll have the same problem w/out Cirio/Simkin to dance The Boy. I'm hoping they realize his potential after he stepped up this season (like so many of us). He was given WC due to necessity, but that's frequently how dancers get roles. I didn't see his Prince Coffee but his Espada and Tybalt blew me away.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    They've been giving more opportunities to Forster this year, but they need to cast him in a full-length. If he doesn't get an Albrecht or a Siegfried next season, he never will. With Gomes' and Cirio's departures, those two salaries should enable them to hire at least one top shelf male principal. Whether they have the will or are able to attract the right talent is something else entirely. I was surprised that they didn't bring in another male principal or guest for this past season besides Kim and instead overloaded Stearns and Whiteside. It's a miracle neither got injured. ABT got off easy. I pray to the ballet gods that that's not their plan for 2019.
  12. ABT Fan

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Gatti has started his own ballet troupe, United Ballet Theatre (it's been discussed on another thread), so I'm sure he's not available to join another company. Interesting situation you suggest re: Sarafanov and Shklyarov. They definitely need to hire some guys or at least bring in some guest artists for next Met season.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Zhang says in his Instagram, and in the comments section, that he's taking a break from dancing. He says he suffered a serious injury in January that he's still recovering from.
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    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    Wow, I didn't see that one. That's too bad! I wonder where he went. He was very good and I thought he had potential to move up.
  15. ABT Fan

    ABT: Roster in Review - 2018

    The roster has been updated to reflect those who have resigned/retired, including Cirio, Davis, Stewart and others. Gisele Bethea has been removed, so that answers the questions surrounding her (why did they bother to update her photo in the last few weeks, though?). The new promotions haven't been reflected yet, but they don't take affect for another month (though last year I remember them updating the site early with the new principals). I wonder when Luciana Paris will return from maternity? Her Instagram makes no mention of it, but since she's still on the roster she must be coming back (hopefully, in the fall). https://www.abt.org/the-company/dancers/
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