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Marie-Agnes Gillot and Karl Paquette Last Bows and Josua Hoffalt

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1 hour ago, silvermash said:

Well, you first said she stayed in the wings which is not true and then now you said, ok, she came but she didn't stay center stage. Why would she have done it? She's just the AD, she's not anymore a dancer of the company. Only dancers are on stage the day of the défilé. No one stayed by Josua but the other Etoiles.

Absolutely not true, at most farewells some retired Étoiles plus other guests stay on stage. 

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2 hours ago, Colette said:

Absolutely not true, at most farewells some retired Étoiles plus other guests stay on stage. 

You must understand that it was not a farewell, it was just the Défilé and Josua Hoffalt was kindly awarded the right to have this last walk on stage. When you leave the ballet the way he did, you are not entitled to have a farewell and that's why he didn't participate to the Défilé the day before. And that's why it was kept silent to the public and that just the current Etoiles were surrounding him.

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And to be fair to Dupont, perhaps she stayed away because she respected his space and knew that her presence wasn't welcome? I was at a farewell where the AD came out and gave the ballerina flowers and it was clear from the frosty body language that his flowers and presence was neither welcomed nor appreciated. It was very awkward.

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28 minutes ago, canbelto said:

And to be fair to Dupont, perhaps she stayed away because she respected his space and knew that her presence wasn't welcome? I was at a farewell where the AD came out and gave the ballerina flowers and it was clear from the frosty body language that his flowers and presence was neither welcomed nor appreciated. It was very awkward.

There are expected rituals with leaving, and if that AD had not come out and presented flowers, it would have violated the rule of the ritual.  If you agree to a farewell, you agree to at least the barebones ritual. 

Especially in a formal organization like Paris Opera Ballet, there are rules and distinctions -- it doesn't get more formal than a defile -- and that is what silvermash has been describing.  Whether Dupont's presence was welcome would only have been an appropriate input where it was an optional action.

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A reminder: All reasons for leaving a company posted here must have a citation from an official news source, which includes the person's public-facing social media.

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On ‎10‎/‎31‎/‎2018 at 6:44 PM, miliosr said:

Allister Madin is leaving as well?

Yes. 

On ‎11‎/‎1‎/‎2018 at 7:44 PM, Jayne said:

Let ABT hire Huffalt!  

Yessss!

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Allister Madin discusses his plans with Le Figaro:

http://www.lefigaro.fr/culture/2018/12/06/03004-20181206ARTFIG00001-de-paris-a-wellington-le-grand-saut-du-danseur-allister-madin.php

He mentions Alexander Ekman's Play:

"À ce moment-là, je dansais Play d'Ekmanque, je vivais mal l'impression d'être au service d'une mise en scène, expérience dont il ne me resterait rien."

Which Google translates -- nonsensically -- as:

"At that moment, I danced Play of Ekmanque, I did not live the impression of being in the service of a staging, experience of which I would not have anything left."
 
Can any of our French correspondents provide a better sense of his meaning?

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