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22 hours ago, fondoffouettes said:

This is a slap in the face to male dancers at ABT who can dance these roles. To bring in a dancer who formerly danced with regional companies...

Mack spent a year in the ABT Studio Company and I'd be willing to categorize his guest performances as a homecoming for a performer who got away.  In addition to the technical chops and charisma noted by BA'ers above, the man is an excellent partner.  I've enjoyed be every performance of his I've been lucky enough to see.  He is a star.

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I’m also excited to see Mack!  Kind of hoping he could be brought on to guest more frequently.

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On 1/7/2019 at 6:03 PM, BLalo said:

Completely disagree. Scott, Klein, Pogossian, Maloney, Whitely, Han, Frenette and McCune are all perfectly capable of Ali given what they’ve shown either on stage or on Instagram. 

I think a huge disadvantage that ABT has is their lack of a substantial Nutcracker season, with a substantial Nutcracker (one where there are lots of small but meaty roles that need to be filled) where dancers get the chance to really develop and evolve in the management’s eye, and get noticed by the audience. 

It is difficult to give an untested dancer, or a dancer without a big fan base a big chance for the Met which is really ABT’s only substantial season.

But Mack is only dancing one Ali (a Wednesday matinee).  I think it's obvious they are bringing him to the Met to dance Conrad with Schevchenko.  Do Scott, Klein, Maloney, or the others you mentioned have the size or the technique to pull off that partnering assignment?  I don't think they'd want to try!

One doesn't need a big fan base to get a chance on the Met stage in one of these big roles.  I saw Cory Stearns debut as Conrad with Dvorovenko when he was a 22 year old corps member who most of the audience was unfamiliar with.  He had been practicing the role with Veronika Part and Dvorovenko since Gomes was injured that season, yet some of the partnering was still sketchy.  Bell has had a lot of opportunities come his way since Gomes resigned, and think it has a lot more to do with his size and skill as a partner than any fan base.

Mack has proven himself as a partner in big roles, and has danced Conrad with the English National Ballet.  I'm actually with KM on this one. Excited to see Mack, Shevchenko, Trenary, and Simkin in Corsaire on 6/15!

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4 hours ago, DeCoster said:

But Mack is only dancing one Ali (a Wednesday matinee).  I think it's obvious they are bringing him to the Met to dance Conrad with Schevchenko.  Do Scott, Klein, Maloney, or the others you mentioned have the size or the technique to pull off that partnering assignment?  I don't think they'd want to try!

One doesn't need a big fan base to get a chance on the Met stage in one of these big roles.  I saw Cory Stearns debut as Conrad with Dvorovenko when he was a 22 year old corps member who most of the audience was unfamiliar with.  He had been practicing the role with Veronika Part and Dvorovenko since Gomes was injured that season, yet some of the partnering was still sketchy.  Bell has had a lot of opportunities come his way since Gomes resigned, and think it has a lot more to do with his size and skill as a partner than any fan base.

Mack has proven himself as a partner in big roles, and has danced Conrad with the English National Ballet.  I'm actually with KM on this one. Excited to see Mack, Shevchenko, Trenary, and Simkin in Corsaire on 6/15!

No, if they had wanted to go with someone in-house, I think they might have considered Forster or Royal, both of whom have partnered Shevchenko in the past. By all accounts, Forster pulled off the showy lifts in Nutcracker beautifully. But the company seems to have such limited capacity to coach new roles. 

I agree that I don't think Mack is being brought in as a box-office draw. I didn't mean to sound disparaging when I noted Mack is a former dancer from a regional company (there's nothing wrong with dancing at a regional company!), but I don't really think of him as an international star, though I may be in the minority. He seems to be more a fixture of the gala circuit rather than someone who appears frequently as a guest in full-lengths; ENO would seem to be one of his most prominent guesting gigs so far, though I believe he has also appeared in full-lengths with the national ballet companies of Ukraine and Georgia.

But would I look forward to seeing Mack? Absolutely! It feels like it's been ages since I've looked forward to seeing a new Conrad at ABT. Stearns and Whiteside do nothing for me in the role. Mack's jump looks to be huge.

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On 1/9/2019 at 2:23 PM, fondoffouettes said:

No, if they had wanted to go with someone in-house, I think they might have considered Forster or Royal, both of whom have partnered Shevchenko in the past. By all accounts, Forster pulled off the showy lifts in Nutcracker beautifully. But the company seems to have such limited capacity to coach new roles. 

I agree that I don't think Mack is being brought in as a box-office draw. I didn't mean to sound disparaging when I noted Mack is a former dancer from a regional company (there's nothing wrong with dancing at a regional company!), but I don't really think of him as an international star, though I may be in the minority. He seems to be more a fixture of the gala circuit rather than someone who appears frequently as a guest in full-lengths; ENO would seem to be one of his most prominent guesting gigs so far, though I believe he has also appeared in full-lengths with the national ballet companies of Ukraine and Georgia.

But would I look forward to seeing Mack? Absolutely! It feels like it's been ages since I've looked forward to seeing a new Conrad at ABT. Stearns and Whiteside do nothing for me in the role. Mack's jump looks to be huge.

Mack's jump IS huge! I saw him here in Salt Lake City, and when he came on stage in a jete, I gasped out loud at the height of it. It was really something!

 

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This is slightly off-topic, though apropos the matter of casting.  I read the following in the Times' article on Taylor Stanley: "Craig Hall performed the role [Apollo] in 2011 as part of a Dancers’ Choice evening in which casting was not assigned by the artistic staff but by peers." (Emphasis mine.)

Can you even imagine such a thing happening at ABT? I can't, but it sure would be interesting.

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16 minutes ago, Golden Idol said:

This is slightly off-topic, though apropos the matter of casting.  I read the following in the Times' article on Taylor Stanley: "Craig Hall performed the role [Apollo] in 2011 as part of a Dancers’ Choice evening in which casting was not assigned by the artistic staff but by peers." (Emphasis mine.)

Can you even imagine such a thing happening at ABT? I can't, but it sure would be interesting.

I would love it if ABT did something like that. I imagine finally seeing Abrera in SL (or it's white swan pas, at least).

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13 minutes ago, Golden Idol said:

This is slightly off-topic, though apropos the matter of casting.  I read the following in the Times' article on Taylor Stanley: "Craig Hall performed the role [Apollo] in 2011 as part of a Dancers’ Choice evening in which casting was not assigned by the artistic staff but by peers." (Emphasis mine.)

Can you even imagine such a thing happening at ABT? I can't, but it sure would be interesting.

NYCB used to do that on Sunday evening of the last day of the spring season. It was really delightful. But it was discontinued a few years ago, with no explanation.

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They discontinued the Dancers Choice because although the dancers were donating their time for free, the orchestra and other staff (stage hands, lighting and so on) were being paid.  It became an expense they no longer wanted to undertake.

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32 minutes ago, abatt said:

They discontinued the Dancers Choice because although the dancers were donating their time for free, the orchestra and other staff (stage hands, lighting and so on) were being paid.  It became an expense they no longer wanted to undertake.

Thank you abatt, that's what I thought but you confirmed it. Dancers' Choice always was a delight. I particularly enjoyed the one Jennifer Ringer lead, with the emphasis on corps members. I believe Dancers' Choice was a benefit for the NYCB Dancers' Emergency Fund, so the company must have paid the costs and given the proceeds to the fund. 

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