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Shirley

17-04-01, 11:36 PM (GMT)
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"Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
 
   Alina Cojocaru was made a principal after tonights show!


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal ruth 18-04-01 1
     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Mike 18-04-01 2
     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal jenny graham 18-04-01 6
  RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Terry 18-04-01 3
  RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Odile 18-04-01 4
     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal NO7 18-04-01 5
         RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Michael 18-04-01 7
             RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Catherine 18-04-01 9
                 RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Johnathan 18-04-01 13
                     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Ann Williams 19-04-01 16
                         RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Catherine 19-04-01 18
                         RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal alison 19-04-01 20
                             RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Tony Newcombe 21-04-01 34
             RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Salome 18-04-01 10
                 RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Kfan 18-04-01 11
                     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Claire S 18-04-01 12
         RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal eugene 18-04-01 8
             RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Veronica 18-04-01 14
                 RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal eugene merrett 19-04-01 15
  RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal LD 19-04-01 17
     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Shirley 19-04-01 19
  RB Press release Bruce Madmin 19-04-01 21
     RE: RB Press release Michael 19-04-01 22
         RE: RB Press release Odile 20-04-01 23
             RE: RB Press release eugene merrett 20-04-01 24
                 RE: RB Press release Anneliese 20-04-01 25
                     RE: RB Press release alison 20-04-01 26
                         RE: RB Press release Anneliese 20-04-01 27
                     RE: RB Press release Odile 20-04-01 28
                         RE: RB Press release Eleonore 20-04-01 29
                             RE: RB Press release Kevin Ng 21-04-01 30
                             RE: RB Press release Jim 21-04-01 31
                             RE: RB Press release Jane S 21-04-01 32
                             RE: RB Press release Catherine 21-04-01 33
                             RE: RB Press release Stuart Sweeney 21-04-01 35
                             RE: RB Press release Catherine 21-04-01 36
                             RE: RB Press release Becca 22-04-01 37
                             RE: RB Press release Kevin Ng 22-04-01 38
  RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Jill 23-04-01 39
     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Ann Williams 23-04-01 40
     RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal Simon 30-04-01 41

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ruth

18-04-01, 00:06 AM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I just heard and was going to post, but Shirley beat me to it...Alina certainly deserves the promotion- I recall seeing her at the 1997 Prix de Lausanne, and she was exquisite then...Each time I've chatted with her at the Opera House she relates so softly and humble, despite her great talent---Brava, Alina


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Mike

18-04-01, 01:59 AM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Well deserved - Alina has the true art and star quality of a prima ballerina. Her Act II tonight was sublime, and she was fortunate to have the company of the current worlds best Albrecht, Kobborg.


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jenny graham

18-04-01, 04:33 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   i can't think of anyone who deserves it more! does this make her the youngest ever rb principle?


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Terry

18-04-01, 03:25 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I can't wait to see her at RB's US tour!


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Odile

18-04-01, 07:35 AM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   That is wonderful news. After last night's performance
I wondered if this was going to happen by the end of
this season and now there it is. She really deserves it.


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NO7

18-04-01, 10:16 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Marvellous! I think she should have been promoted to principal earlier than this. I spotted her true quality of star since last year.


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Michael

18-04-01, 07:20 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I must disagree, I believe she is a fine dancer, very lovely, but how can one make a girl into a principle who has not danced the grand classics, Swan Lake and the Beauty among many.
Sara Wildor another principle who has yet to dance the classics.
There are first soloists in the company who have danced The Beauty, and Le Lac, they have proved their worth, these two have not.


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Catherine

18-04-01, 07:47 PM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I never saw Alina Cojocaru live, but her Clara was absolutely beautiful.
I think Giselle is the biggest part of the rolls more than Swan Lake or Aurora.

At POB it's the same thing you have many premiere danseuse who dance all the big part and never be promoted. It's in all the companies the same problem. They never gave Giselle part to other dancer than an etoile, and I think if a french première danseuse has classical Giselle part, she would become etoile immediatly after.

I think, It's more easy to interpret Odette/Odile, I think, than Giselle who must pass to young girl by madness and fairy. I think it's more hard to interpret Giselle and it's not so technically.


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Johnathan

18-04-01, 11:38 PM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I VERY MUCH DISAGREE WITH YOU CATHERINE, THE ROYAL BALLET HAS MORE EXPERIANCED DANCERS, WHO EQUAL COJOCARU, WHO CAN DANCE AS WELL, IF NOT BETTER AS THEY HAVE THE EXPERIENCE, THE REGULAR BALLET GOERS WANT FIRST SOLOISTS SUCH AS YANOWSKY, REVIE,HATLEY, VALTAT AND GALEAZZI BEING GIVEN A FAIR DEAL. IS THE ROYAL GOING TO BECOME A SHOW PLACE SUCH AS THE E.N.B FOR BABY BALLERINAS, I DO HOPE NOT.


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Ann Williams

19-04-01, 00:36 AM (GMT)
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16. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Jonathan -
I think you are misunderstanding Catherine - she seems to be making exactly the same point as you are, that some experienced and deserving senior soloists are being passed over in favour of newer and younger dancers. I happen to agree with Alina Cojocaru's promotion - I don't think anyone who saw either her Juliet or her Giselle could fail to do so - but I think it is unforgiveable that, for instance, Belinda Hatley, is almost pointedly passed over when when it comes to promotion.

Its difficult to be too critical on this promotion-to-principal question because of course there do not appear to be any written-down rules. Michael seems to imply that it is a question of having danced a few Swan Lakes and Auroras, but it seems to me that, at least in the RB, the real criterion is being favoured by Anthony Dowell.

One can only hope that when Ross Stretton takes over he will introduce a fairer and - frankly - more professional promotion
system.


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Catherine

19-04-01, 10:00 AM (GMT)
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18. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Thanks Ann for your answer.
You completely understand that I want to say. Jonathan, never I say that other RB ballerina must not become principal. I don't know then and don't allow to judge them.

I think It's everywhere the same thing. French ballerina as Moussin or Averty, premieres danseuses (principal soloist for you) danced all the classical parts and never will become etoile. I hope so be wrong on this point. I hope it's not too late for Moussin and she could again be promote. It's unfortunately the same thing in France or in England.
And they prefer to promote young dancer as Abbagnato who is more younger and few unexperimented (she is not again étoile but I think she will become very quickly). And the relationship with Direction is always very important in France. Did you read annual competition comments ?

Ann, I hope that the fact to change RB 'director changes something to promotion' system but I have doubt. In France it never changes with Direction, it's always the Director's favourite who was promoted and not the best.

Concerning Alina Cojocaru, I don't know so much about her but dancer so world well known as Bussell or Guillem were promoted when they have just 19 old.


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alison

19-04-01, 01:36 PM (GMT)
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20. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   While I am very pleased for Alina, I think I *would* disagree with you, Ann, about her Juliet. She was good, but she wasn't *that* good, and normally 2 performances of Giselle wouldn't be enough to qualify for principalship. But I do agree completely about Belinda Hatley - it is very disheartening seeing her being passed over yet again for principal rank. After all, she has been performing principal roles for the best part of a decade, has danced, to name but a few, Sugar Plum Fairy, Giselle, Aurora and Lise quite regularly, is a lovely musical dancer much (positively) commented-on on these pages and is one of the Royal Ballet's best Ashton dancers. Yet she is the only one of the RB First Soloists who has been at that rank for some years and seriously deserves promotion. In her shoes, I'd be thinking very seriously about my future with the Royal, and considering going somewhere else where my talents would be better appreciated ...


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Tony Newcombe

21-04-01, 07:16 PM (GMT)
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34. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   >While I am very pleased for
>Alina, I think I *would*
>disagree with you, Ann, about
>her Juliet. She was
>good, but she wasn't *that*
>good, and normally 2 performances
>of Giselle wouldn't be enough
>to qualify for principalship.
>But I do agree completely
>about Belinda Hatley - it
>is very disheartening seeing her
>being passed over yet again
>for principal rank. After
>all, she has been performing
>principal roles for the best
>part of a decade, has
>danced, to name but a
>few, Sugar Plum Fairy, Giselle,
>Aurora and Lise quite regularly,
>is a lovely musical dancer
>much (positively) commented-on on these
>pages and is one of
>the Royal Ballet's best Ashton
>dancers. Yet she is
>the only one of the
>RB First Soloists who has
>been at that rank for
>some years and seriously deserves
>promotion. In her shoes,
>I'd be thinking very seriously
>about my future with the
>Royal, and considering going somewhere
>else where my talents would
>be better appreciated ...


When Lesley Collier decided not to dance her two scheduled performances of Dowell's Sleeping Beauty back in about 1994 Belinda Hatley took over the role. At the time she was just a soloist. All the the critics agreed that she was indeed a quality Aurora. Many of us thought that it was a just a matter of time before she became a principal! Debbie Bull hit the nail on the head in the South Bank Show profile of Durante & Bussell. She said you could be the best dancer in the world but if you did not catch the eye of the Director ...........!!!!!!!!I hope Belinda is not paying for the sins of her husband. Another dancer not treated very well by the management.


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Salome

18-04-01, 09:14 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I must agree with Michael about Cojocaru. Alina, whilst a fine dancer, has to my knowledge danced only three times in full-length principal roles with RB and in only a limited number of smaller roles. I really do not see, however talented she may be, that she can be made a Principal in one of the worlds leading companies on the strength of this.


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Kfan

18-04-01, 09:40 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Although she does not have experience with the RB I believe she danced a lot of major principle roles with her previous company, when she took a year out, before joining the RB. They included DonQ so she must have something to be able to hold that role down for all three acts.

Congratulations to her. It was well deserved.
K


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Claire S

18-04-01, 11:04 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Great news. Congratulations to Alina - and to the RB powers that be for recognising and rewarding young talent. Anyone who saw her Giselle this last week would have known they weer watching a major new star.


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eugene

18-04-01, 07:21 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   As if the Independant had a premonition of things to come - they had a lovely picture of her on the front of their paper today.

Just as well that I am can sacrifice my principles to buy a copy of the Independant!


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Veronica

18-04-01, 11:41 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Did not know you had any Eugene!!!!!!!


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eugene merrett

19-04-01, 00:05 AM (GMT)
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15. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I have only really seen Cojocaru in Nutcraker and she was lovely. I look forward to seeing in her in bigger roles in the summer season!

I have been disheartened by the technical weakness of some of the Royal Ballet dancers. The rapid promotion of non British train dancers (Wildor excluded) is the manifestation of this problem.

Why does anyone think I have no principals. As a businessman I am a real sweet heart!!!

But seriously the only thing that I have strong views on is democracy/freedom and all the mainstream political parties are committed to maintaining this - so why should I have a problem about reading any newspaper which shares this commitment (not so sure about the Socialist worker!)? The nasty political partisanship is a function our "first past the post" political system which encourages party rivalry then any lack of commitment to democracy by our politicians!


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LD

19-04-01, 05:38 AM (GMT)
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17. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   It seems that the Royal Ballet wants to "create" future stars of the company at promoting at principal at the exact age of nineteen years old.When Guillem went there , they learned that she was promoted at 19 in POB.Very rapidly Bussell was promoted at 19 and became very famous.And now Alina Cojocaru , with the same age.Has it become the fetish number of the Royal Ballet?


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Shirley

19-04-01, 10:24 AM (GMT)
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19. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
In response to message #17
 
   >It seems that the Royal Ballet
>wants to "create" future stars
>of the company at promoting
>at principal at the exact
>age of nineteen years old.When
>Guillem went there , they
>learned that she was promoted
>at 19 in POB.Very rapidly
>Bussell was promoted at 19
>and became very famous.And now
>Alina Cojocaru , with the
>same age.Has it become the
>fetish number of the Royal
>Ballet?

The last time the RB promoted a young dancer to principal was Darcey Bussell. Considering that was in 1989 I don't think you could say that was a fetish!


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Bruce Madmin

19-04-01, 03:27 PM (GMT)
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21. "RB Press release"
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   Here is the press release on this. I'm pleased for Alina. There are others, older, I hope to see make Principal as well. My main concern however is for the male side where, special guests aside, things are not as they should be. But back to the beach for me!

Alina Cojocaru Promoted to Principal

Alina Cojocaru was promoted to Principal by Royal Ballet Director, Anthony Dowell after her
performance of Giselle yesterday evening.

Born in Bucharest, she trained in Kiev for seven years before joining The Royal Ballet School in 1998
on a Prix de Lausanne scholarship. Upon completion of her training, six months later, she returned to
Kiev to dance with Kiev Ballet for a year. Her repertory with Kiev Ballet included Don Quixote
(Kitri), The Sleeping Beauty (Aurora, Princess Florine), Cinderella, Nutcracker (Clara),
Coppélia, (peasant pas de deux) and Hungarian Dance in Swan Lake.

She joined The Royal Ballet Company in November 1999 and at the end of the season was promoted
from Artist to First Soloist. Now, at the age of 19, she is among one of the youngest dancers to be
made Principal within The Royal Ballet's history.

Since joining the Company, Alina Cojocaru has danced in various productions including the lead
couple in Frederick Ashton's Symphonic Variations, Michael Corder's Masquerade, the pas de
trois from Anthony Dowell's production of Swan Lake, Clara in Peter Wright's production of The
Nutcracker and Juliet in Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo & Juliet. Her created roles include Vanessa Fenton's Ad infinitum, Christopher Wheeldon's There Where She Loves and most recently Ashley Page's This House Will Burn.

Wednesday, 18 April 2001


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Michael

19-04-01, 06:48 PM (GMT)
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22. "RE: RB Press release"
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   I am still, after reading the postings re Cojocaru, not convinced that she should have been made principle, she really does not have the experiance, Hatley should have been made up first,as she has danced so much over the years, were can the girl go now, hwe chances of becoming principle now seem slim.
Another major concern MEN!!! COME ON RB how about Watson for a promotion, he has been in the company long enough and his dancing is strong, he has what it takes to be a principle, or is the R.B going to dance Johnathan into the ground? and pay out fortunes for guest dancers, we have boys who with the correct coaching, could quickly climb the ladder to become principle dancers.
To me it seems promotion is for the small dancer, Wildor to name one, is this because at this moment our principle men with the exeption of Cope are short in physique???


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Odile

20-04-01, 08:56 AM (GMT)
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23. "RE: RB Press release"
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   Micheal,
first let me say I agree about Watson but I think it is
interesting that you mention his name first. After just
complaining that more experienced dancers have been passed
over in favour of Cojocaru you suggest promoting someone
who has been a soloist for only a year. How about others
who have been at this level a little longer like Essakow
and Cervera?
As for Belinda Hatley I hope that all is not lost yet since
the end of the season promotions are not known yet. But if
nothing was to materialize she might want to consider seeking
her luck elsewhere.


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eugene merrett

20-04-01, 12:00 PM (GMT)
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24. "RE: RB Press release"
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   According to the Times - Dowell promoted Cojacaru after seeing her wonderful performance of Giselle.

But can he really do this - surely the personel and the finance department must be consulted - after all being promoted gives her considerable increase in pay! I heared that went Durante left that resulted in the RB hiring 3 more corp dancers with the funds released. This is the indication of the fairly tight ship the RB is. So how do they allow Dowell to add another £5000 - 10,000 to the wage bill! (I am assuming that first soloist get about £30000 and principals start about £50000 - this has been what has indicated in earlier postings)


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Anneliese

20-04-01, 01:03 PM (GMT)
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25. "RE: RB Press release"
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   Eugene said :
(I
>am assuming that first soloist
>get about £30000 and principals
>start about £50000 - this
>has been what has indicated
>in earlier postings)

When Deborah Bull's "Dancing Away" came out (?98?), a Principal's salary (btw Eugene, you have (I assume) moral principles, and btw a lot of other people, senior dancers are principals ) was quoted as starting at £30,000 and heading up to the stratosphere by individual negotiation.

I am sure that Sir Tone has an eye on the finances and whether they can stand a promotion at all times! People get plucked into higher-paid jobs at short notice in all types of companies, and it usually works itself out!

On another note:
Watson, Cervera, Putrov - yes, I'd suggest that all of these will be principal material soon.

As far as the women are concerned, although I love Hatley's dancing and I've been very impressed by Yanowsky, Galeazzi is, for me, the one, a wondrous dancer, and from the one televised performance I've seen Cojocaru in I would rate her as similar in style and just as good. But I would tend to agree with many posters here - how can you make someone a principal in the RB who hasn't earnt her stripes with Aurora?



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alison

20-04-01, 01:42 PM (GMT)
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26. "RE: RB Press release"
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   It's not necessarily the case (and shouldn't be!) that a dancer has to earn her promotion by dancing the classics (viz. Sarah Wildor, who's made her way up by dancing the Ashton and MacMillan rep), but she should at least have a good number of major roles under her belt first. That's been the case for the last decade or so.


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Anneliese

20-04-01, 01:44 PM (GMT)
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27. "RE: RB Press release"
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   Well, although I agree with you in principle, I would still expect a principal to be able to dance the RB's flagship role!
(please take note of the two homonyms here, one and all...)


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Odile

20-04-01, 01:59 PM (GMT)
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28. "RE: RB Press release"
In response to message #25
 
  
> But I would tend
>to agree with many posters
>here - how can you
>make someone a principal in
>the RB who hasn't earnt
>her stripes with Aurora?


I am curious. Does anyone remember if there were similar
complaists after Darcey Bussel's promotion to principal
after the premier of "The Prince of the Pagodas"?
I understand from her book "Life in Dance" that she danced
her first Swan Lake a few months after that and "Sleeping
Beauty" a couple of years later.


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Eleonore

20-04-01, 02:43 PM (GMT)
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29. "RE: RB Press release"
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   When Sylvie Guillem was made an etoile (pricipal) in 1984 she was 19. She had just been dancing her first Swan Lake which was also her first principal role. Nureyev annouced his decision in front of the -ecstatic- audience. There was I think a consensus that Guillem was an extraordinary dancer in spite of her young age and that her promotion was fully deserved. I don't think there is an ideal age for promotion but I do believe that if a dancer shows a truly exceptional talent then there is no reason why he or she shouldn't promoted early.


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Kevin Ng

21-04-01, 12:37 PM (GMT)
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30. "RE: RB Press release"
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   I remember that in the early 1980s Alessandra Ferri was also promoted to a principal with the Royal Ballet when she was only 19.


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Jim

21-04-01, 05:08 PM (GMT)
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31. "RE: RB Press release"
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   > normally 2 performances of Giselle wouldn't be enough to qualify for principalship

Shouldn't that be 'principality'?


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Jane S

21-04-01, 05:22 PM (GMT)
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32. "RE: RB Press release"
In response to message #30
 
   And she had never danced Swan Lake, or Sleeping Beauty, or even Giselle...


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Catherine

21-04-01, 06:54 PM (GMT)
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33. "RE: RB Press release"
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   It seems that Cojocaru danced Aurora with Ballet de Kiev, even it's not Royal Ballet, the choreography is the same I presume for all the big part, Rose Adagio, 1st act variation. You must always find an occasion to nominate, and from France, It was sure she will be nominated after her second Giselle, because how I say above it's the part of the Part.

In France, several etoiles were nominated at their first performance in a part without never danced other big part as Giselle, Aurora, Kitri. They must dance it when they are etoile and not before. Now it's a few different, considering Jean-Guillaume Bart who danced Siegfried, Désiré, Basilio before to be etoile but before they learnt their etoile job on stage. And it's like that Guillem became Guillem as Guerin, Platel and so on...
Sylvie Guillem was nominated as her first Swan Lake and never danced before big part than this one.
Isabelle Guérin was nominated at her first Swan Lake too and didn't dance before her nomination parts as Giselle, Aurora.
Aurélie Dupont was nominated at Kitri and never dance with POB Giselle or Swan Lake or even Sleeping Beauty.
At one era, they nominated etoile the premier(e) danseur(se) (it's as your first soloist) when they have this leading part as Odette/Odile, Kitri, Aurora.


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Stuart Sweeney

21-04-01, 07:24 PM (GMT)
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35. "RE: RB Press release"
In response to message #33
 
   I see POB as one of the most exciting ballet companies in the world both from a point of view of quality of dance and innovatory repertoire. However, i see this as happening despite their competition system and the rigidity of their hierarchical system which means that not so brilliant Etoiles get preference over brilliant non-Etoiles, as Catherine has described.

I hope the Royal do not go down this route.


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Catherine

21-04-01, 07:34 PM (GMT)
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36. "RE: RB Press release"
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   LAST EDITED ON 21-04-01 AT 07:36 PM (GMT)

I want to add something
Ballet lovers are never happy , when a dancer is nominated when she or he is young, she or he is too young he must make her proves on stage, we have other dancer to promote older than the precedent nominated (Hatley, Yanowksy for Royal Ballet, Moussin or Averty for POB).
And when dancer are promoted "old" as Arbo or Gaïda in France, it's too late, we have young dancer to promote.
I don't know what you think, ballet lovers from all the countries, but I'm sure we are complicated and we are never, but never happy of what it arrived or will arrive on stage.

It's a dream, just a dream, but theater Directions should make vote audience for nomination. Like that all the dancer will have a true luck to be nominate.


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Becca

22-04-01, 09:57 AM (GMT)
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37. "RE: RB Press release"
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   I saw her debut in Giselle last Saturday and thought she was wonderful, especially in act two. I think one has to remember that the ballet world *isn't* fair...and Cojacaru certainly had a special quality. She did dance leading roles in the Kiev so she is not entirely inexperienced.

As for the youngest ever RB principal, Beryl Grey danced Odette/Odile on her 15th birthday, although I don't know when she was actually promoted to principal.


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Kevin Ng

22-04-01, 05:09 PM (GMT)
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38. "RE: RB Press release"
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   Alina Cojocaru is in good company tonight. The President of Romania is in London this weekend, and Cojocaru has been invited to the reception tonight at the Romanian embassy. I was also told that the Romanian embasssy has offered Cojocaru to organise a party to celebrate her promotion, but she modestly turned it down.


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Jill

23-04-01, 01:16 PM (GMT)
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39. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   I have nothing to add to the arguments for or against Cojocaru's promotion. I think she is a wonderful dancer, and I also totally agree that Belinda Hatley should have been promoted to principal a long time ago.

However, as the thread is about Cojocaru, I am going to post something which struck me when I watched her on tv as Clara. As it is at the end of a very long posting, perhaps it will pass without comment.

Is it just me, or does anyone else think that facially, she bears a remarkable resemblance to Bonnie Langford?


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Ann Williams

23-04-01, 11:35 PM (GMT)
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40. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   Jill

Thank heaven it wasn't just me who noticed the resemblance to BL!

However, I think this is just a distance effect and I imagine that, up close, there's no resemblance at all.

Please..



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Simon

30-04-01, 11:36 PM (GMT)
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41. "RE: Alina Cojocaru - Principal"
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   YES!!!!

And it's a mark of her artistry and deserving of promotion that after two minutes of her Giselle (I saw both) she made me completely forget this.


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