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Bruce M Click to EMail Bruce%20MClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster 03-08-00, 01:25 PM (GMT)
"RB Press Release on Promotions etc"
I've just had a long ROH Press release come through about period 2. I will put the entire document up later but for speed wanted to get the RB Promotions, leavers out asap.

For refernece you may be interested in this other thread on the subject of RB Promotions:
http://www.danze.co.uk/dcforum/news/448.html

THE ROYAL BALLET COMPANY NEWS

Andrea Quinn has decided not to renew her contract as Music Director and Conductor for The Royal Ballet beyond its expiry at the end of March next year. Anthony Dowell, Director of The Royal Ballet, said:

"It has been a great pleasure to work with Andrea Quinn, who has been a wonderful and energetic colleague through a period of much change. However, I understand her wish to accept this exciting position in New York. She will be greatly missed by the company, and we hope that she will return as a guest conductor in the future."

Promotions:
· Rosalind Eyre retires as Ballet Mistress. She will be succeeded by Gail Taphouse, currently Assistant Ballet Mistress.
· Inaki Urlezaga is promoted to Principal
· Luke Heydon is promoted to Principal Character Artist
· Jane Burn, Alina Cojocaru, Mara Galeazzi, Marianela Nunez and Jaimie Tapper are promoted to First Soloists
· Edward Watson is promoted to Soloist
· Tomoko Furuya, Victoria Hewitt, Emily Low, Sian Murphy, Bennet Gartside, Martin Harvey and Nicole Ransley are promoted to First Artists.

Leavers:
· Bruce Sansom leaves at his own request to undertake an Arts Administration course with the San Francisco Ballet.
· Principal Carlos Acosta will become a Guest Artist.
· Character Principal Sandra Conley will leave the Company as a full member at the end of this season, but will return as a Guest Principal Character Artist in the 2000/0001 Season.
· First Soloist Nicola Roberts left the Company at the end of January after her last performance in Siobhan Davies A Stranger’s Taste, a role created on her.
· Royal Ballet First Soloist Christina McDermott left The Royal Ballet at the end of May to join The Royal Danish Ballet.
· In March this year Soloist Shi-Ning Liu left The Royal Ballet to become a Soloist with English National Ballet.
· Soloist Natalie McCann has decided not to return to The Royal Ballet on completion of her maternity leave and First Artist Michelle Davis has decided to leave in order to concentrate on her new family.
· Artist Josephine Russell has requested to leave the Company at the end of the season.
· Artist Jerry Douglas has requested to return to the USA to dance with American Ballet Theatre.
· Angela Coia Senior Physiotherapist to the Company is leaving.

Joiners:
· Tamara Rojo from English National Ballet and Johan Persson from the
National Ballet of Canada both join as a Principal in September 2000.
· Emma Sandall joins as First Artist from the Béjart Ballet Lausanne.
· Gemma Bond and Natasha Oughtred have both joined as Artists from the Royal Ballet School.
· Marie Doutrepoint from Ballet du Capitole de Toulouse, Jose Maria Tirado from Bavarian National Ballet, Brian Maloney from Jeune Ballet de France, Johannes Stepanek from Vienna State Opera Ballet and Ernst Meisner from the Royal Ballet School all join the Company as Artists in September 2000.
· Lesley Collier joins the Artistic Staff as Répétiteur.

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RE: RB Press Release on Promotions etc, eugene merrett, 04-08-00, (1)
RE: RB Press Release on Promotions etc, alison, 04-08-00, (3)
Promotions, Stephanie Wragg, 04-08-00, (2)
RE: Promotions, alison, 04-08-00, (4)
RE: Promotions, Stephanie Wragg, 04-08-00, (5)
RE: Promotions, meunier, 04-08-00, (6)
RE: Promotions, cf, 04-08-00, (7)
RE: Promotions, Jane S, 04-08-00, (8)
RE: Promotions, Stephanie Wragg, 04-08-00, (9)
RE: Promotions, eugene Merrett, 04-08-00, (10)
RE: Promotions, meunier, 04-08-00, (11)
RE: Promotions, Stuart Sweeney, 04-08-00, (12)
RE: Promotions, Bruce M, 05-08-00, (13)
RE: Promotions, Stuart Sweeney, 05-08-00, (14)

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eugene merrett Click to EMail eugene%20merrettClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 12:27 PM (GMT)
1. "RE: RB Press Release on Promotions etc"
good grief! Staff turnover is worse then my business! At least it is voluntary!

What we are seeing in the promotion is that RB prefers to import dancers from other schools/country then to use their own school. I refer to Tapper, Rojo, Peerson etc. Obviously the RBS has to improve its product or it will become an irrelevancy to the RBallet.

I thought Wishiniski (spelling?) was not doing so well and would not stay!

Good news about Jane Burn!!! Actually as she starts to dance more solo roles problems she has in keeping in time will not be so apparent. but I am sure the RB will see fit to put her in Symphonic Variations

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alison Click to EMail alisonClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 12:55 PM (GMT)
3. "RE: RB Press Release on Promotions etc"
Sorry, Eugene, did I miss something about Wishinski?

Glad to see about Galeazzi and Tapper's promotion (and Watson's). Mind you, he couldn't really do otherwise, having moved Cojocaru and Nunez so far up the ranks.

Delighted to see about Collier being répétiteur - just what the company needs, especially for Ashton, I should have thought.

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Stephanie Wragg Click to EMail Stephanie%20WraggClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 12:39 PM (GMT)
2. "Promotions"
>
>
>THE ROYAL BALLET COMPANY NEWS
>
>Andrea Quinn has decided not to
>renew her contract as Music
>Director and Conductor for The
>Royal Ballet beyond its expiry
>at the end of March **is this really a big loss? I don't think many people were impressed with her outstanding dance knowledge during the Opening Gala quizz.

>· Inaki Urlezaga is promoted to
>Principal **I am quite shocked by this, I don't think he deserves this, what do others think?

>· Luke Heydon is promoted to
>Principal Character Artist **Good news.


>
>Joiners:
>· Tamara Rojo from English National
>Ballet and Johan Persson from
>the
>National Ballet of Canada both join
>as a Principal in September
>2000.
>· Emma Sandall joins as First
>Artist from the Béjart Ballet
>Lausanne.
>· Gemma Bond and Natasha Oughtred
>have both joined as Artists
>from the Royal Ballet School.
>
>· Marie Doutrepoint from Ballet du
>Capitole de Toulouse, Jose Maria
>Tirado from Bavarian National Ballet,
>Brian Maloney from Jeune Ballet
>de France, Johannes Stepanek from
>Vienna State Opera Ballet and
>Ernst Meisner from the Royal
>Ballet School all join the
>Company as Artists in September
>2000. **So 3 from the RBS and the rest from outside. Should be encouraging to the youngsters at the RBS. Does anyone know if getting more outsiders than RBS graduates has always been the trend at the RB? I just feel that if a company goes to the trouble of setting up a feeder school, those graduates should get in the company. Surely the high standards (?) of education talked about at the RBS should produce high quality dancers?

>· Lesley Collier joins the Artistic
>Staff as Répétiteur. **Fantastic news. This should help with the upkeep of tradition?


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alison Click to EMail alisonClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 12:59 PM (GMT)
4. "RE: Promotions"
>>· Inaki Urlezaga is promoted to
>>Principal **I am quite shocked by this, I don't think he deserves this, what do others think?
>
I still think it's a little premature, myself (but then I also thought Kumakawa's promotion was as well), but again, if you're going to move people up from Artist to Senior Soloist you've got to adjust some of the other ranks upwards as well. And after all, he's had far more major roles to justify the promotion than either Cojocaru or Nunez. Sorry to see Hatley hasn't yet been made principal, but not surprised, as she has been off injured for most of the year.

>>· Luke Heydon is promoted to
>>Principal Character Artist **Good news.
>
Yes, very.

**So 3 from the RBS and the rest from outside. Should be encouraging to the youngsters at the RBS. Does anyone know if getting more outsiders than RBS graduates has always been the trend at the RB?

I don't think so. Never mind, I'm sure Derek Deane'll be pleased as it'll give him more dancers to choose from!

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Stephanie Wragg Click to EMail Stephanie%20WraggClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 01:07 PM (GMT)
5. "RE: Promotions"
>I don't think so. Never
>mind, I'm sure Derek Deane'll
>be pleased as it'll give
>him more dancers to choose
>from!

From the names on the ENB roster, I don't the RBS or ENB school is his first port of call when looking for new dancers!

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meunier Click to EMail meunierClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 01:22 PM (GMT)
6. "RE: Promotions"
I'm still curious as to the reasons surrounding Acosta's change in status? Could it be fiscal? He was always guesting elsewhere a considerable amount in any event. Anyone know? Perhaps he just hasn't been happy which one could see some justification for as his gifts are great. I can see him joining the ABT stable which is now very latin in its exciting flavour.

On another tangent and speaking of Andalusian treats: Where is Marta Barahona (sp?) She is a lovely dancer who I first noticed with ENB. She joined the RB, was haunting in Nutcracker, haven't seen her since, and now see she is cast in the Nutcracker again! Any insights?

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cf Click to EMail cfClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 03:20 PM (GMT)
7. "RE: Promotions"
>**So 3 from the RBS and
>the rest from outside.
>Should be encouraging to the
>youngsters at the RBS.

encouraging! or cause for concern?

>Does anyone know if getting
>more outsiders than RBS graduates
>has always been the trend
>at the RB?

anyone know the answer this one?


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Jane S Click to EMail Jane%20SClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 03:42 PM (GMT)
8. "RE: Promotions"
It has definitely not happened in the past that the RB have taken in so many dancers into the corps from 'outside' - indeed most years they didn't take any.

As for Acosta, I should think he just wasn't getting on stage enough, for a man of his talent and energy.

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Stephanie Wragg Click to EMail Stephanie%20WraggClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 04:20 PM (GMT)
9. "RE: Promotions"
>>**So 3 from the RBS and
>>the rest from outside.
>>Should be encouraging to the
>>youngsters at the RBS.
>
>encouraging! or cause for concern? **Well I wrote this meaning to sound sarcastic. I definitely think it's cause for concern!!

I have not seen the brochures for the RBS, but I am sure they mention that the training there leads to employment with British ballet companies. And the students must be told constantly in class about how things work in the RB big league...What a disappointment for them. What a waste of money.

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eugene Merrett Click to EMail eugene%20MerrettClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 05:40 PM (GMT)
10. "RE: Promotions"
It is not so much that there are more outsiders then RBS are coming to the RB. The most telling fact is that almost all the promotions to the higher ranks are given to outsiders!

Is the RBS going to be the supplier of only corp de ballet dancers to the RB.

In contrast to the RB, over 90% of the NYCB dancers are schooled at the School of American Ballet and as far as I know all the female principal roles are SAB graduates.

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meunier Click to EMail meunierClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 05:49 PM (GMT)
11. "RE: Promotions"
True, Eugene. A healthy percentage of ABT's principals also studied at SAB.

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Stuart Sweeney Click to EMail Stuart%20SweeneyClick to check IP address of the poster 04-08-00, 09:24 PM (GMT)
12. "RE: Promotions"
Stephanie, we're going to have to disagree on this one. I think it is vital that the RBS should make a strong contribution to ballet in this country and the rest of the world, whether or not the graduates join the RB. From the interview with Gailene Stock in the last edition of 'Dance Now' it is clear, rightly or wrongly, that they are being trained to dance in any company worldwide.

As with every other arts organisation in the UK, The Royal Ballet has to be an Equal Opportunities Employer, otherwise no Arts Council funding. Thus recruitment must be on a level playing field and the cream from the RBS and from other schools around the world will be recruited before the very good from the RBS.

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Bruce M Click to EMail Bruce%20MClick to view user profileClick to check IP address of the poster 05-08-00, 09:47 AM (GMT)
13. "RE: Promotions"
LAST EDITED ON 05-08-00 AT 10:57 AM (GMT)

>As with every other arts organisation
>in the UK, The Royal
>Ballet has to be an
>Equal Opportunities Employer, otherwise no
>Arts Council funding. Thus
>recruitment must be on a
>level playing field and the
>cream from the RBS and
>from other schools around the
>world will be recruited before
>the very good from the
>RBS.

This seems to present the current RB hiring issue as 'it has to be this international way because its the law'. I don't think it's that simple. Before saying any more I must say I respect the law and its right there is a level playing field. Absolutely right.

RB will have criteria for hiring that are different from NYCB, DNB, POB etc. The variation is obviously because of different house styles. Depending on your perspective RBS could be concentrating on that (RB) style (as other schools do on theirs) and hence it is entirely possible for RB to recruit more or less exclusively from RBS because those dancers contribute best to that company and others would be somewhat out of kilter.

If you like RB does not need the best dancers in the world - it needs the best dancers in the world that are in harmony with its style and future aspirations.

The essential issue remains one of artistic judgement/RB strategy in a changing world and what this means for house style. Do you become very international and abandon English heritage even more than has been the case already or do you try and defend the heritage, say its our gift to the world etc and stress it?

Equal Opportunities is perhaps nominally easier for the former (which I suspect is why some of those who lean that way mention it {er.. not saying its why you mention Stuart!}), but Equal Opps legislation does not rule out the latter I believe.

Currently RBS and RB seem hooked on a very international way forward. I suspect in 10 years time the pendulum will swing back the other way as people question globalization and sameness and will seek to celebrate difference and authenticity in all things - even if it is not perfect.

Finally all of this is very subjective and of course RB has always taken in choreography from elsewhere in the world as it has taken in dancers. But as has been noted its the scale of dancer recruitment now which gives cause for concern/questioning in some quarters.


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Stuart Sweeney Click to EMail Stuart%20SweeneyClick to check IP address of the poster 05-08-00, 02:28 PM (GMT)
14. "RE: Promotions"
Thanks for the thoughtful and well argued reply Bruce. The Gailene Stock interview (Dance Now, Spring 2000) that I mentioned makes some relevant points which people may wish to consider:

"I don't think all companies will look the same. ......I want to produce dancers who don't have any mannerisms, so that they can fit into companies in Russia, Australia or Finland, whatever, and quickly adapt to the style........I think that Darcey Bussell is the prime example of the kind of dancer that I am aiming for - a beautiful, clean style with a lovely open quality, length of line, symmetry and ease of movement."

Clearly there is a feeling that the RBS graduates have to be employable across a range of companies. In addition, there is no doubt that Vaganova is a strong influence for Stock and she has instigated a number of changes in the school which will take some time to flow through. I know there are those who feel that Nureyev has a lot to answer for, with respect to his influence on the RB style.

The good news for English style fans is that Stock did make a lot of use of advice for the boys from Jonathan Cope and particularly Bruce Sansom, whom she admires greatly. The bad news is that the latter is not around now for at least a year.


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