I was able to speak with her recently and she said she was tired of the politicking. I don't think she was forced out, per se, but obviously she was not on the same page as KM. I don't doubt that her schedule was probably reduced as Kwanfan said. I feel really badly for her as it seems like ballet has been her life completely & she doesn't have much lined up yet. She just seems very sad. As brilliant as she is, I have heard she is a difficult partner. I just hope she can find a good place to go and continue her life in ballet.There was a Facebook thread on which one of her uberfans* encouraged her to fight, and she posted something about having already given her blood and wasn't fighting anymore. There was also an article in Russian in which she was allegedly quoted saying that originally her schedule would be reduced next season and then "Swan Lake" was pulled from her.
*I believe this is the same person who was threatening to organize a protest to disrupt her last performance.
Most people assumed this was McKenzie's doing.
On Saturday, the ballet announced that primary dancers Zachary Catazaro and Amar Ramasar have been fired following an internal investigation. Finlay resigned earlier this month.
How very sad.Peter Frame was a beautiful dancer, and through his weight training classes at SAB touched a generation of male students. His death came with Paul Taylor's, who died at 88. Frame was coached by Taylor in a revival of Taylor's solo in Balanchine's "Episodes," originally choreographed in a Balanchine-Graham collaboration for NYCB.
I can't imagine that ABT wouldn't pick him up at the next opportunity if that is what he wants. But I think he likes the smaller company where he has more performance time. If he was in a contract dispute with WB, he might not want to start as a soloist. Misty likes him so maybe she'll prove to be a good contact.Rob, I was truly thrilled to finally get a chance to see Brooklyn Mack; I hope he gets more guest gigs up here in NY. That Petrushka and the Cornejo/Cojocaru Rhapsody selection were the highlights of the 3 FFD programs I saw.