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From the way this has been done (and following the publicity afforded Naghdi and Ball in the last couple of years), I think that Marcelino's promotion is very likely to be the only one to Principal this year.

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my thought too, Capybara.  They don't need another female Principal and I guess Corrales will be the next male, I hope.  But  if they are going to use Halberg a lot, that cuts out the need.

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As Sambé's well-deserved promotion has opened up a potential knock-on effect, might I suggest this could comprise Nicol Edmonds to First Soloist, Joseph Sissens to Soloist, and Leo Dixon to First Artist?

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I thought you had already?

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7 hours ago, alison said:

I thought you had already?

 

But I think this was on the Marcelino Sambe ‘congratulations’ thread and there was a suggestion (from balletbangorboy) that promotion wishes etc should be posted on the ‘predictions’ page.

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On 08/06/2019 at 17:20, penelopesimpson said:

my thought too, Capybara.  They don't need another female Principal and I guess Corrales will be the next male, I hope.  But  if they are going to use Halberg a lot, that cuts out the need.

 

I also so hope so re Corrales. Perhaps it depends who, if anyone (other than Soares), is leaving the principal ranks this year. 

Sambe timing was presumably because of Japan. 

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Corrales will have strong 'competition' from Bracewell next year, in my view. Love them both and sooooo hope that they will both be able to dance a full 2019/20 season.

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Possibly but was Bracewell a Principal already with BRB and dropped a rank to join the main company? 

I feel that barring further serious injury etc Corrales could get promoted sooner rather than later because of his being a former Principal already with ENB

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Just now, LinMM said:

Possibly but was Bracewell a Principal already with BRB and dropped a rank to join the main company? 

I feel that barring further serious injury etc Corrales could get promoted sooner rather than later because of his being a former Principal already with ENB

 

No, William Bracewell left BRB as a soloist.

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9 hours ago, alison said:

I thought you had already?

Yes I had, but I put it in the wrong thread and was effectively admonished!

 

Edit - I see JohnS has already leapt to my defence!

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My comment by the way  is around possible technical contract type issues not around the two dancers abilities! 

I haven't seen enough of Bracewell performing yet but friends who have like him a lot!

I do know I've seen enough of Caesar to think he should be heading in Principal direction but will book to see more of Bracewell next year if possible.

I suppose though you could say that Bracewell has been a member of the Royal in one form or another for longer! Maybe that counts for something too....in the technicalities of contracts sense at least!! 

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I personally see Bracewell being promoted first. I'm not yet sold on Corrales' artistic presence. So I think he needs a bit more time developing it. 

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2 hours ago, HappyTurk said:

 I'm not yet sold on Corrales' artistic presence. So I think he needs a bit more time developing it. 

 

 In which case, you didn't see his jaw dropping appearances with ENB: his  Hilarion in Khan's Giselle, his Albrecht in Skeaping's Giselle; his Birbanto in Le Corsaire; his Young Man in Le Jeune Homme - all amazing and completely different from his Solor and his Romeo with the RB. And the fact that his Romeo was so completely different from anything else he has done served to show what an artist Cesar is.

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23 minutes ago, capybara said:

 

 In which case, you didn't see his jaw dropping appearances with ENB: his  Hilarion in Khan's Giselle, his Albrecht in Skeaping's Giselle; his Birbanto in Le Corsaire; his Young Man in Le Jeune Homme - all amazing and completely different from his Solor and his Romeo with the RB. And the fact that his Romeo was so completely different from anything else he has done served to show what an artist Cesar is.

I was just going to mention 'Jeune Homme'!

 

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3 minutes ago, penelopesimpson said:

Corrales is streets ahead of Bracewell, wonde fuel though he is.  Sometimes charisma must b3 the deciding factor.

 

Having seen William Bracewell dance a lot during his time at BRB I would have to say that he is a very different dancer to Corrales.  After his debut as Romeo my friends were surprised to say the least when I said he was the best Romeo I have ever seen in the MacMillan production and possibly any other production I have seen.  His duet with Yvette Knight in Miracle in the Gorbals just took my breath away and he scintillated in Elite Syncopations to name but 3 roles.

 

Both these young gentlemen are worthy of promotion.

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On 11/06/2019 at 17:29, capybara said:

 

 In which case, you didn't see his jaw dropping appearances with ENB: his  Hilarion in Khan's Giselle, his Albrecht in Skeaping's Giselle; his Birbanto in Le Corsaire; his Young Man in Le Jeune Homme - all amazing and completely different from his Solor and his Romeo with the RB. And the fact that his Romeo was so completely different from anything else he has done served to show what an artist Cesar is.

Well, we will just have to agree to disagree. Certainly, I believe he will be a principal at the Royal Ballet in the near future (perhaps it will take two years?) But I do think he has room to develop his presence (which isn't a surprise considering he is quite young). 

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On 11/06/2019 at 20:12, HappyTurk said:

I'm not yet sold on Corrales' artistic presence. So I think he needs a bit more time developing it. 

 

So I am guessing you didn't see his Romeo either .... especially the last one, not sure how much more artistic presence it would have been possible to show. 

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Perhaps this is the wrong place to post this, but the RB announced yesterday that Nehemiah Kish will retire at the end of the season. 

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9 hours ago, HappyTurk said:

Well, we will just have to agree to disagree. Certainly, I believe he will be a principal at the Royal Ballet in the near future (perhaps it will take two years?) But I do think he has room to develop his presence (which isn't a surprise considering he is quite young). 

 

Believe me, Happy Turk, Corrales's 'presence' when dancing Birbanto in Le Corsaire at the Palais Garnier was such that one felt he had come off the stage into the Stalls. Rather like his First Hungarian Officer in Mayerling which drew many eyes away from the main characters.

Romeo was, as I have said, a completely different Cesar from the dynamo most of us who saw him dance with ENB have been accustomed to.

But I know that nothing I say will convince you - we all have to experience what dancers bring to their art in our own individual ways. [And there are some further examples of widely differing responses on the RB Triple Bill thread.]

 

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Possibly also there's scope for improving technically - or perhaps he's not yet 100% recovered from his injury.

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I would think that perhaps Corrales will be judged solely on his Royal Ballet performances, as it would seem unfair to consider promoting him on the basis of his English National Ballet performances? It’s a great shame that injury has affected so much of his first year with the RB - and indeed has also affected Bracewell. No doubt both will be considered for promotion in the near future and it seems that they are very different dancers whilst both being very worthy of elevation. The RB has such a variety of strengths at all levels; let’s hope that both Corrales and Bracewell will continue to flourish. 

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4 hours ago, standingticket said:

Perhaps this is the wrong place to post this, but the RB announced yesterday that Nehemiah Kish will retire at the end of the season. 

I am sad about this. Like many others on this forum, I felt that Kish really came into his own this season and would have been a wonderful asset as a character artist. A shame. Good luck to him. 

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5 hours ago, standingticket said:

Perhaps this is the wrong place to post this, but the RB announced yesterday that Nehemiah Kish will retire at the end of the season. 

 

There’s a specific thread about his retirement in the News forum if anyone wants to record their best wishes to him.

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On 11/06/2019 at 20:12, HappyTurk said:

I personally see Bracewell being promoted first. I'm not yet sold on Corrales' artistic presence. So I think he needs a bit more time developing it. 

 

And they need principals with some height.  Bracewell is taller than Corrales, I think?

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How tall is Corrales?  I can't find a reference and have not been able to work it out seeing him on stage. 

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It is always interesting to read the range of views about likely end of season promotions. I shall be surprised if another male principal were to be appointed this year. Kevin is not under any immediate pressure to appoint a second one and if he approaches the question of promotion pragmatically he might well conclude that while Corrales and Bracewell show great promise both need to add a wider range of RB repertory and roles before they are promoted. He might feel that while Corrales may be exciting he could do with a little more Royal Ballet polish.

 

From a purely practical perspective Reece Clarke who is still only a Soloist has a far wider range of RB repertory at his command than either of the men whose promotion to Principal has been most discussed have at present. This plus his height makes him, even at this stage of his career, a more versatile and useful dancer than they are currently. To put it bluntly he could partner O'Sullivan, Heap, Stix-Brunell and Storm-Jensen with equal ease. As far as his repertory is concerned we need to remember that he has danced the Princes in both Sleeping Beauty and Nutcracker in the company's traditional stagings; MacMillan's de Grieux; Nureyev's Jean de Briene at his RBS performance; Wheeldon's Camillo and Polixenes,; in the Ashton repertory he has danced a fine Aminta, given a good account of the Young Man in Pigeons and of the Somes role in Symphonic Variations and that he has recently added Acosta's Espada to his repertory. I don't think that Kevin is going to promote him to Principal this year but I think that along with O'Sullivan who has proved her worth and range during the last two seasons he will be promoted to First Soloist. I think that Kevin may let the three men compete for the immediate vacancy and use the money freed up by not filling the gap elsewhere in the company this season. After all further vacancies will arise at Principal level in the not too distant future. 

 

Kevin has three vacancies at First Soloist created by the retirement of Kobayashi and Crawford,and Sambe's promotion . He does not have to fill all three of them at present and among the other Soloists it is not entirely clear who should be promoted. Should he promote Edmonds or Richardson when that might block the advancement of a younger dancer who has even more to offer in a season or two ? I am glad I don't have to make the decision. Assuming that there are two promotions to First Soloist then Kevin will have three soloist vacancies to fill as Emma Maguire who retired earlier in the season has not been replaced. As Alec Beard has said that he is not going to tell Kevin how many dancers he can employ I assume that he isn't going to tell him how many dancers he must have in each tier of the company hierarchy. If that is the case then presumably  Kevin could choose to use the money saved from not appointing a third First Soloist to fund a fourth dancer at Soloist level. That might make some sense as there are a number of dancers at First Artist level who have proved their worth and have expanded their range during the last two seasons. They include Donnelly, Dubreuil, Sissens and then there is Yudes who, apart from the quality of his dancing revealed his versatility by delivering a fine account of the role of Sancho Panza earlier in the season. Then there are stalwarts like Gasparini and Pajdak  who pop up all over the place and inhabit their roles. Pajdak seems to have been in everything this season some times playing markedly different roles in the same ballet with different casts.As well as leading the Bayaderes down the ramp at every performance of La Bayadere which I attended she has added the character role of the Nurse to her repertory. I know that she has been with the company for some years but Kevin might decide to reward a couple of strongly committed team players in this round of promotions. We need to remember that Ashton once said words to the effect that a director has responsibility for an entire company not simply the favoured few. It boosts company morale if management is seen from time to time to acknowledge and reward loyal service delivered in the form of consistently high quality performances in supporting roles rather than always rewarding youthful promise. I say this because Morera said that after her appointment to Principal her colleagues had told her that they felt that her promotion made all their hard work worthwhile.

 

It can be difficult to identify likely candidates for promotion at Artist level simply because they usually appear in roles in which conformity and uniformity are the order of the day and unless they are one of those rare dancers who draw the eye without apparently doing anything different from their colleagues either because of their presence or the quality of their movement or they are given a solo of some sort they are not always immediately identifiable. Having said that I think that Dixon must be in the running to move up a rung. Others who may be considered for promotion include Allnatt, Dias, Katsura and Maeda.

 

 

 

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Floss, yet another interesting post. Your pick of dancers  for possible promotion tie in pretty much with my own views.

 

I wonder when we will have the announcement? It was said to be "at the end of the season", but that has now passed...unless this means not until after the tours?

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We usually get the announcement at the end of the tour.   

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11 hours ago, FLOSS said:

Kevin has three vacancies at First Soloist created by the retirement of Kobayashi and Crawford,and Sambe's promotion . He does not have to fill all three of them at present and among the other Soloists it is not entirely clear who should be promoted.

 

Heaven forbid that any AD *should* fill vacancies "just because they're there" - that risks not only blocking promotions for more promising dancers later on, but also means you may get a subpar dancer at [rank] level. Not to mention that it might, for example, be more appropriate at any given time to devote the resources to creating more Soloists, say, than First Soloists.

 

Also, KOH's practice of "promoting ahead" makes it a little difficult to know what to predict.  With previous ADs, it tended to be that you would go "Oh, so-and-so has been doing a lot of roles at Soloist level, and so should be promoted to Soloist".  Now, when he seemingly tends to base quite a few of his decisions on expected future performance, it's not so easy to tell.

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