alison Posted June 11, 2013 Share Posted June 11, 2013 (I was originally going to post this back around April or so, but things got away from me. Better late than never) Later this week, Leanne Benjamin and Mara Galeazzi will be giving their final performances with the Royal Ballet at Covent Garden, both in Kenneth MacMillan's Mayerling, ironically a ballet which pretty much started both their careers with the company. So, within the space of less than a year, the Royal Ballet will have lost its three most instinctive female MacMillan interpreters - I'm including Tamara Rojo in the headcount here. Benjamin was fortunate enough to work with MacMillan early on in her career; Galeazzi just missed out, I think (and Rojo had no direct exposure to him at all). How is their loss going to affect the company, do you think? Do you see anyone in the lower ranks of the company with any indication of a similar level of understanding of MacMillan as yet? Is it possible that certain works might even drop out of the active repertory in the absence of dancers who can do them justice? (I know that my own wishlist of revivals over the last decade or so has included works I particularly wanted to see these dancers in, and I imagine that a number of those will now vanish from that list, for the time being, anyway.) Could this even be indicative of a start of a change of direction (or narrowing of range) of the company - whether temporary or permanent? Let's have your thoughts ... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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