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Dawid Trzensimiech (leaves Royal Ballet, and ongoing career)


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Yeah seems like the media will blow it out of proportion too, though the lack of a lunch break stuff is pretty shocking.

Chrischris, if you read it you'll see there always was a lunch break: it's just that it will now, as I read it, take place at the same time for all dancers, rather than being staggered to fit rehearsal schedules. I suspect it may play havoc with the schedules.

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I hope that he's not walked out in a huff over a lunch break! He was well regarded at the RB and could have gone further if he'd been prepared to be patient.

 

I feel that the non-principal dancers at ENB (who perform some 50 shows in 6 weeks at the Coliseum, including two shows of Nutcracker several consecutive days) have more to complain about than those at the RB.

 

I hope that it goes well for him at Romanian National Ballet. That's a big move after what I assume is 10 years at the RBS and the RB.

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Fairly normal events in any such organisation,- really desperate journalism raking over old coals trying to start up  a negative story.....

Obviously The Telegraph had to "fill" a page so they raked over old coals....  as a result the essence of the story is "overshadowed" imo

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a "Tweet" is good PR :) 

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"Royal Ballet faces new revolt from dancers over overwork"  says the title of The Telegraph article...and Dawid's decision to take up a Principal position in Johan Kobborg's company gets dragged into this article reporting that RB dancers are being overworked. Do these two stories relate?

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a plea for postings like this. Could you please summarize the content of the article so those of us who can't access the link know what you're talking about.

 

Sorry

 

"The latest dancer to head for the door is Dawid Trzensimiech, marked out by critics as one of the company’s most promising soloists. He resigned from the company on Thursday, telling friends he was unhappy at what he felt to be “a lack of care and coaching” at Covent Garden."

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"The Royal Ballet confirmed that Trzensimiech was leaving the company. A spokesman said: “We understand he has been offered a contract as a principal dancer in Romania. He is a soloist here so that is a considerable elevation in position.”

 

Is it just me, or was that comment, slightly, erm......barbed...?

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What a shame ... especially when the Royal is in a desperate position for (i) talented males ... and certainly (ii) in truly desperate need of talented males of above middling height.   So sad.  A talented dancer.  I'm sure he'll grace ANY company he chooses to join.  Romania's gain is definitely our local company's loss. I pray he finds the support and most crucially coaching he craves there ... and most certainly deserves.  Perhaps we'll see him here again if the RNB has an opportunity to tour.  

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It's the old, old, dilemma.  Just a soloist in a top company or a big fish in a small puddle?  Forgive the mixed metaphor but I don't see this as a real story.  I'm sorry to see him go but many a dancer has had to make this choice (assuming (s)he's good enough to get the opportunity in the first place) and I hope he is happy and successful in his new position and company.

 

As pointed out above, soloists and corps de ballet dancers in smaller companies probably work much harder.  At the ROH the ballet only performs about 3/ 4 times a week unlike 8 performances as in the world of the commercial theatre.  And a least one RB coach has said publicly that it is always a struggle to find enough rehearsal time for everyone. 

 

I don't think there's anything sinister in his decision to go to Romania - it's just a case that he will know the director.  A perfectly natural choice though I suspect the location will be a bit of a culture shock after London.

 

And just when I had learnt how to pronounce his name!

 

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chrischris, I'm sorry, I had to edit down your posting because you'd quoted more than is allowable, so I cut out the bit about the dancers feeling overworked and asking for a designated lunch break, since it didn't directly relate to the heading of the post.

 

Katherine, out of interest, why can't you read the article?

 

I hope that he's not walked out in a huff over a lunch break!

 

I don't think there's any suggestion that he did.

 

Is it just me, or was that comment, slightly, erm......barbed...?

 

I think it's just you, Ellie :)

 

Dawid is a fine prospect but to suggest that he was seen as a successor to Polunin!!!!!!!!!

 

That raised my eyebrows, too.  Although didn't he take over Polunin's Sylphide performances?

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I will miss Dawid very much but can understand his need for progressing his career especially when a dancing one is so short.

 

I am with you 100% Ellie and found the final RB comment rather sarcastic, spiteful and totally unnecessary. What are they on?!

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I agree that it was possibly a barbed comment but don't think it was sarcastic or spiteful. The fact is that he is taking up a principal position and that is indeed a considerable elevation from his present soloist position. Had the RB added something indicating that they believe he is leaving a large pond for a small puddle, as loveclassics comments, that would I think have been sarcastic and spiteful on their part (although it is undoubtedly true - similarly, although the other way round, didn't Alina Cojocaru leave a principal position at the Kiev Ballet to take up a corps de ballet position at the RB?)

 

I can forgive any barb which may - or may not - have been intended in the RB's comment on the basis that the RB aren't really able to comment on and respond to Dawid's statement that he is leaving because of what he feels to be 'a lack of care and coaching'. I suspect that, unsurprisingly and understandably, the offer of a principal position will also have played a large part in his decision.

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A question from an outside observer (not living in London): Why are you all defending the Royal Ballet direction? With so many dancers leaving in the last two, three years (maybe someone should put up a list), there must be something wrong! Which young dancer would leave a renowned, prestigious company like RB, where he obviously had chances for further promotion, to go to Romania?? Not to ABT or San Francisco or Copenhagen, not even Berlin or Vienna? There are some few ballet companies in the world you try to get IN, not out, and the Royal Ballet used to be one of them.

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IMO, the two stories *are* linked because Dawid allegedly complained of 'a lack of care and coaching' to the interviewer. I don't think that the RB's comment was barbed; it was rather clumsy but just stated the fact that in moving he was getting a promotion.

 

Angela, I assume that Dawid felt that he could not wait any longer for a principal position and that he is going to Romanian National Ballet because he has a good relationship with Kobborg (who cast him as James in his production of La Sylphide at the RB) and feels that he would enjoy being a bigger fish in a smaller pond.

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Angela, who is defending the Royal Ballet’s direction? All I read here is regret that Trzensimiech is leaving and some criticism of the RB’s neutral statement about his departure. Maybe the company will respond more directly at some point.

 

There are many reasons for dancers to change companies and it happens all the time. Trzensimiech has been offered a Principal’s position if the sloppy Telegraph article is to be believed. That is a major jump from where he is now as a promising but not exceptional Soloist (and not yet a First Soloist). His reported comment about “a lack of care and coaching“ has to be taken seriously but of course we don’t know what that actually means. He has not been short of performances and has had some principal roles.

 

The article’s comparison with Polunin is ludicrous. His talent is prodigious, Trzensimiech’s is not. Trzensimiech has been a very good company member, Polunin seems to have always been something of a renegade. People will argue over whether with better management Polunin could have been induced to stay but we’ll never fathom that. Most of the other senior departures from the company have been for very good reasons though the Cojocaru/Kobborg debacle seemed very unfortunate (to say the least). Cojocaru’s differences with management are public knowledge but she has always spread her performing life quite widely on international stages and looks set to continue that.

 

Here’s your list of leavers:

 

2013:  Leanne Benjamin, Alina Cojocaru, Mara Galeazzi & Johan Kobborg (Principal Dancers); Brian Maloney (Soloist); Jonathan Watkins (First Artist)

2012: Tamara Rojo, Sergei Polunin, David Makhateli (Principal Dancers); José Martin (First Soloist); Francesca Filpi (First Artist); Celisa Diuana & Aaron Smyth (Artists)

2011: James Butcher, Vanessa Fenton, Victoria Hewitt, Bethany Keating

2010: Miyako Yoshida, Ivan Putrov & Viacheslav Samodurov (Principal Dancers); Yohei Sasaki, Gemma Sykes, Cindy Jourdain, Ernst Meisner, Richard Ramsey, Xander Parish

2009: Alexandra Ansanelli (Principal Dancer); Isabel McMeekan, Vanessa Palmer, Henry St Clair.
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