Here's a link to an article in The Australian about English National Ballet's Vadim Muntagirov and Daria Klimentova, and how their unique partnership is garnering comparisons to the Nureyev and Fonteyn partnership. They are ENB's star couple. The two dancers and ENB will be on tour in Sydney in June. According to the reporter:
In London late last month, [ENB Artistic Director Wayne] Eagling said he had heard Kevin McKenzie, ABT's artistic director, offered Muntagirov a principal dancer's contract, although there are no signs he has accepted.
So, here is another example of ABT's McKenzie throwing his Koch money around creating mayhem in the ballet world. And while he is chasing after Muntagirov with no regard to the damage it would mean to ENB, and while he is chasing after the very troubled and unstable Sergei Polunin with not a care in the world about the damage it has done to the Royal Ballet, WHO is coaching the young and supremely talented ABT soloist Jared Matthews for his debut as Albrecht in Giselle next month?
Why coach when you can poach?
McKenzie/Koch are focusing on buying instead of building - which is what got this country – and ABT – into such deep trouble.