ABT, which is controlled by David Koch, is exploring the possibility of performing at The David H. Koch Theater, which is controlled by David Koch and is the home to NYCB. This is a clear sign that the big money supporting ballet in this city wants to have one, not two, ballet companies depending on its deep pockets.
Both ABT and NYCB dance Balanchine, Ratmansky, Petipa (sort of), Millepied, Wheeldon, and Robbins. The seasons presented by both companies have slowly continued to approach each other in terms of the balance of mixed repertory and full length content. If ABT and NYCB share repertory and share venue and share donors and share audiences and attract the same kind of dancers, what's not to argue that sharing administration, labor pool, and artistic pool isn't a sound direction to take?
ABT is struggling mightily and futilely under Kevin McKenzie who now has become as celebrity obsessed as Kelvin MacKenzie – Rupert's discovery who found a niche in the publishing world by writing tabloid headlines like "Freddie Starr ate my hamster." ABT's board has failed to address McKenzie's inabilities to guide the company on a course of organic growth and doesn't have the balls to install an artistic director who can.
ABT's subscription to The Met Opera House runs out after the 2015 season. Let's hope that David Koch's subscription runs out before then, so to speak.