Well, of course, when he hires the wife of the associate artistic director and the senior principal ballerina and escorts her to his own squealing fan base halfway across the world to present her in his own program, and when he surrounds himself with principal dancers to schmooze and solicit, and when he "medias" himself to a gag-inducing degree and then engineers rumblings of exploring non-ABT options, it really doesn't matter that after four years, he still is not much more than a lightweight trick pony.
Sorry, folks, but after four years, Daniil Simkin still cannot act. His partnering skill is the worst on ABT's stage -- need anyone be reminded how about this time last year, he dropped Skylar Brandt flat on her face in Ratmansky's Nutcracker and then tripped over top of her. Even when he can get it right technically he looks less convincing than Justin Bieber trying to force his tongue down his microphone. He's so slow that he chooses to (disrespectfully) change Balanchine's choreography so he doesn't have to try to meet its demands.
It's really wonderful that Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle had such a great time working for Simkin these past two weeks in Tokyo and everyone would expect them to put in a good word or two for him. But given everything that he still can NOT do, it doesn't justify steamrolling over the senior soloists who are a) more complete artists and b) more deserving.
No donation this year – again.
And let's just add – thank goodness for great artistic directors like Joe Girardi who just signed 18 year veterans Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to multi-million dollar contracts -- despite their injuries. The Yankees don't leave a man's job to an unproven kid, no matter how loud the adoring squealing in the stands is.